This is great. Simon Smith has done a really nice job of compositing the original footage from 1924’s “Wonderful London” into shots that he created this year. Each shot is matched for position and location, and then using some really solid masking skills blended with today’s footage. It’s a fun way to spend five minutes of your day. For more of the same he has another video featuring London in 1927.
Transport For London has launched a new print campaign featuring the lettering design work of Alex Trochut. The ads feature bicycles that creatively merge the message with the bike itself using the frame to spell out words like “Easy’, “Ride”, “Safe”, “Direct”. The eye catching ads are visually clever with eye popping color and a direct message. I hope that someone at TFL was smart enough to actually have these bike frames built, and is planning on using them as part of an ambient campaign extension for the printed pieces.
Here is a rather interesting post from Vimeo for Monday. In 1927 cinematographer Claude Friese-Greene, inventor of the Friese-Greene Color process for film cameras traveled to London and shot some extraordinary silent footage of the city. In 2013, as a personal project Simon Smith has attempted to recreate each of Friese-Greene’s shots. It’s pretty amazing to look at the split screen and see not only how much the city has changed, but how much of it has remained the same.
“During the 1920s, cinematographer Claude Friese-Greene travelled across the UK with his new colour film camera. His trip ended in London, with some of his most stunning images, and these were recently revived and restored by the BFI, and shared across social media and video websites.
Since February I have attempted to capture every one of his shots, standing in his footsteps, and using modern equivalents of his camera and lenses. This has been a personal study, that has revealed how little London has changed.”
I love Braun electronics from the 1960’s and I love mid-century international style design, so “Systems” is right up my alley. The exhibition is curated by das programm and produced in association with Braun is on display at the Walter Knoll London showroom from November 25 Through December 31 of this year.
The exhibit features the work of an international group of designers that were asked to work within the Braun design principals, and systemic design guidelines.The design team featured Experimental Jetset, Hey Studio, Ross Gunter, Antonio Carusone, Spin, Tomasz Berezowski, Spin and a host of others.
Now I just need to figure out a way, and find time to get to London before the end of the year.