When an organisation like the BBC Concert Orchestra puts on unusual and unexpected events, it is only right the visual collateral supports their laudable commitment to changing perceptions that still weigh down classical music. Last year the orchestra took on two concerts designed to explore extreme emotional states and the excellent Studio Output did not disappoint with their supporting print work.
For Exstatica, Output’s team used images of fragments of body parts and overlaid it with type to create intriguing abstract pieces, the meanings of which could be discovered using decoding glasses. For H7teria, an event which explored themes of mental illness, reality and anxiety, they created a colourful optical illusion which is not only hugely memorable but also toys with viewers’ minds to create a sense of unease and uncertainty, acting as kind of Rorschach test onto which we can project some of our own issues. It also works well cross both print and online so the effect is not lost for those interacting with the work digitially.
This is one of a host of interesting updates on the Studio Output site well worth checking out when you have a chance.
- Camelot’s typefaces bring both the contemporary and historical to the table
- Scott Newett’s eerily quiet, ethereal portraits of Chinese utopia
- Jade Schulz’s atmospheric and imaginative editorial illustrations
- Emiliano Granado’s new zine puts a fresh spin on Tour de France fandom
- The big cover up: Mathieu Tremblin's translations of graffiti
- Artist Howard Fonda captures the vibrancy of summer for Ace & Tate
- Benedict Redgrove’s beautifully hypnotic film about how a tennis ball is created
- Tommy Cash subverts the tropes of rap videos with a fleshy celebration of the human body (NSFW)
- Ian Davis’ picturesque paintings of bureaucratic dystopia
- Is it ever OK to work for free?
- Pentagram unveils refresh of Mastercard’s brand mark and identity
- Peter Saville and Tate Design Studio create beer can artwork for Switch House pale ale