May 2015 art and design trends: 5 things you must see this month

This month’s shortlist of the best exhibitions, films, magazines - and a cafe bar run by Wes Anderson.

MOVEment: AnOther and Ford

Masterminded by AnOther magazine’s Jefferson Hack, MOVEment is a collaborative project between fashion designers, film-makers and choreographers and dancers, and supported by Ford Vignale. The idea stemmed from a drive to see fashion photography in motion, and experiment with how each of these four different types of creatives could come together to collaborate, bounce off each others’ practices and tell stories.

The resulting films (above) range from the slick monochrome combination of Chalayan and Japanese dance duo Aya & Bambi, to the dreamlike world created by choreographer Jasmin Cardamon in collaboration with photographer Matthew Donaldson and Stephen Jones Millinery. In Hack’s opening speech he commended Ford Vignale for its support and for spotting a good idea when it saw one – a poignant reminder that creatives should think big when seeking sponsors for your creative ambitions. Big brands especially want to tap into the youth market, and achieve cut-through with new ideas.

Pushing the Envelope

Stamps have long been a creative playground for designers but so far envelopes themselves have often been overlooked. This travelling exhibition, which runs until 16 May at London’s House of Illustration before descending on the Hay Festival from 21-31 May aims to put this right by demonstrating some top examples of envelope art.

The show features stationery adorned by the likes of John Vernon Lord, Alice Macdonals, Nick Sherratt and Ian Murray (work shown here) and should be a good place for inspiration for pattern designers, illustrators or anyone wanting to hand-drawn type into their work.


Everything Matt Willey touches turns to gold or so it seems. Port, The Independent, RIBA Journal, The New Yorker – the British, now New York-based designer has led some of the most impressive redesigns of the past few years. His new project magazine Avaunt launches this month and is no different. Edited by polar explorer Ben Saunders, its a publication dedicated to adventure and exploring in all senses of the word.

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Mind-blowing photography is top on the design agenda, with the team opting for National Geographic-style full-bleed shots and pared-back typography. A must-see for any editorial designers.

Bar Luce

Director Wes Anderson turns his immense skill in world-building to a more hands-on experience for fans, a cafe in the newly built Fondazione Prada in Milan. Pastel-hued Formica tables have been coupled with illustrated wallpaper and classic wood fixtures – oh and there’s a Steve Zissou pin ball machine.

It’s not the first time a director has moved into interior design (see David Lynch’s Silencio in Paris) but it’s a great example of how visual creatives can apply their skills to other areas, especially outside two-dimensions. Illustrators, designers and animators take note.

Camper: Life on Foot

A deeper look into innovative and unorthodox world of Spanish footwear brand Camper, this Design Museum show explores not just the shoes themselves but the huge amount of supportive graphic design, in terms of packaging, advertising and point of sale material, that helps build the brand. The exhibition will feature bespoke commissions created by the in-house team, which – if the SS15 campaign led by newly appointed creative director Romain Kremer is anything to go by – should be well worth seeing.

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