Graffiti

October 19, 2007

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If you are familiar with the streets of Shoreditch you will no doubt have seen the work Eine.

Eine is one of London’s most prolific and original street artists having started his career
over twenty five years ago as a common vandal he has toned and developed his unique
style into something which has been described as “the Fiona Rae of graffiti and spray
paint”.

Eine specialises in producing huge letters on shop fronts across London. A “Writer”
who has close associations with Banksy, it has recently been said that “Eine is doing for
letters of the alphabet what Banksy did for rats and smiley Policeman”.

Eine is a renowned London based “Writer” who specialises in the central element of all
graffiti, the letter. From single letters to complex and wry combinations, Eine’s alphabet
can be found throughout London. Huge individual letters on shop shutters, in a style he
has made his own. Originality, a distinctive style and a clear profile that sets his or her
letters apart from all others is a key goal for any “Writer”. Eine’s letters transgress the
usual stylised image devised to depict form and emotion, and through a combination of
colour, placement and size, become fully formed and unique personalities in their own
right.

Steve

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A wry look at airports

September 10, 2007

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With LF’s interest in airports and wayfinding, here is someone’s wry look at the subject! (from bbc.co.uk’s ‘h2g2’ site): http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/h2g2/A2356085

Adrian


Cool camping

September 10, 2007

TravelpodFor those of us who have been at festivals in our youth and long to go back only to be put off by, toilets, camping, mud, privacy and general cleanliness, Richard Collier has come up with a revolutionary idea for the aging hippy, peter pan, or metro men. Next year could see the return of the 70’s,80s and 90’s teens heading out in their old pumps rocking it like the good old days! Steve 


On coming war stories in the middle of the road!

September 5, 2007

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I caught an item on BBC1 that reminded me of something that’s been bugging me for ages – road signs. It’s hard to believe that today we are still stuck with crude graphic representations to symbolise people, objects and actions. The feature on BBC1 was a complaint about this sign that represents elderly people. There are some quite humorous definitions here. It would be interesting to know how these things come about, who designs them, who approves them etc. I found an interesting explanation from the British Medical Journal of how this particular sign came about, what it stands for and what the diagnosis is:

The traffic sign for elderly or disabled people crossing the road was introduced in the United Kingdom in 1981 after a children’s competition. It portrays a silhouette of a man with a flexed posture using a cane and leading a kyphotic (abnormality of the vertebral column) woman. The same sign is also used for frail, disabled, or blind people, even though many of these people are not old. The sign implies that osteopaenic vertebral collapse and the need for mobility aids are to be expected with physical disability as well as with advancing age.

I think it’s about time for a re-design. If anyone has other gems, we would love to see them. John.


Hubcap Creatures

February 20, 2007

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Ptolemy Elrington started creating fish out of discarded hubcaps over ten years ago. He takes something that is automatically rubbish when on the side of the road and transforms it into something which gives people a great deal more pleasure.

‘My fish try to say things about our wasteful society’

‘Hubcap Creatures’ as they are known have become best sellers, making a name for themselves as highly desirable consumer durables and creating a massive impact in the media, FHM magazine has labeled them ‘masterpieces’,’ cool’ and ‘bloody brilliant’. The Daily Mail has praised the Hubcap Creatures ‘unique style’ and Ptolemy has made several appearances on national TV, most notably ‘Richard and Judy’ and ‘Art Attack’.

www.hubcapcreatures.com