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  • Swiss design is strong with Cécile + Roger Design Studio

    Led by designers Josef Müller-Brockmann at the Zurich School of Arts and Krafts and Armin Hofmann at the Basel School of Swiss Design -often referred to as the International Typographic Style or the International Style - Swiss Design originated in Switzerland in the 1940s and 50s and defined the graphic design scene in miraculous ways. 

    Cécile Nanjoud and Roger Gaillard, the duo behind Geneva-based design studio Cécile + Roger are inspired by the styles' simplicity and legibility, with powerful and straight colourful lines and type, their work moves across web, editorial and type design

    “We’re very interested in moving and interactive graphic design. We think that we have yet a lot to learn and to explore in this field. It’s very stimulating” says the duo to It’s Nice That. 

    “We’re inspired by artists with strong imagery like Roy Lichtenstein, Keith Haring or Matisse. We’re also inspired by Sachplakat and DADA, two movements which are very important in graphic design history. We like great Swiss graphic designers like Müller-Brockmann or Armin Hofmann because of their essential theory about graphic design. The current Swiss graphic design scene is also a great source of inspiration, especially Luzern’s scene with Studio Feixen or Erich Brechbühl. Finally, we pay attention to illustrators with clear and humorous message like Jean Jullien or Christoph Niemann” they add.

    Read the rest of the interview here and check their bold portfolio here

  • Favorite UK graduation show identities are in by It’s Nice That!

    Over the last few weeks we’ve been popping our heads into various UK grad shows” writes INT’s Rebecca Fulleylove in her round up of every fresh graphic design inspiration UK has to offer. From Nina Jua Klein’s attempt  to “unify the extremely diverse work of students across all courses” at London College of Communication with the help of creative duo Isabel + Helen, through Royal College of Art’s clean and simple identity approach designed by former RCA students Antonio Bertossi and Esa Matinvesi to Glasgow School of Art’s Communication Design show identity and  The Kingston Graphic Show identity, delve into this world of inspiration.

    More here

  • Bureau Borsche’s latest typographic experiment is full of melodies

    Bureau Borsche, a graphic design studio founded in 2007 by Mirko Borsche, is renowned for its versatility as the Bureau’s creative output runs the gamut. 

    Always content-driven BB’s design wants to delve deep into the creative field “to create original works within the scope of art, subculture, and design”. For its achievements, Bureau Borsche has won numerous national and international awards and the studio’s work has held critical acclaim in both the business and advertising sector as well as having been part of solo and group exhibitions worldwide.

    Continuing their mission to spark imagination and educate on matters of design, Mirko Borsche and his team collaborated with berlin-based musician Laurel Halo

    “We worked closely with Laurel Halo and Hyperdub on the artwork,” Bureau Borsche tells It’s Nice That. “Grainy photos from photographer Phillip Aumann contrasting the bold yellow and typography, on the cover, we edited the type into the picture, to keep the layout as simple as possible.”

    “The type mix is contrasting itself, and gives the idea of a modern hippie vibe – we went on to making a music video for Laurel’s single, Jelly, making the illustration 3D, with a camera following the lyrics like a rollercoaster, it also is capable as a karaoke video,” says Bureau Borsche.

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  • Questions are answered in a new book on how to create type

    How are typefaces designed? What is the process? Which characters are essential? What is the difference between roman, italic and cursive? What is OpenType?” Too many questions demand answers and three people are more than welcome to answer them in every detail needed in their latest book.

    Cristóbal Henestrosa, Laura Meseguer and José Scaglione answer these and many more questions in a straightforward and direct way in the pages of How to create typefaces, this publication “aimed at new and novice type designers as well as those trained in the field, unravels the fascinating task of creating a font, from sketch to screen”. From the motives to the process “How to create typefaces. From sketch to screen” is filled with 123 illustrations and will guide you through the basics and much more.

    Order your copy here

  • Alan Long’s guide to being a freelancer is a lifesaver

    A graphic designer who was born in the early 80s in London, Alan Long was destined to be creative. This British improvised his way through school as well as tap dance and ended up at university having sent his tutor an oversized photo of himself cut into smaller pieces (for their opening assignment).

    He graduated as a graphic designer, winning best portfolio in a group show and was snatched up working for a small design agency. There he honed in his skills whilst working for indie and pop artists as well as commercial projects (BT, Samsung, Brasserie Blanc, Loch Fyne). His thirst for unique ideas and an eye for design was soon recognised within the industry, and he set up his own award winning agency Sane & Able.

    Always enjoying bringing some fresh ideas into the spotlight, Long, graphic designer, manager and one of the people featured in the best selling book: #Lifechanger, turned his eye to writing by sharing his experiences in the creative industry. Having created a conversation between junior and more experienced creatives Long “felt he wanted to highlight that success can be very achievable with simple measures put in place” and his new book is a #lifesaver for many.

    In his “A-Z guide to being a freelance designer” Long shares with the reader some precious insider knowledge that he accumulated after being in the industry for over 10 years. “I’ve worked with many many clients and over countless campaigns ranging from overall brands, to websites, apps and logos. I’m not a world famous designer but hopefully things I have learnt will help you. I started in a small agency with the intention of learning as much as possible, and as quickly as possible”.

    Let Long enlighten you here