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Zoë Barker on her success as an illustrator, facing up to ‘freelance anxiety’ and finding a happier balance

2019-11-12T12:05:08+01:00November 12th, 2019|Categories: Inspiration, News|Tags: |

Zoë Barker's intricate illustrations, meticulously outlined with pens or coloured pencils, are softened with a satisfying wash of watercolour. This signature style has caught the attention of many big brands including Virgin, Liberty of London and New Balance. And her drawings have graced the pages of The Telegraph and Creative Review. Starting out with a [...]

An Otter’s Tale, directed by Nina Gantz, is LOEWE’s craft-led campaign for Christmas

2019-11-12T12:04:43+01:00November 12th, 2019|Categories: Inspiration, News|Tags: |

An otter, a wading bird, a dragonfly and a dodo are brought to life in a stunning new film inspired by British arts and craft ceramicist William De Morgan to launch LOEWE's new ready-to-wear range for Christmas. Directed by Nina Gantz at Blinkink, the campaign features the Spanish fashion house's new capsule collection – also [...]

Make a statement for freedom with a new typeface inspired by original graffiti from the Berlin Wall

2019-11-12T12:04:40+01:00November 12th, 2019|Categories: Inspiration, News|Tags: |

A film and new typeface inspired by original graffiti from the Berlin Wall have been created as part of a campaign to mark the 30th anniversary since its fall. Called Voice of the Wall, the campaign's film – in which we hear sirens, dogs barking and gunshots – depicts the suffering the Wall witnessed. It [...]

& SMITH shakes up the cocktail industry with a new identity for Black Lines

2019-11-12T12:04:30+01:00November 12th, 2019|Categories: Inspiration, News|Tags: |

London agency & SMITH has unveiled a new identity for Black Lines, a premium "cocktails on tap" supplier. Previously known as Hingston + Co., the brand is on a mission to change people's preconceptions of how cocktails are served and experienced, challenging conventional thinking that all cocktails must be handcrafted in front of the drinker. [...]

Fedrigoni 366: This year’s calendar is an explosion of bright colour and marks 2020’s leap year

2019-11-12T12:04:17+01:00November 12th, 2019|Categories: Inspiration, News|Tags: |

It started three years ago as an unprecedented collaboration of designers, illustrators and photographers from across the UK, gathered together from an open call. Now Fedrigoni's annual calendar is back, but this year introducing 366 to mark 2020's leap year. Following on from black and white renditions of the calendar, this latest edition, designed by [...]

Ballon dogs that spring to life and colourful crates: The unique still life paintings of Robert C. Jackson

2019-11-11T12:04:57+01:00November 11th, 2019|Categories: Inspiration, News|Tags: |

Anthropomorphised balloon dogs and colourful crates feature heavily in Robert C. Jackson's unconventional still life paintings. Full of wit and character, influenced by pop art, they are instantly recognisable as his own. "They're my signature," Jackson told American Art Collector in a recent interview. "I want people to be able to say, 'That's a Robert [...]

The 2019 Christmas gift guide for artists, designers, makers and anyone who loves creativity

2019-11-11T12:04:26+01:00November 11th, 2019|Categories: Inspiration, News|Tags: |

Have a super creative person in your life and need some gift ideas for Christmas? Or need to throw some hints at family and friends? At Creative Boom, we've done all the hard work for you, picking out a selection of presents ideal for those who love and appreciate art and design. Wherever possible, we've [...]

Photographs by Howard Barlow of significant moments in Manchester’s history from the last 40 years

2019-11-11T12:04:14+01:00November 11th, 2019|Categories: Inspiration, News|Tags: |

For over 40 years, photojournalist Howard Barlow has worked for the broadsheets, capturing many significant events in Manchester's history. He photographed everything from political party conferences, the visit of the Pope and the Manchester air crash to the Strangeways riot, and the IRA bombing. You can see some of these iconic news images in Common [...]