Wallpaper

Made by Hand at Adams of Rye.

Back in the day, when I was in art school… I just made myself sound really old… anyway, I took quite a few printmaking classes. I was really into the process of Lithography and intaglio printmaking. There was a solid satisfaction in the creation process and the slowness in which an image was produced.

At one point I discovered letter press and I had an instant connection to it. In part it came from the fact that I was working part time as a designer and paste up artist to help pay for school. I think the connection between the typesetting component, and the printing process is what brought it all together for me.

The video below by Leo Cackett was produced for  for Wallpaper* magazine. It features Derek Stonham, and Ian Foster producing a wood type printed piece for the cover of the 2012 May issue of the magazine. At one point in the voice over by Foster, he talks about working with antique machinery and type. This is so true. The press is probably over 100 years old, as well as the wood type they are using. I love the fact that there is a dedicated group of people all over the world that are keeping this craft alive. It really rings true with me after spending 10 hours in front of a computer screen working in Photoshop and Illustrator.

It’s an 8-Bit World.

The Vancouver and Berlin based design group eBoy creates 8 Bit images for a heavy hitter client list that includes companies like, Adidas, Coca Cola, Pepsi, Paul Smith, DKNY, Kidrobot, MTV, The New York Times, Wired Magazine and many others.

The idea driving eBoy’s creative approach was the embracement of the new possibilities of the emerging digital world. Their decision to directly work on and for the screen led to the simplified use of pixels, which resulted in a very retro 8-Bit style. From that a modular based work system started to evolve and resulted in some very complex object rich artwork.

eBoy’s latest work is designed cityscape wall murals of London, Los Angeles, Baltimore, Berlin, New York, Paris and Tokyo for Wallpaper Republic. Also available are their pixellated people in a wallpaper named “Peecol” and some graphic pixellated repeat pattern designs. Not for those who favor subtlety.

The wallpaper that can be purchased from their online store here.

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