Parisian studio Playground’s website really does reflect its name – a joyful metaphorical ball-pond of colour and fun. The studio works on graphic design, illustration, branding and motion graphics projects; uniting all their work through a fantastic eye for colour and line to retina-grabbing effect. As something of a huge Of Montreal fan, I was particularly drawn in by their work for the band’s 2012 release Daughter of Cloud, which offers a lush, psychedelic alternative to their usual illustration-led artwork.
The studio’s many talents have combined on its project for cookbook Tokyo, les recettes cultes; for which it designed the layout and cover, as well as creating illustrations which strip the food featured within to simple block colours and symbols. Playground’s site features a whole load of great poster designs, too, and we were very taken with these great pieces for Beirut Cinema Week, taking just two colours and harnessing them with simple typography and layout to create some stand-out designs. And for all their Shoreditch-circa 2006 80s type-flashiness, there’s something very fitting for its subject matter in Playground’s work for Bienvenue Au Club, a documentary about the history of techno by Dimitri Pailhe. Tres bien, Playground.
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