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Oct 2009 / № 1057

nooka_universal

i hope to use my posting space on KDU to expand the dialog on universal communication. some of the major obstacles to truly moving forward with technology and our future as a planet is communication. it is unfortunate that the dialog on this issue becomes an emotional one for many individuals. i find even educated people regress to emotional arguments as to why one must preserve language as intrinsic to individual cultures – which is valid to a point – but to them i always ask ‘how can you argue that the range of emotions or intellect is limited by any one language?’

these arguments get in the way of truly analyzing the economic and ecological impact of maintaining so many world languages when we can do so much more when resources are pooled; look how india has benefitted from outsourcing simply by having a large english speaking population. how many man-hours, ecological resources and electricity are used in translating documents, books, entertainment in the most basic of international interactions and what is the carbon footprint of this activity?

now, i know i am not the first person to obsess over this issue and i know i won’t be the last. my argument is only more difficult by being an english speaking american with english [and america] being viewed as some kind of imperial force by many. to my own defense, i am bilingual in japanese and not a huge fan of english grammar. that said, japanese [and chinese] are have too complex a writing system to be a truly universal language and we all know what joke esperanto is. this does not mean the discussion on how important this issue is over, and i have many ideas on these themes which i will share here in future posts. i believe we can be respectful of all languages and cultures and still see that the need to choose one language for the planet is both logical and imperative.

not to contradict myself but there is a wonderful word in japanese for “universality” and it is this i made into an image to illustrate this post. the definition translates as: things that are common to everything. example: universal human rights. universally accepted ideas/concepts.

why let language get in the way?

Posted by nooka Categorized: KDU |

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Sep 2009 / № 1016

idn
I was recently featured in IdN magazine’s “Self-promotion issue” (Hong Kong) . Out now

Posted by spaceknuckle Categorized: Design Press |

Sep 2009 / № 1000

No!

NO! typographic organic illustration.

Organic and structural typographic illustration, created with Faber Castil and Rotring technical pens. A mass of tangled branches and coral-like fans entwined with sharp structural forms. A sparrow hides amongst the branches guarding her eggs.  Hidden amongst the elements is the words ‘NO!’ – this can be seen best via the development images – meaning hidden amongst the mass. Set to be a limited run screen-print.

kdu_bulletFull development images and process can be viewed here.

― Daniel J Diggle

Sep 2009 / № 984

Wooden Toy Quarterly and Semi-Permanent presents Lyrics and Type.

Exhibition starts on the 9th October at the Gorker Gallery http://www.gorkergallery.com/gorker_home.html

http://www.woodentoyquarterly.com  http://www.semipermanent.com

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Piece for the Wooden Toy “Lyrics & Type” exhibition/zine at the Gorker Gallery, Melbourne, Australia.

Posted by Monaux Categorized: Design Print illustration |

Evgeny Kiselev

Evgeny Kiselev


Saint-Petersburg based Russian illustrator Evgeny Kiselev never stops and draws everywhere he goes.
No matter that a tube station or snorkelling in Asia, he always finds inspiration from enjoying the life.
He started freelance work few years ago after being squeezed in local creative agencies where he got professional experience. The lack of academic background hadn’t changed the way he creates and even improved the will to tie his life with graphics and visualisation. So what you think makes Evgeny’s artworks outstanding? I do believe he found a unique way of creativity flow and concentrates on researching new ways of inspiration. His works are recognisable and rarely use the previous idea generating new diversities. Since last year he started to materialise illustrations on cushions and umbrellas what makes them unique and colourful.
Since I’m watching for his artistic career he has collaborated with European media like ROJO, Computer Arts, Miller, IDN, Grafik Magazine and of course Designcollector participating in our six anniversary.

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Posted by Arseny Vesnin Categorized: illustration Tags: curating graphic design Russian |

Sep 2009 / № 957

For those who didn’t see it yet, here’s some spacey jam Matt and me collabed on some months ago!!!

http://mattwmoore.com x http://iammago.com

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Posted by IAMMAGO Categorized: KDU Tags: 2009 collab Dovjenko Magomed matt moore venom w |

Sep 2009 / № 944

Some KDU promo thing I did not too long ago..
Created with Graphite on paper only.

Posted by IAMMAGO Categorized: Press illustration |

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Fashion Vs. Architecture: Construct / Deconstruct

The above spreads are from a big feature in PILOT issue 2. It was printed on insert matte stock and printed in a two-colour monotone. It looks much better in the flesh actually, but these lo-res give you a quick feel for the feature, as does the text below…

Recent advances in technology have given architects the tools to create fluid buildings and fashion designers the ability to make garments architectonic. The language of each discipline is increasingly interchangeable as architects incorporate pleating, folding, and weaving into their structural designs while fashion designers use architectural inspiration to express volume and structure. Construct / Deconstruct explores the relationship between fashion and architecture highlighting common ground and suggesting potential new ideas for the future development of both disciplines.

Sep 2009 / № 929

http://www.nbcnewyork.com/blogs/the-thread/Gen-Art-Fresh-Face-Spotlight-Linus-59458257.html

Posted by Jiminie Categorized: KDU |

Sep 2009 / № 928

Poster/Listings for UK club ‘Wire’. This project is currently a work in progress. The club hosts a number of nights encompassing a range of music and tastes, so we approached this project with an open mind. A late-night stream-of-conciousness ensued.

Wire Poster Front

Wire Poster Back

Sep 2009 / № 885

Fashion Communication
Hello and let me introduce you the brand new blog on Fashion Communication recently started on Designcollector Network and run by DJ and fashion editor Olga Bohan!
Briefly, blog is about the communications between people and fashion brands. From runway shows to advertising campaigns, from shops windows to their interiors, from legend make up to stars collaborations. You can call it boring “marketing communication” and will be right. But in case of fashion industry nothing can be boring.
DJ and fashion editor Olga Bohan started this blog to collect and analyse fashion marketing tricks that different brands use to promote their goods. She did a splendid warm up mix reflecting the latest trends of catwalk music.
Check it out

Posted by Arseny Vesnin Categorized: Fashion |

Sep 2009 / № 873

kdu_shewalks

Work in progress, illustration due to be a limited run screen-print .

She Walks, organic and structural illustration, created with Faber Castil technical pens.

Additions and edits have been made to the original image – flowing hair and sparrow – which can seen via the development images linked below. The final composition will sit upon a solid matt gold tree silhouette and will be printed as a limited run hand drawn screen-print.

kdu_bulletFull development images and process can be viewed here.

― Daniel J Diggle

Sep 2009 / № 879

Valp brings new stuff online. Illustration, web design and motion styleframes. Visit www.valpnow.com.

Posted by valp Categorized: Print Web illustration Tags: illustration poland valp web design |

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