I’ve just discovered this agency called Praline, and they’ve done some beautiful stuff, mainly in publishing. Check out some of my favourite publications below. Richard Rogers + Architects: From The House To The City by Fiell Publishing
Information Graphics by Taschen
POLPO: A Venetian Cookbook (Of Sorts) by Bloomsbury Publishing
Admittedly, when I was Googling “praline”, I wasn’t looking for a design agency…I was obviously looking for some indulgent recipes. Then I got distracted by Praline’s amazing body of work and soon found that my cravings for sweet things had vanished. Weird. Maybe that’s going to be the next big dieting fad – the design diet? Although if that worked, surely I’d be skinny as a rake by now!
Posted in Design, Lifestyle, Writing
Tagged 2013, architect, beautiful, blogging, Bloomsbury Publishing, book, book binding, book design, branding, branding agency, cool, creative, creativity, design, design agency, design diet, Fiell, food, fun, funny, Google, graphic design, infographics, layout, Leonie Cumiskey, London, media, nice, paper, Polpo, Praline, Praline agency, publishing, recipe book, recipes, Richard Rogers, serendipity, Taschen, technology, writing
Posted in Art, Culture, Photography
Tagged 2013, Americana, art, Bastian K, beautiful, blogging, cool, creativity, film, film photography, Flickr, instant film, landscapes, Leonie Cumiskey, nostalgic, photographic art, photographs, photography, Polaroid, retro, road trip, romance, surreal, visual artist
Rachel Zeffira – one half of Faris Badwan’s side project, Cat’s Eyes – has teamed up with musicians from S.C.U.M. and TOY to create this contemplative solo offering. Lovely stuff.
Posted in Music
Tagged 2012, beautiful, Cat's Eyes, chill out, dream pop, Faris Badwan, gentle, hazy, Here On In, music video, new music, piano, Rachel Zeffira, relaxing, S.C.U.M, soft, The Horrors, TOY, video, Youtube
‘Gloam’ is a beautiful new short film made by We Are The Forest (comprised of David Elwell & Gareth Hughes). It portrays the journey of a solitary creature making his way through the forest, and is both mysterious and melancholy. Even though the protagonist strikes me as somewhat creepy and bizarre, its character seems gentle and intriguing enough that you have a kind of empathy for him – it’s never revealed what’s in the forest, but I found myself hoping that this strange beast wouldn’t come to any harm. The moving soundtrack seems to evoke a kind of loneliness, and it’s like the creature is searching for something meaningful.
Posted in Art, Design, Film, Writing
Tagged animation, beast, beautiful, bizarre, character, creature, dark, David Elwell, director, film, forest, Gareth Hughes, Gloam, Ian Wharton, light, lonely, melancholy, moving image, mysterious, myths, production, SAD, short film, video, Vimeo, We Are The Forest
The video for ‘Aldgate Patterns’ by Little People is both beautiful and strange. The visuals fit the music so well, and the whole thing is enchanting. I really like the mixture of the rural landscape with the futuristic digital projections – you’d expect it to have a weird discordance, but somehow it just works.
Directed by Adam Amaral, the video was made in collaboration with production studio WORK and animator Chris Martz. Amazingly, the post-production work and special effects used were minimal – most of what you see in the video has been created through projection mapping.
Posted in Art, Design, Music, Technology, Writing
Tagged 2012, Adam Amaral, Aldgate Patterns, amazing, ambient, animation, animator, beautiful, Chris Martz, colourful, critic, digital, digital art, director, electronic music, enchanting, haunting, Leonie Cumiskey, Little People, magical, moving image, music, music video, new music, opinion, production, projection, projection mapping, strange, video, Vimeo, We Work, work, WORK production studio, writer, writing
Alexander Skarsgård + Lara Stone x Calvin Klein = Fuck Yeah.
These beautiful specimens both star in an atmospheric campaign video for the new Calvin Klein men’s fragrance, ‘Encounter’. The advert was directed by Fabien Baron.
Posted in Advertising, Beauty, Brands, Design, Fashion, Photography
Tagged 2012, advert, Alexander Skarsgård, avertising campaign, Baron & Baron, beautiful, Calvin Klein, cologne, cosmetics, dark, director, Encounter, Fabien Baron, fashion, fit, fragrance, hot, Lara Stone, media, perfume, rainy, sexy, stormy, video, video clip, Youtube