More World Cup inspired design. This time from Maan Design Studio based in Portugal. Maan (Moon in Dutch) designed stamps representing the 32 national teams competing in the World Cup. You can take a closer look here. The agency put the different countries together in an envelope based on their respective playing Groups. The patterns work really well. Are nicely minimalistic. That’s why it’s sometimes even hard to guess some of the countries. Others are easy. It would have been nice if they made the stamps ‘restickable’ and included a playing schedule showing the quarter-finals and final. Or maybe found another way to make the stamps besides beautiful also useful.
The World Cup keeps inspiring designers. Last week I wrote about the Tricolor font. Since Holland is playing in the semi-finals tonight (against Argentina), I want to share a piece about the beautiful font on their shirts. Nike collaborated with the famous Dutch designer Wim Crouwel – a legend when it comes to Dutch Design. It is a really tasteful project. And a win win; Nike will have a unique selling point and their owners will be proud to wear them. The English shirts fonts were done by Neville Brody. And I personally like the French home shirt. A deeper insight in this project can be found here.
To stay in the atmosphere of FIFA World Cup, something soccery. Johan Cruyff is famous for his football and his witty remarks. The latter gave him the nickname: ‘The Oracle of Betondorp’ – a neighborhood near the old Ajax stadium, where he grew up. There is a nice ticker-tape now in the colors of the World Cup teams with quotes by Cruyff. A nice little way by avid type foundry Underware to promote their Tripper Tricolor font. I am not sure the font will be a succes in German though. A Dutch jeans brand named Tripper tried to get on the German market without succes. The reason being that tripper means gonorrhea there. But that is besides the font.
Depending on how you look at it you can see What Design Can Do as a political conference sold as a design conference. But also as a science, technology, philosophical and creativity conference. Richard van der Laken, founder of the event and partner at De Designpolitie, considers the designer “a researcher, entrepreneur and initiator.” According to him the crisis offers designers an opportunity to expand their role into game changers. Jet Bussemaker (Minister of Education, Culture and Science) agrees. She opened the conference with an appeal for “competent rebels who bring new perspectives.” Adaption is key, she says. Something she said she learned as a squatter when she was young. More…
About 8 years ago I had a quiet account colleague at BSUR. Her name is Wendy van Santen. She dreamt of becoming a photographer. And then she took the leap. I am really glad she did. To me she is a heroine. Have a look on her wonderful work at her personal website.
Well almost. First the season of exam exhibitions will start. One of the first to kick off their campaign is the HKU. With help of Jona Rotting from Superglue Creatives and photographed by Léon Hendrickx they created these very clear images to come and see exam work. Every year there are special gems of talent to be found at these exhibitions. Take these three HKU alumni who exhibited work at the ‘Salone Internazionale del Mobile’ in Milan earlier this month: Sweep by Mark Schevers, Time injected Circles by Boele Zwanenburg and Stacked Objects by Emiel Remmelts.
Here are some exam exhibition dates to keep in mind (if you’d like to discover new talent):
St.Joost: 28 juni t/m 2 July
KABK: 6 t/m 13 July
Gerrit Rietveld: 2 t/m 6 July
HKU: May, June and July (exact dates: exposure.hku.nl)
Willem de Koning: 25 t/m 29 June
Akira clashes or crashes with Drive and a Tarantino road movie in the animated music video Stefan Glerum recently finished for the track ‘In the Middle of the Nite’ by DJ and producer RipTide. Stefan, a very talented artist and illustrator did the animations in collaboration with studio Crooked Line. There are four high rollers and a lot of spoilers on the race cars, but I will not spoil the end. Sketches and prints from this project can be viewed until February 24th at Kallenbach gallery. On another note, Stefan Glerum recently did a very nice poster series for Het Kabinet Festival, creating characters such as Kickstarting Kenny, Air Forced Arnold, Bushwacking Becky, Immovable Ira, Necro Phil, Eradicating Elisabeth and Just The Tip Trevor.
This Saturday the yearly creative and surprising anomaly Nuit Blanche will be held in the Red Light District on different locations. It will be a nice unexpected inspirational ride. A night filled with all kinds of arts; performances, installations, exhibitions and much more. I can go on writing how great this Nuit will be. But the night hasn’t happened just yet. Everyone will have a different out take. Some things will probably be down right shit. Others you will remember for the rest of your life. So if you haven’t got any plans this Saturday. Go Blanche!
In Amsterdam, with just a hint of good weather, people frantically go outside to do stuff. Like bbq-ing. When I was searching online for a hammock I came across this little fellow. A campstove by BioLite. It reduces your carbon footprint, because it produces less carbon monoxide, less smoke, and uses less wood. And it even charges your gadgets while you grill something tasty on it. You might think this doesn’t add much to the equation, but BioLite also produces HomeStoves to bring cleaner energy to the developing world. The campstove can be bougth at Bever Amsterdam – it excludes the BBQ-weather, for that matter.
There are several great jeans brands. And new ones keep popping up. Yesterday I came across this label while cycling in Amsterdam. Hema. Hema is seamlessly part of Dutch culture and category-wise comparable to Target. And though Hema is a lovebrand it’s not the first brand you think of when thinking of jeans. That’s why the big logo is quite boldly chosen. It reminds me of the Zeeman (a store that has invented cheapness) t-shirt hype. But who knows. Maybe these jeans too become a hype this season. And yes, it was a bit awkward cycling behind this girl and taking a picture of her butt. It made me feel like a dirty old man. But it’s all for the good cause of hopefully inspiring you a little.