Posted by Megan Oldcorn
25 March, 2019

In its first installment of 2019, Quarterly Thoughts delves into the realms of contemporary art, laser cutting and reimagined record covers.


Graphic designer and illustrator Fulvio Alejandro Obregon (better known online as Fulaleo) has imagined how present-day pop stars might have looked in the ’80s. The playful retro LP covers even feature his own amusing titles. Take a look at the full ‘Past is the Future’ series on his Behance page.


Back in January, ITV launched a year-long creative initiative, in which 52 graphic designers, photographers, illustrators and artists are given the chance to ‘mess around’ with its logo. The ITV logo is very recognisable, so it’s interesting to see what other creatives would do with it if given the chance.


I feel like a pattern is forming in my ‘Quarterly Thoughts’ entries where I share worked focused on getting outdoors, but it’s definitely something close to my heart. I love the look of this little photobook by Hoxton Mini Press, which is a compilation of images by well-known photographers portraying the joy and freedom that kids get from playing outside (something that many people fear is happening less and less these days). Taken mostly in the 1960s, the photos are really beautiful and capture moments in time that are so full of life. Would love to see the whole book!


I really love the digital art of Adrien M & Claire B. Centred on dance and performance, the company’s projects explore themes such as the movement of air and pixels. Take a look at the awesome videos here.


One thing I miss about being a design student is getting the chance to mess around with machines (and having technicians who could fix them afterwards). This month, I was at a talk by Jenny Shipley, who set up her own laser cutting business here in Cornwall. Along with some samples of laser-etched slate and enamel mugs, Jenny showed us this video of her machine. Whilst it’s an unlikely subject for a must-watch video, the one-minute soundtrack composed entirely from laser cutting noises is strangely transfixing.


The #metoo movement has blown open the doors on harassment and the abuse of women globally. In speaking out, the women’s bravery has prompted guilty men to address their heinous misdemeanours and, in some cases, this has led to prosecution. Ellie Frymire is a mathematician and analytics consultant. Inspired by the movement, she felt compelled to use her talents to visualise the furore caused by such a magnanimous happening. 

“I wanted to find out: What are people really saying with #MeToo?”

Ellie’s visualisations tell the story eloquently and offer insight beyond that of the press coverage. Prescient and timely, her contribution continues to highlight the inequality women face in the world today.


Having recently spent Christmas in Berlin, I was blown away by the city’s culture and overall vibe. The absolute highlight was the Boros Bunker Art Collection located in the Mitte district. Built in 1942, the former war bunker was a fruit storehouse during East German times, then a fetish club after the fall of the wall, when many of the city’s forbidding spaces became synonymous with the rise of the techno scene. Housing contemporary art from the likes of Aie Wei Wei and Johannes Wohnseifer, the building is simply mind-blowing. Go!


To celebrate 30 years since the invention of the World Wide Web, a group of developers got together to recreate the original web browser.

Find out more about the project


It’s rare that ‘Quarterly Thoughts’ sees me stray from the confines of content, but I was fascinated to learn that a font could help students to better remember their study notes. Sounds bizarre, right? Nevertheless, that’s what researchers at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology claim Sans Forgetica could achieve. The magic lies in its left-hand slant and ‘holey’ appearance, which makes it more difficult to read and therefore forces the brain into working harder, boosting memory retention. It may be unproven, it may be a marketing gimmick, but it may also be genius. 


I recently came across an article about Norway’s first underwater restaurant. ‘Under’ was created by the architects at Snøhetta and is submerged five and a half feet below ground level, creating ‘panoramic theatre’ in the dining space. It’s such a clever piece of architecture, which uses the environment for dramatic effect.