Socmus Virtual Museum

Get your juices flowing this morning with some tasty graphic design work from 70s Bulgaria - courtesy of Socmus virtual museum.

Channel 4 Rebrand By DBLG/Squa & 4Creative

The Channel 4 rebrand was launched this week. Our good mate Steve Qua (Squa) has been beavering away on this for months. The project was a collaboration between Steve and Grant Gilbert at DBLG who were originally invited in by Channel 4 to pitch an idea for the rebrand. Their concept was rather than ditch the current 4 logo, to go back to its original form, and use the blocks that it is made from to create interesting visuals and films, and as a jumping-off point for other directors and creatives to work from.

“The new identity covers the on air design system, all moving parts of the Television channel. The Channel 4 logo is a very famous one in the UK. So messing with it or changing it didn't feel right, they wanted to find out how many different ways they could present it on air. The OSP and opticals aren't just promos with a logo tacked on the end, they are the channel they're the bits that tell you when your favourite show is on, and the bits that tell you its an ad break so you can go have a cup of tea. These elements that play out dozens of times every day are now free to be playful, surprising, dynamic and ever changing.”

The guys brought in Neville Brody to design unique fonts to reflect the new direction. Channel 4's in-house agency 4 Creative worked with director Jonathan Glazer to create striking film idents, which feature the blocks existing in nature (from 45" in below)...

It's a strong body of work all round. Hats off to Steve and Grant for pitching a brave, left-field concept for such a big and high profile project, and to them and all of the team at DBLG and 4 Creative for making it happen, and of course hats off to Channel 4 themselves for going with such a brave idea. Good to see brave work out there.

Bad Boys F.C.

Interesting, fun project from creative team Darren Urquhart and Thomas Smith who teamed up with photographer George Logan to recreate notorious footballing incidents with kids playing the role of Gazza, Maradona, Cantona, Zidane, Di Canio, Suarez, Balotelli et al.

Here's a selection of our favourites. There's more on Daz and Tom's site over here along with the originals.

Shame they didn't have a go at doing this one. Maybe they couldn't get any kids willing to volunteer to play Gazza's part (or parts, so to speak).

Art in London this Winter.

The nights may be drawing in but it's not all doom and gloom. There's some great exhibitions on in London over the coming months to lift the spirits. We've picked out a selection we're really looking forward to starting M.C. Escher.

1. The Amazing World of M.C. Escher

The exhibition has been organised by the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh, and showcases nearly 100 works from the collection of the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag in the Netherlands.

14 October 2015 — 17 January 2016
Dulwich Picture Gallery

2. The EY Exhibition: The World Goes Pop

Pop art but not as you know it. Tate Modern presents an exhibition of Pop Art from all over the world avowing how different cultures and countries responded to the movement. The exhibition will reveal how pop was never just a celebration of western consumer culture, but was often a subversive international language of protest – a language that is more relevant today than ever.

17 September 2015 — 24 January 2016
Tate Modern

3. Goya: The Portraits 

Goya: The Portraits’ traces the artist’s development, from his first commissions to more intimate later works painted during his ‘self-imposed exile’ in France in the 1820s – a career that spanned revolution and restoration, war with France, and the cultural upheaval of the Spanish Enlightenment. The exhbition presents around 70 of the artist’s most outstanding works from public and private collections around the world, including paintings, drawings, and miniatures never-before-seen in London.

7 October 2015 – 10 January 2016
National Portrait Gallery

4. The World of Charles and Ray Eames

This extensive new exhibition surveys the careers and extraordinary work of Charles and Ray Eames at the Eames Office. The Office was a ‘laboratory’, active for over four decades, where the Eameses and their collaborators and staff produced an array of pioneering designs. The exhibition presents the world of Charles and Ray Eames through objects and projects produced during their lifetime including film, multi-channel slideshows, photography, furniture, products, drawings, sculpture, painting, graphic design, models, props, and exhibition and installation artefacts.

21 October 2015 — 14 February 2016
Barbican Centre

5. Ai Weiwei

Curated in collaboration with Ai Weiwei from his studio in Beijing, the exhibition  presents some of his most important works from the time he returned to China from the US in 1993 right up to present day. Among new works created specifically for our galleries and courtyard are a number of large-scale installations, as well as works showcasing everything from marble and steel to tea and glass. With typical boldness, the chosen works explore a multitude of challenging themes, drawing on his own experience to comment on creative freedom, censorship and human rights, as well as examining contemporary Chinese art and society.
19 September — 13 December 2015
Royal Academy of Arts

If there's any must-see exhibtions we've missed please add them in the comments below.

New eBay campaign

Let's start the week with some damn fine ads for eBay from GS&P from across the pond.

A great idea to juxtapose song lyrics with various items for sale on eBay is supported by a cracking piece of craft and a fantastic use of music.

I've included my favourite three ads here but all five launch executions are top notch and contain lots of nice little touches that reward repeat viewing. I'm sure there's plenty more where that came from - this campaign has the potential to run and run and run.

In a world full of pompous and pretentious, manifesto me-too 'purpose' propaganda it's also a breath of fresh air to see something so stripped back and powerful that just wants to entertain people rather than change the world.

On the face of it, a brief to highlight the overwhelming breadth and diversity of the eBay offering isn't the most interesting and exciting but the agency have managed to knock it out of the park with these commercials.

By reminding people that eBay is a treasure trove for the random and the rare, this campaign should hopefully give people the stimulus to go back and have a rummage around for something they might want to buy.

Second-hand hats off to everyone involved.

You Be The Judge #3: New Johnnie Walker Campaign

About time for another post in our random and infrequent You Be The Judge series.

It's the turn of the launch commercial in the new Johnnie Walker campaign to be subjected to your erudite and incisive opinions (or thrown to the wolves, some might say).

It's Anomaly's first work for the global megabrand since they won the account from BBH and it's looks like they've spent gazillions on this 90" extravaganza.

Is it any good, though?

Were they right to drop "Keep Walking?" Were they right to keep Jude Law?

Is Plastic Bertrand's 'Ca Plane Pour Moi' an inspired choice for the soundtrack?

Does this no holds barred, in your face, espousal of the power of JOY fill you with joy?

And will this ad genuinely "accelerate Johnnie Walker's momentum in culture" as the accompanying trade press release claims?

As always all thoughts, comments and views welcome. Don't be shy now. Let us know what you really think of this work.

Alan Powdrill - Soapbox Racers

That talented photographer chappie, Alan Powdrill, kindly got in touch to share his latest project, 'Soapbox Racers'.

It's jolly good so we thought we'd share a taster with you, dear readers.

Looks like a hell of a lot of work went into these crazy machines and accompanying outfits.

If you'd like to see more of these wonderful and wacky creations, head on over to Alan's site here where they're parked in all their resplendent glory.