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Archive for June, 2011

Base, base, base, buttery biscuit base genius!

Thursday, June 30th, 2011

Here’s a little musical treat from the very talented Swede Mason, a must watch for any Master Chef fans, and if you like it as much as we do you can even download it here. Needless to say we’ve been banging it out in the studio all day. Massive respect has to go out to Grandbag’s for pointing us in the general direction.

Personally we think this is so good, the people in charge of the internet, may as well turn it off because it doesn’t get any better than this! Enjoy

La Maison Fontaine® wins again!

Thursday, June 30th, 2011

DF are chuffed to announce that our favourite absinthe La Maison Fontaine® has just been awarded one of only two Silvers in the ‘White Spirit’ category, at this years Harpers Design Awards. Coming off the back of winning Gold at the Absinthe Masters, 3 Golds at the IWSC awards and the Golden Spoon at the Absinthiades, it seems that Sven’s got his hands full!

40 years on and still got it

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

So I was trawling the t’interweb and discovered that the Nike Swoosh hit the big 40 on Saturday and anybody who knows me knows I love my Nike.

Designed in 1971 by graphic design student Carolyn Davidson for a mere $35, we think our budgets are tight, the Nike swoosh has become one of the most recognisable brand logos of all time and one of my particular favourites!

Davidson originally designed the logo while studying graphic design as a student at Portland State University, where a certain Phil Knight happened to be teaching an accounting class. Fate had a hand in their chance meeting were Knight asked Davidson if she’d do some design work for what was then Blue Ribbon Sports. Eventually Davidson was given the task of coming up with a mark for Knight’s new venture which would later be named Nike, after the Greek goddess of victory.

The rest is graphical history but 40 years on I think it’s definitely worth celebrating!

Tony Kelly for American Apparel

Sunday, June 26th, 2011

A lovely piece for American Apparel that doesn’t show half naked skinny hipster types.

An evening with Wim Crouwel

Friday, June 24th, 2011

Last night DF were lucky enough to pop down to London’s Southbank to hear from the great man himself, Wim Crouwel, speaking about his life, work and process. The talk, part of an on going exhibition at London’s Design Museum, was throughly interesting and very entertaining from a design/typographic master we have loved and admired for many, many years. Hopefully a video of the talk should be appearing online at the Premsela website sometime soon.

Finally if you haven’t popped down to see the Wim Crouwel exhibition, you’ve still got time as it’s on until the 3rd July. So Do it, Do it!

Duck and Cover – SS11

Monday, June 20th, 2011

Following on from our last post… we’ve been so busy putting together the Autumn/Winter 11 shoot for Duck and Cover that we totally forgot to post about the launch of the Spring/Summer 11 campaign that we shot way back in October 2010! So without further a do here we are, currently in-store, we shot in the very glamourous Highgate Estate in London’s Elephant and Castle which sadly is soon to be no more if you like hanging out in apocalyptic concrete type environments. Weirdly we’ve just had sign-off this morning on the Autum/Winter 11 campaign images and the next episode of DAC brand film, which we’re very excited about, so we’ll keep you posted on that when we’re allowed to show you more. Enjoy.

Duck and Cover – AW11

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

We’ve been busy shooting for Duck and Cover again. This time we swapped dodgy and derelict Elephant and Castle for a disused RAF base! One again massive thanks to David Clerihew and his team and model James of course, who did a brilliant job. Image selection and the video editing is underway, as soon as we can share the images with you we will post them here, so watch this space.

Mapnificent

Thursday, June 9th, 2011

Stefan Wehrmeyer, a 23-year-old German programmer, has developed a Google Maps application called Mapnificent. It shows you the places in your city that you can reach in a given amount of time using public transport. Or put in yours and a friends locations and it works out your best meeting point. Works for London, too. Pretty sweet apart from the dodgy name.

Project Thirty Three

Saturday, June 4th, 2011

Check out this collection of vintage record jackets that convey their message with only simple shapes and typography. Project Thirty-Three is the Seattle based Jive Time Records store owner’s personal collection and shrine to circles and dots, squares and rectangles, and triangles, and the brilliant designers that made them come to life on album covers.