Hope you all had a lovely Easter Bank Holiday weekend. We kicked ours off in fine style Good Friday evening at the Castor + Pollux preview (pics below) of Norwegian graphic artist and muralist, Lasse Skarbovik's paintings and prints.
Lasse Skarbovik currently works and lives in Stockholm where he's part of the Stockholm Illustration Collective. His fun, graphic illustrations that have graced the pages of the New Yorker, TIme Magazine and The Economist will be exhibited throughout the Brighton Festival (until 30 May). But don't worry if you can't make it down to Brighton - many of the prints are available to buy in their online store.
Image copyright Lasse Skarbovik.
Gallery images copyright Castor + Pollux.
#104 - Vintage OXO tin, but no ordinary OXO tin! No, this one is a souvenir celebrating the Coronation of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, 2 June 1953 - "LONG MAY SHE REIGN".
Whilst everyone seems to have Royal Wedding fever I thought it only fitting to share this fabulous little tin. It's not in the best condition, but I love it's kitschness - there's even a timeline of the Queens life on the inside of the lid (below).
If you get bored over the Bank Holiday (or any day really) make a cuppa and have a good look through our reference box.
#103 - Vintage Pepys Party Game (Castell Brothers) 'It Pays to Advertise'.
This quirky game has been in the reference box for quite a while and unfortunately most of the cards are missing. As far as I can tell it's from the late 50's, players had to write down the product the characters are associated with as well as filling in the missing words in the famous slogans.
So, are you ready for a just-for-fun Friday game (answers on Monday)...
Our friends Sell! Sell! have just launched a great TV campaign, 'Your Bets Mate' for the new Racing Post App.
The 3 ads - 'Lederhosen', 'Snake charmer' (above) and 'cow' feature quirky clips of Getty library footage pieced together with shot scenes that match closely (but not that closely!).
They're a refreshing change, entertaining and funny - check out the full campaign here.
It's reassuring to know I'm not the only person with drawers full of what most people would call 'old crap', but that I call 'design reference'.
The images above are stills from Level Mag's Show and Tell with Portland's renowned graphic designer, Aaron Draplin of Draplin Design Co.
Filmed by Jared Sourney whilst video-documenting Draplin for a snowboard website, the clip shows, "a guided peak into the big man’s drawers of dirty delights"!
Watch the full video here.
Stills/footage copyright Level Mag.
The Design Museum, London are currently showing the UK's first retrospective of Dutch designer Wim Crouwel's work, Wim Crouwel: A Graphic Odyssey. An exhibition showcasing posters, print, typography and exhibition design from his 60 year of his career.
Crouwel is recognised for his love of grids and typographic systems to create dynamic, experimental work. "Regarded as one of the leading designers of the twentieth century, Crouwel embraced a new modernity to produce typographic designs that captured the essence of the emerging computer and space age of the early 1960s".
Wim Crouwel: A Graphic Odyssey runs until 3 July 2011. A set of 5 limited edition 'C' prints (above) designed exclusively for the Design Museum by Spin are available here throughout the exhibition.
Images copyright of the Design Museum.