design rock stars
I don't really know how I always end up in these situations, without drinking.
yes, I like to take pictures with designers.
so, like a teenager I like to be in some pictures that make me look very social with very good people in a very casual way! I am so cool.
here I am, talking with Anthony Burrill, and (I don't know why and how) I am back to back with Richard Van De Laken, one of the Designpolitie, a great studio in Holland.
we were on a poster contest awards, "poster heroes", more than a couple of years ago, and a photographer, friend of mine, took this picture.
very moving, the light, the apple.. the red scarf..
both of them works with poster design.
Anthony make a bold use of typography and letterpress, to express sharp aphorism and quotes.
the kind of quotes everibody need to have in their studio.
Designpolitie has a simple and direct approach to graphic design, which often implements bright color and sans-serif typeface in a lively and fun style. topics are usually related to political issues.
“design is everything and designers are those that work on technology or art, on science or cuisine, everyone is a designer shaping their own spaces.” – richard van de laken
another picture with a designer I admire and with whom I talked for a while.
this was Noma Bar, last year in Milan, where he presented his works in a small bookshop (it's like if Madonna was singing in a small pub!)
and yes, he is drinking!
he is an illustrator, famous for his use of the negative space, not just for entertain: most of them have a meaning or a political purpose.
here a product designer, Paolo Ulian. as you can see, he was working and it seemed stupid to ask him a picture, but I was happy to take his work in progress.
his products are stunningly materic and romantic, you really fell in love with their concept, because he designed an action, not a simple product, like the finger biscuit to be dip into the nutella (esclusively!).
his approach to design is very relevant to me, we are immersed in a world of useless objects, designed just for speculation, yet obsolete and replaced by a newer and multifunctional object.
the sensibility of his approach to the matter is adding a value to an object, the one thing that make you feel that you have something more than a knife, a bath mat, a bowl or a biscuit.