Volume 18 - No.1 —

The first issue of IdN’s new volume turns its sights on three-dimensional design. But, fear not, this has nothing to do with some retro craze for drop shadows and tacky metallic filters. Rather it’s about the revival in old school craft-based design as a whole new generation of studios dig out their craft knives and cameras and get to grips to what it is to design in three dimensions.

Excellent cases in point are highlighted in the features on Australian studio Collider where the approach to illustration for a recent album cover looked to playing with the tradition of the architectural model to tease out the relevant narratives and the one on British designer Chrissie Macdonald, whose model and set designs bring a poppy sculptural world into existence.

Also of note in this issue is a special feature on the Czech Republic. One of the most admired innovators in twentieth century modern design, IdN shows that the strong tradition of graphic design is once again alive and kicking in the central European republic.

    Volume 18 - No.1 –
    April 2011 34 Pages 0 Minutes of audio 0 Minutes of video
    In This Issue –
    How to channel Your Creative Energies Brand New Schools Jon Yeo Pepper Melon The Whole World (of design) in Your hands A Lively Design Scene- Czech it Out! Transatlantic Approaches to Creating Identity Furniture That Is Fun As Well As Functional
    Director –
    Chris Ng
    Editor In Chief –
    Bill Cranfield
    Art Director –
    Jonathan Ng
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Our Take —

IdN - or the International Designers Network- is based in Hong Kong. In the time it’s taken IdN to reach its current 15th Anniversary, it has built up an avid following. Naturally, that includes a huge cohort of professionals from all fields of design, particularly graphic design and art direction. But, its powerful iconography and cutting-edge design has made it desirable to a far wider audience.

Most issues are constructed according to a theme. And most of the themes are understandably connected to with business of being a designer. Sometimes more conceptually abstract or thematic – craft, geometric, war & peace- and sometimes directly career path related – the illustration issue, the art directors issue, the typography issue etc.- IdN keeps its editorial responsibility to practitioners close by and never simply wanders off into the hedonism of joyous creation.

Fortunately for us outside of the target professional ranks, there is a lot of joyous creation going on. Even if we might have less interest in some of the articles on how to get ahead in the design world, there are more than enough articles and endless beautiful visuals to make it an interesting read for anyone interested in design culture in its broadest sense.

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