I am loving the strange delicate surreal spirituality of these paintings…
Design Real until 7 February
The Serpentine Gallery is developing its commitment to design by inviting influential German product designer Konstantin Grcic to curate Design Real, a groundbreaking presentation of contemporary design. There is a growing awareness of design and its impact on the world we inhabit. Like contemporary art, design both shapes and reflects our constantly changing society. Good design understands human behaviour, offers pragmatic solutions to problems and enhances our everyday experience.
from the school of life blog
“The numbers seem nutty. There are 6.5 billion people on this planet, 90% of who can’t afford basic products and services. Half of them, nearly 3 billion people, don’t have regular access to food, shelter or clean water. Yet whenever we read, or talk, about design, it’s invariably about something that’s intended to be sold to one of the privileged minority – the richest 10%.” read more
I would love to see more students engaging with texts within the tradition of literary illustration. Less of the ‘trick pony’ visual stylistics, producing what is essentially decorative branding for books and brands and bands, coming up with a quick visual metaphor for an editorial etc etc and more thinking about visually interpreting complex texts…poems, novels instruction manuals, even recipe books would be more of a challenge. Illustration can be poetic and communicate in a complex way. Unlike Milton Glaser’s opinion that graphic design should be about making the message transparent, illustration can challenge, subvert, negotiate, problematise and interrogate any given text, as well as illuminate its meaning.
Magma sell books, magazines, graphic novels, ephemera, toys, clothes, children’s books and have exhibitions instore. There is one in London and one in Manchester and an online store too.