Mouse Trap

Mouse Trap

12th March 2010

Really interesting application called ‘IOGraphica’, created by Moscow designer Anatoly Zenkov. It maps the movement of your mouse over a period of time and converts it into linework. It’s really simple to use, just start the application, minimise the window and let it run whilst you carry on with your work. The results form such intricate creations that they become works of art – almost Jackson Pollock-like! The first image post is the result of Monday’s work. The circles depict areas where the pointer was stationary, whilst the lines track movement. Track my ongoing masterpieces for this week…

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FIA President launches GT1 in Paris

FIA President launches GT1 in Paris

11th March 2010

The official launch of the FIA GT1 World Championship in Paris, March 1st 2010. The new brand identity for GT1, GT2 and GT3 was created by Interstate in London.

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World Cup Mascots

World Cup Mascots

6th March 2010

World Cup year has quickly come around again and in my opinion South Africa 2010 have already scored a hit with Zakumi, the event’s mascot.

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Information Design Taken to an All New High

Information Design Taken to an All New High

18th February 2010

No-frills South African airline ‘Kulula’ has uncovered, and highlighted, some informative and fun observations about one of it’s Boeing 737’s through a clever piece of livery design.
Although I don’t think I’m too concerned looking at where the black box is located, I’m now in the know where to find the all important ’secret agent code’. Having a (fun) study-up of all things plane-related before boarding definitely beats staring into space whilst waiting for your seat row to be called, any day!

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Future 10

Future 10

18th February 2010

As creative brand advisors we encourage our clients to invest in future solutions. On one of my frequent gallery tours of London,  I started wondering what the future Museum walk will be like. Being a keen list-maker ( I will create top tens of just about anything ), I started browsing the web for key trends.
These are my observations for 2010.

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Jamie Oliver, Client of the Year

Jamie Oliver, Client of the Year

17th February 2010

Recent addition to the Interstate client list, Jamie Oliver has just been awarded the ultimate accolade of Client of the Year at this years Design Week Benchmark. Alongside this, Jamie’s culinary empire also bagged individual awards in both the Household Goods and the Retailers category as well as being runner-up in Best of Show, the judges deeming his most recent projects ‘beautifully crafted, interesting and strong’.

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Interstate Develops New Branding For The FIA GT1 World Championship

Interstate Develops New Branding For The FIA GT1 World Championship

5th February 2010

SRO Motorsports Group (SRO) have launched a new 2010 FIA GT1 World Championship brand identity. Having been awarded world championship status by the FIA World Motor Sport Council, this year’s FIA GT1 World Championship will visit 10 countries in four continents, supported with a new logo and identity.

When is Shari’a not Shari’a?

When is Shari’a not Shari’a?

29th January 2010

As a financial product offering needs to have a seal of approval or Fatwa from a Shari’a scholar, interesting anomalies can occur. In a recent BBC News article (read the full story here) whether a product gets approved or not depends on the individual scholar’s view on the matter. If a scholar refused a product, the bankers would practice ‘Fatwa Shopping’ by going to another, “If he doesn’t give it to us, we phone up another scholar, offer him a sum of money for his services and ask him for a Fatwa. We do this until we get Shari’a compliance. Then we are free to distribute the product as Islamic.”

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Last Day Dream

28th January 2010

For my first ever blog post, I’m taking you back four years to a film called “Stranger Than Fiction”. I’ve always loved the title sequence, and combining an appreciation of information design with a passion for all things OCD-related, it’s a match made in heaven! If you’re anything like me, and you haven’t seen it yet, check it out – you won’t be disappointed… 

Vintage Monaco Grand Prix Posters

Vintage Monaco Grand Prix Posters

19th January 2010

While researching for a current project we’re working on in the studio I discovered some wonderful historical posters for the Monaco Grand Prix. Produced between 1930 and 1984, and illustrated by artists including Geo Ham and Michael Turner, they have provided a great source of inspiration and each beautifully encapsulate the motor racing atmosphere of their day.

A Cool Intro to the World of Two Wheels

A Cool Intro to the World of Two Wheels

14th January 2010

The Glodos Bit Bike is designed as an introductory cycle for toddlers, it develops balance, co-ordination and psychomotor skills. Combining a simplistic, retro wooden chassis with oversize day-glo plastic wheels the ‘Bit’ has the looks of a concept bike that could have come from the likes of Honda. It also looks a bit like the bike used in Tron – which goes a long way in my book.

Best Presented Car

Best Presented Car

5th January 2010

Interstate’s livery for Dextra-sponsored GT Marques won the ‘Best Presented Car’ award on Saturday. The Alex Martin driven car was participating in the GT Cup at Silverstone.

A ‘Knicked’ Logo

A ‘Knicked’ Logo

23rd December 2009

I recently saw some original New York City subway tokens from 1953 and thought to myself “that design looks familiar”. It is in fact the inspiration behind the New York Knicks basketball team’s ‘NYK’ alternate logo.

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Notting Hill 2997 Miles

Notting Hill 2997 Miles

18th December 2009

Nigel and I recently attended an Arabic typography workshop at the TDC (Type Directors Club) in New York. Also in attendance was James Montalbano, a New York based typographer who designed the Clearview Highway font used on road signs throughout the US. It was great to meet James and hear his views on typography, as well as his advice on using Fontlab Studio.

Where the Wild Things Are

Where the Wild Things Are

18th December 2009

From Beastie Boys to Boys with Beasts. Director Spike Jonze has used his surrealist visionary skills to create the motion picture based on the childrens bedtime favourite ‘Where the Wild Things Are’. Taking direct inspiration from the author Maurice Sendak’s illustrations, Jonze has created a Lo-Fi fairytale spectacle that has been lauded by adults and children alike since its release. It shows how an audience doesn’t always need to be wowed by bank breaking CGI effects when the original narrative is so strong.
Link to Official Trailer

Retaining a Shari’a Stability

Retaining a Shari’a Stability

17th December 2009

Abu Dhabi stepping in to bail out Dubai is news in itself, but if they hadn’t, the repercussions for Shari’a Banking would be equally significant.
Defaulting on the Islamic bonds (Sukuk) could have destabilised the Islamic finance sector at a time when the world isn’t in the best financial health. This damage limitation exercise by Abu Dhabi means Islamic finance is still profitable ‘post Dubai’ (Forbes).

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Inspired Type

Inspired Type

17th December 2009

For many years, this letterpress block was hung in my grandfathers office above his bureau. As a boy, I would always look up and admire the beauty and allure of this wonderful piece of art – once functional, now inspirational. Thus my passion for typography was born.

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Al Riwaq Launch

Al Riwaq Launch

8th December 2009

After months of refurbishment, Bahraini Gallery Al Riwaq relaunched today as Al Riwaq Art Space,  showcasing the solo exhibition of local artist Waheeda Malullah.

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The Story Behind the Yankees’ Logo

The Story Behind the Yankees’ Logo

6th December 2009

In today’s multi-billion dollar world of sports branding the story behind possibly its most recognizable insignia is somewhat a refreshing one. The inter-locking ‘NY’ initials are known around the globe as the famous emblem of the New York Yankees , an emblem on which they have built the true giant of international sports franchises.

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Brand Social

Brand Social

1st December 2009

How do you translate a successful off-line brand experience into an on-line vehicle for mass consumption?

Burberry seems to have done it right, with a new website (artofthetrench.com) and photography by Scott Schuman (The Sartorialist).

What’s interesting is the company’s approach to the users, making them part of something that is personal and fun. Result? 700.000 fans on their facebook site and sharp rise in sales of their trench coat through their main website. Burberry is to invest a quarter of its marketing budget online.

read also on Times Online