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Impress A Penguin

If only all job adverts were as adorable as this one

The subtle animations inject life into what would be an otherwise static website.  Lovely touch.

If you would indeed like to be the new Community Manager at Penguin Press then head over here to apply.


D&AD Annual 2011

Yesterday saw the launch of the 49th D&AD Annual and, in keeping with current issues, it’s more sustainable than ever.

The Annual is a collection of the year’s most creative and award-winning work, and the focus with this particular edition is a definitive case study in sustainable and mass publication.

Taschen are masters of publishing within the creative industry, and when combined with the D&AD President Sanky, Nat Hunter, and design icon Harry Pearce, the final result still looks remarkably inspiring.

Vying away from an obvious “sustainable” choice of the Annual being purely digital, Pearce was adamant that the Annual should be a physical book by simply stating “Books, we need them”.  How do you argue against that?

The final carbon footprint is an impressive 82% less than last year’s annual, the design really questioned every step and production stage possible towards environmentally conscientious paperwork.  Though flipping that fact around, it does make you wonder just 12months ago could more have been done?  82% is a huge amount!

So, just how did they achieve the whopping figure of 82%?

For starters the paper is 100% recycled, to ISO 14,001 standard, fully compostable, and the stock is much lighter shaving almost 1Kg off last year’s weight.  Producing the stock in Austria was also helpful – 70% of their power comes from hydro electric.  Beyond the physical paper, a vegetable based printing ink was used before being bound inside a recycled and laminated board.

The result is something classically packaged with a modern twist.

Excellent attention to detail as always, with thumb-sized cut-outs identifying the sections.

A solid and clean layout remains despite the downsizing since previous years, keeping the focus on one core ideal – the work is the hero of the book.

More images over on the Pentagram site here.

And of course, buy your copy of the Annual here.

Where Good Ideas Come From

People often credit their ideas to individual “Eureka!” moments. But Steven Johnson shows how history tells a different story. His fascinating tour investigating the origins of good ideas takes us from the “liquid networks” of London’s coffee houses to Charles Darwin’s slow hunch and today’s high-velocity web.

I really love the utterly captivating technique used, illustrations full of character and detail using only two colours.  Described by his peers as “thoughtful and lucid and charming and staggeringly smart”, and you can really see why.

Order the intriguing book “on a dizzying array of disciplines”, Where Good Ideas Come From, here.

Via TED Talks.

Negative Space

Noma Bar‘s talent in creating negative space images (often with a hidden twist if you linger over the image long enough) has been noted on Inspirational Geek before with his Double Entendre Graphics.  Back in the limelight for recently redesigning some classic DeLillo covers for Picador Books I discovered a classic book of his own – Negative Space.

 Artwork for an article on the oil politics of the Iraq war

Negative Space is a quite compelling collection of Bar’s work from a variety of magazines that surreptitiously (or otherwise!) challenge current affairs and increasingly political news stories.

 Artwork for an article older men who pursue younger women

When Doves Cry

This is my favourite:

Business in War – a symbol of warfare with a hidden element of business

Artwork for an article on violence and gun crime

Artwork for an article on how CEOs invest personal wealth

You can buy Negative Space here.


Perusing my way through the hustle and bustle of Camden Market the other day I came across a second hand book stall and boxes of childrens annuals out the front.  Flicking through the box, of what could quite easily have been from my childhood, I came across Rupert Bear.


I was shocked.  Rupert, smiling proudly on the cover, had a brown fur face and human (yes, HUMAN!) hands.  I thought I remembered him as a lovely, cuddly, fluffy, pure white bear with paws as bears should have.  I mean, yes he was a fairly anthropomorphised bear, but he was 100% bear nonetheless, no human body parts.  What are we trying to teach children if this classic kids character is a mish mash of species?!

The best example I can find of this utter inappropriateness is this plush character:

rupert2I’ll let you decide whether you want your children playing with this.

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