Graphic Design Archive

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

  4. 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.

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    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.

  7. 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.”

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    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.

  9. 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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

  13. 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!

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    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).

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    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…

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    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.

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    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.

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    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!

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    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.”

  20. 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.

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    Anyone who’s seen Wes Anderson’s very pink, very stunning, and very, very meticulously created masterpiece The Grand Budapest Hotel will be aware of just how complex a setting it is. But until we heard from the movie’s graphic designer Annie Atkins at this year’s Offset festival about the painstaking processes the art department went through behind the scenes, the complexity we thought we understood turns out to be just the tip of a very, very deep graphic iceberg.

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    Ever stopped to think as you adjust text, step backwards and copy and paste at the speed of light on InDesign that once upon a time you would be doing all of that with GLUE and PAPER? It’s obvious, but when you really think about it, your respect for the graphic designers of yore increases tenfold. Briar Levit, an assistant professor of Graphic Design at Portland State University, decided to bring this to light via a film in which designers who never used computers are interviewed about the difficulties they had. It wasn’t all doom and gloom of course – you could easily argue that the hand-designed work they produced back then was much more considered than it tends to be now.

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    At this weekend’s Offset festival in Dublin, one of the highlights came from much-revered editorial designer Matt Willey. Now art director of The New York Times, Matt has a faultless portfolio of brilliantly considered work on a raft of top publications (and of course was one of the founders of PORT magazine). It was particularly interesting to hear him discuss his redesign of The Independent, which was the first newspaper project he ever worked on. As he doesn’t give too many talks, here’s some of the things we learned about that particular undertaking…

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    We’ve featured Neil Donnelly indirectly before, under the guise of collaborator with Rumors and Stefan Thorsteinsson. He is a graduate of Yale’s MFA graphic design programme and has since been designing very attractive books for Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, identities for discussions on New York’s mayoral transitions and a host of well-formed websites for biennials and architect Keller Easterling.

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    Aha, some “digitale malerei und grafiken von Ruben Fischer,” a new protégé of Eike König over at Hort in Berlin. It’s no secret that Eike has spectacular taste in who he hangs around with in terms of design talent, and Ruben is a prime example. His digital collages in fun, primary colours are all untitled, which suggests that he’s not yet doing work for clients and the like. But to see someone crack out posters, record sleeves, identities and illustrations just for the hell of it is fantastic and refreshing. Something tells us Ruben has a unique way of looking at the world, and some computer skills up his sleeve – some very important strengths in this day and age. You can see some of his more recent work on his very, very colourful Instagram feed.

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    The white marquee walls and immaculate dressers within them at big art fairs feel at odds with anything “frenetic,” but it’s movement and dynamism that have driven the design concept for Art Central’s identity, and boy does it work. London agency The Plant is behind the energy-inspired identity, having worked on similar projects including creating the branding for Art Hong Kong and London Fair Art 15. Art Central is a new fair for Hong Kong launching this month, and cleverly takes the Chinese character for “Central” ( 中 ) as its, well, centre.

  27. Jenniferdaniel-portfolio-6-int_copy

    San Francisco-based designer, editor and illustrator Jennifer Daniel manages to combine the difficult beasts of quality and variety, making infographics for Bloomberg, children’s books about space and drawing hot dogs jumping into swimming pools.

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    Tonight sees the launch of a new book by photographer Annie Collinge at Ti Pi Tin bookstore up on Stoke Newington High Street in London. Some of you should get down there, but we appreciate that others of you are perhaps thousands of miles away. So here for your delectation are some spreads from the book and some close-ups of the images within.

  29. Zoo-art-and-music-int-list

    “Each project is an adventure,” says French design agency Zoo. And their enthusiasm shows – the work on their site is fresh, dynamic and brilliantly executed. The visual identity for Musique en Ville, a multi-venue event run by Rosny-sous-bois city council, manages to be hip without losing all-ages appeal, and is adaptable across any season or touchpoint. “We aimed to express ideas of a party and a travelling stage while leaving room for imagination,” says Zoo. “The images show one area with several spots of light; each word is the central point.”

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    It wasn’t long ago that we were singing the praises of Grilli Type, a foundry looking into new and innovative ways to show off the new typefaces that their designers produce, and coming up with fun and playful mini-sites in the process. Now we’re back to let you know that it has done it again for GT Cinetype, a font designed by Mauro Paolozzi and Rafael Koch, which was inspired by cinematic subtitles.

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    The Royal Mint has unveiled a new coinage portrait of the Queen, only the fifth during her 63-year reign. The new coins, which will go into circulation later this year, feature a portrait designed by engraver Jody Clark selected in a competition hosted by the Royal Mint Advisory Committee. In light of this, we thought we’d have a look at some proposed and actual redesigns of currencies around the world, from age old gold standards to Bitcoins, and abstract pixels to odes to scientific discovery.

  32. Paul-schoemaker-eventburo-int-list

    If nominative determinism had been a stronger force in German designer Paul Schoemaker’s life, perhaps we’d have a cordwainer on our hands. Or feet. Instead, Paul chose a graphic design route, and we’re glad he did.

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    Exciting new student alert! Meet Pauline, currently working on her advanced degree in type design at École Estienne in Paris – how glamorous does that sound? It’s rare to find a student with as much consistently fantastic work on their site, and for a while I didn’t actually twig that Pauline was still studying. She’s designed typefaces, had a bash at letter pressing for her business cards, and made some publications that I’d actually buy. The way she represented a bunch of Stéphane Monnot short stories is well-designed without overshadowing the writing, and that publication about the concept of an ornament just looks fantastic. Remember this name: Pauline Le Pape, she’s got big things ahead of her.

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    In the two years since we first featured nomadic designer Gabriela Maskrey she’s taken on a lot of new projects and pushed her skills in all sorts of new directions. Originally she was all about editorial design – which it has to be said, she was great at – but she’s recently branched out into branding for Peruvian luxury food company La Pulperia. Her bold serif rendering of the company name coupled with historic imagery referencing Peru’s gastronomic culture combines to satisfying effect, and the addition of hand-drawn icons is a great touch too. All in all a great first foray away from the world of books and magazines.

  35. Freytaganderson-fraher-int-list

    Often the most interesting branding work hinges on a simple twist, and such is the case in this work by Freytag Anderson for Fraher architects. The Scottish studio’s concept revolves around the neat idea of the “F” in the logo doubling up as an architectural floorpan.

    “The intersecting compartments or rooms create a simple graphic device for containing text, images and texture,” the designers say. “A vibrant red accent colour supports the minimal yet functional aesthetic.” Rolled out across stationery, a soon-to-be-launched website and internal presentation documents, it’s a really impressive idea executed to perfection.

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    Designing for a design fair must be as much of a dream brief as a terrifying one. But one agency more than up to the task is Hamburg-based Karl Anders, which is behind this brilliant campaign for Vitra’s presence at the Maison et Objet fair in Paris. We can’t get enough of the bright colours, playful art direction and unusual way of presenting the Swiss furniture brand’s products. The concept behind the campaign, Home Complements, is based around the idea of “unexpected outcomes,” hence the gloriously haphazard feel to the display of the products in the photographs, which are shot by Nicolas Haeni and Thomas Rousset. It looks brilliant, and marks a nice departure from the more serious look interiors brands often go for.

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    Amsterdam-based designer Bart de Baets has been making great work for ages, and 2014 was no exception. There are conference posters for the Goethe Institute, brochures for architecture pavilions and a really nice record sleeve for Melbourne-based band Total Control. Bart manages to combine minimal line work and graphic humour with a vast frame of reference and really great colour-ways. There are also slugs kissing.

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    Michael Bierut is a designer, Pentagram partner, writer, lecturer and self-confessed nerd. Taking the stage at the Design Indaba festival in Cape Town yesterday, he announced his new book, pithily titled How to: Use graphic design to sell things, explain things, make things look better, and (every once in a while) change the world. Published by Thames & Hudson it won’t come out until later in the year, but we felt it was a good excuse to look at some of Michael’s most interesting work from across the years.

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    You’re 25 years old and Richard Turley calls you up out of the blue and says; “Hey, I’ve just got this sweet job at MTV and I’d like you to come on board as my senior designer, are you interested?” Of course you’re interested! You’d be a fool not to be interested, even if it means leaving your current (also awesome) job as an art director at The New York Times. Sounds nice right? Well this isn’t some fictional story I’ve just concocted in my head, this is the soon-to-be legendary tale of Erik Carter, a Virginia native turned New York City creative powerhouse who’s filling our (music) televisions with choice tidbits of witty animation and humorous asides from the world of the web.