Supero by name, super by nature, this graphic design studio has an idyllic-sounding existence from its homes between La Chaux-de-Fonds, on the Jura mountains in Switzerland and Basel. With an aesthetic informed by “The International Typographic Style, also known as the Swiss Style”, the studio says: “It is an art of simple, efficient composition and it is still relevant. It is a timeless style which we enjoy playing with. Indeed, the great difficulty of a graphic exercise isn’t to produce something fashionable, pretty and fun, but to succeed in creating a timeless visual. A work that could come out years later and would still be relevant.”
Summer can bring out the best in people: their legs, their caution being blown to the wind, and their realisation that it’s now acceptable to drink an entire box of rosé in one afternoon if you just call it a picnic. Sadly though it’s not all frolics – summer can also spectacularly bring out peoples’ inner a-hole. Animator Tom King has created a wonderful homage to irritating beach-goers in his new short Beach Dick. With a familiar yet sweet, charming style, his colourful characters sparkle with human touches that have a surreal edge. In just over a minute, we see dangers of various types of “beach dick” – a creepy camera-wielding voyeur, a merry hat trampler and a man who has an unsightly accident in his shorts. Very fun viewing, and a useful little animated beach survival manual to boot.