Strategic design & branding agency D8 kindly sent us a copy of their latest coveted publication to coincide with the recent revamp of their site (which at only 4 letters long has a very enviable url!) This issue, their 7th, has a loose focus on illustration and includes some of their own recent illustrative work (by the likes of Steven Bonner, Jack Daly and many more) not to mention some fantastic commissions including Noma Bar and Andy Lovell. Beg, steal or borrow a copy, its a thing of beauty! (..or just check out their site)
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Gemma O’Brien is an Australian artist and designer specialising in lettering, illustration and typography. After studying Design at the College of Fine Arts in Sydney, Gemma worked as an art director at Animal Logic, Fuel VFX and Toby & Pete before deciding to fly solo as a commercial illustrator in 2012. Her typography work takes on a variety of forms, from calligraphic brushwork, illustrated letterforms and digital type to large scale hand-painted murals.
She splits her time between advertising commissions, gallery shows, speaking engagements and hosting hand-lettering workshops around the world. Her clients include Adobe, Volcom, Heineken, Kirin Cider, QANTAS, Heinz, Angus and Julia Stone and The New York Times. Follow her on Instagram and Twitter.
Sam is an independent illustrator and paper artist currently living in the rural countryside just outside of Bristol, surrounded by scenery and wildlife. With six years industry experience and a background in graphic design Sam has turned her observational powers and attention to detail into creating dreamy and magical handcrafted artwork.
Her work is used both commercially and artistically, for a variety of different purposes ranging from advertising campaigns, magazine covers, installations, music and window displays. She has produced work for a large range of clients, including DLKW Lowe, Nokia, Kiehl’s, El Jimador, Paperchase, Camp Bestival, Unipart, Jetstar and Birmingham Royal Ballet.
Ellie F-P is a London based illustrator specialising in witty and expressive hand drawn and collaged imagery. Since graduating in 2008 she has worked for a wide range of clients including: Random House, GQ, The Telegraph, Gramophone Magazine, Creative Review, The Guardian, The Independent, Eureka, Harvard Business Review and CBBC, and most recently, The Idler.
Follow on twitter to keep up to date with her most recent work.
Issue No.2 of Extra Condensed has a particularly numerical theme: from the origins of ‘spitting image’ to Stephenson Blake’s charming San Serif No.7, via a wander through the peculiar world of letter frequency and the printing of issue No.1.Every article also features its own pilcrow, each taken from a different fount in our collection.
Written, designed, typeset and printed by hand in a limited edition of just 200 (although this still involved over 2250 hand pulled prints). Each issue is individually numbered and comes in a custom printed envelope.
Manu Callejón is an illustrator and graphic designer based in Granada (Spain). In his words, his passion is ‘communicating bold concepts through easy pictures’ and we think you’ll agree he’s got a charming style.
We last featured Hugo Hoppmann back in 2009, when he was a 21 year old student. Now working in NYC some 7 years later he has some great projects under his belt in print and digital, ranging from identities and websites to books and magazines. Hugo’s portfolio includes a large spectrum of collaborative and commissioned work of different scales and his site is pretty smart too. You can also follow Hugo on twitter.
Alvin Diec, LLC is a graphic design and commercial art studio – & the food and beverage division of the Office of Brothers, LLC. Based in Atlanta, Georgia, they have some lovely identity and environmental work under their belts.
After five years online, friends of FFF magCulture are opening a bricks and mortar real life shop in London.
The Shop will stock over 500 different titles from around the world in a 400sqm space devoted to magazines. Regular magCulture Journal readers will know exactly the type of magazines to expect – a strong mix of contemporary indies alongside the best from the big publishers.
Situated at the base of one of London’s first sixties tower blocks, the original sloping ceiling and terrazo floor have been restored and bespoke furniture designed and built by South London Makers.
The main feature will be a bespoke 6m x 2m shelf furnished with the 606 Universal Shelving Shelving System designed by Dieter Rams in 1960 and made by Vitsoe.
‘Other cities have great magazine shops with generous stocks and knowledgeable staff,’ says magCulture’s Jeremy Leslie, ‘I felt it was time London had that too. We have some good shops already, but they tend to also be bookshops or gift shops.’ The magCulture Shop will stock only magazines, aside from a few natural extensions such as books about editorial design.
The magCulture Shop 270 St John Street Clerkenwell EC1V 4PE
Hours Wednesday–Friday 11am–7pm Saturday 12–4pm
Friend of FFF and talented freelance documentary photographer, writer and filmmaker Tom Price is due an update. He’s worked in the UK and overseas on a wide range of issues: from peace building in South Sudan, to social enterprises and socially-minded celebrities in the UK, to survivors of typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, to victims of domestic violence in Brazil. Currently residing in Kolkata, India for a year, he’s available for commissions – mainly documentary projects for INGOs and editorial. He’s an absolute diamond of a guy, so if you have a project in mind don’t hesitate to contact him.
The Five Things Book is a design-led, typographic book; revealing over 100 people’s five favourite things; along with the stories behind why they love each thing.
Gadgets, clothing, cars, art, people, places – in our daily lives we are constantly surrounded by amazing things. These things provoke memories, create deep feelings of nostalgia and we become attached to them. What if you had to choose only five things, as your favourite things. What would they be? And, why those particular things?
Over the last year the Five Things project has been posing those exact questions to people from all over the world. Each person would supply a list of their five favourite things, along with the reason they chose that particular thing. The replies have been mesmerising; often poignant, emotive and at times, funny. These answers provide an insight into the lives of people from varying cultures, places and backgrounds.
Its been fascinating to see the new English luxury watch brand Sekford take shape this year via the medium of Instagram, ahead of their recent launch. The three founders (Kuchar Swara CEO / Creative Director, Cédric Bellon Director / Watch Designer & Pierre Foulonneau Director / Industrial Designer) all hail from different design disciplines, which may go some way to explaining its particular aesthetic – that combines classic craftsmanship with Modernist principles.
The company originated when its founders were unable to find the sort of watch they themselves wanted to wear; a luxury, midcentury-style dress watch for everyday use, with a price equivalent to a great pair of shoes, bag or jacket. Its first, Swiss-made watch, the Sekford Type 1A, owes its clean, midcentury look to industrial designer Pierre Foulonneau’s dedication to functionality: ‘I think we have achieved a maximum dial size for a relatively small case,’ he says. The curved glass was watch designer Cédric Bellon’s infuence.
‘The domed dial is expensive to produce but it gives a thinner look and reflects the light nicely.’ Meanwhile, creative director Kuchar Swara engaged Commercial Type to create the dial font and markers: ‘They created a special cut of Edward Johnston’s Underground typeface, Sekford Underground Tiny, to allow more space for the markers. These were inspired by 19th century British pocket-watch dial typography, generally painted using single-hair brushes.’
The Sekford logo is an English Gothic Revival wood engraving cut by specialist engraver Mark Wilkinson in Lincolnshire, and appears on the back of all Sekford wristwatches. This short film was made by Thomas De Monaco. Lovely watches, great site – time to get saving!
Type foundry Monotype has launched a much-improved new website developed by consultancy iA, working with Monotype’s in-house team. Michael Evamy worked on copy for the new website while SEA worked on image art-direction.
Monotype creative director James Fooks-Bale says the aim of the new site was to bring in an entirely new architecture – “to move away from how we see ourselves to how our users see us” – while also “putting a more human face on to what we do”. Imagery is used sparingly, to let the type do the talking – “We’ve got thousands of typefaces and we wanted to surface them.”
We caught up with Digital Design Director Mark Boulton and he shared some thoughts about the intent, process and success of the project:
“Like most organisations, Monotype had original structured the website to naturally reflect how the business was structured. The challenge with this, of course, is that it didn’t map to how our customers think of us. For me, the biggest success of this new site is a simple information architecture designed to how our customers read about us and interact with us.
For me, the biggest success of this new site is a simple information architecture designed to how our customers read about us and interact with us.
The simple navigation – with hard rules about what can go up there and what can’t – means we have to think harder about how we drive users around by content rather than simply putting a link in a header and hoping. Coupled with a now consistent nomenclature, the site now relies on a model of stackable content objects (stacked by priority) to help people get around.
The challenges behind the scenes were quite considerable. The project was designed by iA in Zurich, together with the team at Monotype. But then the integration into a new content management system (Umbraco) was done in-house by a distributed team in Noida, just outside of Delhi; Bad Homberg in Germany; London and Cardiff in the UK; and finally Chicago, Boston and Nashville in the US. Managing any project with so many moving parts, with so many distributed people, can be challenging. But we had good people, an agile development process, and strong vision.
For the digital design team this site is just the start. It’s the first ‘instance’ of our digital design language, which is a project we’ve been working for quite a while, in an effort to unify our brand across all digital touch-points.”
For the past 7 years, author and ‘logo detective’ Jens Müller has been compiling modernist logos created between 1940 and 1980. This ‘golden era’ of modernist aesthetic in art, architecture and product design also produced some of the most iconic and beautiful brand marks. A collection of approximately 6,000 such logos that now fill the pages of Logo Modernism, a new book out from Taschen.
Ranging from media outfits to retail giants, airlines to art galleries, the sweeping survey is organized into three design-orientated chapters: Geometric, Effect, and Typographic. Each chapter is then sub-divided into form and style led sections such as alphabet, overlay, dots and squares. Alongside the comprehensive catalog, the book features an introduction from Jens Müller on the history of logos, and an essay by R. Roger Remington on modernism and graphic design.
Eight designer profiles and eight instructive case studies are also included, with a detailed look at the life and work of such luminaries as Paul Rand, Yusaku Kamekura, and Anton Stankowski, and at such significant projects as Fiat, The Daiei Inc., and the Mexico Olympic Games of 1968.
This book is not only full-to-bursting with hugely important logos, it is physically huge! Probably the biggest book i’ve ever reviewed. It’s 432 pages, and almost A3 in size! I’ve no idea how much it weighs, but you certainly get a lot of book for your money. If you have an interest in social, cultural or corporate history, this is an unrivalled resource and deserves a place on your shelves (if it will fit).
The third annual ModMag conference organised by Jeremy Leslie aka MagCulture takes place this year on Thursday 29th October. We can expect another celebration of creative editorial design as well as forward-looking advice and opinion on the future of the industry. The line-up of speakers is broad and quality – covering most areas of contemporary magazine-making: mainstream, independent, zine, digital, audio, free and branded. It adds up to an unmissable day of forward-looking, innovative publishing. We’ve attended both of the previous events and have been impressed by the quality of speakers and the intimacy this scale of event affords. If magazines are your thing, its one not to miss.
We spoke with a few of the speakers ahead of the big day to whet your appetites…