Congratulations to John Newman on this week’s UK No 1 single. ‘Love Me Again’ will be the 12th consecutive No 1 single to clock up more than 100,000 weekly sales. Nice one John. Creative design by Big Active with silkscreen by Kate Gibb.
Will Sweeney’s first UK exhibition in ten years has just opened at Beach London. The core of the show is a set of drawings based on a recent trip Will made to Mexico, and the many ways that we measure our own mortality – for example the ‘microlives’ that we lose each time we smoke a cigarette. Also featured in the exhibition are two of Will’s most intricate pieces - Shanalorm and Purposemaker, detailing many mini armageddons.
The exhibition runs until 28th July.
Ibiza Rocks kicked off last week with Jake Bugg’s headline show setting the tone for another compelling season and proving that eight years on live bands really hold massive sway on the island. This summer’s highlights at the Ibiza Rocks Hotel and Mallorca Rocks Hotel include headline sets from the likes of Chase & Status, Beady Eye, Dizzee Rascal, Biffy Clyro, Chic and Foals (for the full line-up see here). This week’s show featured another storming set – this time from Rizzle Kicks (above) seen here sporting this year’s must have festival accessory – the Ibiza Rocks onesie – available from the Ibiza Rocks shop. We thoroughly approve!
Big Active Design have just completed work on the new Noah & The Whale album ‘Heart Of Nowhere’. The campaign takes it’s visual theme from the short film directed by front man Charlie Fink which tells the story of a teenage dystopian future, also the basis of the album itself. Markus Karlsson and Mat Maitland created a set of hand tinted images to accompany the strong graphic template which is carried across all packaging.
Adrian recently designed and illustrated an introductory guide to cycling in London, with publishers Herb Lester. The cycle routes were devised in conjunction with bicycle company Tokyo Bikes, who set out to include quieter journeys and interesting stopping-off points.
‘London on Two Wheels’ is available from Herb Lester.
Just released on legendary label Kompakt is ‘In Technicolor’ by Coma, for which Siggi Eggertsson was commissioned to create a cover. Siggi worked up a custom type to be debossed onto a holographic foil, which can be seen above.
Mat has just created an 8 page story for the new issue of mens fashion magazine HERO. Following the issue’s theme of suburbia, his collages show a series of desirable fashion items mingling with iconic American household goods.
Letman was recently invited to speak at Walker Art Center in Minneapolis as part of the Insight Design Lecture Series. In a time when we handwrite less and less to communicate, Letman’s lecture and the live type work that it accompanies serves to emphasise both his skill, and the importance of cursive script as a craft.
Big Active’s Mat Maitland has just overseen the creative direction for the new Basement Jaxx single ‘Back 2 The Wild’ including the video as well as sleeve artwork.
The promo, co-directed with Natalia Stuyk, features Mat’s signature collage style along with specially made items by French hair stylist / fashion designer Charlie Le Mindu and make-up artist Isamaya Ffrench. Maitland also shot the sleeve image which similarly uses a Le Mindu headpiece.