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Sunday’s visit to London Film & Comic Con was a visual treat! Amazing costumes, props, actors, art and, of course, the legend that is George A Romero was there.

Totally Geek-tastic!

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Never before has a morgue looked so good! 

The ‘Ancient Lives New Discoveries' exhibition at the British Museum seeks to reverse the fate of its main exhibits by giving a new lease of life to the mummified dead.

This amazing show presents a collection of ancient Egyptian and Sudanese mummies that range from 3500+BC - 700AD. These beautifully preserved bodies reveal recent scientific discoveries about them and the techniques used to preserve them.

The advanced and interactive display incorporates images from medical CT scanners and 3D graphics software which allow visitors to view inside the mummies and see what is under the bandages.

An unforgettable opportunity to get up close and uniquely personal with selected adults and children from different classes of society - all with very different stories revealed.

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Journeys into Middle-Earth

On a family visit to the Motherland (North Devon), I came across a lovely exhibition at Rosemoor Gardens, Torrington.

Celebrating the works of J.R.R Tolkien, this exhibition includes original illustrations by artist Ted Nasmith, Tolkien memorabilia, themed garden trail through the fascinating and peaceful gardens featuring beautiful sculptures and a familiar ‘Middle-Earth’ dwelling.

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A week day off in London and I needed to make the most of the, slightly quieter, city streets. Having been to most of the larger museums lately, The Cartoon Museum takes my interest with it’s promise of a healthy slice of British satirical puppet pie. 

On the back streets behind The British Museum, The Cartoon Museum has a small but fantastic exhibition on the late-night ITV series Spitting Image. Being a child of the 80’s and 90’s I was a little young to watch the series when originally aired, however, with a keen interest in illustration, puppets, entertainment not to mention being bought up listening to The Chicken Song, this exhibition was right up my street.

Spitting Image: From Start to Finish looks at the partnership between artists Peter Fluck and Roger Law, whose talent for three-dimensional caricature formed the bedrock for the complex creation that would become Spitting Image. The collection of satirical sculptures, photos and sketches of politicians and celebrities from the 80’s and 90’s, amongst others, include Paul McCartney, Ronnie Corbett, Kate Moss, Saddam Hussein, Bill Clinton, Rupert Murdoch, Jo Brand and John Paul II, not forgetting the Royal Family, Margaret Thatcher’s cabinet and her political opponents. 

A museum of only three rooms kept me entertained for a good couple of hours - if you can, you should take a look too.

Exhibition ends at the beginning of June. 

whatsalexlookingat has added a tonne of new images to his Flickr page. All shot taken on a Canon AE-1 using 35mm Ilford HP5 Plus 400 film. Take a look.
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whatsalexlookingat has added a tonne of new images to his Flickr page. All shot taken on a Canon AE-1 using 35mm Ilford HP5 Plus 400 film. Take a look.

"Simple is good" - Jim Henson
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"Simple is good" - Jim Henson

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A recent project I was apart of at Interstate Creative Partners was to create a website for photographer extraordinaire David Loftus. I have worked with David on a few projects in my time at Interstate (mostly cookery books for Jamie Oliver), to be involved in designing his new website was fantastic to be a part of.

The brief was to design a responsive website that brings together a modular grid system and sketchbook-esque elements, all balanced with clean white space.

The site is simple to navigate and allows the viewer to appreciate David’s work without distraction. Moving more towards his trademark illustrative collage-style, a new typewriter-inspired wordmarque was designed which influences the typographic theme throughout. 

The website also integrates David’s strong and established style along with his (much followed) social media channels such as Instagram and Oggl - keeping his portfolio continually updated.

I really enjoyed being a part of this project, not only for the design process but also because David’s images are so bloomin’ beautiful!

davidloftus.com (designed at Interstate Creative Partners)

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This week, rather excitingly, Glug and D&AD put together three very exclusive talk events during the D&AD14 professional judging week at Kensington Olympia in London and all for the very reasonable cost of 1 pence each.

The three events hosted a ‘best of Glug line-up’ - all speakers who had gone down a storm at previous Glug events. The tickets did not only include the talks but also the chance to get a behind-the-scenes peek at D&AD judging.

From the balcony of Kensington Olympia we had a birds-eye view of the world’s greatest advertising and design being judged by the expert juries below.

Highlights for me (personally) include Marshmallow Laser Feast, Moving Brands and Rob Coke from Studio Output. However all speakers were extremely interesting. Please do such an event again Glug!

Take a look at the 2014 D&AD Award Nominations.