Tony spent twelve years living and working in London, first for a multidisciplinary design consultancy, then as the senior art editor for an illustrated book publisher. In 1999 he realised that the perennial contender for the "greatest city in the world" is a nifty place to visit but you wouldn't want to live there, so he relocated to a 600 year old village on the south coast with terrific broadband connections and a pub with wi-fi. Tony now works as a freelance designer, art director and writer. He has authored and co-authored five books : Images: A Creative Digital Workflow for Graphic Designers; Graphic Design for Non-designers; Art Directing Projects for Print; Typography Referenced; and Thou Shall Not Use Comic Sans: A Designer's Almanac of Does and Don'ts. He lives in East Sussex where his greyhounds are always on-hand to provide feedback when he can't decide between red or blue.
Last November I wrote a piece for this column entitled "The London 2012 Poster" which was less than complimentary about the fact that the Olympic organizers in their wisdom, had commissioned twelve artists to design official posters for the Games.
I was in the middle of researching something completely different for this piece (along the lines of another grumble about bad design decisions at government level) when purely by chance, I happened across this great project.
As a graphic design student during the 1980s I still remember one stand-out art history session that radically changed my then naive approach to design and typography.
Here in the UK the Pantomime season has once again drawn to a close and I've just finished a three month stint directing a production of Alice in Wonderland for a drama group I'm involved in.
I live in an area of England known as the South Downs.
There's no longer any point in trying to deny the fact that eBooks are now outselling printed books, particularly in the areas of fiction, biography, and travel, and that 2011 has been a watershed year.
Across the Pond: From the Long Wait to the Walk of Shame, British Ad Agencies Hit Their Seasonal High
The season of goodwill is fast approaching, and as expected the usual crop of Christmas advertising has been gradually building up into a crescendo of pseudo French libertines chasing B-list movie stars on motorbikes and louche sailors who take their personal grooming far too seriously.
I think we would all agree that the idea to commission twelve individual posters to mark the London 2012 Olympics, with six for the Olympics and six for the Paralympics, was a good one.
My first transmission from "across the pond" is no less than a blockbuster.
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