Archive for December, 2008

Merry Xmas

Posted in Illustration, Strike Three, Typography on December 23, 2008 by strikethreeuk



Greek Riots

Posted in Photography on December 17, 2008 by strikethreeuk

Some powerful shots following the riots in Greece in the last few weeks . . .

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Posted in Film + Animation on December 16, 2008 by strikethreeuk

Last update for now . . . I want to recommend two excellent non-English films i’ve watched recently, both concerning political climates in the Middle East and both with impressive, original visuals . . .


Waltz With Bashir tells the story of a young man who cannot remember what happened when he fought in the Lebanon War. He traces his old buddies and pieces the story back together . . .


Persepolis is adapated from a graphic novel by Marjane Satrapi, and follows the growing up of a young girl during the Islamic Revolution.

Fluke – Atom Bomb

Posted in Design, Film + Animation, Music, Typography on December 16, 2008 by strikethreeuk

I thought the last few posts were a bit monochromatic, so here’s some luminious neons for your retinal pleasure.

Above is an old song with a cool video from the Wipeout 2097 Playstation game released back in 1997. . All the design work and interface for this game was done by – you guessed it – the almighty Designer’s Republic. This work is over a decade old! Just to clarify, this was when Photoshop was on version 4.0 , Illustrator was on version 7.0, and I was just the tender age of 12!

The video is a bit cheesy, but it’s great looking at all the scenery and architecture. This is where we would be living if TDR were still going strong!



Posted in Typography on December 16, 2008 by strikethreeuk


Helvetica is a feature-length independent film about typography, graphic design and global visual culture. It looks at the proliferation of one typeface (which recently celebrated its 50th birthday) as part of a larger conversation about the way type affects our lives. Helvetica is currently screening at film festivals, museums, design conferences, and cinemas worldwide, and is now available on DVD.

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This now somewhat infamous documentary is a great introduction to the world of typography, with interviews from numerous important designers who were part of it’s creation. Beware however, if a film about a font sounds boring to you, then it will be!

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We Are Build

Posted in Design, Illustration on December 15, 2008 by strikethreeuk

Good illustration from the guys at Build Design, one of my favourite design firms. It is headed by Michael C. Place, who is an ex-TDR member, and so has got that whole slick minimal thing going on really nicely.

Build 1

Build 2

Build 3

Fonstruct – Build, share and download fonts

Posted in Typography on December 9, 2008 by strikethreeuk

This is an awesome site with a built in flash font creation tool. It’s a great tool for quickly getting your ideas down, without having to endlessly fiddle with bezier curves and whatnot. Obviously this means it’s a bit limited, but take a look anyway. There is also a gallery section where you can download other user’s fonts. Registration is free, and you can return to your creations to edit or finish them whenever you like . . .