British designers and illustrators seem curiously unmoved by the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. Despite the event putting a worldwide focus on the UK, few British creatives are shouting about work tied to it – or producing self-generated projects based on it.
Perhaps they're waiting for the Olympics, which is despite draconian copyright restrictions is arguably larger on the world stage. Perhaps they're staunchly republican – but then we haven't seen any anti-monarchy . Or perhaps with wall-to-wall crowbarred branding campaigns and even the raging rebellion of punk from the Silver Jubilee reduced – on BBC Breakfast at least – to a series of chummy reminsences and laughing at 'funny' haircuts, it all seems a bit, well, twee.
There have been a few works of note though, and we've collected them below.
Currently showing at the StolenSpace gallery off Brick Lane in London, Equanimity 60 is a new work from artist Chris Levine. It's available in three colour variations, which the gallery has helpfully combined into the 1993-style animated gif above. It costs £1,600 each, or four grand for the set of three.
The artwork has also been used on the cover of the last issue of Time magazine outside the US.
Sir Peter Blake created this artwork of the Queen for the Radio Times. It was commissioned through the Central Illustration Agencty to commemorate her Diamond Jubilee, with readers able to pick up unframed for £49 or framed £100 versions via the CIA Shop.
Following the unearthing of a series of vintage posters in the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) warehouse, a Portsmouth Uni academic has found this Silver Jubilee poster from the organisation on Ebay. The poster was originally black-and-white, and hand-coloured, possibly by the J Dunford whose name appears on the back. It's a blatant crowbar of a road safety message onto the Jubilee, but has a certain naive charm.
The Queen's Hat is a Jubilee-themed children's book by Steve Antony, which follows a hunt for the aforementioned bonnet around London.
Pantone and Leo Burnett, have created a limited edition colour guide to "mark the Queen’s fashion-forward colour statements". When opened complete (above) it creates a work of such surreal brilliance it had the combined teams of Digital Arts and our sister magazine Macworld in fits of giggles.
The makers note that "Her Majesty has opted for a full spectrum of perfectly colour coordinated ensembles, from the Primrose Yellow she wore at Will and Kate’s wedding in April 2011 to the tasteful Lilac Snow outfit she wore last year during a visit to Northumberland."
The limited-edition, numbered colour guide features Pantone Colour references for all the outfits, plus info on the date and location.
Lastly, what could be more fitting for the Jubilee than this from Marmite? Well apart from the latest Cassetteboy, but the BBC got that taken off YouTube...
Marmite Jubilee spot
We'll be adding any more good design, illustration or advertisting projects as they appear.