January 2015 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 2 exhibitions, a book, a festival and some incredible design work.

London Short Film Festival

From intimate coming of age stories to hilarious, gag-filled escapades, London Short Film Festival’s programme really does have something to suit all tastes.

Now in its twelfth year, 2015 is the first time the festival has opened up to international filmmakers. A good place to spot upcoming trends and preoccupations, the sheer quantity of shorts you’ll rack up in just one of the sessions means a potted masterclass in different ways of storytelling, not to mention new film-making and animation techniques.


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Ladybird by Design

Affordable, compelling and often imaginative, Ladybird books are often cited by designers as their first exposure to effective illustration.

The Ladybird by Design exhibition at the De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill celebrates 100 years of these beautiful titles featuring more than 200 original paintings by Charles Tunnicliffe, Harry Wingfield, Martin Aitchison, Eric Winter and John Berry. A heartwarming look at life in from the 1950s to 1970s.


NPR Look at This

Long-form writing on the web is still finding its feet in terms of design. This feature about Chicago’s decline in public housing is a thoughtful and creative way of presenting an incredible story (put together by David Eads and Helga Salinas) and an archive of photography by Patricia Evans.

It’s pretty simple in terms of navigation, but it’s clear that the team have spent a good deal of time really thinking about how to use imagery to really hammer home a story, explain data and add emotion. Food for thought for any editorial designers out there.


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On Display: 50 Posters Designed for the Hayward Gallery

Featuring the work of big names like Neville Brody, Theo Crosby, Richard Hollis and Roger Huggett, this large-format book showcases some of the best posters designed for the Hayward Gallery in London.

Focusing on the heyday of British typography, its packed full of inspiration for graphic designers, and its nifty perforated design means you can carefully remove particularly excellent examples to frame.



Opening on 30 January, this exhibition at Walsall’s The New Art Gallery brings together works by contemporary artists that use found images in their pieces.

Their sources are varied – from magazine cutouts and abandoned family albums to pages of the internet – as is the huge scope of subject matter. With collage so in vogue at the moment, this show is a good place to think of new ways to approach the format.