Premm recently won a pitch for the Houses of Parliament’s Education Service to design a visual identity for Art House – a new teacher’s resource pack and competition for primary school pupils. Developed and run by Parliament’s Education Service, Art House will be a new active learning project using the Parliamentary art collection and the broader work of Parliament to stimulate and celebrate creativity through teacher’s resources and a related art competition for KS2 (7-11) pupils. Art House will initially be launched as a teacher’s resource pack containing lesson plans, each exploring a specific work of art from the collection, as well as linking to a supporting video of Members of the House of Lords speaking about the art work, explaining why they like it and what is significant about it in relation to Parliament. Premm have been commissioned to produce the identity that will be applied to online use, promotional postcards and templates for the education team to populate.
The Designs of the Year 2012 show is now on at the Design Museum, with a huge variety of work on display from a wide range of design disciplines. I will definitely making a trip down to the museum to check it out, not least to get a peek at a reject slab from Gordon Young and Why Not Associates’ Comedy Carpet installation. I have been a fan of this piece since first coming across it in last October’s issue of Creative Review and have recently got hold of a copy of the companion guide book (pictured) – I think it is a great marriage of typographic design and engineering ingenuity. So until I can come up with a reason to go to Blackpool, the exhibition is going to be the closest I can get! Find out more at comedycarpet.com
Parking up in an NCP car park in Norwich City centre on Saturday, spotted this great piece of art. According to the parking attendant a collection of art students had approached Norwich Council with the idea of ‘covering’ a building in hand painted messages. They sold the idea that the paint would wash off in 3 months, and that was 3 years ago!
Making his return from the late 90′s typography grunge era, David Carson has announced his return to journalism with a new magazine, appropriately titled, ‘Carson’. Famous for his radical approach to typography and conceptual advertising in Ray Gun magazine, Carson paved the way to change how designers used and viewed typography as a medium, pushing us out of our Bauhaus influenced boxes into a crazy world where anything was possible. Since then, typography has returned to it’s former clean cut ways as people now prefer clarity and clear unadorned type, with Carson’s work now considered retro. So now with his return, it will be exciting to see what waves are made.
You can visit the Carson Magazine website here and order the subscription for $20.91 (but a bit pricey for the UK at $102.27) for 6 issues.
The Central Illustration Agency have just published this beautiful book showcasing all their artists, featuring Sarah Jane Coleman, who Premm enjoyed working with last year on an illustration for the BBC Proms guide. License To Inspire is an eclectic mix of stunning artwork and fascinating interviews from the world’s most talented illustrators and industry innovators. An invaluable resource for art buyers and other professionals within the creative industries. You can buy a copy on CIA’s website, or from the ever-reliable Amazon.
A visit to the Saatchi Gallery is always inspiring, particularly at the moment with so many contrasting works making up the Newspeak: British Art Now exhibition. Two artists whose work stood out for me were Toby Ziegler, with his mosaic-like graphical imagery and Richard Wilson’s ’20:50′ where an entire room has been flooded with used engine oil. There really is something for everyone, so check it out if you get a chance. www.saatchi-gallery.co.uk