During the German bombing raids of WWII city dwellers in Britain were subjected to long nights of complete darkness to protect them from being spotted from above. Called the Blackout, it was a dark foreign world for people accustomed to the brightly lit city, and one which posed new challenges many weren’t aware of. These road safety posters from the period (1939 – 1946) point out some of the hazards people needed to watch out for as they tried their best to “keep calm and carry on.” [Read more...]
For many of us, it is impossible to imagine what it would be like to fight in a war, and for many of those who have had to it is impossible to forget. Photographer Lalage Snow documented the faces of several British soldiers before, during, and after their operational deployment in Afghanistan. The series of photos, called ‘We Are The Not Dead’, spans a time period of eight months. Along with the photos, each soldier expressed his/her thoughts and feelings at that time and these were used to caption each portrait on the artist’s website. [Read more...]
In 2008 British technical creative director, Matthew Knight, had a unique idea: start leaving disposable cameras out for the public with instructions to be picked up, used to capture a couple of pictures and then passed on to others. Called the Disposable Memory Project he was hopeful that this photography experiment would be successful. [Read more...]
As her diverse artwork brilliantly reflects, Victo Ngai is an illustrator of many cultural backgrounds. Born and raised in Hong Kong, she attended a British kindergarten and speaks Chinese (both Mandarin and Cantonese), English and Japanese. She later attended Rhode Island School of Design. See more of her unique work at victo-ngai.com. [Read more...]
In a not so distant future filled with blackbirds, a loving couple does battle with an daily urban jungle of mobile phones and electronic palm readers. The heavily textured animation makes quick, and visually smart transitions based upon shape and pattern, making scenes seamlessly merge one into another. Directed by Matthias Hoegg at the Royal College of Art in London, the film was nominated for a BAFTA in Short Animation.
Over the last few years Matt Needle has been cranking out some really clean poster tributes to his favorite films, television and artists. From pitch perfect versions of David Bowie as Ziggy Stardust, to a 8 1/2 poster that would make Fellini proud, his work has been noticed by such companies as Nike and Hugo Boss. For more of his cleanly drawn work, check out mattneedle.co.uk. [Read more...]
Autechre uses many different digital synths and a few analog synths in their production, as well as analog and digital drum machines, mixers, effects units and samplers.
At one time, one of the most densely populated areas on Earth, Kowloon, was a walled city within Hong Kong. It was unregulated by the then-ruling British authorities, who reluctantly allowed it as the only Chinese settlement. It was a no man’s land because of this; run by the Chinese mafia and filled with brothels, sweat shops, illegal hospitals, and trashy eateries. [Read more...]