New Video on Letter Cutter Fergus Wessel
Have a look at my video on my love of fine lettering in stone. I speak about the process of making hand carved headstones, memorials, heraldry and the importance of detail. #headstones #video #memorials #typography
Last winter I was asked by Lord Faringdon of Buscot Park, Oxfordshire, to make an Obelisk Sundial to go at the end of a sweeping walk in the grounds of Buscot Park. The obelisk was designed by Sundial expert Sir Mark Lennox-Boyd to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
The obelisk has 6 faces of green slate, with noduses made from bronze with gold plate. One each face I carved Egyptian hieroglyphs which represent six different things, namely the Queen, Morning, Noon, Eternity, and Afternoon. I was given advice on these carvings by an Egyptologist from the British Museum.
Buscot Park, in Oxfordshire has fantastic sweeping grounds down to a lake with a number of avenues lined with trees, each culminating in a focal point, this obelisk being one of them. The sundial tells the time to the minute and visitors enjoy working out how to read it. For more information visit Fergus Wessel’s website.
Obelisk Sundial at Buscot Park
Close up of slate panel
Love or hate the idea of “trends” there’s no denying their existence in all things design.
But when it comes to branding specifically (which generally needs a long shelf life), I feel that the point at which you start to recognise a mark as being “on trend” is the point you need to start to considering eliminating that option from designs. In my opinion, something that is “trendy” now will be old fashioned in a years time, relying on trends to popularise your logo now will inevitably cause it to date very quickly unless you a) intend on rebranding every time the wind changes direction, b) have a strong rationale of wanting the brand to feel from a certain era, or c) don’t believe your brand will actually be around in a years time.
Thats said, every year Logolounge (amongst others i’m sure) produce a very usefully Trend report outlining the popular trends that have become apparent from the 20,000 or so logos that get submitted to them in the previous 12 months. Useful, I believe, in helping you decide if in fact something you’re working on is Timeless or Trendy.
Here’s an overview of the top 15 trends in logo design which they found, but go to their site to read the full report.
See the full report at LogoLounge
Hurts your eyes if you stare at it for too long but clever recycling of an old optical illusion to promote the new version of Oreos by Interface Communications
Finally!! I have been on the lookout for a clever use of a QR codes and I think I’ve finally found it…
Great campaign by Y&R South Africa for Playboy Magazine
Another take on the ‘Pick 2’ principle…