Blog: Design

Sean Sims at Castor + Pollux

Our favourite seafront gallery, Castor + Pollux are showing work from local illustrator, Sean Sims as their first show of the year.

Sean's retro style illustrations will make you smile, they're whimsical, colourful and most of all fun.

The exhibition runs until the 12 May - sun, sea and art, what's not to like?!

All images copyright Sean Sims.

Tue 15 Apr 2014

Posted under: Design , Prints , Exhibition

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New Linocut prints

So here they are, our new set of A3 fairground and circus inspired linocut prints.

Each print is an edition of 100 and will be stamped and numbered. They're going to be for sale as part of the Best Home collective at Pick Me Up later this month and also at AT Openhouse as part of the Brighton Festival's, Artists' Open Houses throughout May. Once the shows are over the remaining prints will be available from Art-O-mart, our online store.

Spring Shows

Busy times at Delicious HQ lettering, lino-cutting and printing for our new range of circus and fairground inspired prints, totes and silk scarves ready for our Spring shows.

We're very excited to be doing Pick Me Up for the first time this year, as part of the 'Best Home' collective, the brain child of the lovely Niki Best, "print and graphic arts are all around us, and not just on our walls. We want to show the variety and number of different applications by getting various artists working in mediums that they havent worked in before". Best Home will be bursting with exclusive wallpaper & fabric, ceramics, paper cuts, prints, totes, notebooks and greetings cards from Antony Burrill, Lubna Chowdhary, James Marshall ( Dalek), Danny Sangra, Alex Binnie, Lou Taylor, Curly Mark, INSA, Stewart Easton, Home Slice and Stanley James Press. Best artists will also be running workshops throughout the show including paper-cutting, letterpress, embroidery and printmaking. Pick Me Up 2014 starts on the 24 April and runs until 5 May at Somerset House, London. Check our their website for more information and to book early bird tickets.

In May we'll also be back at AT Openhouse alongside an impressive line-up of artist, designers and printmakers; Alice Pattullo, An Alleweireldt, Becky Blair, Dead Methods, designosaur, hello DODO, Inkyskipper, James Sawyer, Mr Wingate, Nathan James Page, Petting Zoo Prints & Collectables, Sophie Abbott, Teresa Stewart-Goodman, Toypincher and Winsome & Saucy. Of course there'll also be lots of tea, coffee and cake! Artists' Open Houses are open weekends throughout May as part of the Brighton Festival. For more information and to keep up-to-date with artists and plans, check out the AT website.

I'll post up some taster pics over the next month as the new range comes together, so watch this space.

The Comedy Carpet, Blackpool

I finally got over to Blackpool last month to see The Comedy Carpet in all it's glory. It was towards the end of the day and the late was fading but it looked amazing in the evening sunset.

The mammoth 2200m sq artwork was comissioned by Blackpool Council as part of their seafront regeneration and is located on the promenade directly across from the tower. It was created by artist Gordon Young and his team who hand-cut 160,000 granite letters for the piece which incorporates, jokes, lines from songs and catch phrases from over 1000 comedians and comedy writers. 

Hand-cutting each letter and setting them into concrete along with using a limited colour palette has given the piece an almost letterpress feel - you can see the slight indentations of each letter and it really makes you want to touch it (or maybe that's just me). It really is worth a visit, these pictures don't really do it justice or show just how vast it is. 

You can read all about the project here, the team, the research, the design and the planning - it's all there. 

Wed 19 Feb 2014

Posted under: Design , Typography , Funny

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DB Photography

Here's the identity we created for Brighton-based street photographer Darren Baldwin to brand his business DB photography.

The brief was to design a bold, simple identity that incorporated a monograph of his intials DB and was black only to reflect his images. We're really pleased with how it turned out and even more pleased with how good it looks letterpressed on his new business cards. 

Check out Darren's wonderful images here.

From the reference box #143

#143 - French Button display cards, circa 1940/1950. These lovely vintage button cards are from the Brighton street market and only £1 per card!

The lettering is fantastic and I bought them for that alone - I love the scripty 'Nouveauté' on the white card (third from top), it has such a Parisian feel as does the 'Haute Nouveauté' on the blue card (top) with it's ascending A's and quirky E's.

I feel another collection starting!

Only 2 days left…

... to catch Tom Eckersley: Master of the Poster at University of the Arts London (UAL / London College of Communication).

"To mark the centenary of legendary graphic designer Tom Eckersley’s birth, London College of Communication presents an exhibition of iconic Eckersley poster designs which celebrate his enormous contribution to graphic communication and design education in Britain."

Tom Eckersley's career as a graphic desgner spanned six decades. The 'undoubted master of the poster', designed iconic posters for Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) encouraging safety in the workplace, for the Air Ministry during WWII, the General Post Office, London Transport and the BBC all in his distinctive bold, bright style. In the mid 50s Eckersley joined the London College of Printing (UAl: London College of Communication) establishing the first under-graduate graphic design course in Britain. During his 20 years as Head of Graphic Design he taught many well-known creatives of our time including; Ralph Steadman, Charles Saatchi and John Hegarty.

This exhibition is showing a selection of posters from the UAL's Eckersley archive along with reflections from those he influenced during his long career, but it ends on Wednesday (!) so hurry on over there. It's open 10am - 5pm tomorrow and Wednesday.

Images copyright of the Estate of Tom Eckersley / University of the Arts London / Archives & Special Collections Centre.

Mon 27 Jan 2014

Posted under: Design , Exhibition , Posters

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Instagram Experiments by Javier Perez

Fun Instagram images for a Friday afternoon.

These little minimalist collages using everyday objects are photographed and posted regularly to instagram by illustrator Javier Parez.

You can see more of them here or follow him on Instagram to see his new pieces as he posts them.

 

Via Colossal.

From the reference box #142

#142 - Vintage Boulangerie Patisserie receipt, "Pains de Régime - Specialité de Croissants, Graines & Farines".

A new addition to the reference box - this is the first of my Paris ephemera haul from the Marché aux Puces (flea markets).

It's a letter-pressed receipt probably from around the early 1900s. If only receipts were this elaborate today, shopping would be much more fun!

75 years of Blue Note Records

Today marks 75 years of Blue Note Records, surely that's a good enough excuse to look through some of their wonderful LP covers.

Blue Note was founded "when a German immigrant and passionate Jazz fan named Alfred Lion produced his first recording session on January 6, 1939 in New York City. Blue Note has gone on to represent The Finest In Jazz, tracing the entire history of the music from Hot Jazz, Boogie Woogie, and Swing, through Bebop, Hard Bop, Post Bop, Soul Jazz, Avant-Garde, and Fusion".

Throughout their 75 year history Blue Note have also been responsible for some of the finest, most desired and collected abum covers of all time. They're all fantastic but I had to be selective, so here are some of my favourites designed by Ried Miles, John Hermansader and Paul Bacon in the 50s and 60s. You can see a much larger selection on the great Birka Jazz Archive - but be warned you will need a spare couple of hours!

Mon 06 Jan 2014

Posted under: Design , Typography

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Vintage Christmas Wrap

I know you're probably sick of the sight of gift wrap at the minute, but this collection of vintage Christmas wrap from the deepest depths of Flickr is so gorgeous, I'm sure it will restore your festive cheer. 

Thu 19 Dec 2013

Posted under: Design , Ephemera , Inspiration

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The Video Volks

We've just finished this identity for the wonderful folks at The Video Volks, "an online video channel which features VWs from the UK".

Check out their new teaser, The Fire Bus:

Tue 03 Dec 2013

Posted under: Design , Delicious work , film

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Christmas Cards on Art-O-Mart

The countdown to Christmas has begun and our range of hand letter-pressed Christmas Cards are now gracing the virtual shelves of Art-O-Mart.

From Christmas puds to Christmas bunting, there's a design for everyone - even the grumpy. Check them out here.

From the reference box #141

#141 - Smiths Bluecol playing card, circa 1950.

Not sure why an anti-freeze company would produce playing cards, but I'm glad they did. The sleet and snow illustrations are beautiful - the snowflakes are so fine and delicate.

Check out the other 140 pieces of ephemera stashed away in our reference box here.

Hello My Name is Paul Smith

An exhibition that, "takes you into the world of fashion designer Paul Smith, a world of creation, inspiration, collaboration, wit and beauty".

Hello My Name is Paul Smith follows the career of the genius that is Paul Smith from the opening of his first shop in Byard Lane, Nottingham (1970) to the global 'quintessentially British label' it is today. It showcases his influences, his eclectic archives and his design process - "The whole point is anyone can come and get goose bumps and be inspired".

The exhibition opens today at The Design Museum and runs until March 2014 but don't worry if you can't make it, there's an accompanying book 'Hello, my name is Paul Smith: Fashion and other stories' edited by Alan Aboud and published by Rizzoli. 

Images copyright Paul Smith.

Fri 15 Nov 2013

Posted under: Design , Inspiration , Exhibition

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