Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Design Week says: WPP pre-tax profits up 36 per cent

WPP has seen a 36 per cent increase in pre-tax profits in the first half of this year, compared with the first half of 2009.

The group, which owns consultancies including Fitch and The Brand Union, saw pre-tax profits rise from £179.3m to £243.9m in the period and also saw like-for-like revenue grow by 2.5 per cent.
WPP’s branding and identity, healthcare and specialist communications arm saw the lowest growth in like-for-like revenue, at 1.8 per cent. Operations in the United Kingdom saw a 2.8 per cent growth, while in Western Europe like-for-like revenue fell by 0.2 per cent.
A WPP statement says, ‘The results reflect the recovery in the world economy, following the massive fiscal and monetary stimulus in response to the sub-prime, insurance monoline, Lehman Brothers and other elements of the crisis.’
The group says chief executive Sir Martin Sorrell’s prediction of an LUV-shaped recession – L-shaped in Western Europe, U-shaped in the United States and V-shaped in the Bric (Brazil, Russia, India and China) and ‘Next 11’ countries – would now be LVV-shaped, with the US recovering more strongly than anticipated.
However, the WPP statement adds, ‘While politicians, journalists, economists, analysts and investors argue about double-dips, inflation or deflation, the most likely scenario is a slow growth “slog”, particularly in the mature geographical markets and traditional media markets, perhaps with inflation and higher-interest rates in the long term. In some senses, the recovery will not be over for a long time.’

Harry Lyon-Smith of Illustration Ltd comments that it is good to see that the mighty WPP ship is making the right headway and recognises the fortunes of WPP as a parallel to that of illustrationweb.com.

Thursday, August 19, 2010


This gem of an illustration is the brainchild of Kavel Rafferty who was commissioned to do 12 covers for the British Dental Journal.  Kavel’s unique style which has graced the pages of The Times, Time Out and Conde Nast Traveller, was perfect for creating this series of bold, contemporary images, with this one accompanying the August issue.

Madamesange's Scrapbook

Madamesange, one of our newest talents, tells of her penchant for rummaging in secondhand bookshops, charity shops and carboots.

Madamesange's Scrapbook

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Philip Bannister's Scrapbook

Traditional illustrator Philip Bannister on drawing painting in his garden shed studio in rural Worcestershire.
Philip Bannister's Scrapbook.

Interesting IPA Bellwether report: ten years of market data

IPA Bellwether report: ten years of market data

The IPA has been publishing its Bellwether report for the past ten years. Brand Republic breaks down how confidence in the market has varied across the years.

All figures sourced by IPA BDO Bellwether Reports and compiled by Markit Economics.

For more information or to subscribe to future IPA BDO Bellwether Reports visit www.ipa.co.uk/Content/IPABDO-Bellwether-Report

Harry Lyon-Smith comments that whilst recognizing the shape in our UK business, the extremes have not been in our business and overseas business has helped counter act the dip, thankfully....

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Thursday, August 12, 2010

Madamesange's Range of Mugs Available to Purchase

Our lovely illustrator Madamesange has a new range of mugs on sale here.

They come in at £7.50 a piece and there are 4 charming designs to choose from!

See Madamesange's portfolio here

FRAME X FRAME Ambre Solaire

Alan Miles has fun with this animation for Ambre Solaire's Kids Rapido shown on Boomerang TV.  WATCH IT HERE!

FRAME X FRAME Houses of History

Keith Robinson produces 16 animations exploring the story of Parliament through 1000 years of British History. Houses of History site.  WATCH IT HERE!

FRAME X FRAME Silentnight

Cube create this high profile animation for Silentnight, sponsors of American Idol, shown on ITV2 recently.  WATCH IT HERE!

Nina Hunter's Scrapbook

Polish illustrator & artist Nina Hunter opens the doors on her shabby chic studio in East Street Arts, Leeds.

Nina Hunter's Scrapbook

Friday, August 6, 2010

Shailesh's work being used illegally on Facebook

Shailesh Khandeparkar's work is being illegally used by this group on Facebook called Art Taxi and claimed as their own. The work is obviously being used commercially as well without permission let alone any fees for Shailesh.

If you don't like this sort of behavior and want to stand up for artists' rights and right to make a living, please join the group and state your opposition to their behavior. Please spread the word. Thank you

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Thursday, August 5, 2010

Nuno On Your Wall

Ever fancied adding some modern day glamour to your apartment? Then feast your eyes upon this incredible image created by fashion’s latest wonder, Nuno Da Costa.

Nuno has recently had this piece licensed by a client in Denmark to make some wallpaper. The result is this simple stunning backdrop to her apartment.

Tromp L'Oeil Corkscrews

This is the inspired result from wildlife artist Andrew Hutchinson having been commissioned to paint panelled doors for "The Feathered Nest", in Nether Westcote.

The country pub took a unique approach in giving their establishment a hint of antique authenticity, Andrew painted tromp l'oeil corkscrews onto the doors, as if they were hanging on nails. It was an unusual commission that Andrew greatly enjoyed and one that enabled him to use a collection of antique corkscrews he had in his possession!

Sideroom Winner

Dennis Juan Ma is the proud winner of the latest Red Bull Art Competition "Stereoption" held by Sideroom Magazine.

Dennis’s striking artwork caught the eye of judges and readers alike and was chosen alongside two other great artists to take part in a live painting in New Zealand. Lucky spectators will be able to witness the artwork being blown up to the size of a building!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Angela Eata's Scrapbook

Chinese illustrator Angela Eata tells how illustrator Gabrielle Vincent & pop artist Yoshimoto Nara inspire her.

Angela Eata's Scrapbook