Posts by Philip Kennedy

John Martz’s ‘Destination X’ – A Science Fiction Parable about Obsession & Singlemindedness

Destination X by John Martz

Canadian illustrator, cartoonist and designer John Martz has just released a new book called Destination X and it’s well worth checking out! Inspired by old pulp sci-fi novels, ghost stories and episodes of The Twilight Zone, Martz’s book is a fantastic sci-fi parable about obsession and single-mindedness.

The comic book tells the story of Sam, the grandson of a world-renowned space adventurer. Impressed by his grandfather’s tales of mysterious planets and alien romance, Sam decides to model his life on his grandfathers, stopping at nothing to fulfill what he believes to be his natural destiny — even if his grandfather’s stories aren’t true.

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Massimo Vignelli Makes Books (video)

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All this week on the blog I’ll be writing about books, so I thought it would be a great idea to start thing off with this lovely video with Italian designer Massimo Vignelli discussing his approach to book design. The video – which was designed and animated by Pentagram’s Michael Bierut and Aron Fay – shows Vignelli explaining his design process and his particular reverence for the grid.

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‘Notes on Italy’ by Brian W Ferry

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I’ve been a fan of Brian W. Ferry’s ever since Danica wrote about his photography on this blog nearly three years ago. Since then he’s been honing his craft and building up a hugely impressive portfolio of work. Just the other day he launched a new portfolio site and it’s absolutely beautiful.

Ferry’s images have the ability to capture beauty in life’s small moments. His wonderful observations can highlight the sublime in the everyday moments of life. Beautifully lit, imaginatively composed and with rich textures, Ferry’s photographs are pictures of life they way I’d like to live it.

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Ruben Brulat’s ‘Paths’ – A Stunning Series Pitting Man Against Nature

Au temps disparu

Ruben Brulat - Racines recherches

A few years ago I featured the work of French photographer Ruben Brulat on this site. His series Primates (2009) was a wonderful collection of images which captured man pitted against nature. His new body of work Paths takes off exactly where Primates left off and shows man once more merging with his hostile surroundings; often lost, small and vulnerable amid a strange exotic location.

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Fantastic Illustrated Posters by Sergio Membrillas

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I love the work of Spanish illustrator Sergio Membrillas. Living and working in Valencia, Sergio has a strong and unique style. His colors hum brilliantly on the page, creating a soft and warm palette that contrasts perfectly with the strong and sharp lines that make up his images.

I discovered Sergio’s work after he contributed pictures to Beck’s illustrated song book Song Reader. Checking out his site you can see that he’s worked with a great variety of national and international clients including Die Zeit magazine, Human Empire and Random House.

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‘Jörgits & the End of Winter’ – An Interactive Kids Novel by Tank & Bear

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Over the last few nights I’ve been stealing my girlfriend’s iPad and reading Jörgits & the End of Winter. It’s an illustrated and animated novel for children written by Anders Sandell and created by Tank and Bear. I had never read an interactive novel before and the adventure of the Jörgits was a wonderful introduction to the format.

Beautifully illustrated and designed by Anders, the book is filled with fantastic illustrations and the story is rich in interactive elements, allowing you to learn more about the characters, the environments and the story. You can get a good introduction to the book by checking out the video above.

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Surreal Beauty in Carsten Güth’s ‘Private Bunker Series’

Carsten Guth's 'Private Bunker Series'

I recently came across these surreal photographs by the German designer Carsten Güth and was totally captivated by them. Entitled Private Bunker Series, the collection of photographs show a variety of residential houses shut-off from the outside world; their windows and doors nowhere to be seen.

There’s a surrealism and a beauty to these images. In many ways they feel claustrophobic – even horrific – but there’s also an elegance to be found in their minimalist forms and their obscure abstractions.

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