Unless you’ve had your eyes firmly closed for the past five years (in which case you may have struggled to appreciate any of the work documented on It’s Nice That) you’ll know that graphic design is undergoing a slow but purposeful metamorphosis, at least in some areas. A hardcore faction of designers are moving away from the Swiss Style rulebook and embracing increasingly more daring aesthetic and geometric arrangements, eschewing crisp white space and Grotesk type in favour of vibrant gradients and the occasional flourish of Blackletter.
Somewhere in the middle of this movement sits Two Points Studio who are both working with and documenting the “Pretty Ugly” aesthetic, recently producing a volume for Gestalten that highlights the very best of the style. Aside from a striking body of editorial work, that also includes a series dedicated to glorifying a variety of type faces, they’ve produced posters, websites, identities and illustrations for a wide variety of clients that, rather refreshingly for “Pretty Ugly” practitioners, aren’t simply limited to the creative sector.
As with all creative movements “Pretty Ugly” has its nay-sayers, but a thorough exploration of Two Points’ portfolio reveals a coherent, communicative oeuvre that, personal tastes aside, is just plain old, great design.
- Four illustrators have their works drawn by Joto at Here 2017
- David Lewandowski’s floppy rubber bodies take over the streets of Japan
- Ella Bucknall tackles the “boy’s club” of political cartooning in her new zine, Whip
- Anna Haifisch bends the rules of comics in new floppy and oversized book, Drifter
- Illustrator Jill Senft creates fun and whimsy with her cavalcade of pink characters
- White Flag project that is tackling global division and the “growing fear of the stranger”
- Alex Norris’ hilarious three-panelled webcomics are universally appealing
- Southbank Centre visual identity redesigned by North, to be a “confident masthead” for the institution
- The Buzzfeed redesign: UK art director Tim Lane talks us through his seven-month overhaul
- Fresh Yale grad Franci Virgili applies an academic approach to graphic design
- Instagram co-founder Mike Krieger on how to stand out
- Leipzig graphic design studio Lamm & Kirch on their shared ethos