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IdN v16n1: The Craft Issue — Handy Graphics

Craft designers say they love being “hands-on”, that the feel of real material between their fingers and the inevitable imperfections of the process make it more exciting than purely digital work. They also say that it has its drawbacks – mistakes cannot be rectified with a click of the keyboard and it tends to be time-consuming! Read what they have to say about their art – and view the result.

Contents:

Getting noticed by being versatile
Keeping their hand in
Toujours Paris – but now with a new design twist
Cutting the distance between eyes and ears
Like only Spider-Man Can!!!
Pick of the Month

Specifications:

105 pages
6 varying paper stocks
4C process, vanish, pantone
93 minutes DVD Video included

Keeping their hand in

Craft designers say they love being “hands-on”, that the feel of real material between their fingers and the inevitable imperfections of the process make it more exciting than purely digital work. They also say that it has its drawbacks – mistakes cannot be rectified with a click of the keyboard and it tends to be time-consuming! Read what they have to say about their art – and view the result.

Featuring:

Grégoire Alexandre / Kate Gibb / HORT / IWant / Jean Jullien / NAM / Ciara Phelan / Pixelgarten / Julien Vallee

Getting noticed by being versatile

It is becoming so hard to stand out from the crowd these days simply by possessing a unique style that some studios are not even aiming at this kind of recognition. Rather, they are seeking a reputation based on their ability to handle all kinds of work, utilizing a variety of technologies and skills, to the same consistently high standard.

Featuring:

Imaginary Forces / Teppei Maki

Like only Spider-Man can!!!

San Francisco-based video-games developer Shaba Games has come up with one called Spider-Man: Web of Shadows – faithfully based on the movie Spider-Man 3. We interview the lead character artist, Bradley Fulton, about the challenges this posed to his team and what it took to bring every scene from big screen to the world of hand-operated devices.

Featuring:

Bradley Fulton – Shaba Games

Cutting the distance between eyes and ears

Means of reproducing music have gone from shellac to vinyl to tape to disc, from the cylinder to the 78rpm record to the LP to the cassette to the CD. But if current trends continue possessing music in any physical form may soon be a thing of the past. Invisible Creature and Marc Bessant – whose work has been largely associated with the sounds it was designed to sell, to share their thoughts on this controversial issue with us.

Featuring:

Marc Bessant / PMKFA / Invisible Creature

Toujours Paris

The capital of France is called many things – the City of Light, the City of Love…. But now, thanks largely to new music and dance movements, such as “The French Touch” and Tecktonik, all that is changing. There is no Parisien movement as such, but local designers are feeling inspired and liberated – and it shows in the innovative work they are producing.

Featuring:

Hey Ho / 9eme Concept / Frederique Daubal / H5 / Ich and Kar / deValence / Jan-KRSN-Garet / Vier5 / Mambo / Sylvia Tournerie / Skki / Olivier Kosta-Thefaine

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