Leon Chew was commissioned by Wall Street Journal to photograph 'Buried Treasure' in Afghanistan. Archaeologists are racing to save Afghanistan's cultural heritage before the Chinese start digging on one of the world's most valuable new copper mines. The Chinese beat out bidders from Australia and India to win the project, but with a stipulation that mining would not begin until 2014, so archaeologists could dig. The Chinese provided infrastructure and equipment for the excavation, for which the World Bank and the American Embassy, among others, kicked in around $10 million of the estimated $28 million budget. The Chinese have installed an impressive concrete-and-barbed-wire fence along the perimeter, and the Afghan police have provided a brigade of 1,600 guards to protect the copper. Read the article here
Ben Newman was commissioned once again by the BBC, this time to produce a series of illustrations based on moral scenarios for each of the 33 questions provide in the 'Test Your Morality' experiment. We make moral decisions all the time, but do we really understand why we make them? In the test, you will be asked to respond to a variety of scenarios in which people are doing things that you may or may not agree with. You will be asked about how disgusted and angry the scenarios make you feel, and whether you want to avoid or punish the people in them. Take the test yourself and see the rest of Ben's collection. You might be surprised at the results!
Serial Cut™ designs the print campaign for the new Toyota Prius V! Without doubt, the biggest job the Madrid-based artists has ever put together, the visuals highlight three features of the new Prius V: more versatility, efficiency, and connectivity. It took several months of pre-production, a six-day photo shoot and two months of post-production to complete the design. Serial Cut™ used a youthful, vibrant, and highly contemporary approach to express the essence of the new Prius V and its themes through 3D visuals. See more images from the campaign here and the "Making Of" video here
We recently had the pleasure of working alongside Picador's Senior Designer, Neil Lang, and the very talented Pocko friend, Rob Hunter. In celebration of it's 40th Anniversary, Picador have re-issued twelve of their greatest novels, featuring stunning illustrations by Mr. Hunter. During their 40 years Picador have published many prize-winning and bestselling authors including Bret Easton Ellis and Cormac McCarthy, Alice Sebold and Helen Fielding, Graham Swift and Alan Hollinghurst. Picador continues to bring readers the very best contemporary fiction, non-fiction and poetry from across the globe. Have a look at the beautiful set here... better yet, go grab yourself a copy.
Andrew Holder was commissioned through our friends at Church of London to produce a vibrant work for their in-house publication, HUCK Magazine. The feature talks about space and how we interact with it; looking at cityscapes and the accessibility and ownership issues of private and council owned spaces. Various references were used such as the occupy movement, and how skateboarding interacts with the spaces of a city. HUCK documents youth culture through the influential lens of surf, skate, snowboarding and beyond. It takes inspiration from the radical heritage of action sports to look under the skin of cultural developments, social movements, emerging scenes and new thoughts and ideas.