“Reading and writing text, whether on screen or in print, has never been as widespread as it is now,” says Massimiliano Audretsch. The German-Italian graphic and type designer has recently completed a postgraduate degree from Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design. In his graduate project Ciao, he explores the formulaic compositions behind a letterform and the societal roles it consequently shapes. Designing a publication, a typeface and some installations to expand on the matter, Massimiliano talks us through the ins and outs of Ciao and the phonetic language code he’s devised as a result.
Who doesn’t enjoy beautifully drawn illustrations of foods and its crisp packaging? Here at It’s Nice That, we certainly do and have been oggling the work of the Berlin and Seoul-based illustrator Sein Koo. With her confident line and delicate colour work, Sein brings all manner of goods to life (but the food-related ones are our favourite). Whether it’s a bag of bread with unusually satisfying slices that make you go “oooo”, or a packet of Mi Goreng drawn with such gentleness you can almost hear its creases rustling in the background; Sein has a knack for boldly asserting the beauty of food.
Last year, Lacoste swapped its iconic crocodile logo for a limited edition run of polo shirts featuring ten endangered species frighteningly in threat of extinction. The campaign, run in partnership with the International Union of Conservation of Nature (ICUN), is actually a three-year project between the two joining forces “to help raise awareness about the extinction of threatened species and support conservation action on the ground.”
Albert magazine is a publication released by the Einstein Foundation Berlin. Dedicated to, as you’d imagine, science, it aims to humanise the seemingly complicated and elite branch of knowledge, giving a face to those who work within it. Designer Fons Hickmann (of Fons Hickmann M23) and art director Raúl Kokott collaborated on the conception and the design of the magazine, of which there are now four issues.
According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature, 85 per cent of the animals officially recognised as endangered species face their biggest threat in habitat fragmentation, due to human development encroaching on and destroying the areas of land where they graze, hunt and live.
Luke Norman and Nik Adam first met while studying photography at University for the Creative Arts, Farnham back in 2007. Under the guidance of a tutor, the pair began collaborating and producing work together on the course. Now, ten years later, they continue to do so under the moniker Luke & Nik, resulting in a portfolio full of colour and vitality.
Chinese-American architect Ieoh Ming Pei (I M Pei), internationally recognised for designing the Louvre Pyramid as well as Washington D.C’s National Gallery of Art and Boston’s John F Kennedy Library, has sadly passed away at the staggering age of 102.
New-York based artist, writer and filmmaker Pedro Neves Marques, in his first UK solo exhibition at Gasworks, is interrogating the biopolitics at play in a nation battling the threat of mosquito-transmitted diseases. Speaking of his politically engaged practice, Pedro tells us, “I try to be very aware of the potentials of each art and medium, and choose what’s best for what I want to say. With a background in visual arts, as well as political critical theory, I’ve come to use exhibition spaces for the environmental and curatorial freedom they allow.” Entitled It Bites Back, the Gasworks exhibition brings together a series of works made in the context of Brazil’s ongoing war against the Zika and dengue virus-transmitting Aedes aegypti female mosquito.
Established in 1972, the V&A Illustration Awards are a stamp of approval many practitioners dream of achieving, and yesterday evening its 2019 winners were announced.
Our final speaker at April’s Nicer Tuesdays was Fabian Hard, one half of Swiss design duo Dinamo. Fabian stressed the importance of acknowledging the many people who make Dinamo’s practice possible, from those working with the permanent team in Berlin and Basel to those who completed internships with them. He then took us on a tour of the team’s current studio spaces in Barcel and Berlin, and gave us an overview of how the design agency was founded.
“The character is already there”: Andrea Artemisio builds narrative, attitude and tone in his photographs