Interstate of Mind » Illustration http://www.interstateofmind.com Ideas from the heart. Creative minds for the driven and uncompromising. Interstate Creative Partners. Thu, 02 Jun 2016 08:22:03 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.1 The Olympics; Reworked http://www.interstateofmind.com/the-olympics-reworked/ http://www.interstateofmind.com/the-olympics-reworked/#comments Tue, 14 Aug 2012 16:58:29 +0000 http://www.interstateofmind.com/?p=2540 So the 2012 Olympic Games are now over, and if I’m being honest, a few months back I never thought I would feel even the slightest bit lost without the daily hype surrounding the athletes and their sporting achievements, and which country is in the lead with gold medals. But incredibly, I am now.

Thankfully just around the corner is possibly an even more exciting sporting phenomenon. Make way people for the Paralympics, or ‘The Superhumans’ as Channel 4, the official broadcaster of the 2012 Paralympic Games, have so ambitiously put it. I can’t help but feel completely captivated each time I see their huge marketing campaign surrounding some of the members of the Paralympian Team GB. A tiny glimpse into some of their personal stories coupled together with their level of endurance and determination and I’m hooked. Every time I see the trailer I think “I really want to go and see that film” and then realise that this is something very real about to take place practically on my doorstep. And to top that, one that has been promised to be the biggest and most popular Games in Paralympic history.

Reworking the Olympics strapline, and to quote the words of one message hung on the memory tree in the specially designed Games terminal at Heathrow Airport: be ‘inspired by a generation’. Admirable.

Campaign Credit: 4Creative

 

Campaign Credit: McCann Worldgroup  /  Illustration Credit: HelloVon

 

 

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Olympic Coin http://www.interstateofmind.com/olympic-coin/ http://www.interstateofmind.com/olympic-coin/#comments Tue, 07 Aug 2012 09:42:39 +0000 http://www.interstateofmind.com/?p=2403 I almost forgot about the ridiculousness of paying £1.20 for a miniature bottle of no-name water in Stratford station this weekend after receiving a sparkling new Olympic 50 pence piece in my change. According to The Royal Mint, these coins are all but being taken out of circulation by the general public as they hoard them as free souvenirs of the games. I’m guilty!

So congratulations to Florence Jackson of Bristol who won the Blue Peter competition to design the special edition Olympic coin for athletics. This is one coin that won’t be getting spent… yet. Her London 2012 50p Sports Collection Athletics coin is available to purchase from here.

Image credit: Matt Faber/PA Wire

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Golden Cage http://www.interstateofmind.com/golden-cage/ http://www.interstateofmind.com/golden-cage/#comments Fri, 03 Feb 2012 12:16:34 +0000 http://www.interstateofmind.com/?p=1947 [iframe: width=”420″ height=”315″ src=”http://www.youtube.com/embed/Y78FztTd414″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen]

While browsing through Kiosk Design‘s blog today, I came across a charming illustrated music video for a band called ‘The Whitest Boy Alive’. The video is illustrated by LA based Geoff McFetridge. I love how beautifully simple the illustration style seems, but it is also very surreal in parts, and rather mesmerizing.

I enjoyed this very much, and I hope you do too.

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50 Years of Private Eye http://www.interstateofmind.com/50-years-of-private-eye/ http://www.interstateofmind.com/50-years-of-private-eye/#comments Fri, 13 Jan 2012 12:18:19 +0000 http://www.interstateofmind.com/?p=1908 The V&A have been showcasing the works of Private Eye’s highly regarded cartoonists for the magazine’s 50th Anniversary.

The exhibition features 50 (one for every year the magazine has been published) of the trademark speech bubble front covers, as chosen by editor Ian Hislop, along with walls worth of original artworks spanning their five decades. Artists including Gerald Scarfe, Michael Heath, Ralph Steadman, Nick Newman, William Rushton, John Kent and Ed McLachlan, many of whom started their careers at the magazine. On show is also a recreation of the Hislop’s paper-strewn desk and ephemera from the magazine’s past campaigns, court cases and a life sized cardboard cut out of Tony Blair.

Check it out if you have a chance as it ends soon!

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We are not amused http://www.interstateofmind.com/we-are-not-amused/ http://www.interstateofmind.com/we-are-not-amused/#comments Wed, 06 Apr 2011 15:25:50 +0000 http://www.interstateofmind.com/?p=1425 With the Royal Wedding less than 4 weeks away, WillKat fever is hotting up. Excited about the publicity opportunity ahead of next years’ Olympic Games, VisitEngland chief executive James Berresford says: “The wedding […] will mean that once again the eyes of the world will be turned to our nation. We will have a wonderful opportunity to showcase all that is best about the country — its heritage and its history and what being English is all about.” So what does the British souvenir industry do? Create some of the the most tawdry memorabilia the world has ever seen. From replica engagement rings to nail art, with a comic book of the love story thrown in, it’s clear the industry has eagerly grabbed the opportunity for a much needed financial shot in the arm.

But among the usual tasteless china plates and cups up for sale, some manufacturers have decided to get a little bit creative: our favourites being: The Royal Wedding special-edition GE American style refrigerator; Crown Jewels, Condoms of Distinction; and Guandong Enterprises’ ‘Will’ and Kate Commemorative Mug for the alternate-universe wedding where Kate ditches William at the alter and marries his brother instead.

But fear not, a little searching around has uncovered some design gems; beautiful, quirky little pieces befitting of the kitsch community street parties we all dream about hosting. British designers and sellers like Pedlars, KK Outlet and Saatchi Gallery are pulling out all the stops to ensure that our world renowned British sense of humour shines through. If however, all of this lovey dovey stuff’s not your cup of tea, there’s something for you at the end…

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A Food Journey to the Heart of Morocco http://www.interstateofmind.com/a-food-journey-to-the-heart-of-morocco/ http://www.interstateofmind.com/a-food-journey-to-the-heart-of-morocco/#comments Fri, 01 Apr 2011 14:01:12 +0000 http://www.interstateofmind.com/?p=1408

Today sees the international launch of ‘A Month in Marrakesh’, a recipe book and travelogue published by Hardie Grant, with food by Andy Harris; editor of Jamie Magazine, who embraces the wealth of flavours that Morocco has to offer, all of which are brought to life by beautiful photography and illustrations from renowned photographer David Loftus. To see how we brought to life the recipes and memories that both Andy and David experienced during their stay in Morocco, click here.

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Pick Me Up 2011 http://www.interstateofmind.com/pick-me-up-2011/ http://www.interstateofmind.com/pick-me-up-2011/#comments Mon, 21 Mar 2011 14:46:01 +0000 http://www.interstateofmind.com/?p=1273 On Saturday, Chrissie, Jess and myself visited Pick Me Up contemporary graphic arts fair at Somerset House. Pick Me Up is the UK's first contemporary graphic arts fair which is now in it's 2nd year, after a successful first show last April.

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On Saturday, Chrissie, Jess and myself visited Pick Me Up contemporary graphic arts fair at Somerset House. Pick Me Up is the UK’s first contemporary graphic arts fair which is now in it’s 2nd year, after a successful first show last April.

I was very excited about visiting this exhibition as last year I intended to go, but was unable to, so this year I put extra effort into attending, and made sure I booked my ticket a good week in advance just to be sure.

I enjoyed seeing prints from some of my favorite illustrators, typographers and designers.

Some of the highlights for me were seeing work from Jessica Hische, Tom Gauld, Andy Rementer and Robbies Brown Shoes, all of which have different styles and approaches to their work, and it appeals to me in different ways.

Jessica Hische is an incredibly tallented Brooklyn based typographer / illustrator, probably best known for her Daily Drop Caps work.

Tom Gauld is a cartoonist and illustrator who’s work I have been a fan of for a long time as it never fails to put a smile on my face.

I am quite new to Andy Rementer‘s work, I recently saw some on a blog I reguarly visit and instantly fell in love with his quirky sense of humor and fun illustrative style.

A good friend of mine pointed me in the direction of Robbies Brown Shoes work as it turned out he is a fellow North Devon chap himself. I was familiar with a few pieces of his work already, but it was great to see his prints in person. His spoof celebrity illustrations really humored me at the exhibition, especially his Andi Peters print. Robbies Brown Shoes is one part of Puck Collective.

All in all we had an amazing time working our way through the different areas of Somerset House, discovering charming new work and stumbling across work we were familiar with and loved.

Pick Me Up is on at Somerset House until March 27th.

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Lose Yourself in a Good Book http://www.interstateofmind.com/lose-yourself-in-a-good-book/ http://www.interstateofmind.com/lose-yourself-in-a-good-book/#comments Wed, 09 Feb 2011 09:56:15 +0000 http://www.interstateofmind.com/?p=1018 Last Friday saw the re-release of Marian Keyes’ latest novel, The Brightest Star in the Sky, which we at Interstate are very excited about. Having been approached by Penguin back in October last year, following our hugely successful Jamie Oliver/Penguin collaboration, we were briefed to create a fresh new look for the Queen of Chick-Lit. With her writing described as wry, perceptive and charming, and with an army of readers already hooked on her grown-up brand of fiction, Marian’s books needed a cover to match this complex and intelligent interior.

Following much research into the lady herself and her audience, we settled on a typographic style which would allow growth through not only this current book and those to come, but also for the entire back catalogue. The final look uses connective lines illustrating the emotional journey that the reader is taken on, leading into key elements from the book’s content. The typographic look was softened by the publishers through the use of a sketched vignette and an advertising campaign, advised by ourselves, was rolled out at the end of last week. We even saw a TV ad over the weekend…

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A Month in Marrakesh http://www.interstateofmind.com/a-month-in-marrakesh/ http://www.interstateofmind.com/a-month-in-marrakesh/#comments Tue, 07 Dec 2010 14:28:03 +0000 http://www.interstateofmind.com/?p=776

This time last week we visited our client; Hardie Grant, to take a look at the proof sheets for a cook book we’ve been designing these past few months. We can’t reveal too much just yet, but we can tell you that it’s filled with recipes by Andy Harris, who embraces the wealth of flavours that Morocco has to offer, all of which are brought to life by beautiful photography and illustrations from David Loftus. It’s due for release in the Spring of 2011, so watch this space…

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A century of Olympic posters http://www.interstateofmind.com/a-century-of-olympic-posters/ http://www.interstateofmind.com/a-century-of-olympic-posters/#comments Tue, 02 Nov 2010 10:29:43 +0000 http://www.interstateofmind.com/?p=695 Passing the local library, I stumbled upon a graphic designers dream; a collection of Olympic posters showcasing the past century of games. Styles have changed over the years from strong, almost propaganda style glorious paintings, to minimalist iconic graphic art. In my opinion, the style peaked in Mexico '68 (main image).

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Passing the local library, I stumbled upon a graphic designers dream; a collection of Olympic posters showcasing the past century of games. Styles have changed over the years from strong, almost propaganda style glorious paintings, to minimalist iconic graphic art. In my opinion, the style peaked in Mexico ’68 (main image).

The exhibition is still running; well worth a visit. Apologies for the image quality, the lights were low to protect the prints. Better images of the collection can be found in the Independent article here.

The jury’s out if the 2012 posters become design classics, but as long as they leave off any reference to double decker buses, bowler hats, ‘Cool Britannia’, the 2012 Logo, accompanying typeface and McDonalds Logo, they should be great.

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