It's Nice That, itsnicethat.com, Gavin Lucas picks his favourites from Stereohype's 10th birthday buttons, posted by Emily Gosling, London, UK, 5 November 2014 (English)
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GAVIN LUCAS PICKS HIS FAVOURITES FROM STEREOHYPE'S 10TH BIRTHDAY BUTTONS
FL@33’s graphic arts label Stereohype is celebrating its tenth birthday this year, an occasion that also marks the launch of its 1,000th button badge. Over the years, these have been designed by the likes of Supermundane, Jon Burgerman, Lawrence Zeegen and Luke Best, to name but a few, and they’re currently on show with some brilliant posters at London College of Communication in an exhibition running until 8 November.
___ For the ease of their creation and their miniature stature, the little pin badges can be a perfect “vehicle for expression embraced by the visually creative,” as writer Gavin Lucas states in his foreword for the exhibition catalogue accompanying the show. Gavin has drawn together his top ten Stereohype badges for us, giving just a tiny snapshot of the creativity poured onto these wee circles over the last decade.
|1| I Hate Dolphins by Jody Barton (0023) | From Stereohype’s original By Invitation Only (BIO) series, Jody Barton’s I Hate Dolphins is probably the most amusing nugget of political incorrectness ever committed to the medium of the button badge. Great for first dates or meeting the in-laws for the first time. Personally, I quite like dolphins. But I couldn’t eat a whole one.
|2| Ghandi vs Robo-Ghandi by Tom Gauld (0042) | Again, this is a series 1 BIO badge. It’s just such a ridiculous and funny concept that I still chortle every time I see it.
|3| Sorry I’m Late from BIO series 2 by Richard J. Kirk / Manikato (0091) | I’m pretty much always late so this is a badge for all occasions as far as I’m concerned.
|4| 0358 by Pietari Posti | I love this badge by Pietari Posti (which won 2nd prize in the 2007/2008 competition) because it’s illustrative, figurative and decorative all at once. It’s a miniature work of art.
|5| 0507 By Germana Giorno (entered in the single category in 2010 competition) | This also strikes me as a miniature abstract artwork. While a diamond might be a girl’s best friend, a diamond design badge offers far more bang (and bling) for your buck.
|6| 0974 Russell Weekes for BIO | This is one of a series of four matter-of-fact Helvetica-set badges designed by Russell Weekes for BIO series 14. I’m not normally into this kind of text-only badge, but I love the combination of honesty and practicality.
|7| 0870 & 0875 Tomi and Agathe at FL@33 | These two badges are from a series by Tomi and Agathe at FL@33 that celebrates the colourful, abstract beauty of a computer screen during a crash. I really like the way you associate such screens with despair but actually, the patterns they generate can be pretty beautiful.
|8| 0921-4 By David Petzold aka Lobsterboy | Doesn’t matter what type of push bike ride you’ve got – this set of four badges (which took 4th prize in the set of four category in 2013 Stereohype badge competition) has got you covered.
|9| Stereotype vs Art & Sole collaboration | OK, rather than pick out more individual badges, I wanted to flag up the Stereotype vs Art & Sole collaboration that resulted in a collection of A Few Of My Favourite Sneakers (AFOMFS) badges. You could buy the whole collection attached to specially produced sneaker laces – but my favourite part of the collaboration is the bespoke packaging you can buy smaller subsets of the badges in that have eyelets and are laced up like actual sneakers. Really nicely done. See more images of the badges and the packaging here.
|10| Stereohype’s 1,000 badges created to-date | And my final choice is the 100 × 100cm Perspex framed collection of Stereohype’s 1,000 badges created to date that’s on display at their exhibition at London College of Communication at the moment and available to buy in an edition of 10. | Further reading: www.stereohype.com
1–4| Clockwise from top left: Jody Barton: I Hate Dolphins, Tom Gauld:Ghandi vs Robo-Ghandi; Richard J. Kirk / Manikato:Sorry I’m Late, Pietari Posti |5–6| Left to right – Germana Giorno, Russell Weekes for BIO |7| Tomi and Agathe at FL@33 |8| David Petzold |10| Stereohype’s 1,000 badges created to date
Rollacoaster, magazine #20, Autumn / Winter issue, Utopia, Eutopia section, selected Stereohype badges including some designed by FL@33, pp.186–195 (Stereohype on pp.188–189), London, UK, July 2016 (English)
Page / e-mag, page-online.de, Kreation, Website Relaunch von Grafik Art Label »Stereohype«, stereohype.com (v.2), by Miriam Harringer, Hamburg, Germany, 17 April 2015 (German)
Digital Arts, digitalartsonline.co.uk, News, Browse Stereohype's entire button badge range on revamped site, by Michael Burns, London, UK, 6 April 2015 (English)
Netdiver, netdiver.net, Stereohype v.2, posted by Carole Guevin, Montreal, Canada, 2 April 2015 (English)
Creative Review, creativereview.co.uk, Ten years of button badges, Stereohype 2004-2014, with interview excerpts, by Rachael Steven, London, UK, 20 October 2014 (English)
Stereohype 2004–2014, 10 Years, 1,000 Button Badges, Over 300 Contributors — FL@33-designed anniversary book, London, UK, September 2014 (English)
Creative Review, creativereview.co.uk, London Design Festival: LCC 160, Stereohype 2004–2014, by Rachael Steven, London, UK,
17 September 2014 (English)
LCC 160 exhibition: 50 + 100 + 10 (video), exhibitors and curators interviewed – including FL@33 and Stereohype co-founder and creative director Tomi Vollauschek, London, UK,
16 September 2014 (English)
Digital Arts, digitalartsonline.co.uk, News, London, UK, 25 August 2014 (English)
Badge Button Pin, Laurence King Publishing, by Gavin Lucas, London, UK, July 2007 (English)
November 21st, 2020 — FL@33 developed and designed and a new product range for Stereohype: themed advent calendars with 24 (+1) Stereohype button badges. Simply peel off the daily stickers and reveal the badge of the day.
August 21st, 2020 — Save the squirrel, save the world. It is done. At last. The Stereohype squirrel has been saved. See the full documentation of the #SaveTheStereohypeSquirrel epoxy resin outdoor sculpture experiment with the aim to resurrect the collapsed cardboard sculpture FL@33 originally created for an indoor exhibition back in 2014.
July 16th, 2015 — FL@33 will be part of the judging panel for the 11th time later this year to select the best of the best submissions to Stereohype's annual Button Badge Design Competition. The 11th call for entries has been launched and you can read all about it and get artwork guidelines etc on Stereohype's competition page.
June 4h, 2015 — A box full of our superbly printed new T-shirt arrived today and Password1 is now available at stereohype.com!
May 27th, 2015 — The winners and shortlist of Stereohype's 10th annual Button Badge Design Competition (STBBDC) were just released. FL@33 has once again been part of the over 20-strong judging panel. Congratulations! A new call for entries was also launched at the same time. More info at stereohype.com
April 6th, 2015 — IdN in Hong Kong kindly selected the newly launched FL@33-designed Stereohype website for their Pick of the Month section.
April 2nd, 2015 — Long-time supporters Netdiver kindly helped spreading the word about the newly launched FL@33-design Stereohype website v.2.
October 29th, 2014 —
October 20th, 2014 — Ten years of button badges, CR Blog posted a very nice article with interview excerpts today about FL@33's button badge activities such as our Stereohype 2004–2014 book, anniversary exhibition, commissioned posters and this year's B.I.O. Series.
October 14th, 2014 — Stereohype 2004–2014 that FL@33 curated and designed. We also posted all the FL@33-designed and/or art directed exhibits – including more pictures from our party squirrel sculpture – and previews of Stereohype's 10th anniversary book that is now available at stereohype.com.
September 19th, 2014 — Info: Stereohype 2004–2014
September 17th, 2014 — The party squirrel already arrived today waiting for you lot to celebrate 10 years of Stereohype at tomorrow's private view. Hope you can make it. Info: Stereohype 2004–2014
September 17th, 2014 — London Design Festival: LCC 160, CR Blog posted an article today about a series of exhibitions called '160' that includes our anniversary show Stereohype 2004–2014
September 16th, 2014 — London College of Communication who kindly host our exhibition as part of their '160' show put together a little preview video. Watch it here: Stereohype 2004–2014
September 10th, 2014 — Vinyl lettering for our exhibition Stereohype 2004–2014 was applied today. Almost there... The show opens on Saturday, 13th, and we hope to see you at the private view on Thursday, 18th.
August 22nd, 2014 — FL@33-designed exhibition catalogue Stereohype 2004–2014 on press at ArtsQuarters Press who kindly support this publication. The entire 1,000-strong button badge collection is featured in the catalogue – so are numerous packaging solutions and collaborations. Launching at the exhibition...
August 21st, 2014 — Press release and invitation: Stereohype 2004–2014 — 10 years, 1,000 button badges, over 300 contributors, 1 exhibition, 10 specially commissioned posters (together with badge), several new product releases including B.I.O. (by invitation only) button badge series 14, call for entries for our 10th annual button badge design competition and more...
___ Please join us in London when we celebrate Stereohype's 10th anniversary – FL@33's experimental playground and international platform – with a huge exhibition. The private view will be on 18 Sep and the show will run from 13 Sep until – extended to 8 Nov (was 31 Oct). Please read the press release and invitation for all details.
August 8th, 2014 — Stereohype 2004–2014 — It's official as of today: FL@33's experimental playground and international platform for both emerging and established talents alike – Stereohype – will celebrate its 10th anniversary in style with an exhibition that will open its gate during London Design Festival 2014 and as part of '160' – a series of exhibitions hosted by the London College of Communication (LCC).
___ The FL@33-designed and curated show also marks the fact that Stereohype's popular button badge collection, created by over 300 contributors, will reach its 1,000th button badge this September, with each badge being showcased including an anniversary poster and badge project specially commissioned for the occasion. Preparations are in full swing and the official press release and invitation will be posted soon.
___ Sat 13 September – extended to Sat 8 November (was Fri 31 October), Mon–Fri 10am–5pm, Sat 11am–4pm, closed Sunday. Private View: Thu 18 September 6–9pm Hope to see you there. #st10yrs #lcc160 #ldf14
___ Location: Lower Street Gallery, London College of Communication, Elephant and Castle, London SE1 6SB