Call for entries to Mona’s Renaissance metaverse competition

Dezeen promotion: metaverse platform Mona has launched Renaissance, a digital competition calling for designers, architects and artists to create new virtual worlds. The competition tasks entrants with building their own metaverse focused around one or more of three themes: spaces to gather, spaces to display and spaces to perform. Previous virtual worlds uploaded to Mona’s 3D NFT art gallery include...

Postmodern architecture celebrated in illustrations by Adam Nathaniel Furman

Designer Adam Nathaniel Furman has created a vividly coloured illustration series called Postmodern Icons, which celebrates buildings such as London’s Isle of Dogs Pumping Station and Chicago’s James R Thompson Center. The series is a personal project that Furman started during the 2020 coronavirus lockdown, when he decided to revisit an old hobby of sketching buildings that he liked and...

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Postmodern architecture celebrated in illustrations by Adam Nathaniel Furman

Designer Adam Nathaniel Furman has created a vividly coloured illustration series called Postmodern Icons, which celebrates buildings such as London’s Isle of Dogs Pumping Station and Chicago’s James R Thompson Center. The series is a personal project that Furman started during the 2020 coronavirus lockdown, when he decided to revisit an old hobby of sketching buildings that he liked and...

Nord ID Riga makes sound visible in graphic design for Latvian Academy of Music

Musicians «painted» with their instruments to create the enigmatic graphics in the centenary publication of the Latvian Academy of Music, designed by local studio Nord ID Riga. The publication, 100 Years of the Jazeps Vitols Latvian Academy of Music, features abstract scribbles and markings printed over whole pages. The Latvian Academy of Music’s centenary publication was designed by Nord ID...

The Folio Society creates bold neon-coloured Philip K Dick box set

Rich illustrations by 24 different artists combine with dayglo graphic design to make The Complete Short Stories: Philip K Dick, a limited-edition box set of books by The Folio Society and La Boca. The four-volume hardback set brings together all 118 of the revered science-fiction author’s short stories and features illustrations by 24 artists, as well as neon book bindings...

Bath Spa University spotlights 11 student design projects

An animation where magical characters travel through valleys collecting treasure and a naturally-dyed kimono project are included in Dezeen’s latest school show by students at Bath Spa University. Also included is a textile project based on the colours of India and a range of 100 per cent traceable knitwear accessories and garments. Bath Spa University School: Bath Spa University Courses:...

Dezeen Awards 2021 media public vote winners include an animated website by Samuel Day

Dezeen readers have crowned projects by Ema Peter Photography, HGEsch Photography and three other studios winners of the Dezeen Awards 2021 public vote in the media categories. Other winners include Mue Studio for its dreamlike render of a pool in an interior patio and Samuel Day for a website with an endless scroll full of animated characters. A total of...

Factory Records sleeves were «about things I didn’t have» says Peter Saville

Legendary designer Peter Saville has revealed the inspiration behind his early work for Factory Records, saying the influential covers featured «things that I saw and wished were part of my reality». Speaking at the launch of his fabric collection Technicolour for Danish brand Kvadrat at 3 Days of Design in Copenhagen, Saville talked to Dezeen about his design process and...

Volvo latest car brand to reveal flat logo

Swedish car manufacturer Volvo has revealed a flat, less colourful version of its longstanding Iron Mark logo. According to Volvo, the redesign is a «modern» reinterpretation of the original logo that aims to maintain its essence. The new logo is an all-black, flat design that retains the same circular shape and upward-pointing arrow first used by the brand in 1927. Volvo is...

Yinka Ilori creates 18 colourful crossings over London’s streets

London-based designer Yinka Ilori is transforming 18 pedestrian crossings for this year’s London Design Festival, using vibrant bands of colour. Ilori has replaced the usual black and white stripes on 11 colourful crossings on Tottenham Court Road in central London with bold shades of blue, orange, pink, purple and green. The designer has also teamed up with students from University of...

WPP building online «Minecraft world» featuring all its global offices in one place

Global communications group WPP is creating a digital campus in computer game Minecraft featuring replicas of its offices around the world, allowing employees to visit other buildings without leaving their desks. The «Minecraft world» will allow employees to attend events, launch projects and visit more than 19 offices, according to Colin Macgadie of BDG Architecture + Design who is helping...