BBC’s Tokyo 2020 trailer «brings the Olympics into everyday Japan»

The founders of film and animation studio Factory Fifteen have revealed how they fused Japanese pop culture with sports references to develop a frenzied promo video for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. As the trailer for the BBC’s media coverage of Tokyo 2020, the one-minute video takes viewers on a fast-moving journey through different city scenes, featuring everything from J-pop and anime to...

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Creatives share what they’re grateful for during the pandemic in 100 Days of Gratitude

Designers and architects including Arthur Mamou-Mani and Adam Nathaniel Furman have shared what they’re grateful for as part of 100 Days of Gratitude, an ongoing portrait series illustrator Justyna Green started in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. The London-based illustrator began drawings for the series 100 Days of Gratitude as Covid-19 restrictions began loosening around the world. Top: Adam Nathanial-Furman...

Creatives share what they’re grateful for during the pandemic in 100 Days of Gratitude

Designers and architects including Arthur Mamou-Mani and Adam Nathaniel Furman have shared what they’re grateful for as part of 100 Days of Gratitude, an ongoing portrait series illustrator Justyna Green started in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. The London-based illustrator began drawings for the series 100 Days of Gratitude as Covid-19 restrictions began loosening around the world. Top: Adam Nathanial-Furman...

Blue bubbles helped «make the cause of climate change visible» say visualisers behind viral video

A 2012 animation showing New York City being buried under a mountain of giant bubbles allowed people to appreciate the scale of carbon emissions for the first time, according to its creators Real World Visuals. Released in 2012, the computer-generated timelapse shows the city being buried under a mountain of bubbles representing the city’s 54 million tonnes of annual CO2...

Iconic moments from the Euros celebrated on beer mats by David Shrigley, Pentagram and more

Twenty graphic designers have reinterpreted moments from UEFA European Championship football history on a set of beer mats, with proceeds going to grassroots football charities. Weird Euros features the work of established artists and designers like David Shrigley, Chris Simpson and Pentagram‘s Astrid Stavro, as well as rising talents such as Robyn Nicol, David Oku, Raj Dhunna and Isobel Mehta. Raj...

Graphic designer Ken Garland dies aged 92

Ken Garland, the graphic designer best known for redesigning CND’s peace symbol, has passed away at the age of 92. The news of the British designer’s death was reported on Twitter. «Sad news,» tweeted Adrian Shaughnessy, who is the author of a book about Garland’s work, Structure and Substance. «Ken Garland has died.» «He died peacefully surrounded by family, friends...

Imogen Heap removes 20 tonnes of carbon dioxide from atmosphere with debut NFT drop

Musician Imogen Heap has created a collection of six audiovisual NFTs that are carbon negative and hope to «set the bar for what digital art can and should be». The Firsts Collection is Heap’s first foray into non-fungible tokens (NFTs) and features short, improvised audio clips called Rifffs, which she created during live, collaborative jam sessions with users of the music...

Periods for Periods is a typeface of fullstops to protest period poverty

A total of 140 designers from around the world including Pentagram‘s Giorgia Lupi have collaborated to produce a blood-red typeface made out of punctuation to highlight period poverty in American schools. Called Periods for Periods, the typeface is a group of loosely circular, playful shapes that are «periods» – a play on the common American word for full stops. Periods...

Antarctica’s first flag aims to give the uninhabited continent a voice in the climate crisis

American journalist Evan Townsend has designed the True South flag for Antarctica to create a distinctive identity for the continent and encourage its protection by the rest of the Earth’s inhabitants. Designed while working as a steward at a polar research station, the True South flag features an icy white peak mirrored by a south-facing compass arrow. According to Townsend, it is...