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  • Studio Zwupp's animated type for Forward Festival collide past with future

    “We connect creative heads and brands to shape moments that are built to last”. This is the motto of Forward Creatives, an innovative agency for brand strategy, storytelling and event development which pushes forward the world of graphic design, type and all things creative through its platform and its annual Forward Festival. Earlier this year, Forward Festival took place at MAK – Museum for Applied Arts in Vienna bringing together the best international and local creative heads, who provide insights into their success stories in an exciting atmosphere.

    Studio Zwupp was commissioned for the second time to come up with the FF’s visual language. With lots of animated typography, illustration and abstract shapes “the studio has referenced Wiener Werkstätte – a production community established in 1903 by Koloman Moser and Josef Hoffmann that brought together architects, artists and designers working in diverse fields” reports Its Nice That. “The typography is a mixture of Colophon Foundry’s Basis Grotesque, with quirky Wiener Werkstätte letters we’ve found from old posters and postcards” says the team. “The colour choices were easy: red for Vienna, blue for Zurich and yellow for Munich.”

    “Our work revolves around inspiring encounters, individuals and adventures” adds Forward Creatives on their mission. This is reflected in Forward Festival and our collaboration with various partners and clients. We believe in the power of networking, cultural context and experiences of lasting value. But more importantly, we believe in dopeness”.

    Explore the fest of creativity here

  • AND CO’s first film is an ode to New York City’ s creative workforce

    “In the alleyways, back kitchens and matchbox studios tucked away in countless of bustling, yet remarkably unglamorous, neighborhoods wedged within the most vibrant city in the world, there’s magic happening. Every damn day”. SOLO NYC’S latest project is New York driven and destined to inspire the global community of creatives who aspire to taste the city’s ground-breaking culture and the people who make it happen.

    New York’s professional style understated yet relentless. Showing up, doing your best—and doing things a little differently—is the mantra of millions of people who rise with the sun to chase their dreams. With a little luck and a lot of sweat, millions of men and women are making their career ambitions happen, and doing so outside of the traditional career path” are the elements which come in full HD frames in SOLO NYC’s very intimate look at the trials and triumphs of New York’s rising class of creative freelancers.

    The 6:45 min documentary film, directed by award-winning creative and independent filmmaker Daniel Soares, is AND CO's first film exploring the future workforce. Explore more of AND CO’s mission here and watch the movie here.

  • Major custom typography spotlights “a minor state of flux”

    Back in March, a group exhibition with works that invite the idea of fluidity, rotation and mutation as part of their existence made headlines in Amsterdam. The exhibition “A minor state of flux” tested playfully the true scope of (human) perception. “What do we register, what passes us by and thus goes unnoticed? How do we determine what is valuable or useless when everything just moves forward in the same forward-motion? Is it physically possible to ever see the same painting twice when physiological, political and social conditions perpetually shift?” The works in the exhibition, seen through a scientific framework, echoed the questions in a philosophical manner.

    Emphasizing the fluidity of the theme the publication designed by Roosje Klap and Pauline Le Pape (Atelier Roosje Klap) brought spectacular typographic experiments into the concept of the exhibition which was generously made possible with the support of Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst, Stichting Niemeijer Fonds, Stichting Stokroos and Arti et Amicitiae. The custom typeface, designed by Le Pappe herself, Tacite Light is “the end result of a long process”.

    “I began to design Tacite when I was a type design student in Paris; started to put things into perspective as an intern in Amsterdam; actively worked on it again as a graphic design student at KABK in The Hague; and then returned to it again as a type design student back in Paris when I graduated last year. I finally released Tacite Light this year, as a graphic and type designer based in Amsterdam” she told Grafik. Check more of this sharp yet round, light yet strong type here.

  • The visual language of North Korea is as ambiguous as you expect

    "Leaving North Korea is not like leaving any other country. It is more like leaving another universe. I will never truly be free of its gravity, no matter how far I journey" says Hyeonseo Lee, a defector of the controversial nation.

    The relatively unknown country comes in full frame with Phaidon’s latest edition, Made in North Korea. In the pages of the book written by Nick Bonner who has produced three documentaries on North Korea and a feature film since 2001, North Korea is “uncensored and unfiltered”.

    Made in North Korea uncovers the fascinating and surprisingly beautiful graphic culture of North Korea - from packaging to hotel brochures, luggage tags to tickets for the world-famous mass games.

    From his base in Beijing, Bonner has been running tours into North Korea for over twenty years, and along the way collecting graphic ephemera. He has amassed thousands of items that, as a collection, provide an extraordinary and rare insight into North Korea's state-controlled graphic output, and the lives of ordinary North Koreans.

    Explore the land of the unknown here

  • Remembering Lucky Peach, the foodies most beloved magazine ever

    Lucky Peach, the six-year-old indie food media outfit from writer Peter Meehan and restaurant mogul and Momofuku founder Dave Chang is sadly a thing of the past.

    First envisioned as an iPad app, a “deconstructed, non-linear television show,” from Chang, Meehan, and the producers Zero Point Zero with a companion quarterly print journal published by McSweeney’s Lucky Peach released it’s first issue on June 22, 2011 –the magazine is still selling for over $100 on eBay and $85 on Amazon reports Eater.

    “Consisting of longform articles, essays, interviews, recipes, and illustrations, each issue tackled a new theme, from ramen (issue one) to breakfast (issue 17), gender (issue eight), the seashore (issue 12), and Los Angeles (issue 21). The publication which became known for its bold graphic design and creative take on food the Lucky Peach team split from McSweeney’s in 2013, launched a website in 2015, and branched out into a line of cookbooks, including the uber-popular 101 Easy Asian Recipes and, most recently, a vegetable book, a sausage book, and the upcoming egg book.

    The magazine won nine James Beard awards –including Publication of the Year in 2016- and a National Magazine Award for General Excellence.

    Peter Meehan confirmed Lucky Peach’s imminent shutter in a blog post last March. “I think it’s important for you to know that Lucky Peach loves you and REALLY values the time you’ve spent together” wrote Meehan. “Once it gets over its own internal grieving process, maybe it’ll even be able to manage an adult press release” he added.

    “The finale for Lucky Peach comes in the form of a double-issue: a 210-page celebration of Lucky Peach’s six year run featuring a selection of its best interviews, guides and recipes” reports It’s Nice That. As well as featuring Lucky Peach’s best articles, recipes and art from the last 24 issues, the final instalment does include a few new things which are ready to be served. A proper tribute to one of the industry’s most beloved publication that we wish we could feast on forever.