StudioSmall: Margaret Howell

StudioSmall Margaret Howell

StudioSmall Margaret Howell

StudioSmall Margaret Howell

StudioSmall Margaret Howell

Stu­dioS­mall is a London-based agency that pro­duced this lovely work for fash­ion brand, Mar­garet How­ell. The work includes strat­egy, brand­ing, dig­i­tal, print, and environmental.

Bentley Intelligent Details: The Bespoke Driving Jacket

Last year, Bent­ley pro­duced a short film shot entirely on an iPhone 5s. They’ve pro­duced another Intel­li­gent Details film for their bespoke dri­ving jacket, and this one was shot entirely on an iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.

Two things fas­ci­nate me about this film.

First, it’s amaz­ing the level of qual­ity the iPhone cam­era can pro­duce. This film is beau­ti­ful. Granted, pro­fes­sional film tech­niques were used by pro film­mak­ers, but it’s incred­i­ble what can be achieved with the iPhone. The only qual­ity the footage is still lack­ing is shal­low depth of field. You do get some bokeh on the iPhone 6, but not shal­low enough to where it gives the footage that dream-like film look. Maybe one day.

They also pro­duced a behind the scenes show­ing what went into cre­at­ing the film. I love how they used an anamor­phic lens to pro­duce a wide 2.4:1 aspect ratio.

The sec­ond thing that I love about this film is the peek into the bespoke tai­lor­ing world. I love fash­ion, and to see it done at this level is won­der­ful. The film fea­tures four bespoke houses from Sav­ile Row design­ing and tai­lor­ing a bespoke dri­ving jacket for Bent­ley. My favorite designs are from Henry Poole and Gieves & Hawkes.

The Debate: The Legendary Contest of Two Giants of Graphic Design

Mona­celli Press has pub­lished the first Eng­lish trans­la­tion of an his­toric 1972 debate between Dutch graphic design­ers Wim Crouwel and Jan van Toorn, at Amsterdam’s Museum Fodor.

Held in response to an exhi­bi­tion of Van Toorn’s work at Stedelijk Museum, includ­ing stu­dent posters protest­ing the Viet­nam War — in an era of youth cul­ture and increas­ing resis­tance to author­ity, cap­i­tal­ism, and the power of media — the stakes were aes­thetic, eth­i­cal, and polit­i­cally charged.

Crouwel defended his approach of neu­tral­ity and aus­tere ratio­nal­ism, atten­tion to typog­ra­phy and works­man­ship, and pro­fes­sion­al­ism in ser­vice of the client’s mes­sage. Van Toorn argued for his use of chaos, col­lage, and pho­tographs of every­day life; that a designer’s ideas, per­son­al­ity, and polit­i­cal com­mit­ments are inte­gral to the work.

Order vs. Dis­or­der. I vaguely remem­ber read­ing about this debate, but I’ve never seen a tran­scripts of it. Def­i­nitely inter­ested in check­ing this out.

The cloth­bound book also includes a fore­word by Rick Poynor, and a gallery of work from Crouwel and Van Toorn.

And start­ing today, Design Observer will be pub­lish­ing four excerpts from the book.

Bernard Series 1227

Bernard Series 1227

Bernard Series 1227

Bernard Series 1227

Bernard Series 1227

Bernard Series 1227

I wrote about Bernard’s beau­ti­ful cycling kit a few years ago, and now they’ve released a new design with the Series 1227.

The series includes short sleeve jer­sey, bib shorts, wind vest and arm warm­ers, and are all made in Italy.

Founder and designer, Bran­don Sin­cock, explains the design:

The new kit is an evo­lu­tion of the orig­i­nal design – work­ing with sim­i­lar ele­ments, and a shared design sen­si­bil­ity, but fur­ther explor­ing lay­er­ing & the over­lap­ping of ele­ments as they wrap around the body, and tran­si­tion from front to back. As well, color and typog­ra­phy are always key ele­ments in our designs, and the way the designs play within the con­text of a rider’s unique posi­tion on the bike.

I’m a cyclist, and it’s hard to find cloth­ing that is really well designed, and func­tional. Looks like Bernard is on the right track.

The great pho­tog­ra­phy is by Jor­dan Clark Hag­gard.

Site Tweaks

Hey folks, I made some changes to the site, the biggest being the type­face. The site is now set in Lexia, a clean slab serif by Ron Car­pen­ter for Dal­ton Maag. I’m a sucker for a nice slab serif, and Lexia is easy to read.

I also applied some color, using a dark blue as the pri­mary, and I did some minor visual clean-up.

Enjoy.

Italia '76 Stamp

Italia '76 Stamp

A quick week­end post.

Blair Thom­son shared this won­der­ful stamp designed by Luciano M. Bos­chini. It’s part of the Font Sun­day at Design Museum, hosted by House of Illus­tra­tion.

Neue Haas Unica

Neue Haas Unica

Neue Haas Unica

In the late 70s, Haas Type Foundry com­mis­sioned Team ’77 to cre­ate a new sans-serif that com­bined the great qual­i­ties of Hel­vetica, Univers and Akzi­denz Grotesk. They came up with Unica, which was released in 1980.

Work­ing from prints of Hel­vetica, Univers and Akzi­denz Grotesk, the trio iden­ti­fied, com­pared and eval­u­ated the finest of details, cre­at­ing a new-generation sans-serif that elim­i­nated the imper­fec­tions of its pre­de­ces­sors. “Unica was designed to be dif­fer­ent,” said André Gürtler; “sharper than Hel­vetica, warmer than Univers, cleaner than Akzidenz.”

Because of legal dis­putes, Unica has never been avail­able as a dig­i­tal type­face. Now it is.

Mono­type has just released Neue Haas Unica, a full dig­i­tal set designed by Toshi Oma­gari. It is also avail­able as a webfont.

Great to see clas­sic type­faces get­ting a fresh new life in the dig­i­tal age.

Spin: The University for the Creative Arts Identity

Spin: The University for the Creative Arts

Spin: The University for the Creative Arts

Spin: The University for the Creative Arts

Spin has recently design this new iden­tity for The Uni­ver­sity for the Cre­ative Arts in Eng­land, that is based on the sim­ple sten­cil. The iden­tity will be applied to sta­tionery, web­site, print, motion graph­ics, sig­nage, and envi­ron­men­tal graphics.

Timeless: Massimo Vignelli

Timeless: Massimo Vignelli

Timeless: Massimo Vignelli

Timeless: Massimo Vignelli

Timeless: Massimo Vignelli

Hey folks, I’ve been out of town for the last few weeks, which is why it’s been quiet around here. But I’m back and the posts will be back on a reg­u­lar schedule.

Time­less: Mas­simo Vignelli is an exhi­bi­tion curated by design stu­dio Hus­mee, and Beat­riz Cifuentes and Yoshiki Water­house, that hon­ors the work of Mas­simo Vignelli. It’s open now until April 18, 2015 at the Okendo Cul­tural Cen­tre in San Sebastián, Spain.

The exhi­bi­tion includes orig­i­nal work from Vignelli and a series of posters designed by a select group of design­ers and design stu­dios, that include Atlas, Toko, BVD, Hey Stu­dio, Mash Cre­ative, and Spin.

The lovely poster above was designed by Mash Cre­ative.

Albert Romagosa Design Cabinet

Albert Romagosa Design Cabinet

Albert Romagosa Design Cabinet

Albert Romagosa Design Cabinet

Some nice work com­ing out of Barcelona based stu­dio Albert Romagosa Design Cab­i­net.

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