Meet the Sir Peter Blake Pop Art car

Bentley’s first pop art car is a playful collage of bright blue, yellow and pink with a bold red heart-shape at its centre, multi-coloured leather seats and pink gear leaver designed by Sir Peter Blake and created by the skilled engineers and artisan Mulliner team at the Crewe factory. We are at the London auction house Bonhams to meet the pioneer of British pop art and witness the car’s debut. Based on the 200mph Continental GT V8 S Convertible,... Read More

Min, The New Simplicity in Graphic Design

Graphic design is having a minimalist moment. The new wave can be explained in a number of ways – minimalism offers a moment of respite in this age of volume visual consumption; perhaps it is an expression of our modest social and economic times, the post-bling society. Whatever the reason, it is a welcome trend. Min sets out to explore the renaissance. Written and art directed by Stuart Tolley of Transmission and published by Thames &... Read More

Logo Modernism: the persuasive power of image and form

Jens Müller is fascinated by simple, reduced logos. The Düsseldorf-based graphic designer has been collecting examples for some years, examining each one, delving into their past, discovering their origin and narrating their design history. As many as 6,000 have found their way into Logo Modernism to form somewhat of an encyclopaedia of icons of graphic design. The ‘Modernism’ side, says the author, is by sheer chance – Müller just... Read More

Book review: People of Print

As our world becomes more and more congested, our eyes busy digesting images, information, products… design increasingly takes centre stage directing our vision and assisting us in our consumption. This includes graphics, type and illustration. People of Print celebrates innovative, independent design and illustration. The latest book by Thames & Hudson features over 400 artwork by 50 leading practitioners and gallerists selected from around... Read More

Martini, endorsing the avant-garde

A new world has opened up to us through a project we’ve been involved with. The Life Negroni is a book about a classic Italian cocktail. It is also the story of so many other elements, including history, people, art, design and branding – the components that have created this drink. And it has been a fascinating journey. But more on the full project later. In terms of design history, two of the most intriguing companies we have come across... Read More

Archibet, from Aalto to Zaha Hadid

A charming little book arrived here this week. Archibet is the work of the Italian architect and graphic designer Federico Babina who has set about creating an alphabet book inspired by some of the world’s most talented architects. Designed as postcards, each of the 26 pages is dedicated to an alphabet and a corresponding creative from Alvar Aalto to Zaha Hadid. Admittedly, even though the British architect is often referred to by her first... Read More

Campari, the art of advertising

Campari is closely linked to Milan. Come aperitivo time, when the bustling city settles to enjoy a drink or two in celebration of the start of the evening, the distinctive bright, red hue decorates almost every bar table in town. Milan is a true aficionada of its local product. The love affair owes more to just the unique taste of this bitter spirit. It has to do with Davide Campari, the son of Gaspare the liquid’s inventor, and the man who... Read More

Book review: Logobook

TASCHEN has a history of publishing fine, highly visual books for the design industry. Its latest, Logobook, which landed in DT’s office the other day, is no exception. In fact the TASCHEN application lends itself incredibly well to a book that promises to be the ‘ultimate logo reference guide’. The story of Logobook began back in 2009, when the author Ludovic Houplain  – founder of H5, a multidisciplinary design studio in... Read More

Competition: Heineken Bottle Design Challenge

Drinks giant Heineken is celebrating its 140th anniversary with a second instalment of its Future Bottle Design Challenge. The company has put its years of design and branding online for designers to remix and create the bottle design of the future. Participating designers have complete creative freedom to reuse, re-imagine and remix these images from the brand’s past to create a Heineken bottle of the future. #gallery-11 { margin:... Read More

London Design Festival 2012

The London Design Festival opened yesterday at its main hub, the V&A. The festival sees a host of designers, showrooms, design organisations and retailers participating in over 200 events across the city. For a dramatic entrance to the V&A, designer Dominic Harris of Cinimod Studio has collaborated with lighting specialist Philips to create a temporary lighting installation in the underground tunnel entrance to the museum. Inside the... Read More

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