The future of web design

"The future, always so clear to me, had become like a black highway at night. We were in uncharted territory now, making up history as we went along." Thus spoke Sarah Connor at the end of Terminator 2. But these prophetic words could just as easily apply to the state of the web industry today. With new techniques, technologies and movements constantly arriving on the scene, our sense of where things are going is more uncertain than ever. And so we wanted to investigate what the landscape of w

How to give and get more from art critiques

One of the most important ways to improve as an artist is by having your work critiqued. Sometimes you have no choice: as a student, you're critiqued by your tutor; as an employee, by your creative director. At other times, you'll seek out a critique. Either way, it's a great way to get insight into how to improve. There's just one problem. We're all human and no one likes to be criticised. "Working as an illustrator and concept artist, you always dread the moment where you show the work," admi

10 amazing images from Paris Photo 2017

Held annually since 1997, Paris Photo is one of the world's most prestigious photography art fairs. It takes place at the magnificent and expansive Grand Palais building on the Champs-Élysées, which is so huge that they manage to pack 190 exhibitors from 29 countries while still allowing their art full room to breathe. This year's fair is also connected with two big names. Fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld is the guest of honour, sharing his personal favourites from the thousands of artworks on s

A creative's guide to Gothenburg & West Sweden

Think Sweden, and most people think of Stockholm. But as those in the know will tell you, the hipper side of the Nordic nation is actually to be found in the West. Once a nondescript port city, Gothenburg has undergone a creative resurgence in recent years. Nowadays it’s home to exciting bands, cool dance clubs, chic vinyl stores, indie hangouts, cool coffee shops, cutting-edge interior design stores, and more. In short, Sweden’s second city fizzles with the kind of buzz you’d expect from a bi

Why Banksy's Dismaland is better than you ever expected

Earlier today I was lucky enough to be among the first set of public visitors to Dismaland, Banksy's post-apocalyptic theme park in the British seaside town of Weston-super-Mare. By now you've probably seen so many photos in blog posts, newspaper and TV reports, you may think it's not worth checking out the street art star's project in the flesh. If that's the case, I'd urge you to rethink. Firstly, most of the photos you've seen were taken

Brian May on why 3D is the new rock 'n' roll

If you think of stereoscopic 3D as a recent phenomenon, you couldn't be more wrong. In fact, stereo photographs (known as 'stereoviews') were the in-thing as early as the 1860s. One popular series was Les Diableries, which portrayed sculpted clay vignettes of daily life in Hell. Shocking for their time, they may remind contemporary audiences of the devilish art typical of hard rock album covers. So it's perhaps not surprising that rock god Brian May is the man behind their 2014 revival, in the