Don’t be a sheep, … or a lamb for that matter
Chicks, eggs and chocolate. It could only be Easter. But for those of you that are seeking sanctuary from the usual seasonal clichés we thought it was time to offer some light relief. At Design Bridge we like to think a little differently, so to kick off the seasonal festivities we have brought together some alternate Easter traditions from around the world. And the best bit, there’s not a single rabbit in sight.
Poland & Hungary: A Very Wet Monday
In Poland, Easter Monday is known as Śmigus-Dyngus or ‘Wet Monday’. On this day boys try to drench people with buckets of water and squirt guns. Legend has it that girls who get soaked will marry within the year.
In Hungary the tradition has evolved slightly. Instead of pouring buckets of water over young women they now they prefer to sprinkle them with perfume in exchange for a kiss. Whilst people believe that water has special healing and fertility properties, perfume is more likely to get you a kiss.
Norway: Easter Murders
In Norway they have a curious tradition of reading crime novels during Easter. It’s become so popular that special books are now released on the build up to the seasonal festivities and billed as “Easter Crime”. With actual crime rates consistently low in Norway this seasonal indulgence doesn’t seem to be having any negative effects on local law and order.
UK, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa & Canada: The Hot Cross Bun
This sweet, spiced bun is made with currants or raisins and has a large cross adorned over the top. Traditionally eaten on Good Friday, it is said that the cross symbolises the Crucifixion. And sharing a hot cross bun with another is supposed to ensure friendship throughout the coming year, particularly if you remember to repeat “half for you and half for me, between us two shall goodwill be” at the time.
Spain: The Death Dance
On Holy Thursday in the Medieval town of Verges in Spain, the traditional ‘Dansa de la Mort’ or ‘Death Dance’ is performed. Whilst this might sound a somewhat unhappy affair, it’s actually surprisingly jovial. Festivities start at midnight and go on into the early hours of the morning, with people in skeleton costume parading the streets and music accompanying undead dances in the main squares. The exact history of the event may be lost in the mists of time but it is thought to have originated as a way of reminding people how fragile life is. Either that or it was a good excuse to go around scaring small children.
Scotland and the White House: Egg Rolling
Scotland is home to one of the most entertaining traditions of all. There, brightly decorated hard-boiled eggs are rolled down steep hills each year at Easter time. The goal is to see who can roll their eggs the furthest without breaking them. Whilst almost 5,500 kilometres away, the White House has also hosted its annual Easter Egg Roll for 130 years. Unlike the Scottish event, the somewhat flat South Lawn requires competitors to propel their eggs to the finish line with the help of a large serving spoon.
Finland, Sweden and Denmark: Witches Abroad
Children in Scandinavian countries traditionally go from door-to-door begging for candy whilst covering their faces with soot, wrapping scarves around their heads and carrying broomsticks, coffeepots and bunches of willow twigs. This somewhat long list of accessories was a result of mixing an old Orthodox tradition (blessing houses with willow branches) and the Scandinavian Easter witch tradition, where witches are said to travel to Blåkulla on Maundy Thursday for a Sabbath with the Devil.
Cyprus: We Got Fire
Not content to just paint some eggs during Easter, Cypriots light large fires made of scrap wood with a doll of Judas Iscariot to mark the occasion. The wood for these fires is usually gathered by over enthusiastic young boys who scour their neighbourhoods for suitable material. And in true competitive spirit, size really does matter when it comes to building fires – which often leads to more than a few missing fence posts and several calls to the local fire department.
Bermuda: Kite Flying
In Bermuda, Easter is a joyous affair celebrated by flying kites on Good Friday. Afterwards Bermudans will feast on special dishes such as codfish cakes and hot cross buns (which they presumably borrowed from the English). No one is certain how this long-established Bermuda tradition started, but some say that it began with a Sunday school teacher’s lesson on Jesus Christ’s ascension to heaven. The story goes that the teacher flew a kite off a hilltop, before cutting the strings and watching with the students as it sailed upward to heaven.
In: Art, Events, Food and Drink, Illustration, Insights, Ooh that's nice, Uncategorized, Viewpoints · Tags: Blåkulla, death dance, Easter, easter crime, Easter traditions, egg rolling, hot cross bun, seasonal festivities, Śmigus-Dyngus, wet monday
Well, Easter is finally here and we have a special, themed Friday Favourites for you this week. That’s right, it’s Good Friday Favourites. Of course.
Think of this post as a kind of step-by-step guide to your long weekend – or not.
First up, some family friendly things to watch out for – like the ill-advised fancy dress family portrait above, or the equally ill-advised and confusing cross-religion treat and the possibly ill-advised ‘hilarious’ family prank below. Click through to the original Huffpost article for more (some borderline NSFW – certainly NSFFF…)
So if that’s how not to do it, what to do for Easter? WHAT SHALL WE DO?!
How about tuning in to the official 136th annual White House Easter Egg Roll on Easter Monday? This year’s theme is the charmingly phrased “Hop into Healthy, Swing into Shape,” in support of the First Lady’s Let’s Move! initiative.
You know you’ll want to watch the live stream on WhiteHouse.gov/live, and you can always follow the egg rolling on Twitter with the hashtag #EasterEggRoll. Probably like watching the FA cup on teletext.
This fantastic introductory video, found via digg, gives a flavour of the day – love the soundtrack and the zingy 90′s colours, especially those signed, ‘keepsake’ eggs.
But why just watch them have all the fun? Why not make your own eggs and host your own 30,000 guest egg roll event?
Great idea! But first you’ll need to get your egg on, so here’s a classy stage-by-stage guide to crafting your own beautiful eggs, expressed through everyone’s favourite new-ish creative medium – the infographic (thanks Lemonly).
Don’t say we don’t help you here on Friday Favourites. El-eg-ant. (Note deliberate avoidance of cheap pun).
I know, I know, you want more specific design inspiration than that. Well, in true Friday Favourites style, we’ve got some lovely eye-candy for you, some truly sumptuous suggestions.
Why not go all out like Master Pastry Chef Erich Herbitschek and his team of 19 pastry chefs at the Grand Floridian Resort at Walt Disney World? Because they spent 3 weeks making these giant and somehow-still-edible Disney-themed Easter eggs, that’s why – you’ve only got two days.
Mind = blown. Aren’t they delightful? Look at the delicious detail. Found via Buzz Feed
If you don’t fancy that, what about leaving the fairytales and hitting the streets? The hard streets of the Parisan chocolate district that is. The other end of the spectrum to the classic Disney eggs, these ‘graffiti’ eggs from Jadiset Gourmet truly are ‘ideas in chocolate’, as the website states.
And what ideas in chocolate. The perfect marriage of street art and the pagan festival of Easter – Banksy would be proud. Super-cool, found via If it’s Hip it’s Here.
Too complex? No time? Well, it is already Easter Friday (nearly), so I appreciate that it may be a bit late to unleash the creative maelstrom of the previous artisans.
Why not just admit defeat and paint some moustaches on some eggs? These guys did. Classic. All sorts of inspiration over at Creative Market, and not all of it hipster themed.
Well, that’s the eggs sorted – but you need to have some sort of host, perhaps in fancy dress? The Easter Bunny is always loved, especially by the all the family, and in theory by children.
So here are some great ideas for bunny outfits and some even better suggestions for how to get the best out of those excited small humans (via Huffpost again).
If you follow our step-by-step guide then you’ll definitely have an interesting Easter, no doubt packed with fun, laughter and possibly some tears. Many tears.
We’ll see you next week for some less sarcastic and more traditional Friday Favourites design eye-candy, and who knows – maybe we’ll be ‘helping you out again’ at the next festive holiday?
Happy Easter everyone.
In: Events, Food and Drink, Graphic design, Ooh that's nice · Tags: Friday Favourites
If you haven’t heard of the name Moross, you must have been hiding under a very grey and dull rock for the last decade. This radiant rainbow of talent is the self made Camberwell graduate who has worked with some of world’s biggest names, cementing the colourful Moross Brand firmly on the design map.
Graphic artist and art director Kate Moross has illustrated for Vogue, Cadbury, Paul Smith, had her own line at Topshop, directed videos for Simian Mobile Disco and Jesse Ware to name a few, set up her own studio and continues to produce energetic typographic artwork and moving image for an ever increasing list of top notch clients.
So, what does the girl who appears to have done everything do next? Publish a book, Make your own luck: A DIY Attitude to Graphic Design and Illustration, and coincide that with a debut solo exhibition, of course. And boy does she do a good job.
Here at Design Bridge we’re all about supporting young designers, so we are big fans of Kate’s book. It’s full of great tips and offers a refreshingly honest approach to making it in the highly competitive design industry – plus, its brimming with artwork.
Taking on her book’s title, the exhibition Make Your Own Luck is a look back on Moross’s vast career (pretty unbelievable as she only graduated in 2008). It’s a vividly explosive look into a creative process that has love, sweat and sweeties at its heart – Kate’s favourite candy is dotted around the gallery for the sweet toothed spectator to enjoy.
The show opens this week at North London’s Cob Gallery, so I headed down to the opening to catch up with Kate whilst we enjoyed one of the delicious whisky cocktails.
In one word can you sum up how you are feeling about having your first solo show open?
What was the big idea behind writing your first book?
It was my chance to put down everything I’ve learnt. I often get asked for advice from freelancers and designers, so I wanted to be able to pass on my tips by sharing my own journey and what that has taught me.
What advice would you tell a younger Kate?
I wouldn’t – I wouldn’t want to meddle with anything.
Do you believe in making your own luck?
How did you go about selecting your work for the show?
I didn’t really select work, it was more about showing everything and anything that I had, and displaying it all, from drawings to printed ephemera.
If you were on a desert island and you could take one crayon, what colour would it be?
That’s a hard question. Practically I’d take black, but artistically it would be pink.
Why should people get down here?
It’s exciting – you can come and see my creative process and get a good understanding of this process by seeing it all in one place, covering the walls. Plus, I’ve never had a show before so you should come down.
Whilst clutching my 90′s throw back goody bag I couldn’t help wandering out with a beaming smile on my face. Whether it’s the kaleidoscope of colour or the determined, entrepreneurial hunger that weaves through Kate’s pieces, this makes for an inspirational collective of work – so, make your own luck and get down there.
Open until 24th April 12pm-6pm – The Cob Gallery, 205 Royal College Street, NW1 0SG.
In: Art, Careers, Catch up with..., Exhibitions, Graphic design, Illustration, Interviews · Tags: Catch up with...
These close up miniature waves from French photographer Pierre Carreau show all the structural forms of much larger waves, but with so much more detail and transparency. Caught standing still by the high-speed camera, these tiny wavelets drift free of all sense of scale and totally screw with your mind. They totally look like tsunamis, but they’re only really tiny. Fantastic detail, gloriously rich colours. Part of his ongoing AquaViva series, there are a LOT more shots on his site. Found via Twisted Sifter.
Love this awesome piece of inclusive design – strong, simple forms bely a hidden meaning. The ball bearings that move round the face are both an ingenious take on the traditional mechanism and a thoroughly tactile device for those with impaired vision. A strong candidate for Design of the Year 2014 award (organised by the Design Museum in London) like the best problem-solving creative work, it moves effortlessly beyond functional solution into desirable artefact and suddenly appeals to many more beyond its core target.
In fact, as Dezeen points out, ”the product is now being marketed as a ‘gentleman’s watch’ that is ‘built for discretion’ – since wearers can check the time without anyone noticing.” I want one. Designed by Eone, the company formed by a kickstarter-backed team of enterprising students at RISD.
Birgitte shared this with us – it’s not a ‘friend’s of’ FF’ week but we thought we’d let it through anyway since it’s thoroughly bonkers and rather delightful. “My very old friend in Denmark is a very creative man – this is what he does with old hunting trophies!” I like the idea that he gives potentially tired old trophies a new lease of life, as it were.
Whatever your view on hunting trophies, once they’ve been detached from their previous owners there isn’t really any going back, so it’s interesting to see one way to make them more relevant to a new audience. Many more shots on his site from over the years and a video about “second chances” below.
Jade L spotted these fantastic shots of the humble ink plunging into dark water in Italian-born Bristolian Alberto Seveso’s Blackground series. You can’t tell it’s water, and the ink doesn’t even look wet. These could be shots of distant galactic clouds, billowing smoke or internal organs that should remain internal. So very liquid and at the same time curiously solid, dense with rich pigment.
I know we see a lot of these bright explosions caught in high-speed photography on Friday Favourites (here, here, and here) but we just don’t get tired of them, and people do keep thinking of new variations. Also via Twisted Sifter.
Zayne pointed us towards this thoroughly immersive Google production by Julie Muer and Christophe Perruchi, and we’ve been wandering the dark streets of Marseilles ever since. Smart idea, really nicely executed, twisting the now-well-known Google streetview interface into a smoothly integrated, gamified city-scape. Clever stuff. Found via Buzz Feed.
Love a good gif. Described in the link as “deliciously creepy”, and deliciously creepy is exactly it – I especially like the way they don’t loop naturally, rather jarring and resetting which looks very awkward and robotic, and not very classical at all. Weird, but I like them. Thanks Beautiful Decay.
A collaboration between i-D and Diesel, this video is a nice bit of branded content, not easy that. It’s sweetly educational and superbly put together, made with both tangible passion and dry wit - the solutions to some of the letters just made me S.M.I.L.E. – Y and Q in particular. Found via It’s Nice That .
In: Advertising, Art, Graphic design, Ooh that's nice, Product design · Tags: Friday Favourites
As part of our creative monthly talks in the Design Bridge Singapore studio we were joined by artist Michael Ng (aka Mindflyer), a founding member of the OIC (Organisation of Illustrators Council in Singapore).
Michael recently designed our lovely new mural (detail shown above), for our Singapore office reception as part of the 10 year anniversary celebrations of Design Bridge Asia. We invited him in to talk to us about his work and to introduce the work of a couple of illustrators who are also OIC members. The organisation is a platform for professional illustrators in Singapore that run events, talks and generally get people excited about the creative talent in the region.
Two other members of the organisation went on to talk about their work, both commercial and personal. I particularly enjoyed hearing from Clarence Valerius Wee, a calligraphy and lettering specialist at Craft Varies. Its great to see that this classic art form still being used by young exciting illustrators all around the globe.
We also heard from Anngee Neo, who creates some really lovely, funny and cute illustrations that are full of character.
After the presentations there were of course lots of questions and discussions to be had over a couple of beers. My favourite kind of Friday afternoon!
Here are a few shots showing details of Michael Ng’s work in our Singapore office reception – if you’re in the area, pop in and have a look.
In: Art, Events, Fonts, Graphic design, Illustration, Ooh that's nice, What are we up to? · Tags: 10 year anniversary, Design Bridge Asia, Design Bridge Singapore, Illustration
I loved these paintings by Tokyo-based artist Makoto Taniguchi. From the front view of the glass, the picture is the blurry, distorted heavily painted portrait, but look to the side of the image and a cute anime character is revealed in the mirror. Found via Spoon and Tamago.
I thought this was a genius idea by product designer Eleanor Trevisanutto, who created Animals, a new range of surveillance cameras for Italian design firm Parson. They’ll never pass as real animals of course, I mean, you never get crickets that massive and no parrot has a beak that wide. But better looking than the usual dull white boxes you see everywhere. Nice work. Found on Feel Desain, check out more designs here.
Fancy a coffee and a bun? You will after seeing this amazing ad for Carte Noire – which shows some super gorgeous food photography. It doesn’t just make me want to eat, it makes me want to bake – which is a good thing as it’s for a French coffee cream-filled pastry recipe found on the Carte Noire website. Thanks to Jade L for finding this one on Adweek and making us all hungry.
Thanks to Robin for finding this one: ”Alasdair Thompson’s latest works are sculptures of clothing donated by family and friends. And carved from marble. Curious, funny and impressive. Alasdair lives and works in Edinburgh having trained at the Senese Scuola Edile in Siena and winning the People’s Choice Award at Edinburgh’s Royal Scottish Academy 2013 Open Exhibition.”
And finally – although this isn’t one of our Friends on Friday Favourites posts, we had to share this suggestion by Dan P:
“Love this awesome video by Jim and Chris in our Strategy team – created to introduce the four different spicy foods as part of our regular team tasting session this week. Inspired by the modern classic spoof science show Look Around You, they’ve borrowed the retro documentary style and clumsy use of props and created an equally absurd world of cod-science and faux-earnestness. Lovely stuff chaps, superb hand-acting and a thoroughly creepy voice over.”
In: Advertising, Art, Brand communications, Brand Experience, Film & Animation, Insights, Ooh that's nice, Product design · Tags: 3D Design, Food photography, Friday Favourites, Painting, Sculpture
A few weeks ago Design Bridge was asked to host a portfolio talk and workshop at the Department of Industrial Design at Delft TU University, for the Industrial Design Engineering Business (IOB) fair. The goal of the IOB is to help students and new professionals make the first steps into their professional working lives, and get exposure with design companies across the Netherlands, so we were delighted to be involved.
Our session was focused on portfolio advice – to introduce what Design Bridge and creatives would look for in a creative portfolio, in terms of content and ways of presenting the work for the best possible impact. The session was fully booked, with a mixture of undergraduate and post graduates from the Industrial design and Engineering course.
In 1.5 hours the aim was to give the students a good breath of information with a chance for a Q&A, followed by one to one sessions to give advice on their portfolios.
We gave a brief Introduction to the Design Bridge studios and importantly 3D design and Innovation at Design Bridge. We introduced ourselves and our backgrounds to give the students a wider understanding and idea of potential career paths within the design industry, particularly within 3D and Industrial Design.
The tag ‘Industrial Designer’ is seen as a generalisation within the industry, so it’s essential for new graduates to focus on their passions within their areas of strength, rather than going out and claiming that they are a fully rounded and trained ‘Industrial Designers’.
Terminology throughout the design industry varies hugely for different disciplines, so it is critical to position yourself based on your relevant passions and expertise. Industrial Designer is just a job title after all.
The main topic of our presentation was ‘What is a portfolio? What’s it for and who’s it for?’. This section was designed to illustrate a few key but important points that any portfolio needs to deliver against – To grab the viewer’s attention, to sell yourself, to express your relevant interests and expertise, to show your passion and most importantly to show your thinking.
The way we presented this was with a 3 step process that every project or piece of work should follow:
Step 1. Context – The Challenge – What is the context of the project and why it was carried out?
Step 2. Story telling – What’s the thinking behind the process? Show examples of the ways in which you work
Step 3. The Big Idea – What does this look like and, importantly, why?!
To help to illustrate that it’s not always easy to get it right first time we shared our own past portfolios – not necessary our finest work and a little embarrassing looking back, but this allowed the students to see what mistakes we had made and how we changed and tailored our approach and folio for the companies and audiences we were presenting to.
We also shared a recent Design Bridge case study from idea creation to design delivery that we then pulled apart to show what the key elements of the project were and what we would expect to see in a portfolio to tell and show the full story. A real life example helped to illustrate that you don’t need to show everything in your portfolio, you should just show enough detail that tells the story simply and concisely.
We finished on our ’10 key portfolio and interview tips’ to ensure that you would stand out from the crowd. Download the PDF ‘postcard’ version here.
Taking these 10 tips, Sam and I then sat down with the students and one by one went through their folios giving them hint and tips and things that we would be looking for in their projects. I think for must of the participants this was the most rewarding part of the session as instead of theory they could see how our advice would directly affect their portfolios.
Overall it was a very positive experience for Sam and I, one that actually will benefit us when interviewing new talent and one that we hopefully enable our audience to take their first steps into industry in a positive way.
In: Events, Ooh that's nice, Product design, Recruitment, Seminars/talks, Structural design · Tags: 3D, 3D Branding, 3D Design, Industrial design, Recruitment, Students, TU Delft
In case you missed it on Creative Review, we thought we’d share the work of Angela Deane, who paints people in old photographs as ghosts. Not ‘real’ ghosts, but those ones you get at Halloween made by a sheet and two eye holes. Simple idea, which somehow manages to be evocative, sinister and funny at the same time. Thanks to Mel for alerting our attention to this one.
These collages by Travis Bedel (aka Bedelgeuse) combine botanical drawings with anatomical diagrams, using cutouts from vintage etchings and illustrations. Apparently they vary in size from 5 inches to 6 feet – I’d love to see some in real life to see the amount of layering and detail up close. Found via Twisted Sifter, by Jade L.
I thought this was a cute video from VFX agency Rushes, imagining how tiny vehicles could, in a very small and slow way, help clean up the streets of London. Check out the face on the submarine! Found via Adfreak.
Thanks to Zayne for sharing sculptor and illustrator Camilla Barnard’s Pencil Case Collection, which is hand carved carefully out of wood. There’s a lovely 3D illustration style to these – check out some of her other great work on her website. Found via L’ArcoBaleno.
There’s always something very pleasing about watching somebody effortlessly paint an intricate design by hand. The Pinstriping technique has been used by hot rod designers and custom motorcycles for sometime now – check out this video of Skratch (described as a ‘master striper’ on Gizmodo) using the technique to paint custom motorcycle helmets. Thanks to Jade L for finding this one.
In: Advertising, Art, Graphic design, Illustration · Tags: Collage, Friday Favourites, Painting, Photography, Sculpture, Wood carving
This week we were excited hear that two of our projects have been shortlisted for two great industry awards. Following last year’s Platinum win at the Pentawards, our design for Walker’s Tiger Nuts has been shortlisted for a Design Week Award, up against work from JKR, Bloom and Pearlfisher. We’re looking forward to hearing the results at the awards ceremony on 15 May.
We’re also keeping everything crossed for The Drum Awards ceremony on 30th April, where our limited edition Halloween ‘Trick or Treacle’ pack for Tate and Lyle has been listed as a finalist against work from The One Off and Bloom. If we’re lucky it’ll be the third award win for this work following last year’s success at The Dieline awards and the Pentawards.
In: Awards, Food and Drink, Graphic design, Illustration, Ooh that's nice · Tags: Design Week, Packaging design, The Drum Awards, Typography
We mentioned Chris LaBrooy’s car sculptures on FF a couple of weeks ago, but I couldn’t resist sharing another lovely example of his 3D Graphics work for all you typophiles out there. His website is chock full of this stuff – cheery bright colours and bouncy, glossy looking fonts – it just makes you happy. Found via If It’s Hip, It’s Here.
There seems to be a fair few examples of abandoned places knocking about the interweb at the moment – in fact we mentioned some abandoned swimming pools a while back on Friday Favourites. This is one of the most bizarre ones I think we’ve seen so far – an abandoned outdoor cinema located at the foot of a mountain range around the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt. These photographs were captured by photographer Kaupo Kikkas. On his blog he tells the story of a rich Frenchman who built the cinema around the turn of the millennium, but his plans were scuppered by local authorities and the mysterious sabotage of an electricity generator…Thanks to Zayne for sharing this, via Colossal.
Thanks to Jade L for sharing this project by Francesco Tacchini, Julinka Ebhardt and Will Yates-Johnson, Information Experience Design Students at London’s Royal College of Arts. Space Replay is a floating sphere that records and manipulates sound in environments. Filled with enough helium to make it float easily around a space, the sphere has an electronic component which records and plays back sound as it floats around, creating a ‘delayed echo of human activity’. Check out the video below, and more details of how it was made here. Found via iO9.
Another interesting sphere-based interactive project is this new work by Olafur Eliasson and Ai Weiwei, found by Tjeerd on The Creator’s Project. Moon is a collaborative project inviting people to make their mark on the moon – so you basically log in to the website, and design your mark which will be posted up onto a virtual shared canvas sphere, the size and scale of the moon. Then you can zoom in, browse around the sphere and look at all the other contributors’ work, a kind of moon-based graffiti project that anyone can take part in. Check out more details about the project in the movie below, or skip to 2 minutes 45 seconds if you want to get to the details of how it works.
Going back to the subject of jolly fonts (in fact we wondered if this was also Chris LaBrooy’s work at first), Jade S shared this: “These awesome letters of the alphabet have been sculpted in Cinema 4D by german design studio FOREAL. The finish is amazing and really shows off what can be created even if a few of them are surreal or creepy – E and K freak me out a little.” Check out the full alphabet here on Behance.