LabNotes: Suspended Sea Creatures

Kustaa Saksi describes his work on the amazing 700,000 sheet installation ‘Hello’ for the Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair 2013. The Hello! Show was a talkshow held in the space where guests discussed the Fair’s annual topic from different perspectives and roles.   What was the brief? There was no brief, really. I had met […]

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Labnotes: Illustrating “Home”

Jonathan Ward reveals the thinking behind his Home project to Varoom. Fifty images from different illustrators on separate cards, creating an artist book on this ‘universal theme’. Home as Muse? What made you choose ‘Home’ as the theme for this project? I am fascinated by childhood memories and their resonances in my own work, which […]


Top Tips for Food Packaging

To accompany our next issue of Varoom, themed on Taste, we decided to ask a few illustrators/designers their thoughts and suggestions on the design of food and drink packaging. Here are their top tips; Mind Design is a design consultancy that specialises in the development of visual identities. Holger, cofounder of the studio suggested: ‘less […]


The Bibiliophile: by Derek Brazell

Audrey Niffenegger, who spoke at the Boundaries Illustration conference in September 2012, is not only a best-selling author of The Time Traveller’s Wife. She reveals to Derek Brazell her other life as a maker of artist’s books, and her part in a vibrant culture of Chicago bookmakers. The scent of a new book’s paper is […]


Labnotes: Crazy Golf with Bompas and Parr

Summer 2012, Crazy Golf with Bompas & Parr opened on the roof of Selfridges. The 9-hole mini golf course explored the culinary duo’s vision of a cake-centric London. Guests used golden golf-balls to conquer the Seven Wonders of London realised as cake inspired obstacles. Bompas & Parr worked with the British Minigolf Association, engineers, set […]


Zodiac 21: #7 The Sign of Andy Warhol’s 15 Minutes

#7 The Sign of Andy Warhol’s 15 Minutes/ #8 The Sign of The Sex Scandal/ #9 The Sign of The War On Terror Zodiac 21: #7 The Sign of Andy Warhol’s 15 Minutes Words by Paul Morley, Image Cristiana Couceiro The conquering of the planet by all that is fake, plastic and profoundly trivial, the need to be […]


LabNotes: Hartwig Braun Flies Around The Arty Globe

Labnotes discovered the talent behind Monarch Airlines new on-flight products. Hartwig Braun is a succesful illustrator who playfully challenges the rules of perspective, which result in creating adventurous and unique cityscapes. We asked him a few questions about his new project. What was the brief? – To depict eight of Monarch’s international destinations in a […]


LabNotes: Tiger On The Loose

Labnotes searched deep into the hidden depths of Tiger beer and found out who was responsible for the impressive giant tiger faces seen around our city streets. Good Wives and Warriors are a creative duo who travel the world collaborating with design companies and creating ad campaigns, as well as exhibiting their own illustrations. We […]


LabNotes: An Eyefull of Alt-USA

The covers of Village Voice Media’s weekly city based newspapers, or “Alt Weeklies”, are a regular source of impressive illustration. The newspapers rely on eye-catching imagery to ensure readers pick them up. LabNotes got in touch with Village Voice Media’s Editorial Design Director Tom Carlson who oversees all their pblications, and regular cover illustrators Peter […]