Cameras basically fall into two camps. There are those that get tossed into a bag and used to take snaps at the press of a button. Then there are the much larger ‘serious’ cameras that give greater control and image quality, but are heavy and cumbersome. And they’re almost invariably black. But the Olympus E-P1 or Pen, which has just been launched after much anticipation, aims to blur the categories. It crams most of what a single lens reflex camera offers into the smaller form of a compact camera, while also offering diminutive interchangeable lenses and high-definition video. The original Olympus Pen, a small-format camera launched in 1959, was designed by Yoshihisa Maitani, remembered fondly by photographers as the designer of the OM series of film SLRs. The new Pen’s styling is appropriately retro, as is its build – made of metal rather than the usual plastics, it has a nice, quality feel, almost luxurious. As well as silver and black, it comes in a white and fawn colour combination, aimed no doubt at making the Pen as much a fashion accessory as serious photographic tool, which it is more than capable of being. The Pen does for cameras what the new Mini does for cars, and could, despite a fairly hefty price tag (£699 for the basic kit), be just as successful.
Last week, Nestlé lost an appeal to trademark the four-fingered shape of its classic chocolate bar KitKat. This got us thinking – what are some of the most distinctive, food-related designs?
Apple’s Jony Ive took up a position at the Royal College of Art, and the London Design Festival announced its line-up – the important design news from the last seven days.
Ive will take over from James Dyson at London’s Royal College of Art in July, and aims to better connect art, design and technology at the university.
A round-up of moves, changes and appointments in the design world.
Designer Alan Long has authored and designed a new book called An A-Z Guide to Being a Freelance Designer. The book offers practical advice for people who are new to freelancing in the graphic design industry. It deals with subjects ranging from work that will enhance a designer’s portfolio to navigating invoicing. The book is […]
Consultancy FutureBrand’s Sydney office has created the visual identity for a new real-time payments platform based in Australia. New Payments Platform is designed to be used by both businesses and consumers to make payments quickly and easily. The new logo features a sans-serif typeface and a simple box-shaped outline. FutureBrand has also designed an animated […]
Salford-based business park MediaCityUK is playing host to four giant sculptures of endangered animal species as part of Quays Culture’s Unnatural Borders exhibition. Designed by Netherlands-based studio Sober Industries, the idea behind the project is to raise awareness about the impact of human civilisation on the animal kingdom and the environment. The sculptures include a […]
Swedish design consultancy Studio Reko has created the branding for fellow Swedish carpentry company Trä Möbelsnickeri. The logo is composed of an “A” symbol that is crossed at the top, which is a nod to the “ä” in “Trä” with its umlaut, and a visual interpretation of a cross section of a wooden bench. Brown […]
Amsterdam-based interior design consultancy Uxus has designed Speys, a food court within Jaarbeurs, the Netherlands’ largest event centre based in Utrecht. Speys seats roughly 520 people and adopts an art deco style, characterised by the geometric patterns which adorn the walls and old-fashioned, cinema-style lighting. Old, archive posters previously used to advertise the venue also […]
Filthymedia has designed the album cover for British DJ Audio’s debut album Beastmode, which takes on a monochrome, minimalist style. The album is split across four 12” singles. Filthymedia designed the print covers, the packaging for vinyl and CD, and the logotype for Beastmode. The simple identity uses “bold shapes and subtle shadows”, says Joe […]
Digital design studio Human After All has created a new website for independent publisher Canongate, which moves away from a traditional, book-ish look and adopts a colourful, contemporary and multimedia style. The homepage showcases key authors’ quotes against colourful backgrounds, alongside extracts, photography, audio and video. The About Us page has also been revamped to […]
When we think of dartboards, connotations of music-less, ale-filled, old-fashioned pubs and splintered, ancient wooden boards arise. But now, designers including Base Design and Karim Rashid have reimagined the dartboard as part of charity project Dart x Design, organised by consultancy Frog. Interpretations include a colourful, 3D-printed board from Alex Trochut, a mathematical, geometric board […]