Graphic Design Archive

  1. Artworklove-jeff-koons-int-list

    You’d struggle to make a big, bright, shiny Jeff Koons balloon dog anything but visually brilliant, but Parisian studio Artworklove has surely done more with it than most, making it the star of some beautifully designed invitations to the artist’s show at the Pompidou centre. The colours, the scale and the stock selected work together beautifully and make a nice introduction to what the studio’s been up to since we last posted about them in 2012, when we flagged up some great art direction using a nice Julia Roberts quip. Other cool noteworthy projects they’ve carried out of late include a great identity for French furniture and homeware site La Chance, which takes a simple icon and colour palette and twists the mark into something more dynamic.

  2. Nbstudio-almeida-int-list

    It’s often the case with design work that the final outcome is quite different in scope to the original brief. So it was for NB Studio, which was originally asked by the Almeida Theatre in London for a brand review and refresh. After what the studio calls “an intensive period of immersion and briefing sessions,” the NB team came back with a more wide-ranging proposal – “It was clear then that this was to be a bold re-brand rather than mere cosmetic enhancement,” they say.

  3. Vg_alphabeta_04

    About seven years ago Village Green produced a series of iconic posters for London’s infamous Fabric nightclub… and then we haven’t checked up on them since. Poor form on our part as they’ve been busy expanding, improving and creating work for bigger and better clients. Currently it seems they’re specialising in architectural branding for commercial property developments, cladding the Alphabeta redevelopment in Finsbury Square, London and The Bonhill Building office spaces on Old Street. Of course they’ve done other stuff too; like the identity and exhibition design for Jean Paul Gaultier’s Barbican show and Nike’s 2013 Hypervenom campaign, but frankly there’s just too much stuff to cover in one article. We’ll be sure to keep closer tabs on these guys in future.

  4. Quimmarin-posters-int-list

    Barcelona-based designer and art director Quim Marin has a strong visual sensibility and a prolific work-rate if scrolling through his site is anything to go by. There’s a load of impressive poster and other print design on there, with particularly effective use of some trendy tropes which can often feel stale in less talented hands. “In such a visually polluted environment I try to come up with fresh and memorable designs with a clear aim at essential beauty and equilibrium that, at the same time, will ensure communicative effectiveness,“ Quim says by way of a mission statement, and it’s hard to sum up his work better than that.

  5. Chevalvert-int-list-2

    You wade into Chevalvert’s portfolio rubbing your hands across your eyes, unsure of what you’ve stumbled across. The Paris-based studio was founded in 2007 by Patrick Paleta and Stéphane Buellet and describes itself as being based on an “open, multidisciplinary approach,” which might go some way to explaining why it feels like a cave laden with treasures. So many treasures.

  6. Fantastic-man-list

    Fantastic Man magazine has been redesigned, as shown in its teaser image of its tenth anniversary issue. The magazine’s new issue cover star JW Anderson has shown the new cover on Instagram, which reveals a new design seeing the masthead run vertically and horizontally, instead of its previous preluder horizontal configuration. The cover image also runs to both sides, moving away from its previous white-edged format. We’re excited to see what changes might have been made to the inside of the mag…

  7. Dwp-bikestock-int-list

    This morning I had a puncture that I couldn’t fix and had to get the train to work, so it feels timely to be writing about Bikestock, a range of vending machines full of cycling essentials that can be found all over New York and Boston. The concept is a simple one; inner tubes, spanners, tyre levers tyres and any number of other little bits and pieces that make your wheels turn smoothly are boshed into a vending machine so you can grab them on the go and, more importantly, at any time of day!

  8. List

    Joost Bos is a recent graduate from the Academie Minerva Groningen in The Netherlands where he’s spent three years studying for his bachelor’s degree. Like many of his Dutch counterparts he’s a dab hand with typography both traditional and experimental and has a plethora of printed pieces in his portfolio. This one, Sequence 1, is an exhibition catalogue for a show of artist books at Joost’s alma mater, which perfectly demonstrates his design sensibilities. Immaculately set type is interspersed with hand-drawn elements and bright colours bring intrigue to an otherwise monochrome publication. Like what you’re seeing? He’s available for freelance work right now!

  9. Sam-coldy-penguin-int-list

    Is it just me or is Penguin killing it at the moment? The publishing house only recently celebrated its 80th birthday by launching a range of its classic titles for 80p each, accompanied by a slick website and a poster campaign which has reached even the furthest corners of London’s transport system. And right now, they’re in the midst of a new campaign called On the Page which celebrates women authors and characters in literary masterpieces.

  10. Karansingh-mop-int-list

    The glorious coming together of pattern, shape and colour makes for a joyous experience and that’s why print designers are held in such high regard. Last week we commissioned Animade to turn three eye-poppingly good Pucci x Orlebar Brown patterns into trippy GIFs, this week we’re turning our attention to profiling creatives we believe are among the best around when it comes to working in this area. We are proud to present these #mastersofprint.

  11. Gerard-marin-int-list

    There’s something of a trend going around at the moment for identities using 3D logo-marks, and with this one by Gerard Marin we can see why. Barcelona-based designer Gerard developed the branding, stationery and corporate materials for interior designer and visual merchandiser Neus Ortiz. Recognisability and malleability were at the forefront of his mind for this project, and the flexible “N,” which changes according to its application, prove a neat solution to both. His is an unfussy aesthetic which lends itself perfectly to branding projects – here’s hoping more make their way to him very soon.

  12. Nike-logo

    There’s a moment in this film where Michael Bierut comes over all Hayley Joel Osment in The Sixth Sense as he declares: “ I can see things in typefaces that normal people can’t.” It’s part of his discussion about how “design can be a lonely thing” and that as you immerse yourself in that world “you’re actually making yourself less normal than regular people.” Filmed at Design Indaba in South Africa last month, this interesting short film moves onto to look at logos and why designers are so interested in them. Using famous examples like the Nike swoosh and the Target, um, target, Michael explains his theory that we’re drawn to them because they’re primitive and yet we invest them with so much meaning. “A lot of what we see when we’re looking at the logo isn’t really happening in the logo; it happens in our own mind,” he explains.

  13. Emilyoberman-snl-int-hero

    One of the undoubted highlights of this year’s Design Indaba conference in Cape Town was hearing Pentagram partner Emily Oberman detail her long-running work on Saturday Night Live. Emily has worked with the programme for 20 years, creating three separate versions of its identity, various title sequences and even spoof adverts to run in the breaks (like this). Now Emily has teamed up with writer Alison Castle to produce Saturday Night Live: The Book, a 500-page paean to the show which coincides with its 40th anniversary this autumn.

  14. Studio-lin-stampa-int-list

    Sometimes a dead simple idea is all you need to create something really striking. In the case of Studio Lin’s branding of Stampa that simple idea was a rolled up poster. Stampa specialise in limited edition prints produced by some of the best illustrators around – shipped direct to your door. How do they do this? By rolling them up in a poster tube. So what does their logo look like? A pair of rolled-up prints joined at their edges to form an S. Studio Lin also commissioned an entire custom typeface for the brand, but for me it’s that swirling blue S that hits the nail on the head every time. Simple!

  15. Ines-cox-int-list

    Scrolling through what feels like an endless array of projects, it’s difficult to believe that Ines Cox only founded her studio last year. Since parting ways with former partner Lauren Grusenmeyer, co-founder of five-year endeavour Cox & Grusenmeyer, Ines has branched out on her own to establish an eponymous practice based in Antwerp. While she still includes much of her old work with Lauren in her portfolio, her new work demonstrates an exciting and playful approach to typography and innovative poster design.

  16. Dot-dash-flatpack-int-list

    Film festivals and great graphic design go together like Powell and Pressburger; as proven by the identity for Iceland’s Stockfish Film Festival, and Dot Dash’s designs for Flatpack Film Festival in Birmingham.

  17. Two-int-list

    Italian studio Think Work Observe designed a pricelist for furniture design company Tacchini and it’s made an already delectable furniture collection even more appealing. Its use of close to fifty shades of grey and austere, considered layout of sofas and chairs gives the publication a lifespan and potential audience you wouldn’t otherwise expect for a brand’s pricelist. Every technical detail in Tacchini’s collection is covered and all on lovely Fedrigoni papers.

  18. Gaggero-ra-annual-report-int-list

    Proving that annual reports don’t have to be painfully dull, here’s a great example of a fab design studio working with a fab client to get all those tricky numbers and things down in a visually engaging, clear and rather beautiful way. Said client is the Royal Academy, and said studio is Gaggero Works, which created the designs around the concept that “the RA is a place where art happens; a place where art is made, exhibited and debated.” The report is split into two books, Accounts and Report, bound together using a bright yellow belly band which adds a much needed line of playfulness under the rather heavy-going subject matter.

  19. Jayme-spinks-int-list

    Frustratingly we’ve just put together a feature on Montreal for the Spring 2015 issue of Printed Pages and if we’d known of Jayme’s existence before yesterday we’d definitely have asked her to show us around. Hers is a diverse range of clients and projects that encompass everything from playful (award-winning) sexual health resources for queer women, to slick, sensual record sleeves for Canadian singer/songwriter Dinah Thorpe. In between there are artist books, posters and exhibition catalogues, all of which demonstrate Jayme’s tailored approach to design; never relying on stylistic tropes or trends of the moment.

  20. Kindlecoverdisasters-int-list

    This has been doing the rounds on social media for a few days now but we couldn’t not take the chance to celebrate magnificent blog Kindle Cover Disasters. It does what it says in the URL, collating some of the most eye-poppingly bizarre e-book covers its anonymous author can find and/or is sent by a network of contributors equally enthusiastic about unearthing some (reportedly) true graphic one-offs. Adorning books about sex, fantasy (the other kind) and who-the-heck knows what else, it’s a joyous celebration of the democratisation of design in the modern era. If rules are there to be broken, then these visuals take that as an extreme provocation.

  21. Davidchathas-posters-header-int

    Graphic designer David Chathas creates posters that are funny, busy, bright and have just the right amount of 80s pop references to boot. He’s currently studying for his MFA at CalArts, and while doing so pumps out brilliant posters for film screenings, lectures and exhibitions across the university. There’s incredible breadth to his work – David seems to be constantly applying new aesthetics that depend on the content or context in front of him. David quite aptly describes his website as the “super-cool-guy, creative danger zone!” He’s spot on.

  22. Stockfish-ident-4-int_copy

    Icelandic graphic designer Einar Guòmundsson has collaborated with Guillermo Vázquez Bustelo on the identity for this year’s Stockfish Film Festival. This is the festival’s first iteration with the Stockfish name and the identity is fittingly bright, fun and abstract for its inaugural year. The illustrations represent ideas relating to Reykjavik and the film industry; camera elements, film reel and fish skin to name but a few. They are abstracted into patterns and fit together to form a sort of flag and a visual language for the festival.

  23. Design-by-st-fish-packaging-int-list

    There’s been no shortage of good fish-related design floating about recently: first, we had this identity for Korshags by Kurppa Hosk, and now we bring you this very cool proposal for sustainable fish packing by east London agency S-T. The designs were created as part of ICON magazine’s feature “rethink,” which asked creatives to come up with a new concept for anything they felt could be improved.

  24. Julia-kostreva-int-list

    Julia Kostreva Studio is based in California, a fact which seems to go some way to explaining the studios laid back and coolly playful approach to design. Case in point: the identity for “casual intimates” brand SOMI, a nicely pared-back underwear label in San Francisco. The studio developed a palette of soft pinks and exotic blues and greens for the identity, which were then incorporated into a striking logo-mark for the website, packaging and stationery, creating a simple and cohesive overall look for SOMI. Nice!

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    The focus on space in graphic designer Sarah Honeth’s work makes her pages become almost like cavernous landscapes themselves. Her documentation of the California dam’s sits within a long line of pop culture history of LA’s water system – most famously, Chinatown – and makes both tongue in cheek and considered points about their function. Sarah also applies this juxtaposition to her project about Newfoundland, making subject matter that can otherwise seem inaccessible both fun and poignant.

  26. Jo-glover-v_a-mcqueen-int-list

    The arrival of the Alexander McQueen retrospective Savage Beauty in London was always going to be special. Its showing at the V&A therefore required some very, very special graphics, and the job of creating them went to the establishment’s senior designer, Jo Glover. She’s worked on numerous campaigns for the V&A, but this one must have been something of a dream project, with so much superb imagery and such a fascinating character to try and convey through physical and digital graphics.

  27. Michaelthorsby-damnson-int-list

    Design projects focussed on hip-hop are like London buses in the old saying; you wait ages for one and then two turn up at once. Last week we celebrated Brick magazine and hot on its heels today we’re delving into Damn Son Where Did You Find That? which is described as “the first book ever to focus on the cover art of the modern US hip-hop mixtape.”

  28. Catalogue-acorn-3-int_copy

    London and Leeds-based design studio Catalogue has designed the identity and printed matter for independent hip-hop and jazz label Acorn Tapes. The posters and tapes follow the same principle: bold typography that is stylistically recognisable but can be applied to hip-hop, jazz, or really any musical genre, and imagery that pushes the tapes from limited release to collectors’ item. The low-lit, jazz bar iconography and 80s illustration that without Catalogue’s design notes could have just been a little bit too much become tongue-in-cheek references to long-reigning stereotypes.

  29. Milton-glaser-brooklyn-blast-int-list

    Milton Glaser has designed a new look for Brooklyn Brewery’s BLAST! IPA, working with his senior art director Sue Walsh on the project. Milton created the original designs for the bottles last year, and the new look aims to “capture more of the true energy of the beer,” according to the brand. It reckons the beer “deserved a little more oomph,” and we reckon Milton has given it just that.

  30. Dyakova-guestbook-8-int_copy

    Sonya Dyakova’s Atelier Dyakova has just updated its website with a new design for Guestbook, a magazine made in-house by onefinestay, who “curate homes” around the world for people to stay in. The design is clear and un-intrusive while maintaining a strong sense of character. The tone of the features runs through to the typography and illustration, and just as you’d expect from your favourite cities, the magazine has a nice sense of space.

  31. Lamm-kirch-posters-2-int

    Lamm & Kirch is a graphic design studio based in Leipzig, Germany. Mostly working with printed matter, it has produced one of the most varied, fun and colourful back-catalogues of poster work I’ve ever seen. Referencing bygone eras, sci-fi, austere modernism and superheroes, Lamm & Kirch has pretty much got all bases covered.

  32. Jasongalea-int-main

    I came across Jason when I was ogling at this poster for the Panache Spring Fling featuring White Fence, yet another ear-watering gig that I won’t be able to make it to because it’s across the Atlantic. Panache is a boutique booking agency in LA which represent bands like Ty Segall, Chris Cohen, Jacco Gardner, Fuzz, Juliana Barwick, U.S Girls…I could go on. In keeping with its roster it commissions the likes of Melbourne-based visual artist Jason Galea to make the posters and sleeves look as cool and apt as possible. Jason clearly knows what he’s doing with these posters, record sleeves and animations. This is the work of someone who has studied the music visuals of the past, sat around a Ouija board, reincarnated them, and smoked the spirits up in an acid-green infinity bong before splurging them out as art. It’s okay to rip stylistic qualities from eras gone by, but only if you, like Jason, genuinely love the music, and know exactly what you are doing.

  33. Piece-int-list

    Get ready for more unexpected furniture puns than you’d anticipated seeing this morning, courtesy of a self-initiated project from designers Marcel Häusler (the chap behind this fantastic work) and Regina Pichler. Give Piece a Chance was initially conceived of as a magazine which celebrates ten things each from the two designers’ homes which usually go un-championed – from a stack of magazines to an alarm clock shaped like a chicken – giving them their chance to shine in a simple zine format accompanied by joyous puns. It has since evolved into an online community of people around the world getting involved on their Facebook page, showing off some of the stuff they own and giving their own pieces a chance. A worthy cause!

  34. Sagmeisterwalsh-fugue-int-10-list-new

    It’s always good to get word from Sagmeister & Walsh in New York but it took some concentration to get our heads round their latest project. The studio has produced a new identity for Fugue, a platform which “automates the creation, operations, and regeneration of cloud infrastructure” (us neither).

  35. Alicerawsthorn-instagram-int-2

    An awful lot has been said and written about the new ways we consume design in the digital era. But although the rights and wrongs of design blogs have been well-covered, other platforms have received less attention as critical mediums and it’s always interesting to see new ways of engaging with visual content. Alice Rawsthorn is one of the best-respected design writers around, thanks both to her books and her articles for Frieze and The International New York Times.

    On January 1 she began posting design-related imagery to her new Instagram account and this has evolved in recent weeks into themed explorations of topics ranging from film titles to feminism. Posted with articulate explanatory captions, she seems to have hit upon an enlightening and accessible way to talk about design. We caught up with her to find out a little more…

  36. Andyrementer-sanmarinostamps-int-list

    Here’s some things you probably didn’t know about the tiny Republic of San Marino. It has no railway. Its 33,00 citizens enjoy one of the highest life expectancies in the world. It is famous for its stamps, which are widely collected by philatelists, or stamp collectors. This last revelation is the one that concerns us here, because we found out yesterday that illustrator, artist and long-time friend of the site Andy Rementer has just designed a set of stamps for The Philatelic and Numismatic Bureau of San Marino, themed around fantastical interpretations of 3D printing.

  37. Neo-neo-int-list

    The last time we wrote about Geneva-based design studio Neo Neo it was to find out a bit more about them and the way they work, in spring of last year. They’ve since amassed a client list populated mainly with arts and cultural establishments – museums, galleries, town halls and the like – creating identities for art festivals, graphic design exhibitions, film festivals and classical music concerts in some of Switzerland’s cultural hotspots.

  38. Home-og

    Designer Oscar Gronner is very elusive, his website has no information at all and in terms of search engine research, it’s difficult to get much further than the fact that he is a graduate from the Oslo National Academy of the Arts. Whilst shunning internet celebrity, Oscar has evidently used the time to make lots of great work; there are record sleeves, posters, books and an abstract video about pyramids. His books and posters have a confident restraint to them whilst being playful, with skilled details in the print and production quality. Oscar has documented Brazil’s prison football clubs, drawn lots of stretchy-wobbly cartoons and done some very, very flattering portraiture. Take a look!

  39. Zakgroup-6-ee-int

    London-based agency Zak Group are dab-hands at exhibition identities and this one for Europe, Europe at the Astrup Fearnley Meseet is no exception. They designed the identity and accompanying print and promotional materials for this, the first iteration of a touring exhibition curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist, Thomas Boutoux and Gunnar B. Kvaran. The exhibition brought together over 30 young artists all under the age of 35 and from eight European cities. The design referred to the “multiplicity of identities that exist within the continent… Europes within Europe.”

  40. Spin-uca-int-list

    You may remember the outcry when the University of California changed its logo – 54,000 people signed a petition demanding it be withdrawn and the university eventually complied. It’s now seen as the definitive model of a redesign perfect storm, which must impact on any designer approaching a similar project.