Is it me or has the world gone mad?

October 1, 2012 § 1 Comment

I know I am probably showing my age here but when I heard that the South Korean rapper Psy’s Gangnam Style song (?) had topped the UK’s singles charts on the radio 4’s Today programme, I thought I would investigate further. Having just watched the video on You Tube, (apparently the most ‘liked’ of all time) I am left with mixed feelings (“personally thought it was cool – David). I guess it is quite a catchy tune but the video, which is hugely popular and bizarrely has a number of celebrities favourable comments on the horse-riding dance moves… doesn’t really do much for me…. kids have been doing those steps since they were four! I know I am out on a limb here, given that a huge number of fans worldwide. I quite enjoy a bit of rap, I have even been known to blast out Eminem in the car when the kids are not in it! Psy’s supposedly satirical comment on today’s society becomes a self fulfilling prophecy.

It did get me thinking of about other South Korean designers who are beginning to get a lot of coverage as they return back to SK from international design schools. You should have a look at Monocle’s recent podcast. Really makes us want to travel to SK and catch up with our own favourites,  Ji-hwan Kim and Sol-Jin, who make up the graphic design company Zero per Zero. They are hugely talented and we are very proud to represent their talents on Raw Dice. Their range of maps and various other stationery products are highly individual and quirky. Here are some of their interpretation of major capital cities underground system that are available as posters and calendars from Raw Dice;

Map of Seoul

Map of Seoul

Map of New York City Metro

Map of the Tokyo metro

The London version of the ever famous Underground alas can not be shown here due to a copyright dispute. No sooner had we received a batch of posters, maps, notebooks and tape of London, the powers to be (lawyers) from the design bullies at London Transport advised us that all these products are in danger of copyright infringement! Here is a link to what you could have bought and make your own mind up (bear in mind colour, tube names cannot be a copyright issue).

I did think that maybe they could also do a bit of self-publicity, but releasing a catchy tune and a crazy video. It seems that to succeed in this media driven world, the more outlandish the better, personally prefer the longevity of quality design…, it will be interesting to see if this S-K rapper can sustain the attention span of the current generation!

Zero Per Zero City Maps


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