The Concorde

This blog features design in the arty sense of the word more than anything. This post marks a small departure. The Concord is a design feat. Nobody can deny its pointy nose prowess. It is, in my opinion, a shame that the aircraft was retired to save costs. Indeed, the whole drive to manufacture super sonic aircraft came to an end with the demise of the Concord. These days, fleets are filled with either pregnant monsters or light fuel effieient incarnations of earlier planes in the case of Boeing. Here, then are some pictures that celebrate the only commercial rocket-driven metal bird ever to grace the sky.

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YUMYUM the best thing to happen to my eyes in weeks!

Some times in life you find the most amazing things. This is one of those. I am going to buy every toy that YumYum London makes ever. I hope they get a Pixar deal to make a feature film…

These are their toys, you can buy them here.


This is the best creature on earth… spam them so they turn Boris into a real toy…

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Please note the squashed creature on the road:

Enjoy… I watched it many many many times 

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4 seconds of Amazeballs, many times.

Look at these amazing 4 seecond animations by Animator and Director – Fraser Davidson, Actor and Writer – Dan Jones and Producer – Matthew Harvey. They can achieve a lot in 4 seconds and it is always funny!

They are a fun take on the A to Z of London.

We are keen on making ‘n A tot Z van Johannesburg…

Have a look at the rest… it is worth it!

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2012 London Olympics Designed

Given that the 2012 Olympics are in full-swing it seems like a fitting time to do a round up of all the Olympic-inspired design that has been floating around the internet recently. We hope you enjoy it.

A retro-inspired poster by Andrew Maunders that draws influence from the design and typography of the 1948 Olympics (the last time the event was held in London).

An original painting by Riccardo Guasco for a temporary online exhibition titled: “London 2012: Let’s celebrate the true spirit of sport”.

A small icon set created by local illustration collective Studio Muti for Brownbook, which focuses on the Olympics and athletes in the Middle East.

Charis Tsevis created these bright faceted illustrations for the Yahoo! Olympic advertising campaign “The Once-In-A-Lifetime moments that happen every four years”.

A booklet designed by Marisa Passos that functions as a quick guide about the sports at the Olympic Games.

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Queenly Colours

In honour of the Queen’s 60th year on the throne, Vogue studied every outfit she had worn for the last 12 months to find out her favourite colour…can you guess it? See the image below for results…

In other Queen and colour-related news… Pantone and Leo Burnett London teamed up to create a limited edition colour guide of the Queen’s coordinated ensembles. The guide is numbered featuring PANTONE Colour references citing the date and location that defines the queen’s choice. Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Colour Institute®, discussed some of the Queen’s most notable colour selections:

PANTONE 13-0755 Primrose Yellow: ”The Queen’s royal wedding outfit from 2011 was Primrose Yellow. Yellow is a colour that speaks to the future with hope and optimism. William’s wedding was a time of national celebration and this choice of yellow complements the joyous mood of the occasion. It’s a colour that is high visibility (befitting a queen), while still not detracting from the bride.”

PANTONE 13-4411 Crystal Blue: ”Blue is a colour staple in the Queen’s wardrobe. It’s a colour that communicates constancy and it is also symbolic of her devotion to the British people. Blues traditionally have calming properties and she is often seen wearing them during difficult times. Blue is also seen as de-stressing so it’s no surprise she was sporting a serene blue to a Royal Garden Party in 2010.”

The Queen Palette project was developed at Leo Burnett London by art directors/copywriters Will Thacker and Blake Waters, executive creative director Justin Tindall, print producer Chris Dale, art buyer Leah Mitchell. Artwork, creative imaging and colour management was by Mundocom. Photographer was Andy Rudak.

via: daily mail and yatzer

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Gin & Juice

London gallery Ivory & Black will be hosting Gin & Juice, a group exhibition opening in June that will feature new work from James Jean, Cleon Peterson, Andrew Schoultz, Richard Colman and Ryan Travis Christian. Looks like it’s going to be a good one.

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