Welcome to the latest Studio Spark, where the CWA design studio shares whatever has been sparking our creative imaginations over the past 7 days – whether that be Art or Design, Film or Theatre, Music or Dance, Technology or Nature…

Here’s this week’s roundup.

The Big Reveal – BAFTAs 2015 posters

Written by Karen Hall

BAFTA 2015 posters

The BAFTA awards were on, if some of us might have seen on our TV box earlier this week. Something I enjoy as a film buff. However, there was an extra reason I enjoyed the BAFTAs this year. Malika Favre, a Pop Art artist illustrated the posters for this year’s ceremony.

Malika created individual posters to represent the nominees for best film. Whilst using a minimal coloured vector approach, she cleverly creates two ideas about each film. It’s achieved by using the main character as a focal point and planting the idea about the character/plotline in their shadow.

I think the reason I appreciate her work is because I love simplicity. Too many design items are out there in the world that are so heavily packed with unnecessary “palaver”. It’s not what you can add to a design, it’s all about what you can take away.

Her BAFTA posters epitomise this. How simple a design can be, yet communicate so much. My favourite poster of Malika’s was The Theory of Everything. What’s yours?

See more of Malika Favre’s work

A new dimension in street art

Written by Martin Lovegrove

Odeith graffiti

I’m a bit of a sucker for any piece of art or design that has a double meaning, or reveals a different message with user interaction. So bearing this in mind, and also considering my own graffiti-related past, the work of Portuguese-born artist ‘Odeith’ has really been catching my eye.

Amongst his range of styles, Odeith creates these anamorphic murals whereby he paints his name into the corner of a room, but it’s done in such a way that when viewed from just the right angle, the painting seems to take on a three-dimensional quality and floats away from the surface.

On top of this, the fact that it’s done completely with spray paint just amazes me.

See his website for more examples

Bold and just my type!

Written by Robert Millichip

Helvetica movie image

I love a good documentary! This week I have dusted off my DVD of: ‘Helvetica’, a documentary film by Gary Hustwit.

It traces the history and development of the font with contributions from a wide range of designers. I like the contrast of some designers talking with an almost religious fervour, while someone else disparagingly compares it to McDonald’s fast food.

There are some fantastic examples of Swiss design from the late fifties, and a small scene showing the differences in advertising before and after the introduction of Helvetica.

My favourite part is where the designer has to use such a boring interview with Bryan Ferry that he set it all in Zapf Dingbats!

At least they didn’t have to worry about what font to use for the poster!

Find out more here


Written by Chris Nobbs

Panton font showcase

Ok Rob, I’ll definitely doff my cap to that, but this week I’m spotlighting a newcomer on the typographic block. In an age when we see a constant stream of new fonts, many sub-standard, the new font ‘Panton’ stands out. It has a very contemporary feel, with beautifully soft geometric forms, and yet is of solid pedigree, being inspired by classic grotesque typefaces. It has great legibility and well-optimised kerning, works well at large and small sizes, and is designed to work equally well for digital (with excellent web-font performance) and print applications (e.g. ink traps on the boldest weights).

What’s more, it comes in 18 type weights (9 each of upright and italic) plus 16 icon sets, which themselves are the perfect balance of elegant simplicity and quirky personality, and are designed to be the ideal accompaniment to the letterforms, giving you a fully comprehensive set.

It may not have the legendary status of Helvetica, but could it be a future classic? Time will tell…

See the whole font set here

Window-shopping through the Iron Curtain

Written by David Neville


Photographer and author David Hlynsky has produced a book which features over 100 images of shop fronts photographed between 1986 and 1990, in the old Eastern Bloc countries of Poland, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Yugoslavia, Bulgaria, East Germany, and Moscow.

The book is published by Thames & Hudson and a copy may well end up on my bookshelf.

Read more here


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