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  • Kendrick Lamar’s DAMN. type installation took London by storm

    Kendrick Lamar is the most important figure in rap, claims Interview magazine but that’s merely an understatement for many. 

    Following a very basic, in terms of design, cover of Lamar’s latest best-selling album, DAMN., which bares a four-letter word and a period set on top of a photo of Lamar with the requisite parental advisory labeling in Times, Lamar celebrated the vinyl edition of his album with a type installation.

    “Lamar has partnered with independent record shop Rough Trade East and live music venue Juju’s bar and stage, for a UK exclusive installation and snapchat filter” reports It’s Nice That. 

    The type design has been transformed into a 10ft 3D sculpture outside Juju’s bar, with a smaller 5ft installation inside Rough Trade. 

    The area of Truman Brewery will include more Damn. artwork including a 10ft banner, vinyl stickers and readograph lettering outside the store. Also a snapchat filter, placing the album’s title in situ is available to use in the surrounding area reports INT.

    18Jul
  • All the reasons to be a part of Typetersburg this August

    What a time to be a typophile. On the 5-14th of August in Saint Petersburg will be held the second international type design festival Typetersburg, the annual international event for professional graphic designers and those in the know.

    The festival’s program is rife with events including exhibitions and workshops of renowned international designers. Two conference days are visited by 500+ designers all around the world, so that they have an opportunity to communicate, exchange experience and discuss of modern type design and technologies for a very typographic final act of the city’s famous white nights.

    From Goran Soderstrom, the founder of Letters from Sweden who has designed custom typefaces for companies such as Cadillac, Ableton, VSCO, Acne Studios, Tele2 and Nordea and his retail fonts are used worldwide through Philipp Neumeyer –a typographer, type and graphic designer par excellence who when is not busy designing type or writing super sophisticated texts about himself,  with the singular strategy of repeating his own name over and over again, keeps starting new projects to be finished some fine day in the far future; Additionaly, calligrapher Pokras Lampas who is actively experiencing different directions of modern calligraphy by applying and combining his knowledge of street culture, design and typography of different nations and generations whilst working on a self-developed "Calligrafuturism" style and Vincent De Boer, a typographic artist and a teacher of letter making from Netherlands,  Typetersburg’s line-up of ultra-inspiring people is destined to satisfy each one of us.

    With three workshops on experimental calligraphy and Glyphs 2 as well as several exhibitions, Typetersburg is the event that every typophile should attend for a better type in a better world this August. 
     

    17Jul
  • Daniel Peter’s design narrative is full of melodies

    A graphic designer based in Lucerne Daniel Peter likes to narrate stories through design. A musician at heart Peter was “charmed of nice album covers and concert posters”, elements which formed his interest for printed matter, visual concepts, photography and typography. After having worked for several design offices, including Studio FeixenSchauspielhaus Zürich and Velvet Creative Office in Lucerne, Peter is now a self-employed "graphic artist" whilst being involved in numerous side projects.

    One of such was being part of the “Detective Bureau”, a Lucerne based studio alongside Mathis Pfäffli, Nadine Gerber and Christoph Barmettler. “Founded 2009, “Detective Bureau” was for three years an alliance of graphic designers, illustrators and politically highly committed people, but also a space for young arts, discussions, designs and coffees. We organized exhibitions in the fields of arts, illustrations, videos, and did readings and workshops” says Peter. 

     

    Check his experiments in good design in his newly updated site here

    Image Credits: 

    Image 1: Done with Hi, Megi Zumstein & Claudio Barandun, Image 2: Daniel Peter, Image 3:Daniel Peter, Image 4: Done with Alice Kolb, Image 5: Daniel Peter, Image 6: Daniel Peter, Image 7: Done with Studio Feixen, Image 8: Done with Velvet Creative Office, Image 9: Done with Velvet Creative Office, Image 10: Done with Velvet Creative Office and Johanna Benz

    Done with Alice Kolb
    Done with Alice Kolb
    Done with Studio Feixen
    Done with Velvet Creative Office
    Done with Velvet Creative Office
     Done with Velvet Creative Office and Johanna Benz
    13Jul
  • Filimonas Triantafyllou navigates the TEDx realm in type

    TEDx Thessaloniki 2017, the event which was held this April in the Greek city, appointed Filimonas Triantafyllou to design the visual language and identity of this year’s brain-storming adventure themed “Reading the compass”

    “The visual language produced for all the communication materials, derives from the content of this year's event theme” says the art director. “That is that, in our overloaded daily life it is quite often to feel disoriented, confused and lost in all the information. As a result it is very easy to lose the true coordinates to our original goal, or even need to change our initial route to another, different direction. The idea of being confused and disoriented in information and the state of mind that would call for the recalibration of one’s inner compass are conveyed through the above typographic approach”.

    “The event’s visual language –in order to become sufficiently legible and understood– asks the reader for a small effort to recalibrate his/her normal way of reading information. This effort peaks during the event, when the reader is heavily exposed to all the different designed materials. During this period this ‘visual language’ starts becoming more of a ‘visual voice’ and offers an experiential understanding of the themes content”.
     

    See the full project here

    12Jul
  • 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

    10Jul