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  • Disclosure Dingbats brings the secret meaning of words to life

    What if a typeface could tell you something, warping your words into a different message while you are typing? The answer comes in the form of "Disclosure Dingbats", the extremely usable dingbat font in two different styles and containing over 600 characters that cover varied subjects.

    "DD is build upon the infamous Wingdings prophecies as a “what if typeface”: A typeface that can change what you type, perhaps telling you a lie, or perhaps the truth" inform, Typearture, the creators of "Disclosure Dingbats" which covers a variety of typographic needs. 

    From basic typographic icons like arrows, pointing hands, flags and clocks to more special ones such as planets, portraits and wonders of the world. Stonehenge, Saturn, the White House and small reptilian hands the "Disclosure Dingbats" offer everyday usability with many options.

    "Each Disclosure Dingbats icon comes in two different styles: “Icon” for accompanying smallers texts and “Illustrative” for larger use. Both styles have their own unique visual style, and are not simply scaled up or down. The attention to detail in both styles makes it easy to let the dingbats fit your design, wether you use them stand-alone or together with text" they add. "But underneath all styles and icons, there is more: Popular and lesser known conspiracy theories, prophecies and visions are revealed through typing. The dingbats react to places, names, places and dates, showing the stories related to the keywords. The full width of conspiracies is hidden within, ranging from the monster of Loch Ness to the secret of the Grassy Knoll. With over 2500 programmed target words and a set of 666 characters, the Disclosure Dingbats reach as far as the Moon and back into hollow Earth. Each target word and visual representation is carefully chosen for it’s irrelevance and relevance, it’s ability to be mocked or to be questioned. All for the user to explore."

    Check more here

    10Nov
  • Hot off the press! Slanted Magazine does Athens in its stunning new issue

    Back in the spring of 2017 Slanted editors embarked on their trip to Athens to take a close-up look at the city's contemporary design scene. Athens's documenta14 -in parallel to Kassel- offered the perfect canvas for the magazine's task. All the designers Slanted met, talked very positively about the event, bringing back art and life to Athens, suffering from draconian cuts in culture budgets. The list of designers Slanted met with boasts everyone from legends such as Michalis Katzourakis and established typographers such as Parachute's Panos Vasileiou to young, wild creatives such as Bend, The Birthdays Design, Blaqk, Bob Studio, Dylsectic, G Design Studio, Irini Gonou, Luminous Design Group, MAMA Silkscreen, Typical Organization, Urban Calligraphy and Ifigenia Vasiliou allowed a glimpse into their world expressing their exciting visual languages in their own right. On occasion of the release of Slanted Magazine #30—Athens, a limited special edition has been released which is exclusively available in the Slanted Shop. The edition contains a screen printed tote bag, designed by Blaqk, a photo essay by photographer Daniel Rupp and a risograph booklet, designed by Xenia Fastnacht, produced at the University of Arts and Design Karlsruhe.

    Discover an Athens in love with the letterform here and get a deeper look at the influencers of the graphic design scene through video interviews that can be watched online for free.

    Slanted Magazine #30 – Athens is available here

    09Nov
  • Barbara Kruger Futura revolution is taking NYC's Performa17 by storm

    The internationally acclaimed organization dedicated to live performance across disciplines is an ode to Barbara Kruger who is collaborating in major ways for the seventh edition of the Performa Biennial in New York.

    Running through the 19th of November at locations throughout New York City Kruger’s Performa Commission inserts the artist into the urban street culture that has absorbed, appropriated, and applied her provocative attitude and approach through a series of public art actions, performances, and installations. 
    Expanding upon her iconic photo-collages combining text and image, Kruger employs these signature effects and strategies to broadcast messages that engage issues of and ideas about power, desire, adoration, contempt, and capital. 

    Using her instantly recognizable white-on-red Futura typeface, the project includes an installation for the popular Lower East Side skate park located beneath the Manhattan Bridge, created in partnership with NYC Parks and skate park designer Steve Rodriguez; the design of a billboard on 17th Street and 10th Avenue in Chelsea; and a full wrap of a classic school bus that will serve as a mobile site for community engagement. These elements will take on New York City, unfolding throughout the duration of Performa 17 to immerse audiences in powerful messages grounded in activism, feminism, and community while exploring the role and power of mass media.

    “For more than four decades, Barbara Kruger has occupied a unique place between high art and popular culture, between histories, disciplines, and generations,” says RoseLee Goldberg, Founding Director and Chief Curator of Performa. “With this commission, Kruger’s intention to make deeply informed work that is accessible and ‘in the world’ meshes seamlessly with Performa’s vision to use live performance as a platform to do both. It’s remarkable that she is as widely known to millennials as she is to the museum and collector worlds. Kruger’s work is ‘forever radical.’

    The visual identity for Performa 17 is designed by Kruger and adopted across the biennial’s logo, website, social media, and digital and printed marketing materials, created in collaboration with Project Projects. 
    Kruger’s iconic typography captures the intensity of life in the city, the impact of commercial branding on our daily lives, and the necessity of the critically resistant voice of the artist in the public domain. Kruger’s Performa Commission and Biennial visual identity interact and intertwine to blur the lines between branding, public art, performance, commerce, and appropriation.

    Founded in 2004 by art historian and curator RoseLee Goldberg, Performa is the leading organization dedicated to exploring the critical role of live performance in the history of twentieth-century art and to encouraging new directions in performance for the twenty-first century. Since launching New York’s first performance biennial, Performa 05, in 2005, the organization has solidified its identity as a commissioning and producing entity. As a “museum without walls,” Performa contributes important art historical heft to the field by showing the development of live art in all its forms from many different cultural perspectives, reaching back to the Renaissance.

    Celebrated worldwide as the first biennial to give special attention to this remarkable history, the Performa Biennial transforms the city of New York into the “world capital of artists’ performance” every other November, attracting a national and international audience of more than 200,000 and garnering more than five million website hits during its three-week run. In the last decade, Performa has presented nearly 600 performances, worked with more than 700 artists, and toured commissioned performances in nearly 20 countries around the world.

    The Performa curatorial team is led by Chief Curator RoseLee Goldberg, and includes Performa Curators Adrienne Edwards and Charles Aubin, with contributions from Job Piston (Special Projects), Lydia Brawner (Andrew W. Mellon Curatorial Fellow), Jens Hoffman (Curator), and Performa Consortium curators. Performa 17 is produced by Esa Nickle and Maaike Gouwenberg.
     

    Follow Performa 17 on Instagram @PerformaNYC and Facebook @PerformaBiennial with the hashtags #PerformaNYC  #Performa17

    08Nov
  • Università degli Studi della Campania Luigi Vanvitelli: the rebranding

    Following the change of the University’s name from Seconda Università di Napoli (SUN) to Università degli Studi della Campania Luigi Vanvitelli, the Institution has decided to launch an international call for ideas to produce the graphic design of the mark and/or logotype and related visual identity system

    The call was created with the support, assistance, consultancy and patronage of Aiap - Italian Association of Visual Communication Design.

    The University was established in 1991 within a diffuse regional context, and since the very beginning it has been entirely autonomous from the other, older Universities for its history, culture, nature and organisation. 

    "More than twenty years later, the University can still boast the same levels of autonomy, a widely acknowledged reputation, and the ability to be a reference point in the region both in terms of courses offered and of its consolidated diffuse nature. Thanks to its relatively recent history and its inborn aptitude for innovation the University has become known as a competitive academic institution at the regional, national and international levels, enhancing the internal resources of excellence and setting up a repositioning strategic plan which may bring to light and value the results achieved over the years" says the University. "The reasons behind the decision to go through a rebranding process lie in the strong will to highlight the University’s modern, highly dynamic nature". 

    A small example of what the creatives have to offer is Milleunomiglia studio proposed identity.  “We decided to take part in the contest because it was an opportunity to demonstrate our skills as a design collective publicly” says the studio to It's Nice That explaining that the University's "poly-centric structure, characterised by the union of the three poles of knowledge (humanistic, scientific, polytechnic) and intentions to communicate itself as an inclusive, innovative, international and open institution" was an inspiration for the ultra dynamic and adaptable typeface.

    03Nov
  • Celebrating Cruz Novillo’s timeless Spanish graphic design revolution

    Cruz Novillo: Logos” provides a comprehensive guide to an important
facet of Pepe Cruz Novillo’s output, his logo design. The book from Counter-Print celebrates the work of Spain’s prolific graphic designer. Pepe Cruz Novillo, the graphic designer behind identities for Spain’s post office, police force and Socialist Party was born in 1936 and was a cartoonist, artist and sculptor before specialising in corporate identities. He went on to create logos and icons for art galleries, construction companies, schools, festivals, banks, laboratories and the Spanish Socialist Party as well as designing Peseta notes.

     “His work is now so ubiquitous, it has become part of the fabric of visual culture in [Spain],” says Counter-Print. “The influence of his use of geometric shapes, simple, strong line-work and a playful, illustrative aesthetic can be seen in the work of many contemporary designers and has helped in keeping his legacy alive” writes in the book’s introduction, Counter-Print’s Jon Dowling on the timeless aesthetic of Novillo’s work and his lasting influence on graphic design.

    “His studio Cruz más Cruz, that he now co-directs with his son Pepe Cruz Jnr … still garners praise and recognition globally…. Simultaneously, a new generation of designers are falling in love with the historical output of Cruz Novillo’s work and are beginning to appreciate its significance and importance to the visual landscape of Spain,” he writes.

    The book contains over 300 pages of logo designs. It also includes a Q&A with Novillo.

    “I strive to have a powerful semantic idea, I try to draw it in the best possible way … then I review it so that it acquires a pragmatic quality” says Novillo in this inspiring monograph.

    Get your own copy here.

    01Nov