A podcast from two English graphic designers. One from up North. The other one from down South.
They talk about design, illustration, technology, books and pies. Most of the time. More often than not.
Sometimes they might have guests. Sometimes, and more often than not, they won’t. But there will always be pies.
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Episode 99: A polished Saveloy
If you can't polish a turd then can you polish a saveloy? Here at North V South we give it a bloody good attempt.
This week in the podcast that is, but isn't, recorded very often we discuss (among other things): Black Library novels; applying immediacy filters and other unwanted tips; a new boardgame magazine Senet ; War of the Worlds; The creator of Minifigs; Darth Maul and Fighting Fantasy, Ellie Sampson paper art, notable bookcover designs of 2019, and, to cap it off, pies. Although pies with lids are just stews with hats on.
Stories of Your Life and Others — Rob's been reading:
Ted Chiang's astonishing book of sci-fi short stories. Including the one that inspired the film Arrival.Netflix - Altered Carbon — Rob's been watching this.Our Universe - An Astronomers Guide — Rob's been reading this.
A great primer on the current state of thinking about all things astronomical/cosmological.Antarctica — Rob's been reading:
A great overview of the continent - its history, geology, flora and fauna, and the people who live and work there.Erebus - by Michael Palin — Rob and Jon have both been reading and enjoying this history of the Royal Navy ship Erebus.swissmiss | The “Immediacy Filter”Neural Network used to upscale a Lumiere brothers film — Quite astonishing. Watch the before and the after.Machine learning restores old photographs — More neural network / machine learning stuff.Notable Book Covers of 2019 | The Casual Optimist — Some wonderful book covers here, thoughtfully curated by the lovely people at The Casual Optimist.Dan Abnett's Warhammer 40K books — Jon's been reading and enjoying some of these.Jon's new family member - Boo — Jon has welcomed a new puppy to his household. A Lancashire Heeler called Boudica.Jens Nygaard Knudsen has sadly died. — Jens Nygaard Knudsen was the creator of the Lego Minifigure.Vaughan Oliver dies aged 62 — Vaughan Oliver, graphic designer of record covers for 4AD has passed away.Zanbar / MaulEllie Sampson - paper designer — Jon and Rob both marvel at the incredible work of Ellie Sampson.Monotype acquires Fontsmith | PrintweekFoundation Type Capsule Fonts | Fonts by Hoefler&Co. — Great idea from Hoefler & Co. Type capsules are sets of five coordinating font styles.A Little Film About… Helen Musselwhite on Vimeo — Lovely stuff from the lovely illustration agency Handsome Frank.
Episode 98: Not much demand for herding
Episode 98 is piping hot and cooling on the window sill. We take a peek under the crisp pastry lid of the zeitgeist and find cyber trucks, Chris Ware comics, lovely stationery shops, board games a go-go, cartoon nihilism, and the inner gubbins of pies.
With just under a month until Christmas and a Tory junta, join North V South in a societal meltdown as we dance naked through the streets, waving our willies at our clients as we go.
North V South
Hoeffler V Hasselhoff
Nukes V Rebukes
Rusty Brown V Ochre
Chris Ware V Designers with no underwear
Staples V Meeples
Pie V Pie
Episode 97: Uncleftish Beholding
North v South – less regular than a bran-intolerate heroin addict.
We ask the questions that the Conservative and Labour parties are too afraid to ask:
How are your biorhythms this morning?
Will there be baby woodpeckers in Rob's garden this winter?
What is a brand guru and is it strictly legal?
And, finally, what kind of casserole would Darth Vader eat?
Episode 96: A long discussion about eggs
Get ready to shed 96 tears. We're back.
We talk Wim Crouwel, Somerset House, Nokia, rival podcasts, paper aeroplanes, Lego adverts, ketchup and the imminent end of civilisation.
Provenance by Ann Leckie — Rob's reading the latest Ann Leckie slice of sci-fi. And very good it is too.Alamein to Zem Zem | Faber & Faber — Jon's latest read. The only book of poems from WWII comparable to those of the Great War by Owen, Sassoon, or Graves.Netflix - Abstract — Netflix's excellent art and design documentary series is back for season 2. We've both enjoyed the episode on Jonathon Hoefler.Inktober — Mr Jake Parker — Inktober. Get your pens ready for a month of drawing.Membership Options | Somerset House — Somerset house has announced details of its membership options. Surprisingly affordable.Design Manchester – Manchester’s seventh design festival, from 11–22 October 2017 — Designer Manchester, running from 11th – 24th November.A profile of Wim Crouwel: the Dutch graphic designer - YouTube — A profile of legendary designer Wim Crouwel who died recently.Why Every CEO Needs to Think Like a Hacker, Stalker, or White Nationalist — Good article on why creators of (mainly) digital products and platforms need to consider how they can be used for bad, as well as good.The Rissington Podcast: Episode 21 - Housekeeping & warming up after a 10 year break — Back after ten years away.Nokia 2720 Flip | Nokia phones | United Kingdom - English — Nokia producing a lovely looking little flip phone.Xiaomi’s Mi Mix Alpha is almost entirely made of screen - The Verge — Xiaomi produces a ludicrously sci-fi looking smartphone. Check out the light show as it charges.Daniel Benneworth-Gray on Twitter: "Fascinating thread on the deeply personal ways in which we visualise time. https://t.co/z6EiIgpx1I" / Twitter — Incredible.POWERUP 4.0 | Smartphone Controlled Paper Airplane by Shai Goitein — Kickstarter — It wouldn't be an episode of NvS without a Kickstarter. This one looks great.Lego reveals first brand campaign in 30 years, Rebuild the World | It's Nice That — Curious new brand campaign from Lego.Heinz Pour Perfectly - Rethink Canada — We're both in agreement. This is a bit ridiculous.New Studies Warn of Cataclysmic Solar Superstorms - Scientific American — Rob's prediction for the likeliest doomsday scenario. Cheerful stuff.Photographer Philip Butler traces the surviving iconic Odeon cinemas of the 1930s | Creative Boom — Rob's website/article/book of the week. Philip Butler's wonderful photographs of 1920's and 30's Odeon cinemas.Flexible, resilient and nimble | Supple Studio — Jon's website of the week. Supple studio. Great looking and effective site, for a small studio, producing lovely design, that seems like a great place to work.
Episode 95: Pumping yourself on the sofa
You want eclectic. We deliver.
Our Deeply Unintelligent™ AI units have digested the internet and spend an hour talking about a whole load of utter nonsense: Camping, depression, 3D resin printers, Blender, Bocage, Lemmie, Mindhunter, Creative constipation, Inktober, District 9, Alan Moore, Vanta black cars, Boots, John Harris, Dieter Rams, London Design Festival. And pies.
Episode 94: People are stupid
A ruined building stands alone, wreathed in vines, wrapped in mystery. Its cracked portico reveals a dark and brooding entrance, occasionally brightened by a pulsing red dot of light. Inside lurks Episode 94 of the podcast that is, and isn't, about design. Lost in time. Forgotten by civilisation. Waiting. Just for you…
In this episode we look at a new Akira, online criticism, linocuts, LEGO Space, single line typefaces, meander maps and Apollo XI in realtime.
The Etherington Brothers — Rob got the latest offering from the Etherington Bros - an absolute must for anyone, young or old, in to drawing.Heather Antos on Twitter: "PRO TIP…" — Sage advice from Heather.All 7 new LEGO City Space sets for summer 2019 are now available [News] | The Brothers Brick | The Brothers Brick — It's Space Jon, but not as we know it.The Marvelous Mississippi River Meander Maps — Map madness.BBC World Service - 13 Minutes to the Moon — Relive the Apollo 11 moon mission.Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2019 shortlist – in pictures | Science | The Guardian — My God, it's full of stars.Giorgio Morandi - Wikipedia — Jon has discovered a new artist…Counter-Print Book Set — Jon's reading list for the next… eight years.ColorLibrary | The Unique Furnace in Venice | Orsoni Venezia 1888 — Class glass.National Park Typeface — Gorgeous typeface, and website. Yogi Bear would be proud.Cutting Edge: Modernist British Printmaking | Dulwich Picture Gallery — An exhibition of 1930s British printmaking over at The Dulwich Picture Gallery.The Stack: Every Layout — Jon was very excited about this resource for website design / coding. Rob, not so much.Apollo 11 in Real-time — More Apollo 11 goodness (well the anniversary is coming up). Relive the entire Apollo 11 mission in real time.
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Food for thought
Engaging discussions (and occasional rants) about design, working, films, Oxford commas, books, and the rules of pie construction. Always packed with interesting stuff to explore.
Design, plus... stuff.
This doesn't let being a podcast about design get in the way of film, TV, book, pie & beer chat, which is how it should be. Like a chat with your mates (but you don't need to join in.) Recommended.
Pies R Us
Top notch rambling chats from two of the Podworld's most grounded creative types. A link to my roots – their words reach across the Irish Channel with warming tales of savouries from the Fatherland. I listen to Jon and Rob while walking the dog. You should too. And if you don't have a dog to walk, get one. Then you can listen to NvS.