1 Mark Porter’s iPad app for the Guardian.
|Apps off... digging Mark Porter’s digital design|
2 Why Not Associates’ Comedy Carpet in Blackpool.
A collaboration with artist Gordon Young, this beauty was five years in the making and lies in the shadow of the famous Blackpool Tower. It is an exquisitely realized, 1880-square-metre typographic compendium of jokes and catchphrases, cut from solid granite or cobalt blue concrete, arranged into over 300 slabs and then cast into concrete. Lovingly set in the style of a traditional music-hall style playbill, the ‘Comedy Carpet’ is an example of accessible graphic design at its very best. It’s already (and deservedly) picked up the Grand Prix at the prestigious Tokyo Art Directors Club. I’ve known Andy Altmann and David Ellis who founded WNA for over 20 years, and collaborate with them fairly regularly (though unfortunately not on this one).
|Cutting a rug... Why Not Associates and artist Gordon Young have a laugh in Blackpool|
Nokia is my main client at the moment, so I’ve been working closely with this font for six months now. I interviewed typographer Bruno Maag about the design process for Uusi, the Nokia brand magazine, so I’m fully aware of the effort and rationale behind it. At first I thought it might be a bit safe, but now I’m starting to see little quirks and subtleties that I hadn’t noticed before. It’s definitely grown on me.
I wish everyone good luck on 24 April when the winners are announced. But especially these three.