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  • Boa Mistura are back to the favelas with poetry in type

    Almost five years ago Boa Mistura, the multidisciplinary team with roots in graffiti art that was born in late 2001 in Madrid, Spain started the project “Luz Nas Vielas”.

    Now they are back to the favela of Vila Brâsilandia, north of São Paulo, to continue what will transform the area into a place of magic and poetry through type.  

    “The project started with the Becos and Vielas alleys, now updated with two more works” reports Domus. “The concept was to synthesize the essence of Brâsilandia, simplifying the spatial complexity with colour, and using anamorphosis to generate one big canvas. The words depicted portray the true daily life of the neighborhood. The process was collaborative, and took over walls and floor, creating new bonds between people. Poesía and Magica, purple and green, highlight the beauty of the irregular constructions, the magic of the spontaneous urban growth, the intensity of the relationships between neighbors, and the smile of the kids playing up and down the stairs”.

    “We develop our work mainly in the public space” says Boa Mistura.

    “We have carried out projects in South Africa, USA, UK, Brazil, Mexico, Georgia, Algeria, Norway, Serbia and Panamá. We were 15 years old when we first met, while painting the walls of our neighborhood. We became friends since then. Our studio is in Madrid, but we spend the day from here to there, living among paint buckets, computers and ping-pong matches. We love what we do. We understand our work, as a tool to transform the street and to create bonds between people. We feel a responsibility with the city and time we are living in”.

    Enter their world of magic here

     

    04Apr
  • Posting Letters: A story of romance has to be written in fine letters

    A romantic relationship between two designers in New York turned into a cross-continental postcard project when one of them moved away for a year” says the intro of Posting Letters, a fairytale made of letters.

    Nei Valente and Kate Cullinane had been dating for four months in New York when Nei had to return home to Brazil for a year. Not wanting to loose touch, the two designers came up with a project that would let them keep in touch and indulge their love of typography.

    For the next year, Kate and Nei took photos of letters they saw on the streets and on signs in New York and São Paulo, printed them onto postcards and sent them back and forth to each other in alphabetical order.

    The resulting collections capture the creative and expressive artistic cultures that are so celebrated in New York and São Paulo.

    Spread their love. 
     

    31Mar
  • A New Wales. Smörgåsbord Studio rebrands a nation

     

    “A feeling as much as a graphical kit of parts – the brand provides a platform for the Welsh nation across a wide range of sectors; seeking to engage, inform, invite, challenge and support in equal measure” says Smörgåsbord Studio of their stunning rebranding of a nation. “It draws together disparate strands of activity, creating a ‘glue’ that unites the great people and places of Wales: digitally, physically and culturally”.

    “We addressed every brand touchpoint – from core marque to a bespoke typeface, from tone of voice and photography guidelines to experiential initiatives. A unified brand approach brought to life with creative excellence and transformative ideas – with the power to create a confident new way of thinking and behaving” adds Smörgåsbord of the Welsh rebranding which incorporates a bespoke typeface.

    Developed by Colophon Foundry, Cymru Wales Sans, “whilst takes cues from the Welsh typographical heritage” does not wander into the territory of pastiche or parody. “Our research informed the look, feel and personality of several of the consonants (d, h, l, m, n, u) and crucially 5 of the 8 diagraphs that are wholly unique to the Welsh language, Ch, ch, dd, Ff, ff, Ll, Th, th. These forms comprised the infrastructure for the more expressive, headline cut of the type family, Cymru Sans (Welsh for ‘Wales’), while Wales Sans acted as the more staid (and indeed, English-language) counterpart. A unifying cornerstone of the new Nation brand that puts the provenance of the Welsh language front and centre” comments the Studio. As for the feedback of their rebranding for the Cymru Wales Sans here are the results: 45% increase in Visit Wales’ social media followers (taking the total close to 1m) and 5 million unique visitors to the Visit Wales website in the past 12 months, furthermore North Wales was voted as the 4th ‘top location’ in the world to visit in 2017 according to Lonely Planet’s annual ‘Best in Travel’ list. Oh Wales!

    Check more here

    21Mar
  • Riposte's limited girl power posters are a collector's item

    "The silencing of (Senator) Elizabeth Warren was really shocking and it was representative of a man in a position of power using his influence to silence a woman when she was saying something he didn’t agree with”, says Riposte founder and editor, Danielle Pender on the idea of the series of posters commissioned to six female artists in celebration of International Women’s Day. "Back in February Elizabeth Warren was silenced as she read a letter from Loretta Scott King on the senate floor in criticism of Senator Jeff Sessions being nominated as Trump’s attorney general. Warren hit back – taking to Facebook Live to finish the letter in full. The gesture has since become a symbol of persistence in the fight against inequality" reports Dazed.

    "‘Persist' seemed like the perfect word to base the commissions on and the designers and artists involved have created brilliant works in response. It is a word that very much sums up the times we live in. For me, it's a reminder that things don't come easy no matter what you're trying to do – whether that's a life's work of activism for people like Gloria Steinem or something on a much smaller scale like making a magazine. To achieve anything you’ve got to persist and get past the things that will no doubt challenge you" she adds.

    Lakwena Maciver, Lynnie Zulu, Paula Scher, Sonya Dyakova, Top Girl Studio, and Tracy Ma have each created a poster that interprets the word ‘persist’ – with proceeds going to Women for Women. Check them out here and purchase yours before it's too late.

    17Mar
  • TwoPoints.Net's multi-layered visual identity for VGL speaks volumes

    “When we started out, in the late 90s, multi-layered design and competing aesthetics were considered bad design, unnecessary noise in the communication process. Good design had to be coherent, efficient and effective. Then internet came along and our information sources and communication channels changed drastically” says TwoPoints.Net aka Lupi Asensio and Martin Lorenz in the intro of their latest project that took Internet by storm, the one and the same world wide web, which once was “one big (visual) mess”. “Around 2003 our perception had changed. What had been terribly confusing at first, became wonderfully diverse. A voyage through the many layers of our world at once. A few years later multi-layered and multi-aesthetic design became a trend in Graphic Design. We documented the change in our book Pretty Ugly, published by Gestalten in 2012. Now, in 2017, we feel that multi-layered and multi-aesthetic design has become something we have got used to.”

    For the Vertical Geopolitics Lab, a non-profit think-tank and speculative design studio TwoPoints.Net created a multi-layered and multi-aesthetic flexible visual identity. “Based on the fundamental belief that institutions are not able to prevent what they cannot imagine, the lab is focused on the logistics of large-scale landscape architectural choreographies as potential source for as yet unimagined change in how we understand nature, society, jurisdiction, sovereignty, stereotomics, tectonics, and matter itself. The visual identity creates a space framed by VGL and filled by VGL’s projects. The visual system adjusts to different formats, but maintains its aesthetics. Conversely, the sub-identity of each project may change in aesthetics. There is no limitation in color, typeface or imagery. The structure provided by VGL makes VGL identifiable” say design studio TwoPoints.Net which was founded in 2007 with the aim to do exceptional design work... and yes there is no doubt that they do deliver just that.

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    16Mar