Graphic Design Archive

  1. Sarah-hyndman-the-type-taster-int6

    Over the past couple of years, I’ve eaten sans serif, I’ve made huge typographic swear words with an ex, I’ve wandered Dalston taking pictures of kebab shop exteriors and I’ve seen Bodoni predict my fortune. Hell, I’ve even tried typographic dating. Why? Because of Sarah Hyndman, the one woman tour-de-force behind the Type Tasting enterprise, which takes a fun approach to typography and how it affects us emotionally.

  2. Gourmand-typesampler-int-list

    The most recent issue of The Gourmand magazine was staggeringly good; a title that’s always been impressive maturing into something very special indeed. There was so much to admire in fact that the two new typefaces – produced in collaboration with Monotype – used in Issue 05 went slightly under the radar.

  3. Jonasberthod-thebrick-3-int_copy

    Seeing design as a language in itself, Swiss-born designer Jonas Berthod makes great work that balances humour and depth, with a vast frame of reference. Jonas finds “playgrounds in both the high and low, the constructed and the natural,” noting the “bricks” of language and sound in Dada poetry as well as camo-print Foxtons Mini Coopers and the social construct of “realness,” which rose out of Jenny Livingston’s 1990 documentary Paris Is Burning.

  4. Studio-moross-opening_film_storyboards-list-int

    How exactly do you go about measuring the success of a band like One Direction, who have been the source of underwear-throwing and diary-doodling since they came upon success in The X Factor in 2010? They’ve got a cool 22 million Twitter followers for starters, which goes some way to demonstrating the enormity of the job Studio Moross had on its hands when it started art directing their tour last Autumn.

  5. Francesc-moret-vayreda-fap-fapp-int1

    In honour of the big V Day tomorrow, what could be more romantic than a celebration of the easiest kind of love – self love? Barcelona-based designer Francesc Moret Vayreda has made “having an intimate rest” or “a date with Pamela Handerson” into a tech-fuelled competitive sport, with his onanism-oriented app, Fap Fapp. The app, as Francesc explains on his site, is named from the onomatopoeia “fap fap fap” (the sound of male masturbation, he reckons), and encourages profuse phone-shaking. Unsurprisingly, the branding takes something of a phallocentric approach, using an extended “a” to form a cheeky willy graphic. The interface is black and pink, and Francesc describes the look and, er, feel as “a neutral graphic and visual code, always focussing on the elegance above the obvious.” Perhaps the sexiest part of the identity, however, lies in the straplines. “My brain? It’s my second favourite organ,” reads one. But another is perhaps the chat-up line to end all chat-up lines: “I’m such a good lover because I practise a lot on my own.”

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    Rumors makes ambitious work that utilises the potential of the internet. Through identities, apps, exhibitions and publications it seizes the opportunities of a medium in its infancy, that is flexible by nature, and an ever-changing network of production, distribution and encounters. Its work with Verso Books started with the Radical Thinkers series and has since gone on to become a long-term consultancy role, encompassing all print and online titles and content. We spoke to Andy Pressman about the collaboration with the radical publishers.

  7. Garageland-int-hero

    Villalba Lawson’s redesign of Garageland magazine takes in mind both the magazine title and its publisher, Transition Gallery’s position – surrounded by black cab garages. The design utilises the obligatory font used on all UK number plates, Mandatory, on the exterior and in titles throughout the magazine.The interior layout is nice and straight-forward, giving ample (leg)room for the variety of content in each issue. Villalba Lawson has taken a literal interpretation and applied it with (the) knowledge, vigour and humour. The magazine covers fine arts and popular culture, and each issue concentrates on a single theme be that collaboration, machines or nature.

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    When Danny Meyer opened his first Shake Shack kiosk in New York’s Madison Square Garden, Pentagram’s Paula Scher designed the environmental graphics, striking an admirable balance of Coney Island scale with sophisticated letterforms. Since its expansion, Paula has designed new iterations of the identity, maintaining its clean, modern aesthetic and applying it to menu boards, tables, T-shirts, hats and watches.

  9. Christian-marclay-vinyl-factory-int-1

    In another brilliant feat of creative engineering that bridges the gap between music, art and design, a project at the White Cube gallery in London’s Bermondsey sees musicians including Sonic Youth frontman Thurston Moore perform a composition for Christian Marclay, which is recorded and pressed on site by The Vinyl Factory Press. The press is housed in a shipping container, and the artwork for the record – also created on site – is designed by Christian and printed by Coriander Press, in a series that feels like cottage industry, DIY ideas brought into a slick, art-world setting.

  10. Iceland-art-school-maena-int-1

    “Abstaining from glue” may sound like a 70s recovery programme, but it’s also a manifesto of the team behind Maena, the graphic design magazine published by Iceland Academy of the Arts. The school’s design and architecture visual communication department publishes Maena annually, with each issue taking a different theme.

  11. Ghazaalvojdani-work-3-int_copy

    Since we last featured Ghazaal Vojdani she’s graduated from an MFA at Yale and been making great work for the likes of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and working with designer Mark Owens on the Whitney Biennial catalogue. Having picked up a job designing for Yale’s publishing arm straight out of college, Ghazaal has now re-located to New York to work freelance.

  12. Sulkimin-poster-1-int

    Seoul-based designers Sulki and Min Choi produce bright, geometric and responsive work. Their practice is rooted in typography; its form, histories and behaviour. It’s driven by concepts that engage with the content at hand whilst managing to consistently retain legibility.

  13. Field-resonate-identity-int-list

    As a rule conference identities err on the side of blandness, encapsulating complex ideas and disciplines with typographic treatments that do nothing to capture the imagination of their attendees. In fact even the word conference fails to get the creative juices flowing. Which is why Field’s work for the 2015 edition of Serbian tech festival Resonate is such an unusual and exciting addition to the visual language of talks-based events.

  14. Glasgow-school-of-art-work-in-progress-identity-int-2

    Another day, another astounding student work in progress show identity. This time, it’s for Glasgow School of Art, created by Michael Bremner, Amy Hinchliffe, Sarah Bethan Jones, Stephanie Roden and Sam Rowe – final year students on the communication design course. The show is called Assembly, and in the spirit of the title and the nature of the show, the identity also takes the idea of process as inspiration. "This best represents the unique spirit of the course, which puts emphasis on process, concept, and the joy of making,” say the designers.

  15. Stefanthor-gsapp-2-int_copy

    Stefan Thorsteinsson’s work is like gold dust, scattered across academia, exhibition design and Halloween parties. The Copenhagen-based designer is a graduate from Yale’s graphic design MFA and produces great, socially-minded and visually arresting work. His exhibition design for Problems (h)and Solutions, a collaboration with Cecilie Nellemann, has a nice balance of clarity and humour. The exhibition conjures examples of design derived from societal problems, and solutions that have gone on to affect long-term social change.

  16. Aromagosa-studio-home-int

    Barcelona-based Albert Romagosa Design Cabinet balances tradition and play very well, producing entirely waterproof books about snow, art directing anoraks and tape sleeves covered in eyeballs. Very much responding to the physical qualities of its commissions and initiatives, the graphic design and art direction studio set up by Albert Romagosa produces great print work, and specialises in the fields of culture, music, art and fashion. Albert is also co-founder and designer of Andròmina, a magazine about hidden stories in objects, and partner of independent publishing house Entiendo. Busy guy!

  17. Gunmad-or-type-int-list

    Reykjavík/London-based design duo GUNMAD (Guðmundur Úlfarsson and Mads Freund Brunse) has been pretty damn productive the past couple of years working on commercial projects, generating typefaces and working towards a new exhibition in collaboration with Unit Editions.

  18. Shawnhasto-bloopers-4-int_copy

    Bloomberg Businessweek designer Shawn Hasto has gone and made a blog of bloopers, killed articles and unlucky lay-outs. The New York-based designer joined the freshly redesigned magazine in 2011 and as well as an obviously riotous compilation of great, published editorial design, Shawn had drafts of entertaining, lively work that could otherwise be left to the digital cutting room floor. Led by Rob Vargas and Tracy Ma, the title has been producing some great, experimental design and it’s interesting to see Shawn, and in turn Bloomberg Businessweek embrace such creative transparency.

  19. Paul-rand-list

    Designs that transcend time, the fripperies of fashion and taste and the brand they’re attached to are ones that ensure their place in the canon; and one man who created such work is Paul Rand.

  20. Hawlin-mos-list-int-1

    Nightclub behemoths have a chequered history in design terms. On one hand, these dens for the nocturnal have produced some of the most brilliant and forward-thinking printed ephemera of the last decades (think iconic rave posters). On the other, they’ve also been known to churn out some less-than-beautiful graphic works that seem to effortlessly conjure misogynistic hyperbolic physiques, sweat-dripping ceilings and gurning people who wear sunglasses like this with a sleazy slick of neon and black.

  21. Kimkyuho-main-int

    Kyuho Kim’s a graphic designer from the Republic of Korea whose work is an explosion of colour and type nerdery. He doesn’t give much away on his site, other than his clear obsession with typography in all its forms. From posters made entirely out of typewriter lettering, to layers upon layers of words forming abstract images, Kyuho’s portfolio is as fascinating as it is varied. We were first drawn in by his Dublin project, which is the kind of simple, fun poster you just don’t see enough of these days. Fun, games, typography and colours aside, Kyuho knows how to work to a brief – his Great Gatsby book cover is beautifully informed, and his Zigzag typeface is killer. Oh, and he’s only 22!

  22. Guglielmo-rossi-3-int

    You don’t have to venture far into Guglielmo Rossi’s portfolio to establish that he is a very, very talented designer. His taste for collaboration, whether at design studio Praline, with M9 Design on the Harvard University Press-published Murty Classical Library of India, or on site-specific projects with art and architecture collective The Decorators, he works with a broad and diverse selection of fellow creatives, resulting in an equally assorted selection of work. The common factor is simply the quality.

  23. Dario-gracceva-ma-show-identity-int-1

    I have to admit I’ve been late to the party on a lot of things: a sensible hotmail address, a little-known series called Twin Peaks, learning to iron clothes, for instance. Another to add to the list of recent brilliant discoveries is the work of Dario Gracceva, who recently got in touch about his identity for the London College of Communication MA Graphic Design Show 2014.

  24. Lukebrown-gd-1-int

    Describing his studio as “small and mobile,” Australia-born Luke Brown designs publications, products and paraphernalia for a breadth of clients, all with a focus on physicality and quality of finish. Luke seems to regularly collaborate with Jordan Dolheguy, with whom he art directs and designs the publication Higher Arc Magazine, a publication focussed on creativity in Australia. Their design work is nice and quiet, allowing space for the vast range in content. Luke manages to balance engaging with and reacting to the content intrinsic to each commission with consistent, top-notch style.

  25. Ben-tousley-golden_suits_4-int-1

    Proving himself to not just be “that guy who designed that Grizzly Bear sleeve,” Ben Wilkerson Tousley’s site shows that he’s been pretty busy of late. We first featured him as a graduate in 2009, understandably impressed with that work for Grizzly Bear’s Yellow House, but since we last visited his work in 2013 he’s shown to be maintaining his reputation for great album design with some lovely work for the band Golden Suits and Long Island beat combo Mr Twin Sister. Both show a considered approach to type; with the Mr Twin Sister release letting a lone black scrawl of the band’s name over a transparent cover do the talking for the disc within. The Golden Suits work seems to take cues from hand-painted signs, luxury magazines and chintzy interior decor in the patterning, which works surprisingly well.

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    Adoring pretty much anything Panda Bear-related (his amazing interactive website, his brilliant music, his very lovely hair), we felt it was high time we shed some light on the man behind his wonderful record sleeve designs, Marco Papiro.

  27. Julia-pj_harvey_graphics_1

    When we popped to Somerset House last week to ogle PJ Harvey recording in a box we spotted some powerful exhibition graphics, designed by London-based studio Julia. The designs are shown online on PJ Harvey’s website, but really come to life at Somerset House, where they sit illuminated on the wall of the holding pen-like space visitors stand in before being led to the basement area that houses the recording studio box.

  28. Ged-palmer-int-list

    I came across Ged Palmer’s work for the first time a couple of years ago over a boozy pub lunch with my dad, and since then I’ve followed his progress in hand lettering and sign-writing with interest. His skill in this traditional medium has gone from strength to strength, with new techniques and processes added to his arsenal on a regular basis, and what started out as a simple flair for type has progressed into a fully-formed talent for fashioning works of graphic brilliance.

  29. Pentagramlogobook1

    If Pentagram’s Micheal Bierut reckons a book can “make better designers of all of us,” its likely to be a pretty useful tome. The designer was heaping praise on Logo: The Reference Guide to Symbols and Logotypes by Michael Evamy, which is just about to launch its new mini edition with publisher Laurence King.

  30. Fonshickmann-list-int

    A couple of weeks back we had Fons Hickmann, founder of the eponymous design studio Fons Hickmann m23 in Berlin, talk us through his favourite publications, so that we could get a bit of an insight into his taste, influences and inspirations. In the process, we found out that the studio has recently begin working on Germany’s Greenpeace Media. “For Greenpeace Media we design magazines, posters and even packing tape,” the studio’s website explains. “Working with political and social topics has always been important and close to the heart of m23.”

  31. Arndtbenedikt-posters-list-int

    Scrolling through Frankfurt-based design agency Arndt Benedikt’s website, I get the impression that somebody in the studio is sneaking off every half an hour to immortalise some of the fantastic design work they’re creating in poster form. Or maybe managing partners Felix Gross and Falko Ohlmer are just really into posters – in which case, hurrah! Alongside remarkably advanced work like this campaign for Greenpeace, and some mature corporate design work they make these: bright, dynamic and joyous posters, for everything from a spell teaching at the University of Applied Sciences Mainz to an open air party in Hamburg. They’re informative and really nice to look at, which is all we need from our large-scale printed matter.

  32. Bedow-record_mania-int-list

    Swedish design studio Bedow isn’t new to branding musical enterprises. Back in 2013 it produced a clean, minimal identity for Canadian record label More Than Human. That work was nice, but its latest offering for Stockholm’s internationally renowned store Record Mania might be even better.

  33. Isabellucena-tarot-int-list

    When it comes to Tarot cards we’ve pretty much seen it all. Since the arrival of the Rider Waite deck in the early 20th Century nobody in the western world has really changed the game and made The Fool, The Ace of Wands or The Hierophant look all that different from Pamela Colman Smith’s incredible drawings. But recently designer Isabel Lucena has had a crack at it, and the results are surprisingly refreshing.

  34. Thamnesandhudson-cover-list-int

    For a young boy who grew up in the suburban Midlands, the west coast of the USA is really the America of my imagination, far more so than the refined cities of the Eastern seaboard, the vast expanses of the rural states or any of the other myriad landscapes to be found between sea and shining sea.

  35. Jorgeleon-amigo-int-list

    It’s always refreshing to see a creative being really honest about the challenges of a particular brief before showing us their solution. So it is with Barcelona-based graphic designer and art director Jorge León, who sets up his work for the Amigos skate shop by referring to the “many problems” it had encountered with its brand.

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    International design agency IS Creative Studio has done some elegant branding work for both rotisserie AND grilled chicken restaurants. And both identities look refreshingly tasteful. The studio’s work spans print, product and retail design, and its practice is based on extensive research and a desire to always go beyond the product at hand. Or indeed the chicken. Founded in 2010 by Richard Meza, the agency produces great work that shifts aesthetics seamlessly. From visuals that wouldn’t be out of place on a summer’s day in Capri in 1965, to fast food stereotypes and what is described as “type [broken up] to simulate chunks of fruit swimming happily in cream,” it’s a bunch of consistently impressive design work.

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    It’s little surprise that Mike Lemanski’s graphic design work has been something of an It’s Nice That favourite, and since we last posted about him in 2013 he’s not let his style slip. Mike’s site boasts some beautiful, mature designs for Feuilleton magazine, which takes articles from various international publications such as The New York Times, translates them into French and publishes issues every quarter.

  38. Hardyseiler-hannover-list-int

    When Hanover-based designers Bureau Hardy Seiler and web design agency Created by Monkeys decided to pitch to design the identity for the Freies Theater Hannover, they found themselves faced with a dilemma. The theatre hosts every flavour of live performance going, from puppetry and musical shows to experimental dance, and all in one flexible and family-friendly space. How could they create a graphic language to match that?

  39. Charlottedelarue-list-3-int

    Illustrator and art director Charlotte Delarue’s varied work shows her to be an uncommonly talented illustrator, conjuring incredibly realistic portraits out of paper and pencil safe in the knowledge that she doesn’t need to do anything more to make them impressive. Her art direction is of another ilk entirely, however – she works with the likes of electro acts Chromeo, Justice and Kavinsky to draw up impactful logotypes and album artwork concepts that can be spotted from miles away, from the golden legs which reappear on almost every Chromeo album cover to Kavinsky’s mysterious blue-tinged scenes.

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    When you’ve got a load of Christmas stock to flog at the start of the new year there’s only one way to go; have a big sale. But everyone else has had that exact same idea, and it’s a pain in the arse to make a sale look good right? Wrong! If you’re smart you’ll hire Bordeaux’s Bureau Parade to come up with a bespoke solution to communicate your low, low prices. Geometric shapes, bold colours and a playful use of typography meant that everyone knew about the sweet deals at Bordeaux’s most high-end shoe retailer, Michard Ardillier, without the store having to Xerox a bunch of giant red signs à la Tie Rack. Nice solution to an often overlooked problem if you ask us.