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Following the tragic death of David Hillman Curtis last month, the Hillman Curtis celebration benefit has been organised and curated by Gary Hustwit, Stefan Sagmeister, Ben Nabors, and Ben Wolf, with support from the School of Visual Arts. It will be a celebration of the life and work of Hillman Curtis, hosted by his friends, colleagues, and the subjects of his films.

Proceeds from the evening will benefit the PS29 Arts Fund, the Carroll Gardens elementary school attended by Jasper and Tess Curtis.

You can find the event details below:

The Films of Hillman Curtis
Thursday, June 21st, 7pm
With special guests Milton Glaser, Debbie Millman, Stefan Sagmeister, Paul Sahre, Paula Scher, James Victore, and more to be announced.

SVA Theatre
333 West 23rd Street
New York, NY 10011
Drinks reception: 7pm to 8pm
Film program: 8pm to 9:30pm

General admission: $20
Students: $15
VIP ticket with priority seating and after-party invite: $50
Tickets on sale now:

In 2008 WeOccupy asked 40+ creatives to create their own interpretation of a Cult, Classic or Obscure film poster from the past — whether it be a literal or abstract solution.

The result was ‘Now Showing’, an Art exhibition (London + Barcelona) paying homage to more than 70 years of film, through the form of prints, one off screen prints and sculptures. Contributors included: Paul Willoughby, Michael Gillette, Nathan Fox, Pietari Posti, Mario Hugo, HORT, James Joyce, Build and Hellovon to name a few.

4 years on and they are taking the posters down for good; after this week they will no longer be available to purchase. To help commemorate this, they are running a twitter competition all week. The lucky ‘Follower’ (@weoccupy) picked at random will get to pick any of the 26 posters here. The winner will be announced next week.

TO ENTER: simply tweet the following: .The ‘Now Showing’ alternative film posters will be gone next week. RT for a chance to win 1 of these 26 posters #nsc

Beautifully crafted typography is always an eye catcher, and beautiful typography spotted in the everyday environment is even better. I have recently found out about Molly Woodward, a Brooklyn based graphic designer who has catalogued examples of declining but wonderful environmental type on the website of her Vernacular Typography project. It contains examples of urban typography from around the world, and is well worth a look.

All over the world, there are cities and towns that retain their rich traditions of vernacular signage … this website seeks to collect and document examples of these vanishing symbols of art and culture.”

I can’t speak very good French, I can just about get by in a boulangerie. My language deficiency doesn’t stop me being able to enjoy the excellent work of Sanaa K though. Her illustrations feature a lot of French text and, from what I can gather, are autobiographical. She also has songs that accompany many of her illustrations and give a further insight to the mood and emotion in each bit of work.

Mr Daniel Eatock has recently updated his site with a new series of object-based works called One + One. Each establishes a range of formal, practical or conceptual conceits connecting two otherwise independently existing objects.

Currently on show at the Stanley Picker Gallery.

Template is an exciting exhibition coming up at The Frontroom in Cambridge.

Designers Jack Featherstone and Max Parsons will be taking over The Frontroom gallery to present their second collaborative show, ‘Template’ – A site-specific work informed by the space and dimensions of the gallery.

Private View: Fri 16th Mar 7-10pm
18th Mar – 20th Apr

Incredible new work from Matthias Heiderich, especially like Excursus: The Mountains.

Matthias is a self-taught photographer, Currently living and working in Berlin, Germany.

Old photos are fascinating. Old photos that contain old cars are even better, for me at least. This Flickr set adds another facet of intrigue: old photos containing old cars, in old car dealerships. They are all from 50s and 60s America where subtly hadn’t yet been invented. Red and white stripy buildings, chandeliers, neon signs and huge lettering were de rigueur.

I know nothing of Emma Uber, only that she is good.

In 1964 the Design Research Unit, Britain’s first multi-disciplinary design agency were commissioned to breathe new life into the nation’s neglected railway industry.

Doublearrow has a wealth of information on the identity of British Rail including most the pages from the colossal Corporate Identity Manual.

Really lovely stuff.

Really love the Sky Series by Eric Cahan.

The ongoing Sky Series are initially captured as sunrises or sunsets. Cahan uses as many as four different cameras ranging from 6 x 7 film to digital. Employing dozens of graduated filters traditionally used by filmmakers, his objective is to create a window into a time and a place, and to demonstrate how memories and colors shift and become abstract.

Via Minimalissimo

Robert Ball‘s work seems kind of familiar but even though I’ve never seen it before it looks better than I remembered it. Maybe it’s just better than I expect it be. His cartoony, geometric style is nostalgic and comforting but the attention to detail and clever thinking adds a nice little surprise.

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DAIN was the hot topic of last year on the contemporary NYC street art scene and, although there’s nothing startlingly different in each piece, I’m really looking forward to popping into Rook & Raven this Saturday to see some more.

For years people have tried to perfect amphibious transport, most have concentrated on land transport that has then been adapted to work on water. The Iguana 29 is different, it is predominantly a boat but thanks to fold-away tracks it can move on land. It may not be the perfect solution, I don’t imagine its speed on land is blistering, but it is damn cool.

The husband-and-wife team of Charles and Ray Eames are widely regarded as America’s most important designers. Perhaps best remembered for their mid-century plywood and fiberglass furniture, the Eames Office also created a mind-bending variety of other products, from splints for wounded military during World War II, to photography, interiors, multi-media exhibits, graphics, games, films and toys.The Architect and the Painter is the first film dedicated to these creative geniuses and their work.

More here

Billmund is an illustrator with a mega cool comic book/Disney style. I try to limit the pictures for each post to just three but I had decided on my trio before I saw the mickey mouse hand holding the gun and, well, I’m a sucker for a pencil sketch. Check out his portfolio here for a thoroughly enjoyable visual treat.

The one and only reason I haven’t posted any of Thibaud Herem‘s work before is because when I first saw it it was on a multitude of other blogs. I was late to the party, but now Herem has updated with a few new illustrations and was kind enough to tell us about it. So before the inevitable deluge of his new work spreads its way over the internet I am going to get in early and post it here… enjoy.

This very nice poster is to promote an exhibition of very nice posters, how fitting. See below for more info.

‘A Celebration’ of September
A Collective Poster Exhibition by Mortar&Pestle Studio at Dreamspace Gallery.

Exhibition Dates: 24th Oct – 1st Nov.
(Opening times 9.00am – 5:30pm Monday – Friday)
Private View: 27th Oct 18:00 – 20:30

Admission Free

Dreamspace Gallery
1-3 Dufferin Street, London, EC1Y 8NA
+44 (0) 207 562 8282

Tim Biskup an artist from Santa Monica is the man who created the geometric paintings of ladies (and not so geometric owl) you see above. You can see the rest of his work, from vinyl toys and shoes to posters and ceramic bowls, here.

Stippling is not a process seen very often, probably because it is so incredibly laborious, but the results are excellent. Renzo Razzetto, a Florida based illustrator, uses the technique to great effect creating abstract and slightly obscene compositions; a welcome change to the standard domain of stippling, the scientific text book.