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Sawdust: &London (detail)

Work / Graphic Design

A crazy amount of new work from London-based duo Sawdust

Some people may be already winding down for Christmas but not so Rob Gonzalez and Jonathan Quainton, aka Sawdust. They’ve just updated their site with so much new work that we were genuinely spoiled for choice when it came to selecting what to focus on. Great typographic illustrations for_Men’s Health_,_ Wired and The New Republic didn’t make the cut on this occasion; instead we decided to showcase two very different, but equally excellent, print projects.

For the cover of property magazine &London Rob and Jonathan created a multicoloured typographic cover for which they “developed a typeface that felt constructed and carefully built using different components, much like an architect might design a house or building.” I particularly like the playful “Bye” on the back cover in the same type; turns out those property types turning the city into a super-rich ghetto have a sense of humour after all.

I also like the work on the Shanghai Jiao Tong Top 500 Research Universities which is a potentially quite dry guide to the world’s top academic institutions. Sawdust’s number set and stark geometric illustrations elevate it into something visually very impressive and prove these guys are at the top of their game.

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