As 2016 comes to an end we’ve had a look at the creatives that have inspired us over the past year.

Fantastic Planet by Amanda Parer © Luna Raphael

January

Brightening up a few days in wintery, cold and dark London town in January was Lumiere London. King's Cross, Mayfair, Piccadilly, Regent Street, Leicester Sq and Westminster hosted 30 light installations from the likes of Julian Opie, Janet Echelman, Benedetto Bufalino and Benoit Deseille.

Not to be outdone, Canary Wharf put together their own ‘Winter Lights’ festival featuring 15 interactive light and sound displays.

“Couture collection” promo done in collaboration by Pablo Machado and Ricardo Hardouin of Miami International University of Art and Design
Still from Disco © Boris and Miwha Seewald

March

The roroscoping technique, made famous in A-Ha’s Take on Me and Richard Linklater’s A Scanner Darkly, was used to beautiful effect in the music video ‘Disco’ for composer Ralf Hildenbeautel. Created by Boris and Miwha Seewald, the movements of dancers Simone Schmidt and Althea Corlett are beautifully rendered through 1,200 individuals drawings.

Detail of London 2066, a large scale painting for London Vogue © Zaha Hadid Architects

April

British/Iraqi architect sadly passed away in April. Born in Baghdad in 1950, she studied mathematics in Beirut before moving to London in 1972. After studying at the Architectural Association in London, she launched her own practice in 1979. Her work's been described as striking, dramatic and radical – not unlike the woman herself.

The Serpentine Gallery in London is showing a collection of her abstract painting and drawings until 12 February 2017 and is well worth a visit.

Oli Frape takes us through his portfolio

May

The very talented lettering artist Oli Frape dropped in to our office in May to show a few of us his glorious portfolio of commercial and personal work. A small group of interested designers very quickly swelled to a much larger crowd, as he talked about how he creates his gorgeous hand-drawn script for a huge variety of projects.

Camille Walala and Morag Mysercough at St. Bride’s

June

A few RY designers went to hear two of our design heroes, Morag Mysercough and Camille Walala give a talk at the St Bride’s Foundation. Both designers are known for their bold use of colour and geometric forms. Through the evening we were treated to a wonderful journey through the visual development of their careers.

© Xander Marritt and Elias Freilberger
© Kouhei Makama

August

Art director Kouhei Nakama’s released Cycle exploring the human form through a range of physics-based particle animation.

 

Simone Biles’ © The New York Times

September

The Summer Olympics in Rio brought about a rich array of infographics and detailed break downs so we could all relive the moments over and over. Our favourites included New York Times’ composite photos showing decisive moments and their scrollable narrative of Simone Biles’ Olympic journey.

© Alex Jevon/Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2016
Buster © John Lewis
© Misha Petrick

December

While we looked back at 2016, animator Misha Petrick looked back at 1995. In particular reimagining what Instagram would look like if we still used Windows 95.

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