Interview: Gilbert Ford

27 March 2013

’12 Days of New York’ (Book, Abrams, 2013)

Gilbert Ford grew up in a family of professional photographers in Jackson, Mississippi, and moved to New York to attend Pratt Institute. After graduating, he worked as a designer and illustrator for a giftware company, creating puzzles, games, stickers, stationery, and activity books for children, before setting out on his own in 2007. He currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. His illustrations have been recognized by Communication Arts, 3 x 3, The Society of Illustrators, and The Society of Publication Designers, amongst others.

Tell us about your new book,’12 Days of New York’
’12 Days of New York’ is a picture book I illustrated, published by Abrams. It is written by Tonya Bolden to the tune of The Twelve Days of Christmas, about a class field trip NYC. It’s basically an arty tourist picture book, where every spread has a famous NYC landmark. I love drawing city life, so when Chad Beckerman offered me the job I was thrilled – knowing I could make it really special and very different from other New York City books. Plus, I always loved ‘This is New York’ by M. Sasek and I saw this as my chance to do my own version.

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23 March – 11 August 2013

The V&A has been given unprecedented access to the David Bowie Archive to curate the first international retrospective of his extraordinary career. David Bowie Is will showcase more than 300 objects, such as handwritten lyrics, original costumes, film, set designs and instruments – exploring Bowie’s perpetual self-reinvention over five decades and tracing his history as one of the most pioneering cultural icons of modern times.

Based on advance ticket sales, the exhibit is set to be the most successful show in the museum’s 161-year history.

Bowie’s first album in a decade, The Next Day is being released on March 11th.

Amyisla Mccombie

27 February 2013

Beautifully simple, innocently carefree work by Amyisla Mccombie, a recent graduate of University College Falmouth. Based in the UK, she is a freelance illustrator and set designer.

Archie Fitzgerald

30 January 2013

Some cool drawings by Archie Fitzgerald, hailing from the historic English city of Canterbury. Archie is also part of Just Us Collective.

Anna Talbot

29 January 2013

Oslo-based jewelry designer Anna Talbot is inspired by fairy tales, nursery rhymes and songs. Delicately-crafted layers of anodized aluminum, wood veneer, brass, gilding metal and silver create wearable stories – brimming with flora, fauna and familiar characters of lore. Fantastic and captivating work.

Wind Map

29 October 2012

Wind Map is “a living portrait of of the wind currents over the U.S.”, conceived and developed as a side-project by the data visualization super-team of Martin Wattenberg and Fernanda Viegas, who lead Google’s Big Picture visualization research group (and before that, IBM’s Visual Communication Lab).

This beautiful, perpetually-animated online ap pulls publicly available data of surface wind speeds from the National Digital Forecast Database, which is updated hourly. The map shows the patterns created by winds ranging from 1-30 miles-per-hour. Pan and zoom functionality allows observation in fine detail.

Of the project, the artists write: “It conveys the movement of the air in the most basic way: with visual motion. As an artwork that reflects the real-world, its emotional meaning changes from day to day. On calm days it can be a soothing meditation on the environment; during hurricanes it can become ominous and frightening.”

Also be sure to check out the site’s gallery of archived map images.

More of Martin and Fernanda’s data viz collaborations can be found here.

Kris Chau

05 September 2012

Kris Chau is a fashion designer for Free People by day, is an illustrator by night, and helps make the future beautiful, through her role as a Professor of Fashion Illustration at the Maryland Institute College of Art. She lives and works in Philadelphia, Pa.

Masako Kubo

24 August 2012

Masako Kubo lives and works in Tokyo. She studied illustration at University College of Falmouth, England.

Miroco Machiko

17 August 2012

Miroco Machiko lives and works in Japan. Her charming flora and fauna paintings amaze, with their fauvistic use of color and primitive linework. Gorgeous.

Alexandra Lakin

09 March 2012

Behold, Alexandra Lakin’s dream-like narrative, color relationships and mix of flat/decorative areas. Miniature characters housed in ambiguous, fractured or subterranean spaces… a story drowned out in abstraction. Her works strike a captivating balance, in which they feel both uncomfortable and truly lovely at the same time.

An interdisciplinary artist whose practice includes drawing, painting, digital printmaking and video/ animation, Alexandra received an MFA from Alfred University in Electronic Integrated Art, and has exhibited her work nationally and internationally. She lives and works in Los Angeles.