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  • From Depero to Vignelli: All the ways Italian designers reshaped the American visual culture for good

    From Fortunato Depero’s move to New York City in 1928 to Unimark International’s corporate identity work of the 1960s and ’70s, Italian graphic design has had a lasting influence on the American visual and cultural landscape and "Italian Types: Graphic Designers from Italy in America", an exhibition curated by Patricia Belen, Greg D'Onofrio, Melania Gazzotti at the Italian Cultural Institute of New York, displays the Mediterranean spirit that captured the heart of U.S.A in all its glory.

    Italian graphic designers were living and publishing important work in the U.S in the last century. Their enthusiasm, experimental attitudes, and new modern approaches attracted prominent clients in progressive cities including New York and Chicago and gave them the opportunity to create iconic projects such as the New York City Subway System Map, designed by Massimo Vignelli (1972).

    Featuring advertisements, posters, magazines, albums, book covers and corporate identity by Fortunato Depero, Paolo Garretto, Costantino Nivola, Leo Lionni, George Giusti, Albe Steiner, Erberto Carboni, Ronaldo “Aldo” Giurgola, Roberto Mango, Giovanni Pintori, Bruno Munari, Franco Grignani, Heinz Waibl, Giulio Cittato, Bob Noorda and Massimo Vignelli the exhibition offers an overview of the achievements of Italians in the field of graphic design in America, and address their distinctive graphic language.

    Whether they succeeded right away or suffered hardships, their personal and professional experiences shed light not only on graphic design but also identity, politics, migration, historiography and the journey of the human spirit as this highly curated selection includes designers who worked for American clients while living in Italy and others who created new lives by moving to America.

    On the occasion of the exhibition, Corraini Editore published a catalog with essays by Steven Heller, Patricia Belen, Greg D'Onofrio, Alessandro Colizzi, and Alexander Tochilovsky, with designer biographies by Melania Gazzotti.

    "Italian Types: Graphic Designers from Italy in America" at the Italian Cultural Institute of New York is in collaboration with The Herb Lubalin Study Center of Design and Typography at The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art and with the support of AIAP Associazione Italiana design della comunicazione visiva. The exhibition runs through Thursday, May 02, 2019.

    More info here.


    Movie Makers Magazine cover Dec 1929 by Fortunato Depero

    Interiors Magazine Cover May 1952 by George Giusti

    NYC Subway Plan by Massimo Vignelli, 1972


    Exhibition Poster with a design by Bruno Munari

     

    Leo Lionni's cover of Fortune Magazine, Feb 1960

     

    04Apr
  • #TGIIF: The only Instagram account to follow this Friday is @xaviermonney

    "I'm trying to break boundaries," said Xavier Monney, the graphic designer whose task is but one, the digital crazy stuff and the traditional graphic design elements to collide.

    Xavier Monney has mesmerized audiences through his typographic animations which bare a sleek elegance and a very Swiss spirit. The 25yo designer from Lausanne, Switzerland, can and will manipulate the letterforms in any shape and form possible. 

    Peter Saville, the renowned British graphic designer is a fan of Monney not just because he reimagined Saville's latest Burberry logo. 

    Monney shows us the many, three-dimensional, ways animated typography will impress us and his Instagram is filled with thoughtful optical illusions made of type.

    Follow him here

    Burberry from Xavier Monney on Vimeo.

     

    29Mar
  • Filthy Media takes over Brighton’s Premier League Football Club with type

    Filthy Media takes over Brighton’s Premier League Football Club with type

    Born in Brighton but working all over the world, Filthy Media are a design studio with a passion for creating, building and growing brands. eventually they do like soccer as well. 

    “Having designed Filthy Seagull Display, a bespoke typeface for Brighton, the Premier League Football Club commissioned us to design a set of wall graphics for the East Stand concourse at the Falmer Stadium in Brighton” notes Filthy Media of their latest typographic project with the studio’s distinct lettering in full force across the the East Stand of Brighton's Falmer Stadium.

    “The basis for the project is the bespoke typeface Filthy Seagull Display, which we've designed for the Premier League football club.Shown here is the full typeface, and a series of posters that adorn a 60 square metre wall in the concourse” explains Filthy Media. 

    “The concept for the main wall was to utilise the typeface to create a fly poster campaign, illustrating the clubs chants and songs from the stadium terraces. The second wall displays statistics, celebrating the seagulls first season in the Premier league, the third wall pays homage to Glenn Murray's 100th goal for the club, the fourth wall features quotes from fans alongside location photography from the Sussex coastline, and the fifth wall shows a history of the club crests from 1948 to 2011” explains the team.

    Filthy Media produced and installed all the wall graphics using a 3M Film Wrap, “heat-sealed directly onto the concrete render, lending itself perfectly to the fly poster aesthetic”.

    Filthy Media’s creativity runs free and this time they have scored high in this inaugural Premier League of Type.

    To see the full photographic case study covering the entire project click here. 

    22Mar
  • Global Youth Climate Strike: 5 designers X 5 activists collaborated for the massive rebellion's placards

    Designers and activists collaborated for the global "On the 15th of February, students across the UK went on strike to publicly demonstrate that we will no longer be pushed out of the dialogue surrounding the critical environmental threat for our generation. On the 15th of March we will strike again in solidarity with young people in 80 countries" writes The UK Student Climate Network of the global strike which took the adults by surprise this past Friday whan history was made.

    As young people are facing the greatest threat from climate change the movement leads action to prevent ecological breakdown. Inspired and spearheaded by 16-year-old activist (and Nobel Peace Prize nominee) student and environmental activist Greta Thunberg, students in 105 countries and 1,659 cites went on strike from school to demand action against the climate change from those who should take care of the planet -politicians and businessmen alike. 

    The messages of the rebellious young activists were featured in signs made in collaboration between creative agency ILOVEYOU and The UK Student Climate Network. 

    "Working with UKSCN (the UK movement of #FridaysforFuture) we connected five young activists with five designers who collaborated to create square format protest placards that call for action on the climate crisis notes ILOVEYOU on the collaboration for the future of the planet the young people are entitled to inherit. 

    Be in solidarity with the thousands of students striking from school worldwide for the planet they own and read more about the project here.

    18Mar
  • #TGIIF: The only Instagram account to follow this Friday is @sergidelgado

    Nomadic at heart and seriously influenced by Op Art and surrealism made of type, Sergi Delgado García is multifaceted, like his many playful crafts. 

    An art director for Vasava since  this Barcelonian 27yo graphic designer, typographer, illustrator, artist, Sagittarius and "something else" which he wouldn't define on his official resume is inspired by nature and the immaculate perfection of geometric and mathematical forms.

    Delgado García loves working with typography and letterforms are one of his most beloved pillars on which his work is based. 

    "True to risk, to multidisciplinary design and experimentation" his Instagram is a feast for the eyes with a vast combination of images, textures and motion graphics. 

    Enjoy this trip here. 

     

    15Mar