We love this new multimedia exploration ‘album app’ created by Björk (and a vast group of collaborators, including artists, designers, scientists, instrument makers, writers and software developers) for her new album Biophilia. All of the albums song’s will gradually become available inside Biophilia as interactive experiences.
“Introduced by David Attenborough, Björk’s new app is key to her ambitious Biophilia album and promises to break new ground in the way we consume music.” As seen on the Guardian Music website.
You can download it here.
Erik Spiekermann, graphic designer, typographer and type guru, has created timeless, influential and, yes, meta-physical work over the past three decades. He founded MetaDesign in 1979 and designed its namesake typeface FF Meta. In 1989 he, Neville Brody, and Joan Spiekermann started FontFont.
This was preceded by the formation of font retailer FontShop (the first ever digital distributor of fonts). Most recently, Spiekermann founded United Designers Network with offices in Berlin, London and San Francisco. In January 2007, the studio has been renamed SpiekermannPartners.
Spiekermann’s most prolific typefaces are ITC Officina Sans and Serif, FF Meta and FF Unit. His highest profile clients are Nokia, Audi, the city of Berlin, and The Economist.
The system of typefaces he designed with Christian Schwartz for DB Deutsche Bahn (the German Railways) won the German Federal Design Prize for 2007, the most prestigious award in Germany. Before heading to new visionary pastures, he will be awarded the German Design Lifetime Achievement Award 2011 in February.
Listen to the design genius talk about new visual languages, design processes and the analogies of music and typography - super inspiring!
Read his personal blog spiekermann.com/en
Here’s a round up of what’s happening around London Town.
1. The London Street Photography Festival (7 – 17th July)
The London Street Photography Festival opens on July 1st with exhibitions throughout Kings Cross, including the first Vivian Maier show at the German Gymnasium and photos of 1940s street markets at the British Library. (The German Gym is a fascinating building; it was designed by Edward Gruning and built at a cost of around £6000 in 1864-1865 for use by the German Gymnastics Society. Long forgotten sports were also practised there, including Indian club swinging and broadsword practice. Fascinating.)