December 2014 visual trends: 5 things you must see this month

Short on time and in need of inspiration? Here are the five things you need to see this month: including a film about illustrator Thomas Burden, exhibitions, shops and a painful typeface.

A Little Film About…Thomas Burden

Above you can watch the latest in the series of films that illustration agency Handsome Frank are making about their creatives. This short is about the work of Sussex-based Thomas Burden – who created the image here for a cover of our print magazine (remember that) a few years ago – is the best yet.

What is so effective about the film is how it incorporates Burden’s imagination and style into the film-making process. It’s an excellent promotional tool both in terms of getting inside his head and showcasing his work.

Jean Jullien at Kemistry Gallery

If you’re unfamiliar with the work of this French illustrator, then this solo show – his second at Kemistry – will be a good chance to see his combination of bold brushstrokes and social commentary.

Another reason to go is this will be the last exhibition at the Shoreditch gallery, before developers move in and Kemistry has to find a new home. A Kickstarter campaign secured their £15,000 target, which will fund a temporary exhibition next year. Watch this space.

i29 Architects for Frame

For a great example of how to take typography into physical environments, take a look at this new shop created for Frame magazine by i29 Architects. The multiple panels provide clothes rails and shelving, while still providing a clean line from the shop’s entrance. When stood at the right angle you see the words ‘new’, stood elsewhere you see a mass of geometric shapes.

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Pain typeface

This incredible project from Sawdust combines an excellent concept with refined execution. The duo were briefed by magazine Men’s Health to create a typeface that would introduce several features about pain, which the the letters spell out. Mimicking X-Rays, the type has been constructed of broken bones that have been repined. It’s grizzly, realistic and very effective.

The Intellectual Junk Shop

Design studio Dorothy is taking over KK Outlet from December 5, filling it with their illustrated prints, gifts and homewares. A combination between a gallery show and shop, it’ll be an excellent place to pick up unusual Christmas gifts as well as a showcase in how to package your own work for the retail market.