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  • Kraków AFA, Graphic Arts' Department Exhibition Identity

     

    This is the visual identification of the annual exhibition of the Graphic Arts Department at the Academy of Fine Arts in Cracow. Its specificity is a diversity, which consists of many studios and a lot of concepts about art. Each offers a wide spectrum of expressions – through traditional graphic, drawing and painting techniques, to interdisciplinary and design studios.​​​​​​​

    The work was divided into two stages – design and workshop. The first part was to create a typographic layer bearing a clear message, while at the same time encouraging interference. Then, posters have been distributed to students who have taken them over with their art.
    In this way, 80 unique posters were created which could then be found in urban space – in drawing and painting techniques, but also copper, lithography, woodcut, screen printing and animation.

     

    Concept & Design – Gabriela Basta, Karolina Biskup, Olga Szopa, Monika Szydłowska
    Coordination – Lettering and Typography Studio (Paweł Krzywdziak, Wojciech Regulski, Aleksandra Toborowicz,), Advertising Studio (Jakub Sowiński)

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    07Jul
  • Bartosova’s empowering graphic evolution will make your day

    Slovakian graphic designer and art director, Kristina Bartosova is not afraid to explore her own personality through her work. “She embeds a confident consideration of personality into her creations, resulting in the powerful aesthetic which continuously informs her impressive body of work” reports People of Print on her portfolio of work. From the interesting visual identity of Buna which was inspired by aerial shots of coffee plantations that show the systematic formation the rows coffee plants form and thanks to Bartosova is transformed into a typographic pattern that can be seen inside the letters in the logo to her almost transparent branding of Fell Salon, Bartosova calm typographic adventures soothe our soul.

    Check more of her portfolio here.

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    08Sep
  • Alan Kitching, Sawdust and more celebrate Johnston's iconic typeface

    Created with 11 UK design agencies and talents, the posters celebrate the 100th anniversary of London Underground’s Edward Johnston Sans typeface, an iconic London letterform on its own.

    “Johnston’s typeface is iconic for everybody who lives in or visits London, however many may not know that he was also the creator of the early fabrics that now give each line their distinct personality. Using printed woodblock letters from the Johnston typeface to create patterns based on the weaves of the underground seats, our poster aims to communicate the hustle bustle of London and the constant presence of Johnston in our everyday journeys” says Studio ThomasMatthews of its design.

    “The rationale for the design is simply to combine Johnston’s lettering but using a shadow to give a 3D effect, with the colours used for all the tube lines from Beck’s Underground map,” adds Alan Kitching of his contribution.
    Part of ‘Transported by Design’, a range of projects and activities showcasing the link between transport and good design the poster campaign is brilliant with the creations ours to own.

    You can buy them online here - or at TfL’s Johnston Pop Up Shop in the Additions exhibition at Clerkenwell Design Week (24-26 May) or to ‘The Language of London’ exhibition at KK Outlet alongside Clerkenwell Design Week (16-28 May).

    The posters will be up in the Underground in June.

    Read more on the celebration of Johnston’s famous London Underground typeface here.

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    Magpie Studio
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    Pentagram
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    Studio Parallel
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    SEA
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    The Beautiful Meme
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    Build
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    Sawdust
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    Studio Frith
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    Alan Kitching
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    ThomasMatthews
    19May
  • Sotheby’s pays tribute to the anti-typography of Dadaism

    “Each page must explode, either by deep and weight seriousness—the whirlwind, the vertigo, the new, the eternal—by the crushing jokes, by the enthusiasm for the principles, or by the manner of being printed” said Tristan Tzara, the Romanian and French avant-garde poet, essayist and performance artist. He should know. A polymath, active as a journalist, playwright, literary and art critic, composer and film director, was best known for being one of the founders and central figures of the anti-establishment Dada movement.
    Essential, in that it ensured the movement a coherent strong visual signature, by illustrating both the sprit of its subversive nature and the texts themselves, the graphic work done for the publications of the era is regarded exceptional. This “phenomenon bursting forth in the midst of the postwar economic and moral crisis, a savior, a monster, which would lay waste to everything in its path”, is celebrated this April with the highly anticipated fifth installment in the Sotheby’s auctions of the R. and B. L. library.
    The sale, in collaboration with Binoche and Giquello, is dedicated to two of the 20th century’s most revolutionary movements: Dada and Surrealism.
    Great poets such as Aragon, Breton, Éluard, Char and Tzara rub shoulders with renowned artists including Picasso, Tanguy, Ernst, Léger, Miró, Bellmer, and more. The carefully selected, often limited editions feature moving dedications that testify to the friendship and artistic dialogue of this period with editions bound by masters such as Bonet, Leroux and Martin.
    Some of the most remarkable works in the collection include two copies that belonged to Éluard: Ralentir Travaux bound by Bonet and La Petite Anthologie du Surréalisme by Hugnet, to which Éluard attached important documents signed by Breton, Char, Dali, Miró and an original Picasso etching embellished with two bird feathers.
    Rare books featuring photographic illustrations complete this collection of modern masterpieces, including the precious Champs Délicieux illustrated with 12 Man Ray ‘rayographs’ and La Poupée by Bellmer. Tracts, posters and rare and complete magazines like Dada and 391 further enrich this magnificent collection.
    The heart of this extraordinary collection features manuscripts and correspondence by the great names in Dada and Surrealism, including an outstanding unpublished and highly illustrated notebook by Dalí.

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    André Breton, René Char and Paul Éluard, Ralentir Travaux, 1930. Estimate: €30,000–40,000. One of the first eight copies printed on Japon ancien and signed by all three authors, this first edition features a fine binding by Paul Bonet.
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    Dada, 1917–1920. Estimate: €35,000–45,000. A rare complete set of this important avant-garde publication, directed by Tristan Tzara.
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    Georges Hugnet, Petite Anthologie du Surréalisme, 1934. Estimate: €120,000–150,000. One of 20 copies on vergé de Montval, Paul Éluard’s copy features an original etching by Pablo Picasso. This first edition also contains important autograph documents.
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    Man Ray, Champs Délicieux, 1922. Estimate: €120,000–150,000. A very rare album, limited to 40 copies, the precious Champs Délicieux is illustrated with twelve original rayographs by Man Ray.
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    Tristan Tzara, Max Ernst, Joan Miró and Yves Tanguy, L‘Antitête, 1949. Estimate: €40,000–50,000. Οne of 23 copies the book is the only example on paper Hollande to feature an extra suite of the etchings enhanced by the artists.
    21Apr
  • Font-astic! Ten typographic gift ideas for your significant other

    Valentine’s Day is upon us therefore we decided to spoil ourselves with some typographic gifts that will make any typophile scream. “They’re font-astic!”

    This tee-shirt
    Made by Words Brand, as part of their witty type tees that wants to make us look awesome comes this “I would kern you so tight T-Shirt” to show the world that love is a word of great design.

    This postcard box-set
    Inspired by everything from skateboarding to 1980s pop culture, this collection of 100 postcards features some of Friends of Type’s most popular designs, from birthday greetings and valentines to anthemic slogans, all rendered in vibrant color and elegant type.

    These latin, greek and cyrillic coasters
    Made of spongy vinyl Parachute’s latin, greek and cyrillic coasters are ideal as your daily drinking partner. You can squeeze it, you can punch it, you can spill your drink on it. It is washable and will last literally forever. Every package comes with 3 different colors and if you are lucky you may get an extra surprise item.

    This ampersand
    Functional and beautiful, this DesignAtelierArticle’s product is made of wood, adding a touch of coziness and warmth to your bookshelf. Modern and stylish the wood is hand polished and covered by natural white bee wax. Metal base is powder coated with anti slippery silicone pads for additional furniture protection

    This clock
    Good design is key to everything Goodwin & Goodwin. Straight out of their 8,000 sq ft. workshop on the site of an old chocolate factory in North London, comes this New York Typographic City Clock that requires “AA” battery to countdown the hours.

    LHCalligraphy
    Laura Hooper-Leader, a calligrapher herself has curated this starter kit especially for beginners that want to explore the amazing world of the handwritten words. The kit includes all the tools you need to start learning both classic copperplate and other more modern fonts.

    This ‘LOVE’ bulb sign
    Another Goodwin & Goodwin product and made of fabulous vintage style fairground letters this LOVE sign is illuminating. Solid construction with traditional fairground turbo lights, which create these amazing reflections against the polished metal make up for a great statement piece in any room and each letter is wired with a sealed UK plug and comes with warm white LED light bulbs.

    This TV
    Bouroullec brothers’ Serif TV for Samsung “does not belong to the world of technology”. As renowned French designers Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec launched their first electronics product this flat television for Samsung that is outlined by an I-shaped frame is an ode to a single letterform. Aptly named Serif TV it is a result of a collaboration between the designers – better known for their furniture, homeware and installations – and the Korean electronics brand's head of visual display design Yun-Je Kang. The product has an I-shaped profile, broadening at the bottom to form a sturdy base and at the top to create a small shelf. These protrusions give the product the name Serif, after the typography term for the small lines on the end of strokes in letters or symbols.

    This board game
    For some, Scrabble is a relaxing pastime enjoyed with a glass of wine (or two). For those of us who play with our ultra-competitive friends, pride and glory are at stake. Regardless of which camp you’re in, Scrabble is always a good time. And now, with Typography Scrabble, you can enjoy distinguished details like maple tiles with over a dozen varying typefaces, a walnut cover, a built-in lazy Susan, and a timer with walnut end caps. Designed by Andrew Capener this Winning Solutions’ product is already collectible.

    This necklace
    A graphic designer by trade, Jennifer Murse infuses her line of laser-cut acrylic jewelry with an acute attention to detail and a sly sense of humor. Often used as a placeholder in publishing, the nonsensical Latin phrase, “Lorem Ipsum” may be dummy text, but the Lorem Ipsum Necklace is a smart example of plastique*’s singular approach to accessories.

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    I would kern you so tight T-Shirt
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    Postcard box-set
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    Parachute’s coasters
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    A Wooden bookend Ampersand
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    Typographic City Clock
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    Calligraphy Starter Kit
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    ‘LOVE’ Light Up Fairground Bulb Sign
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    Samsung Serif TV
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    Typography Scrabble
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    Lorem Ipsum Necklace
    12Feb