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The Antlers’ Hospice

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By Kate Barnett in New Music on Tuesday 11 August 2009

I’ll admit it, on first listen and in a terrible figity mood, i jumped though the tracks, looking for the instant gratification of a big melody before switching to something else. Despite a few negative reviews from others also too quick to judge, the response to this album has been so astoundingly positive, it’s impossible […]

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James Joyce

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By Kate Barnett in New Art on Tuesday 30 June 2009

It takes guts to be simple. Overcrowding, overworking and over-thinking are far easier. London-based artist and illustrator James Joyce shows how good color choice, clever concepts, and a keen eye for type can get you work with big clients, such as Wallpaper, Nike and Penguin Books, to name a few.

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Supermundane

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By Kate Barnett in New Design on Monday 29 June 2009

I can tell how much I like a designer by the the speed at which I bookmark their site. With Rob Lowe (aka Supermundane), it was on the home page. That’s a pretty good sign. Supermundane is a multi-disciplined creative who impressively creates all text himself for every project he does. Prepare yourself to be […]

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Matt Taylor

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By Kate Barnett in New Illustration on Friday 26 June 2009

I’ve been searching for the artist of the clever Day Of The Dead Presidents piece since it flashed past me somewhere last year. Luckily Brighton based Illustrator Matt Taylor has just contributed to Graniph, throwing his work back into the spotlight. Along with National Geographic Taylor is influenced by comic books. There’s a definite Paul […]

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Alexander Girard

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By Kate Barnett in New Fashion on Monday 22 June 2009

Years after his death, Alexander Girard is is experiencing a resurgence — or maybe he’s just getting his rightful recognition. Undoutbly one of the greatest pattern makers, environmental and exhibition designers of the twentieth century, Girard favored abstract and geometric forms, typically put together in bright colours and patterns. Urban Outfitters have just released an […]

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Miike Snow

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By Kate Barnett in New Music on Thursday 11 June 2009

Miike Snow is a collaborative effort from three well-established producers — Andrew Wyatt, Christian Karlsson, and Pontus Winnberg. Together they are a powerhouse, producing electro pop classics for huge artists. They penned Britney Spears’, Toxic, for instance. Though we won’t hold that against them. Their first solo album is vastly different. It’s an incredible multi-layered […]

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Marilyn Minter’s Green Pink Caviar

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By Kate Barnett in New Film on Tuesday 9 June 2009

How does a film of models swirling bakery products from under a pane of glass sound? It’s ethereal and intoxicating. If you’re lucky enough to be in New York City, Marilyn Minter’s Green Pink Caviar is displayed in Times Square. For everyone else, you can see the documentary-like film on her website. Enamel on metal […]

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Benji Hughes’ A Love Extreme

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By Kate Barnett in New Music on Thursday 12 March 2009

It’s pretty bold to release a 25 track double CD as your first album, but singer-songwriter Benji Hughes doesn’t care. Themes of love and heartbreak run though the album and his folk-tinged pop draws comparisons to Beck, The Eels and The Magnetic Fields. [portrait by Vanessa Prager]

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Andrew Holder

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By Kate Barnett in New Illustration on Sunday 8 February 2009

Andrew Holder is a hidden secret. With an impressive client list and a fantastic website, there isn’t nearly enough press surrounding the Californian-based artist. Using his amazing eye for both colour and form, he creates dramatic illustrations from basic block shapes. The use of gradients, pattern as texture and offbeat colours create real depth.

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Camper Together with Bernhard Willhelm

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By Kate Barnett in New Fashion on Monday 26 January 2009

The eagerly anticipated collaboration between Spanish footwear label Camper and Bernhard Willhelm debuted on the catwalk for the designer’s Spring 09 collection. Camper Together fuses the references and inspirations from Willhelm latest collection with Campers’ quality production techniques. Most popular is sure to be Willhelms’ take on the gladiator, with sandals constructed of ribbons and […]

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Lie-ins and Tigers

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By Kate Barnett in New Design on Wednesday 21 January 2009

Design collectives can often be a mess, only bound together by a splash page and a few lines of text. Lie-ins and Tigers are without a doubt one of the most unified collectives and one of my favourites. Sam Kerr, Walter Newton and Russell Weekes may all have their own sites and services, but in collaboration, the humour and design intention remains remarkably unified.

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Max Kauffman

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By Kate Barnett in New Illustration on Thursday 15 January 2009

Denver-based artist Max Kauffman has been productive, despite the finger numbing winter weather. In the last couple of months, he’s taken part in the successful group show, West vs. Middle (worth leaving the heater for, but be quick, it ends in February) and produced dreamy new watercolor and gouache pieces for his solo show, Ghosts […]

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Scott Barry

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By Kate Barnett in New Design on Sunday 4 January 2009

I’ve been admiring the works of Scott Barry for years without ever knowing much about him. The San Francisco-based artist, designer and founder of the Birdstand website has had gallery showings worldwide. He also works with the brilliant production studio, Mekanism, and has directed the 50 mini-shorts for their new website.

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Matthew Palladino

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By Kate Barnett in New Illustration on Monday 29 December 2008

Described as being ‘familiar, yet horribly unique and fresh’, San Francisco-based artist Matthew Palladino creates portraits of American life that are inspired by current media events. The often raw and violent subject matter is diffused by a flat drawing style that draws upon folk references and early mission school artists.

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Linn Olofsdotter

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By Kate Barnett in New Illustration on Saturday 29 November 2008

Swedish-born Linn Olofsdotter has not only moved around the world, she’s also shifted her career from graphic design to motion graphics, before working as a senior art director at a Boston advertising agency. Currently Olofsdotter works independently creating artwork for a number of clients — including Levis and Spin Magazine — in the fashion, advertising […]

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