Maja Jones /// Graphic Design

Getting inspired...around Shoreditch

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I am still thinking about my recent weekend stay at the Ace Hotel in Shoreditch. I know, I know, it's hipster, it's uber cool but in a nice and friendly way. With all the nooks and crannies in a shape of a cafe serving great coffee, huge lobby (full of freelancers), lovely restaurant, cool bar, night club and rooms that are graphic designer's wet dream, you almost needn't leave the place. But there was a 100 years of Graphic Design exhibition to see and the rest of the Shoreditch to explore...

Happiness inducing graphic design

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Happy Monday folks! Here's some visual catnip to brighten up your day. 

  Anna Kövecses

Anna Kövecses

  Anna Kövecses

Anna Kövecses

  Anna Kövecses

Anna Kövecses

  Tom Eckersley

Tom Eckersley

 Tom Eckersley

Tom Eckersley

  Here Design's latest Yotam Ottolenghi book

Here Design's latest Yotam Ottolenghi book

 From Paul Rand's Sparkle and Spin children's book

From Paul Rand's Sparkle and Spin children's book

 Philip Igumnov

Philip Igumnov

  George Otsubo

George Otsubo

 Gwen Liby

Gwen Liby

 Paul Thrulby

Paul Thrulby

 Herve Morvan

Herve Morvan

  Nathan Ripperger

Nathan Ripperger

 Fredun Shapur

Fredun Shapur

  Geoff Mcfetridge

Geoff Mcfetridge

  80s Danish Postcard

80s Danish Postcard

  Lost at Sea series by Monster Riot

Lost at Sea series by Monster Riot

  Jay Roeder

Jay Roeder

Infographics love

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I do love a good infographic and I also used to work as a waitress in a pancake restaurant - such fun on a Pancake Day…

I thought it be quite apt to combine the two passions of mine and post some infographics I found in the run up to such an important day. You'd be surprised, there are quite a few of them.

 BBC FOOD Infographic

BBC FOOD Infographic

  Pancakes Around The World via Philip Emmanuele

Pancakes Around The World via Philip Emmanuele

  Frank’s Go Faster Pancakes | | Handsome Frank Illustration Agency

Frank’s Go Faster Pancakes | | Handsome Frank Illustration Agency

 Via Dan Shepelavy

Via Dan Shepelavy

 Via Chic Type blog

Via Chic Type blog


Getting inspired...at the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill

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The De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill, is once again, a perfect setting for the Ladybird by Design exhibition, celebrating the well loved illustrations of Ladybird books from the late 50s to 70s. Curated by Lawrence Zeegen, author of the Ladybird by Design book and Dean of the School of Design at LCC. Go and see if you can!

http://www.dlwp.com/event/ladybird-by-design

http://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/jan/16/golden-age-peter-jane-ladybird-flight

http://www.thedrum.com/news/2015/01/23/drum-s-design-project-week-ladybird-design

http://www.digitalartsonline.co.uk/news/illustration/ladybird-by-design-free-exhibition-now-on-book-vintage-delightful-illustrations/

http://www.designweek.co.uk/whats-on/a-collection-of-illustrations-taken-from-ladybird-books/3039573.article

Getting inspired...at the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill

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If you were going to do/see one thing in the South East this weekend make that the Cut and Paste exhibition of Ivan Chermayeff’s work in Bexhill’s De La Warr Pavilion as it ends on the 14th September. 

Seeing Chermayeff's work, it’s hard not to use the words inspiring and amazing. What makes the work of the 82 year old American born Modernist graphic designer and artist even more special is that it fits perfectly within Modernist De La Warr Pavilion which just happened to be co-designed by his father Serge Chermayeff.

Ivan Chermayeff, Bexhill, De La Warr
Ivan Chermayeff
Ivan Chermayeff, Bexhill, De La Warr

If you are feeling inspired by the exhibition, there's a table with magazines and papers for your own "Assemblage"...

In a short film, in which he talks about his career and life, there are quite a few iconic logos that I never realised were designed by him! So inspiring to see that someone which such an artistic flare had also achieved a great commercial success. 

  The NBC logo designed by Ivan Chermayaeff. Credit: Chermayeff & Geismar & Haviv

The NBC logo designed by Ivan Chermayaeff. Credit: Chermayeff & Geismar & Haviv

  US Bicentennial, identity, 1965

US Bicentennial, identity, 1965

http://www.cgstudionyc.com

http://www.dlwp.com/event/ivan-chermayeff-cut-and-paste

Getting inspired... at Pick me up, London

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Last week, my 6 year old and I went on a little adventure to London and visited the graphic design and illustration festival aka Pick Me Up at Somerset House in London. It was great to see how kid friendly the festival was. 

Pick me up identity at Soemrset House

As any stationery lovers, we were both in awe of giant paperclips that were part of the Pick me up identity around the Somerset house.

My kiddo loved the giant Cat Island by Jessica Das

Jessica Das

Jack Hudson's lovely prints...

Decorate your own wooden bricks...

We loved the letter painting with Animaux Circus's colours on a gorgeous pastel, watermelon theme.

Barcelona's Hey Studio lovely lettering prints...

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And there was loads and loads more to see. One of my favourites was the room with Brighton's shop Unlimited, a room so packed with people that I didn't manage to take any photos! 

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And some goodies in the shape of 16 postcards of artworks from the festival...

The whole festival identity and collateral was designed by Studio Emmi.

Maja Jones Blog post on Pick me up London

It was fun and inspiring for both adults and kids alike. I've got me a new exhibition buddy and we can't wait to go back next year!