Category “Design”

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.

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.

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.

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.

Visuelle Edition 3

Visuelle Edition 3

Visuelle Edition 3

Visuelle Edition 3

The third install­ment of Visuelle Edi­tion is here. It’s a printed show­case of some of the work fea­tured on the site over the past year. It never disappoints.

Pre-sale will starts today and it will begin ship­ping on the Feb 16th Feb. Order your copy here.

Limited Edition 2012 New York City Subway Diagram

2012 MTA New York City Subway Diagram

2012 MTA New York City Subway Diagram

2012 MTA New York City Subway Diagram

Super­Warm­Red Designs, founded by for­mer Vignelli Asso­ciates Beat­riz Cifuentes and Yoshiki Water­house, is offer­ing limited-edition signed and unsigned 36” x 45” posters of the MTA New York City Sub­way Dia­gram, designed in 2012 by Mas­simo Vignelli, Beat­riz, and Yoshiki for the MTA’s Week­ender web­site and app.

The 2012 ver­sion is based on Vignelli’s iconic 1972 sub­way map, but it’s been updated based on satel­lite data, and improved for bet­ter leg­i­bil­ity. The poster is printed in Pan­tone and Hexa­chrome inks on acid-free archival cover-weight paper.

Super­Warm­Red Designs will also be releas­ing a series of six posters designed by Vignelli Asso­ciates, that fea­ture tight crops of the New York City Sub­way Dia­gram. The set will be printed in Pan­tone inks on acid-free archival cover-weight paper and will be sold as a set. Look for this series soon.

I really love the detail series. Hop­ing the set will be rea­son­ably priced.

Birds of Minnesota

Birds of Minnesota

Happy New Year! I’m back from a needed vaca­tion, fully rested. Hope every­one had a great hol­i­day season.

Birds of Min­nesota is a project by designer Tony Buck­land, that high­lights the birds found in the state. Each bird is illus­trated in a min­i­mal way with­out los­ing its essence. Really lovely collection.

You can pur­chase the posters here.

The Clocksmiths

The Clocksmiths

The Clocksmiths

The Clocksmiths

The Clock­smiths is an Ital­ian design stu­dio con­sist­ing of design­ers Giu­ditta Bru­sadelli and Augusto Arduini. They spe­cial­ize in com­mu­ni­ca­tion and brand­ing design and have com­piled an impres­sive col­lec­tion of work. My per­sonal favorite is the work they did for themselves.