Graphic Design Archive

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    London-based studio MuirMcNeil have recently released four new digital typefaces and, to celebrate, four beautifully screen-printed specimen posters. The studio was set up in 2010 by Hamish Muir and Paul McNeil as a vehicle to explore parametric design systems – an algorithmic mode of design – within typography. The four faces draw on a variety of inspirations, many with historical foundations.

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    Since September 2012 Matthias Friderich and Julian von Klier (also known as Strobo) have been responsible for the branding and identity of Kunsthalle Bielefeld, a prestigious contemporary art gallery in north west Germany, where they’ve developed an existing identity by Thomas Mayfried and Swantje Grundler. The duo graduated in 2011 from the Gerrit Rietveld Academie and The University of the Arts, Berlin respectively where they’ve honed impressive skills, particularly in typography.

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    It was a little over a year ago that we first posted the work of Berlin design studio Stahl-R, an agency with some serious graphic pedigree in the form of its founders and partners Susanne Stahl and Tobias Röttger. Checking back in with them now it appears they have gone from strength to strength in the intervening 12 months, as evidenced by this work for Folkdays, an organisation that curates and sells rare products.

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    It’s not uncommon for design agencies to upload a host of new work at around the same time, giving us several occasions to remind ourselves of their creative brilliance. So it is that only weeks after drooling over Build’s identity refresh for Generation Press we’re here to celebrate their limited-edition book to accompany the Barber Osgerby In the Making exhibition at the Design Museum (for which Build also did the design).

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    Three times last year we showcased the exceptional talents of graphic design and branding agency Anagrama. Whether the client is an event planner, a tea shop or a dry cleaning firm, the Mexican studio has an unerring knack for visual treatments that combine style and personality. They’ve begun 2014 in much the same vein with this work for high-end pastry and confectionery shop Xoclad, which challenged Anagrama to “communicate the area’s strong Mayan culture in a classy way that could never be called clichéd or tacky.”

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    When I think of Hort, images of clever doodles hurriedly taped to studio walls, or well-practiced smiley faces drawn on cups spring to mind. The work that Hort creates and associates itself with is cheerful, cheeky and colourful – assets you would not always associate with large, in-depth architecture volumes. Hort being what they are decided to buck the trend and just go for it, designing Rainer Schmidt’s Landschaftsarchitekten + Stadtplaner, a whopping six-book series contained puzzle-like in a box, flashing small blocks of colour when rearranged, and covered in large, code-like typography.

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    The design world can be a splintered place sometimes but it tends to come together around the time the Design Museum announces its Designs of the Year nominations (admittedly either to praise the lucky few or bitch about the selection!). This year’s shortlists across architecture, digital, fashion, furniture, graphics, product and transport once again recognise some of the most interesting and exciting projects to have emerged over the past 12 months, and as ever competition will be fierce.

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    Danish designer Camilla Bengtsen has done a terrific job of reinventing global retail chain Intersport, providing them with an identity that’s much more fit for purpose than the current set of brand guidelines they follow. Her approach was to take some of their most popular products and reduce them to a series of graphic icons – a pair of Adidas trainers become eight blue rectangles, Nike’s Lebron basketball is minimised to four bold lines – unifying the brand with a simple graphic language and allowing each individual product its own distinct visual. For a piece of personal work this is a terrifically considered project; it’s just a shame Intersport haven’t commissioned it.

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    Last October we sang the praises of London/Zagreb-based studio Bunch, and by jove they’ve proved their graphic design talents yet again. They were commissioned to produce a brand identity for Cervoski, a Croatian print production studio which articulates its core skills as “nebulous finishing, microscopic editions, absurd materials and crazy deadlines.”

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    The latest project from Why Not Associates started life as a wedding present. Founder Andy Altmann is an avid collector of printed ephemera of all kinds, and experimented with silk-screening an image over a 1950s film poster as a gift to mark Andy Stevens’ (of Graphic Thought Facility) nuptials.

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    Before setting up on his own practice under the name Scott Reinhard Co. Scott was a senior designer at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, producing a prolific stream of artist books, exhibition catalogues, signage, way-finding, promotional materials and all the other trappings of graphic design for the professional art market. Now that he’s out on his own he’s widening his remit a little, taking on branding (he’s the man responsible for Colossal’s identity), print and book projects for clients all over Chicago. Even so he’s still got time to produce some fantastically lo-fi personal work like this selection of riso prints and a poster dedicated to Woody Guthrie. Nice to see that even the pros still like to have fun in their spare time.

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    We’re wholly unashamed to admit that we love everything Munich-based studio Mirko Borsche churn out, so it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise to learn that we think the lookbook they’ve art directed for jewellery brand Saskia Diez is an absolute corker. The imagery was shot by Martin Fengel and features close-up shots of the silver pieces against a multitude of backgrounds, from animal fur to shiny aluminium and flowers, with a proximity which gives a surreal tangibility to the textures.

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    Pol Solsona is a freelance graphic designer, illustrator and photographer who was born in Barcelona but who now works in Helsinki, Finland. His eclectic work varies from art direction, identities and print and web design to illustration and photography, and anything else he finds himself doing in between. We chatted to Pol to find out why he loves working in his neighbourhood in Helsinki, what he does for fun and why he appreciates the accidents that can come with working in a creative industry. Read on!

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    I’m going to let you in on a bit of a secret; most artist books are incredibly tedious. For one reason or another artists and designers can’t seem to get their act together to collaborate on printed works that are formally beautiful and rigorously conceptually communicative. Either the artist is too precious, the designer too zealous or the whole thing gets lost in a web of conceptual nonsense that renders the reading experience hopeless. And so good ones don’t come along very often.

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    When you’re tired on a grey, raining morning such as this one it’s hard to find something that really cheers you up. Sometimes I feel that even if someone gave me a flower on a cold winter morning I’d probably boff them in the face. Hopefully this unbelievable portfolio of colour and informed design from Pentagram’s very own Jessica Svendsen will kick the life back into you as it did me. We came across Jessica’s work on aesthetically-pleasing scroll-fest But Does it Float and were instantly drawn in like horny little bees to a pretty flower when we saw her Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library and Haas Arts Library identity. It’s raining really good graphic design! Come on, Let’s get WET.

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    We’re not really sure why any opportunity to get into the guts of the printing process is so intoxicating, but this tremendous short film provides yet more proof for the prosecution. It features Perrott Bespoke Printing in north London, a die-stamping specialists where father Steve is currently handing over the reins to daughter Catherine, who will be the fourth generation of the same family to operate its presses. We caught up with Evan Gildersleeve – who created the film’s score – to find out a little more about it…

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    I don’t know how you begin to name a typeface, but I do know when a name tickles me pink, so step forward and take a bow Poynings Stencil. It’s been created by the ever-excellent Colophon Foundry for Build’s super brand refresh for the Generation Press printers, used across some stylish-stripped-back stationery which still manages to maintain a sense of personality (often the first casualty in minimalist design). There’s a new website on its way as well, which if the holding page is anything to go by promises to be pretty special too. Clearly Colophon plus Build continues to equal graphic design of the highest quality.

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    Ever find yourself scrolling through It’s Nice That wishing that you too were a talented designer? Well, welcome to my world. Don’t worry though, Shillington College are here to help with their graphic design courses that’ll leave you confident enough to swan into interviews with a printed and digital portfolio package. From absolute beginners to those who are perhaps just a little rusty, the trained and talented tutors at Shillington look to take your potential and turn you into a fully-fledged designer in just three short months. This is your time to start getting creative and eventually make the big bucks. Apply now over on their site!

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    At the moment there’s a trial going on in the UK that seemingly reflects the British press’ darkest hour. Various figures are accused of alleged mass hacking of phones and it has led to a lot of soul-searching about how low our once proud media has fallen.

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    Bit late on the uptake on this one, but oh well, there’s always enough time in the day for legendary Cuban propaganda posters, right? The OSPAAAL Posters Show at London’s Kemistry gallery has unfortunately just closed its doors to the public. If you didn’t make it, have no fear! Michael Tyler’s collection of Cuban posters are here on the World Wide Web for you to browse as much as you wish.

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    I turn 30 in a few months’ time but in a spirit of denial, my plans to mark this milestone are unambitious. But to mark the game-changing MacIntosh turning 30, Apple have really pushed the boat out. On both an interesting video and an excellent dedicated website, they have lined up some of the creatives whose work has been defined by their relationship with Apple’s famous computer; both famous names like Moby, Es Devlin and Iris van Herpen to lesser-known but no less impressive case studies for whom the Mac has played an indelible part in their life and work.

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    This is now the fifth time we’ve featured Swedish studio Bedow’s work on the site. First it was for thermosensitive beer labels that changed design according to their temperature, then for some incredibly tasteful cosmetics packaging. Next there was the book about hand-carved spoons and then finally this record label identity.

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    Querida is Spanish for “beloved”, and it’s with the same adoration that this Spanish studio named themselves, as they treat their creative projects.“We love typography, illustration, colours, photography and we enjoy new technologies as much as we worship detail and craft.” Their love for what they do makes itself apparent in their work; from art direction and design for Perdiz magazine to an identity and corresponding stationery for Idep , Barcelona’s design school.

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    It’s one of the big challenges of the internet age; how does a business or organisation which is inherently defined by real-world products do digital? Well, this is how. Just under a year ago we hailed Made Thought’s GF Smith Colorplan swatch book, a drool-inducing piece of print perfection. At the time there was an impressive website to enjoy as well, but recently the studio has updated the online offering and it’s a thing of beauty and joy (which is NEVER something I thought I’d say about a paper company’s website…).

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    Sometimes there’s a perfect confluence of creative person and project; a delicious coming-together of right moment and right time for all concerned. Such was the case when Dave Sedgwick of Manchester’s curated outdoor art space Print & Paste was chatting to Liam Hopkins of the Lost Heritage agency.

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    I always imagine that designing album artwork for a cool band must be one of the best jobs as a graphic designer; you get to revel in the mild synaesthesia that everybody secretly harbours by trying to recreate an aural experience in visual form, and try to silently convince passers by to pick up a record in the process.

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    People go on about “flourishes” but it’s not until you’ve seen stars applied in between lines of perfectly chosen typography that you really understand what it means, but these guys have go them coming out of their ears. Few graphic design portfolios have given me as much palpable joy as this one from Studio Laucke Siebein. As well as designing frieze d/e, Dirk and Johanna have made charming posters, identities, books and small publications for the likes of Kunsthal Rotterdam and the Groninger museum. I wonder why museums keep on coming to them to design the identities for their shows? Ah yes, it’s because everything these two lay their hands on becomes fun, accessible and desirable.

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    Just one look at the books this Spanish design duo have picked and you know they mean business. Their choice of exhibition catalogues and functional typographic bibles reveal a lot about how Córdova – Canillas work. They themselves declare that their studio’s approach is “defined by a collaborative network that allows them to integrate graphic design, art direction, photography, communication and strategy to develop projects for commercial and institutional clients focused in contemporary culture.” Wowzah! Read on to get very inspired, very quickly.

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    Some studios spend months researching and refining their own visuals, fretting over the kerning on the letterhead or torn Patrick Bateman-like between two eggshell whites for the business cards. Not for Eindhoven studio Raw Color, who after five years of practice amassing an impressive portfolio of work, decided “it was about time to develop our own identity.”

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    Spanish illustrator and designer appears to be a versatile creative talent both in terms of the type of work in his portfolio and the styles he employs. Where he appears most surefooted though is in his poster work; big, bright and bold creations for festivals, plays and concerts that leap off the screen and transport us to sunnier climes; catching our eye as we saunter through a dappled plaza and drawing us in through a combination of interesting composition and take-no-prisoners colours. We’re interested to see more of this young man over the coming years.

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    There’s a high probability that Stefan Thorsteinsson was one of the keener guys in his university. The thing is, when you’re studying at Yale School of Art, the nerdier you are the cooler you are. The reason we bring this up is that we first came across Stefan’s work because of the beautiful posters he made advertising lectures in and around the campus.

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    Coralie Bickford-Smith’s designs for clothbound classics are responsible for putting legendary literature back into the paws of the British public, luring them in with beautiful design that anyone would want in pride of place on their bookshelves. From foil-blocked editions of F.Scott Fitzgerald to illustrative, patterned sets of Dickens, every novel Coralie redesigns turns into something extraordinarily pick up-able. This is precisely why we let her get away with picking six books for us rather than five – it’s such a treat to see which tomes directly inspire the work she does today. Here she is…

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    It’s been a long while since we last checked in with Swiss studio Claudia Basel, and they’ve got a veritable truckload of work on their website to show for those intervening months (and years). Still more than capable with posters, publications and all aspects of the print process these guys now have cultural institutions, fine artists, fashion designers and theatres all knocking on their door for a piece of their superbly executed bold and experimental graphic design. Long may it continue.

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    As befits a leading design organisation, the AIGA has had some very special posters created for it over the course of its illustrious history. Now Eight Inc.’s Matt Judge and Markus Nonn have produced another head-turning piece in response to an open call for both Bay Area-based and international designers to answer an Inside/Outside brief.

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    Merging animation and typography, two of the trickiest areas graphic design has to offer, Jono Brandel (a designer and developer over at Google) has kindly taken it upon himself to explore the endlessly interesting question; what if letters could move? And not only is he asking about the possibility of animated type, he’s also answering it with his website Anitype.

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    The Guardian has long been feted for its pioneering digital offering which has seen it become one of the most visited news websites in the world. But tomorrow sees it launch a new monthly supplement Do Something which “offers hundreds of ways to get out there, stretch your horizons – be creative, active, social, smart and so much more besides.” After launching it with a terrific advert yesterday we can now reveal what the first issue will look like, and we’re pleased to say that it appears art director Chris Clarke and his team have smashed it out the park. Form the Owen Gildersleeve designed cover to the interesting and engaging layouts – graced with illustrations by the likes of Owen Gatley,Yann Le Bec and Hattie Newman – it seems to be a considered and personality-packed publication. Yet more proof there’s life in the old print dog yet!

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    Trust HORT to turn up only weeks into the new year with a shedload of work and slam it down on the table for us all to gawp at. While we’ve spent the tail-end of last year in steamed-up pubs literally drinking our money away, these design champs were busy collating a body of work that would take a normal studio about five times longer to complete.

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    In keeping with our mission statement to "champion creativity across the art and design world,” we are always thrilled to showcase great work from those countries which aren’t always front and centre on our radar. And so to Lima, Peru, where graphic designer Gabriela Maskrey is forging a real reputation as a constantly exciting visual practitioner. Following on from her eye-catching redesign of the Emirates in-flight magazine comes this catalogue for a contemporary art show. Somos Libres took place at MATE, Asociación Mario Testino late last year and Gabriela was commissioned to produce the accompanying brochure. A psychedelic cover gives way to a simple, clear, colour-coded guide to the rooms, and the design is confident enough to give way to the visuals rather than trying to compete. Fabulous stuff.

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    When it comes to interesting and unusual publications, Visual Editions can be relied upon to pioneer the kind of titles that turn a lot of heads. For four years now Anna Gerber and Britt Iversen have been exploring the ways in which content and form can be manipulated, subverted and toyed with to create something very special. After huge acclaim for their latest work Where You Are the time was ripe to sit down with Anna and Britt and find out a bit more…

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    Here’s a fun treat for you all, some eye-popping graphic design all the way from Portugal in the way of The Royal Studio. From gig posters for really good and very new bands, to really well graffitied images of Her Majesty, to just plain and simple, fantastic graphic design – they’ve got it all. It’s got that amazing, surprising quality of blink and you see trendy graphic design, blink again and you see something much, much more intricate. If you look closer (towards the screen, come on) some of the level of detail in their design and illustration is pretty phenomenal and often pretty hilarious too. The Royal Studio started off 2014 with a brand new website, let’s hope by the end of this year they’ve ticked off design-world domination too.