design competitions&news

Crank the Earth cycling jersey design competition (held each month)
Platform 2 – working in developing countries
ComArts illustration competition
Embracing our differences
SEGD design award program / deadline 29 Jan


BHSAD open day!

Open Day'09 at BHSAD: 5 December

traffic lights with progress bars

"The Ecological and Economical Traffic Light Concept [relogik.com] by Damjan Stankovic is a Red Dot Design 2009 Award winner and consists of a simple yet, potentially highly practical visualization concept for everyday traffic lights that could reduce pollution and promote safer driving. There might already be quite some traffic light time counters around today, but few focus on informing the car drivers in a physically integrative and visually glanceable way like this proposed design concept.

Eko Light is specifically designed so it can be easily installed onto existing traffic light systems without much effort. It claims to bring forward following benefits:
- Less pollution, as drivers can turn their engines off and cut carbon emissions while waiting for the green light,
- Less fuel consumption, as turning off vehicle engines lowers fuel consumption in the long run,
- Less stress, since drivers know exactly how long to wait, and
- Safer driving, as all traffic participants are fully aware of how much time they have left before the light changes, reducing the chance for potential traffic accidents."

via infosthetic.com



50 books to buy before you die

grafik online: 'In our new weekly feature, Jon Dowling of Counter-Print will list the fifty essential books that any self-respecting graphic designer should have on their bookshelf'.


just seeds...

"Justseeds Artists' Cooperative is a decentralized community of artists who have banded together to both sell their work online in a central location and to collaborate with and support each other and social movements. Our website is not just a place to shop, but also a destination to find out about current events in radical art and culture. Our blog covers political printmaking, socially engaged street art, and culture related to social movements. We believe in the power of personal expression in concert with collective action to transform society."

last hours

'Last Hours is a resource focusing on ‘creative resistance’. This can be many things including zine writing and DIY culture, anti-capitalist music and squat parties, or protest and revolutionary activity and probably much much more.'

Graphic design... on the Radio!

Graphic design on the Radio Credits:
Art direction:
Adrian Shaughnessy
Design: Tom Browning at Tea Design
Programming: Ian McLaughlin at Tea Design
Logo design: Build
Project management: Tea Design


st. bride's events

St. Bride's Events:
Eric Ravilious Wed 2 Dec
An evening of talks in the Bridewell Hall, St Bride Foundation
Wednesday 2 December, 5.30–8.00pm
Tickets £15 · concessions £10
Designing information before designers
Mon 11 - Fri 29 Jan
Monday, Tuesday & Friday 12.00–6.00pm,
Wednesday 12.00–9.00pm,
Thursday 2.30–6.00pm
Illustrated talk in the Bridewell Hall, St Bride Foundation
Thursday 14 January 2010 at 7.00pm; exhibition preview from 5.30
Admission £7 · concessions £5
Zainer's imperfect impressions Tue 23 Feb


COMICA festival

'Between 5 and 26 November London is bubbling over with international comics during the Comica Festival's annual three-week season of exhibitions, events, talks, performances, workshops, films, a conference and publishers' fair at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in The Mall and other venues.'


feric (Eric Feng)

Feric: amazing illustrations, animations and other moving images.


Font Space: free fonts
Typecase: A printer is one who sets truths on end and stamps them with a mighty impression upon the conscious.
Books & magazines fonts
Visual text (russian article)

NEW opportunities

Illustration/GD competition
Artists, illustrators, designers of all levels. We're looking for mailable artworks to exhibit as part of a group show entitled 'MAIL ART' in January 2010. 'MAIL ART' was realised by Long Gallery Coordinator Alison Stockwell in response to the number of submissions the gallery recieved from UK based artists outside Glasgow who wished to exhibit but didn't have the funds to travel to Glasgow with their work. By inviting artists to send select pieces of work by post it gives them the opportunity to exhibit as part of a larger group exhibition without incurring any travel costs. As part of 'MAIL ART' artist Susan Mortimer, creator of Mail Art One Zine, will be making a special edition of her zine featuring selected work from exhibiting artists. There will be a limited amount of copies available free during the exhibition.
  • All work must be submitted by post and be no larger than a standard large envelope. Sorry but we cannot accept work that cannot be wall mounted.
  • As the work will be displayed in a public and family environment we cannot exhibit any work that is of an explicit nature.
  • Mail Art Zine - Work can be any size to fit A5 and on paper (see website below for details).
  • Everyone who’s work is selected for the exhibition zine will receive a copy of the issue.
  • Unfortunately we cannot pay anyone for their work as Mail Art is free.
  • If you wish to have your work returned to you after the exhibition please enclose a self addressed, stamped envelope.
  • Deadline: 26th November ‘09
Re-Design your world!

We want you to design images and posters that we can display at national, regional and local events that encourage young people to go to www.myplatform2.com and sign up to be sent off, or images that stress just how evil poverty is. There is no huge cash prize but we will give the best designs a bag full of goodies and you will be doing your part in helping rid the world of the scandal that is poverty… oh and we can give you some chocolate! (fair trade of course).

Design/illustrate/create an image of any size for display which encourages young people between 18-25 to go to www.myplatform2.com. OR: to join the fight against poverty.


Russian Book illustration/1920s-ish

web library (pdf's)
Saisons Russes
Russian seasons phenomenon
book illustrations links
between graphics and books
children's book illustration of 1920s
'amazing pictures'
S. Marshak: archive of illustrators + publications

about A. Benois
about S. Diaghilev

more opportunities

T. Gilliam's Imaginarium! (deadline 23rd Oct, or 16th for post apps)
Looking for illustrators
Simple work with the chance to see your images in leading art establishment plus an excellent reference and payment on each design which gets commissioned by our buyers.
We are tiny company but with big plans and looking for someone to come on board, who is willing to take a chance, which could lead to full time employment if design bids are successful.
Contact Nicola at info@mewepress.co.uk

FILE magazine submissions

Open submission competition
Vulpes Vulpes is holding its first annual open submission exhibition. We are seeking artists from across the UK and worldwide working in all media to submit work.
Deadline for submissions: 1st November 2009 at 12 midnight Submission fee: £5 for up to 3 artworks
Notification: 10th November 2009, Exhibition dates: 11th December 2009 - 10th January 2010
To apply: please send up to 3 images of the work(s) you would like to submit, a 100 word statement about the work, and a CV.
Please email your application to information@vulpesvulpes.org with the subject heading: Open Exhibition 2009 and pay the submission fee via paypal to this email address.
Images should be no bigger than 300 kb and in .jpg or .tif formats.

Art/Value/Currency (deadline 10th Oct, All work must be 4” x 6” in size (or easily folded down into 4” x 6” exactly), submit 300dpi image + CV to isobel@thepigeonwing.co.uk, + £3 via Paypal )

Diversity poster competition
Kick out the concept of a singular identity.
To be in with a chance of winning £100 in vouchers and a year’s publicity for your creation:
* Design a poster challenging the concept of a singularidentity in terms of Age, Disability, Ethnicity, Faith, Gender, Sexuality orClass.
* Send your own original design or artwork in PDF or JPEG format to the Diversity Team by e mail no later than December 11th 2009. The winning poster will be publicised throughout the Diversity Team’s 2009/10 communications

Occupy my time: Police & Thieves, deadline 7th Dec

Mode a Logo: London fashion society identity
deadline 23rd Oct
1. One Image of as many designs you wish to submit
2. explanation of ideas - a brief description of your work.


read RUSSIA!

online + print magazine about Russia we don't know (based in NY)
also available via STACK website (6, 8, or 12 magazines sent altogether £3 each, incl. GOOD)


London design festival related EVENTS & LINKS

free letterpress workshops/Carnaby st.
three trees don't make a forest
Parallel projects
Tent London/Truman brewery
Cockpit arts
Brompton design district

Monocle design

blogged design process of making Monocle live
monocle.com – by Fitzroy&Finn

also their stuff: London Design Guide

Pantone Swatch

from Paul Finn
+ other Pantone things


onedotzero adventures in motion festival trailer 2009 from onedotzero on Vimeo.

film festival at South Bank, 9-13 Sep.


+ flip flop flyin'
+ flip flop flyball
+ craig robinson


2008: DONE 366 days of creativity by Jonas Buntenbruch



more London cycling

SE1 community website

Cycle show, Earl's court (8-11 oct)
Serpentine sport training sessions
Cycle safe London
Go Skyride (Putney heath to Bushey park circular/2.5 hrs/The Telegraph Inn, Telegraph Rd, Putney Heath/7pm Wednesday 26th August)
Bike Radar
Bikes on public transport
EVANS cycle voucher
Bike to work sampler book
London cycle network
The cycling experts
Mayor of London Skyride (20 Sep)
4 parks Skyride (13 Sep)
Richmond park ride (6 Sept)


Response to D&AD Student Awards brief set by Hewlett Packard.
"Present an idea which promotes HP Workstations ability to bring to life anything the creative mind can conceive."
Filmed, edited and directed by Matt Robinson and Tom Wrigglesworth


more YCN opportunities

Graphic design internship-1

The Institute of Contemporary Arts’ design team is looking for an open-minded talented graphic design intern. The ideal intern will be proficient in InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop as well as having experience of print and layout. Travel expenses are covered from zone 1-4 and the intern is offered a card for the duration of his internship that gives him free access to several art galleries in London.

Only successful applicants will be contacted. Please email sarah.boris@ica.org.uk sending your CV and examples of your work (no more than 4MB emails in total) or send your work by post to Sarah Boris, ICA, Senior Designer, 12 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AH.

Graphic design internship-2

Fridge Creative is looking for a talented graphic design graduate to intern with them for a three month stint. The ideal candidate would need to be proficient in all the usual CS packages and have both print and web design evident in their portfolio. Our hours are 10am– 6pm. We would offer £50 a week to cover travel and food expenses. email: info@fridgecreative.co.uk.

3 months at YCN

We're looking for a friendly and organisational someone to join us for at least three months, to help with ongoing creative project management and marketing.
Those interested should have some experience in the organisational side of design projects, solid written and verbal communication skills and an interest in the marketing and PR side of a creative business. Each applicant will be judged on individual merit.
The role is initially for three months, with a view to potential extension. These three months will be remunerated at £1550 a month. Please email your CV and a covering note to nick@ycnonline.com with the subject line Three

Illuatration placement

The One Off, a creative brand and design agency is looking for a talented illustrator student or graduate to join the team for a couple of weeks. The chosen candidate will be helping to develop an illustration style for a new range of Eco-toys for kids. A good knowledge of illustrator is essential along with a down to earth, hard working and dedicated attitude. Please send your CV and a few examples of your work to laura@theoneoff.com.

Graphic design internship-3

J.W. Anderson is an exciting menswear designer that shows on schedule at London Fashion Week. J.W. Anderson is a growing brand on an international scale with ever expanding media interest. Magazines such as Dazed and Confused, Dansk and Ten Magazine shoot the labels collection. J.W. Anderson sells on an International scale and in London in places such as Liberty.

We are looking for a Graphic Design student or graduate who has very good knowledge of Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator. Dreamweaver knowledge is a bonus. The student will gain experience in working in a creative fashion team with the opportunity of focusing on a season of re branding in a growing company. The student selected will be supervised by head of Print Design; Sam Cotton. Travel expenses will be paid. Please send your CV and a few examples of your work to sam@j-w-anderson.com.

Creative writing workshop

Ctrl.Alt.Shift comic competition

H&F events & places

The best of...:
...hamersmith & fulham
...southwest london
...kensington & chelsea
...central london!

The Fulham palace
British swimming
Simply swim
Western Kurdistan association
Give blood: session searcher
Parachute jump (contact Laura Busse on 020 8382 8018)


Waste & Recycle

Waste online – info on products recycling
Waste connect – find local recycling
Green choices – UK guide to greener living
Recycled products guide
Centre for Alternative technology
Scrap stores
Charity choice
Let's recycle
Recycle more
Recycle for London

Fonebank: sell & recycle your phone (mine is £5.50)
Simplydrop – phone, camera & players recycling + money (mine £5)

Natural collection

Organic & fairtrade goods

stop climate chaos

Stop climate chaos: green campaigns & events
(good font btw)

Give coal a boot

Greenpeace - Kick start a green energy future

Coal is a medieval atavism


Spare type blog

Oded Ezer's notes
Homage to Milton Glazer

Fonts for Financials

H&F article about Annual reports' typefaces

the Typographer's guide to the Galaxy

Oded Ezer's new book, review by Karen on design: related



T-shirt design competition (£2009 reward & commission) + logo redesign competition (£500)

the power of 8

interesting design blog & project space
'In this collaborative project, 8 people from different walks of life work together to build a public conversation about their individual aspirations for a desirable future'.


Jazz in London

Jazz bars
Jazz clubs
Octave/Covent garden

London stuff for Aug-Sep

Cycle Fridays
Portobello film festival/3-20 Sep
London Jazz festival/13-22 Nov
BBC Proms
Feast on Southwark bridge/ 13 Sep 12-22 pm
Sushi for free (£2.50 for service) at Tokyo sushi/Bank, 46 gresham st
Regents canal tasting trail/23 Aug 12-4 pm
Thames festival/12-13 Sept
The icecreamists/Selfridges/ 10 sep – 1 oct
Organic fortnight/5-20 sep

London design festival-2009

Range of events for Aug-Sept as part of Design festival

London theatres

Free London Theatre
A night less ordinary: FREE theatre tickets for under 26s
Bush theatre/Shep. Bush
GATE/(Notting hill gate, 11 Pembridge rd, above Prince Alb. pub)
Royal court/Sloane sq.
BAC /Battersea arts centre
TARA/Earlsfield, 12 mins from Waterloo
Orange theatre/Richmond)
The Tricycle/Kilburn
Soho theatre
Trafalgar studios (14 Whitehall)
Greenwich theatre
National Theatre
Young vic (Waterloo, The Cut)
The Blue elephant (59a Bethwin Rd, entrance in Thompson's Ave, Oval)
Hackney Empire
Royal court (Sloane sq.)
Donmar Warehouse (41 Earlham st., 7 dials)
Arcola (The Shawl Wed 9th & Thurs 10th Sept Mon 14th - Thurs 17th Sept
Elder Latimer is in Love
Mon 7th - Thurs 10th Sept
Mon 14th - Thurs 17th Sept) tel. 020 7503 1646
Dalston Kingsland Station, 27 Arcola st.
+ Pay what you can every Tuesday after 7pm
Half moon



creating free custom flash websites

lokesh dhakar

designer behind this 'coffee table' (possible to buy t-shirts or mugs with this print)

GOOD transparencies archive flickr set

whole lot of infographics from GOOD zine

Deliver magazine

online magazine for marketing people, but who knows...

Imagine Leadership

Great work for the Harvard Business School from XPLANE.com

Autokratz – Stay the same

infographic music video "Stay The Same" by Autokratz, directed by Laurie Thinot, she just earned recognition at the 19th Annual New Directors Showcase at Cannes. Links to videos from all of the winners are here.
via coolinfographics

eat real, eat local

Hellmann’s - It’s Time for Real from CRUSH on Vimeo.

$ 1 000, 000, 000, 000

Video based on the infographics from Jess Bachman, from WallStats.com
Created by/for Mint.com.

volunteering & charity

misc volunteering organisations online:
Young timebank
Time bank
Junction 49
UN volunteers
Save the children
Barnardo's charity
Citizens Advice
Volunteering England
NAB volunteering
Volunteer abroad
Cancer research UK
Leonard Cheshire Disability

'cool infographics' blog

another infographics blog of another infographics geek

overpopulation is a myth

so is it? overpopulationisamyth.com

rafael macho design

some good infographics and other 2D/3D work by Rafael Macho