Category Archive: Love Design

5 gender smashing designers from South Africa you should know

A growing crop of young designers from the continent are defining sexuality on their own terms and rejecting western stereotypes of how and what Africans should be. Take Rich Mnisi, his floating fabrics… Continue reading

The sneakers made from plastic ocean waste

It’s very rare that I feature fashion on this site, much less footwear, but Adidas’ eco-friendly sneakers deserve the exception. Its limited edition shoes are made from recycled plastic ocean waste and is… Continue reading

Afrofuturist menswear Ikiré Jones

The Afrofuturist menswear brand Ikiré Jones spare no punches in its latest editorial detailing asylum seekers living in Italy. “Did you sneer at your newspaper headlines over a warm breakfast, and curse your… Continue reading

Temporary housing: how cities plan for mass migration

In 2013, typhoon Haiyan swept through the Philippines killing over 6,000 people. The country witnesses about 20 typhoons a year, with efforts focused on temporarily housing and evacuating those left in the aftermath.… Continue reading

Victo Ngai’s Chinese influenced Illustrations

Her name may not be instantly familiar but chances are you would have seen Victo Ngai’s colourful illustrations adorning pages in the New York Times, the New Yorker, and Washington Post. Or perhaps… Continue reading

Screen prints at Somerset House

Somerset House has teamed up with Print Club London to produce a series of limited edition screen prints inspired by films being shown during August’s Film4 Summer Screen. This is the third time… Continue reading

Film poster designs – the first 100 years of black cinema

Reel Art Press has delved into the archives of the black film industry to produce a visual feast of iconic posters from the past 100 years. The coffee table book containing over 35,000… Continue reading

Graphic Africa

Contemporary African art is coming into its own and burgeoning right now. As a result there are a few exhibitions happening in London showcasing the most inventive artists from the continent. Many are… Continue reading

Judging a book by its cover

   January is very much the time when people take time to reflect. And in the spirit of things, I thought I’d dig out an old interview I did with David Pearson on… Continue reading

5 of the best Art and Design blogs by African and Diaspora Artists

Often the best inspirations come from wasting time surfing the net. And there’s a lot of good stuff out there. And as is traditional this time of year, the media is salivating and… Continue reading

London Design Festival: Nicola Hume, Listen Here

Exhibiting at 100% Design as part of the London Design Festival that took place last week, Nicola Hume’s “Listen Here” project allows locals to share live sounds from the city with tourists. Locals… Continue reading

Pick Me Up at Somerset House

At a fix for what to do next weekend? Stroll over to Pick Me Up at Somerset House. Whilst the second year of Pick Me Up was a bit of let down, the… Continue reading

AACDD: Titi Abiola

Juxtaposing Japanese and African influences, British textile designer Titi Abiola’s works use bold eclectic colours with astonishing detail. Often a product of wild experimentation her works are heavily influenced by old crafts and… Continue reading

London Design Festival: Nick Fraser

Over the last five years climate change has definitely been on the collective agenda of designers. And with recycled products a hot commodity, every design studio wants to show just how debonair they… Continue reading

London Design Festival: Uncle Oswald is My Hero

It’s actually the third time exhibiting at 100% Design for Korean design duo Jinsop Lee, and Justin Kim, the guys behind the coolly named Uncle Oswald is My Hero. But the seamless beauty… Continue reading

Child’s Play: Children’s animation in Africa

Nigerian animator Adamu Waziri is single-handedly re-igniting children’s entertainment from his studio in Nigeria’s capital Abuja. Frustration at the lack of children’s cartoons showing positive images of the African continent, led him to… Continue reading

The London Design Festival

It is that time again – the biggest event in London’s creative calendar. Hundreds of events are expected to take place across the capital over a packed nine days, with the V&A being… Continue reading

Peter Saville on Helvetica and Typography

Recognised for his record cover designs for Joy Division and New Order, Peter Saville talks about the evolution of typography and the appeal of Helvetica… Do you believe there is a historical consciousness… Continue reading

Designers for Japan

Designers for Japan is a collaborative effort between designers, photographers, and imagemakers from around the world to create posters for sale in aid of relief efforts in Japan. The brief for the artworks… Continue reading

Mending Broken Hearts Art Appeal

The effects of the recession are being felt by all; but even more so by the organisations that rely solely on our “spare cash”. Charities are thinking cleverly about fundraising. Now more than… Continue reading

Good 50×70

Following on from my previous post on designers collaborating with charities, focus is on Italian based poster project Good 50×70, an annual contest in which seven charities provide a brief on a global… Continue reading

Design For Haiti

Until recently the words ‘designer’ and ‘fundraising’ were rarely uttered in the same sentence. But the events of Hurricane Katrina, the Haiti earthquake, followed by the Japan Tsunami changed all that. What followed… Continue reading

Vinyl Factory opens pop-up store

Concept stores seem to be all the rage now. And in these economic times with capricious customers obsessively fingering their hard-earned pennies dubiously, it’s always good to make it temporary. So in steps… Continue reading

Mark Blamire, Helvetica and Trainspotting

So Danny Boyle’s Trainspotting celebrated its 15th anniversary last month. The film’s posters were designed by Rob O’Connor and Mark Blamire originally of Stylorouge. Mark Blamire explains some of the decisions behind the… Continue reading

Pick Me Up

Illustrator James Graham will be showcasing some of his designs at Somerset House’s Pick Me Up graphic art fair in March. He regularly contributes illustrations for Esquire magazine.

Love is Dark

Cleverly situated amongst Bloomsbury’s art students and book designers, Darkroom London boasts a dedicated army of followers rapidly growing in numbers. The brainchild of Rhonda Drakeford, co-founder of graphic design studio Multistorey, and… Continue reading

Penguin goes Art Deco

Coralie Bickford-Smith is senior cover designer at Penguin Classics. Her latest designs are the sell-out special edition series of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novels. What did you want to achieve with the F. Scott… Continue reading