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Computer Arts December 2018

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making the cover

This issue’s cover enjoyed a particularly involved and lengthy gestation period, ironically matching its own ‘shapeshifting’ coverline. We knew straight away that we wanted something that suggested metamorphosis – the process of logos changing rather than any final result – and we found inspiration in the iconic Unknown Pleasures album sleeve by Peter Saville and a beautiful poster by Studio Mut (Effect and Affect: Architecture and The Digital Sublime) that depicted a wonderful, rippling metal wave. We wanted to combine the scientific mystery of the Joy Division sleeve with the mysterious fluidity of the Studio Mut poster: an elaborate process that belied a ‘less is more’, minimalist black disc with bold functional text in full view. Whatever strange hybrid was in our head, we needed a 3D artist to weave together our…

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editor’s letter

I’m typing this up on the train back to Bristol, after hearing the magazine design genius Matt Willey talk about his work at the latest London TypoCircle event. It was incredible, and even though we’re down to the wire with this issue’s print deadline (that is, tonight), I’ve got a replenished belly full of fire to carry on making Computer Arts the best mag it can be. I’m excited about its future, so stick around! But as great as it was to hear Matt, I felt there was something missing. I was waiting to hear about the times that he couldn’t create a masterwork in an evening (he really can, it’s silly); the times he couldn’t stop questioning his own integrity; the dark times that no one can control. That’s no judgement…

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ANDY CULBERT Over on page 24, MERó partner Andy Culbert explores how designers should cater to the needs and habits of Gen Z, referencing recent in-depth research. www.worksbymero.com JAMES SOMMERVILLE James Sommerville, former VP of global design at Coca Cola, shares his thoughts on logo design past and present in this issue’s cover feature, over on page 42. YUKO SHIMIZU Yuko Shimizu discusses her journey from PR professional to award-winning illustrator on page 56, fresh from her talk at 2018’s Reasons.to festival in Brighton. www.yukoart.com OLLIE APLIN Ollie Aplin is one of the many creatives in the design industry today effected by mental health issues. On page 64, he and others outline what can be done. www.mindjournals.com AGA KARMOL On page 88, designer and printmaker Aga Karmol reveals how she reclaimed the image of the unicorn in her branding for a new…

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meet the team

BEREN NEALE EDITOR Caving into peer pressure, the 37-year-old editor had his first driving lesson, and found it fun. “It’s just like a game,” he ill-advisedly yelled at his instructor. He’s yet to hear from Derek’s Drives about the second lesson. MARK WYNNE ART EDITOR Mark enjoyed collaborating with his partner in crime, motion graphic whiz Dan Pearce on this month’s cover. Dan’s attention to detail and formidable technical skills transformed a vague brief into a thing of beauty. AARON POTTER PRODUCTION EDITOR Aaron questioned his sanity after going to the cinema to see a Coldplay documentary, only to have the Freddie Mercury biopic play out instead. But that didn’t stop him now — he had one vision so it was a kind of magic.…

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future trust marks

The era of one price fits all may soon be over. As bricks-and-mortar retailers implement new technologies that enable them to bring elements of the e-commerce industry into stores, targeted offers will become part of the physical shopping experience. This trend is being driven by the advent of automated commerce in China, where automated store operator BingoBox plans to open 3,000 unmanned shops by 2020. JD.com has also announced plans to open hundreds of unmanned stores after successful trials at its Beijing HQ, with the online retailer aiming to use its advantage in data analytics to make the in-store experience personalised. JD’s stores will, for instance, use facial recognition to show customised deals based on customers’ demographics and shopping habits. "The technology enables [automated stores] to provide an unprecedented insight into recommendations…

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planting roots

We’ve recently moved our design studio to a larger space at Aire Street Workshops in Leeds city centre. While in our old studio we started an in-house project called The Plant Room, an exhibition series that brought together plants, illustration, ceramics and furniture design. As the project grew, however, and my co-founding partner Zosia Berkieta-Lewis took on larger botanical installation projects, space was becoming an issue. We’d been actively looking for a new space for around six months when Aire Street Workshops got in touch to say it had a ground floor unit available, one that also had a separate space that could be opened as a pop-up shop. It needed work but was perfect for us. I think we must be the only design studio with a plant shop at…