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.
Latest figures from UCAS show a 5% drop in university students applying for art and design subjects compared to this time last year, which an art school principal has put down to the “Government’s devaluing of creative education”.
Sky Creative and Nomad have created a new identity for the sports broadcaster as it expands its service to include 10 individual channels.
This week, brands, celebrities and individuals around the globe celebrated World Emoji Day. Now, we ask designers about their favourite emojis and how they use them to communicate.
Design Frontiers will run alongside London Design Festival, and will see collaborative installations from designers and brands including Jaguar and Tord Boontje with Swarovski.
Creatives including Jake and Dinos Champan and John Cooper Clarke have created a series of posters for a global campaign called Time for Outrage! The campaign is based on the book Indignez-Vous! (Time for Outrage!) by the late author and French Resistance member Stéphane Hessel, and asks artists and members of the public to express […]
Consultancy Hue & Cry has created the visual identity for a new, French bar in Bethnal Green, East London. Coupette – which means to have a “cheeky one” in French – looks to bring lesser-known French drinks such as Calvados, cidre and poiré to London. Hue & Cry’s identity for the bar is inspired by […]
Architecture lecturer Mollie Claypool is set to release a new book about the life and work of 20th century Spanish architect Antoni Gaudi. This is Gaudi features colourful illustrations by London-based designer Christina Christoforou, and highlights the architect’s most famous projects such as the Sagrada Familia and Casa Mila, along with some of his lesser-known […]
Hampshire Cultural Trust – which looks after more than 20 museums and art centres across the county – is leading a new cultural initiative commissioning creatives to create textile designs inspired by the history of the surrounding area. The Arts Council-funded Creative Commercial Collections project sees institutions such as Jane Austen’s House Museum in Chawton […]
ECE Architecture has teamed up with designer Creative Forager to create a 1,000m2 typographic mural on a brutalist, multistorey car park in Worthing, UK. The reimagined car park has been spray-painted in an array of bright colours by street artist Ricky Also, who went through roughly 600 cans of spray paint in seven days to […]
Brand consultancy Designhouse has created the visual identity for a private clinic currently being built in Swiss ski resort Crans Montana. Summit will mainly carry out day surgeries, and will focus on beauty and orthopaedic treatments. A neutral grey logo is inspired by Switzerland’s mountains, the cross symbol seen in its national flag and Swiss […]
NotOnSunday has designed a summer campaign for Horniman Museum and Gardens in South East London. The vibrant, multi-coloured campaign is based around the series of Indian Summer-themed events taking place at the museum from July to September 2017. The branding for Indian Summer is designed to work across various family events, an adult late event […]
Illustrator Marcus Marritt has created a series of beer can designs for Beatzniks Republic, to mark its move to Manchester and the opening of its new brewery in the city. The visually striking, illustrated cans are part of an ongoing series as the brewery adds new flavours to its range; the latest being Tropic Fiesta […]