Varoom 30 – Play: The Art Game

Full article: Any commute will reveal there are as many tapping away on games as there are readers, mailers or folk who actually use their phones as phones. The trade body for the UK games industry, Ukie, estimates that by 2017 the global games market is expected to grow to $102.9 billion. More surprising is […]


Varoom 30 – Play: Inside the Sandbox

How does play help us create, asks Varoom 30? What memories of childhood play do we bring with us to our practice? What does playing do to us as creatives and in our everyday life? Illustrators Marian Bantjes, Jennifer Maravillas, Kristi Minchin, Christoph Niemann and Steve Simpson step inside our imaginary sandbox and reflect on […]

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Varoom 30 – Play: Fashion

Zoe Taylor highlights the ‘mesmerising’ fashion illustrations of Jiiakuann in Varoom 30, and Jiiakuann talks about her work for the menswear spring/summer 2015 collections of J.W.Anderson, Raf Simons, Thom Browne and the autumn/winter 2014 collection of Sankuanz. Below are extracts from The Dance, the full article, which can be seen in Varoom 30.  Raf Simons […]


Varoom 30 – Play: Boards, Culture and Politics

  “The Kolejka game’s design recalls Poland’s gritty era when sub-perfect goods were difficult to obtain” The Strong – National Museum of Play in Rochester New York, is home to the world’s most extensive collections of toys, dolls, board games, video games, other electronic games. It is also a major archive for some of the most […]


The Varoom Report: Emerging Nations Issue V17

Emerging Nations Issue THE ILLUSTRATION REPORT Introduction to ISSUE 17 Winter 2011/2012 by John O’Reilly In the emergent BRIC nations (Brazil, Russia, India, China) where illustrators are exploring local visual traditions and new international styles, where they find themselves in brash new economies run by old-school establishments, Irony is often a form of self-preservation for […]


Varoom 30 – Dramatic play

English National Opera (ENO) frequently use illustration in their promotional imagery with the aim to make opera open and accessible to anyone. For Varoom‘s Play issue we spoke to Claire Round, Director of Marketing and Brand at ENO, who says, “Appealing and engaging illustrations that capture people’s attention are certainly one of the methods that […]


V29 – LOL! The changing formats of humour

In Varoom 29 Politics issue editor John O’Reilly conducts a series of interviews with Jen Sorensen, Liza Donnelly, Mark Fiore and Molly Crabapple about the evolution of political cartoons in the 21st century. In this extract, we give a glimpse of Mark Fiore and Molly Crabapple‘s approach on this subject within animation, showing how political cartooning can effectively transition to […]


V29 – American Histories: Official and Unofficial

As part of Varoom 29 Politics issue Ann Field examines different uses of drawing by Guantanomo court artist Janet Hamlin and punk icon Raymond Pettibon,whose contrasting styles shine a light on American politics in the21st Century. Here visual journalist Janet Hamlin expands on her interview published in Varoom 29, discussing how she captures the courtroom […]

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V29 – The Radicals from 1981

1981 was a year of riots in Brixton, Toxteth, Moss Side and other cities across the UK,  brought about by the destruction of manufacturing industry and mass unemployment that nearly doubled to 2.5 million. A group called “Women for Life on Earth” marched from Cardiff to RAF Greenham Common to protest against the newly installed Cruise […]