As if we needed any excuses to revisit the iconic work of Vince Frost, but the the new responsive website is a treat!
The new Fuzzco site has been open in my tabs for a while. Always a good test for a site to be featured on FFF. Some standout projects for me are the Mailchimp Playing cards set and the Candlefish identity. Make sure you try out their Self Assembler!
Back by popular demand, the lovely people at MultiAdaptor are rounding up some of the best designers and illustrators in the industry to create 100 logos for the public and raise money for Comic Relief.
“At Red Logo Associates we change lives. Literally. This February will see the greatest design team ever assembled creating logos for the great (celebrities) and the good (you). Submit a brief, donate to Comic Relief and see your own logo exhibited alongside living breathing icons at The Proud Archivist, London on Red Nose Day 2015.”
The event will be elevated with an additional 30 celebrity logos (published on the website throughout February) to celebrate the 30 year landmark of the iconic fundraiser. The idea is based around a fictional, hyper-egotistical Mad Men inspired agency called Red Logo Associates. ‘Clients’ submit a creative brief and donation online in return for a single logo that represents “their very essence” to help them succeed in life. It’s very tongue-in-cheek, but also surprisingly in-tune with the self-branding obsession in social media today.
In case anyone needed a reminder that letterpress rocks, Glasgow Press and designer Kerr Vernon have been at it again with another lovely collaboration. The pack features six postcards of bands with black or white in their name. The bands have been interpreted through a mix of typography and illustration and the reverse of the cards features a short history of each band with the mono theme threaded through the text. The pack was printed using a mix of foil and letterpress onto the GF Smith colorplan range. If you’d like one best move fast and give the guys at Glasgow Press a shout.
A selection of designers from all over the world have been paying tribute to Massimo Vignelli who died last year at the age of 83.
Vignelli, who was born in Milan in 1931, set up Vignelli Associates with wife Lella in New York and worked on projects famously including the American Airlines identity and signage for the New York City Subway system.
The posters will be showcased at ‘The Timeless/Massimo Vignelli’ an exhibition held in San Sebastian, Spain, and is organised by San Sebastian consultancy Husmee Estudio Graphique. A series of 33 posters in all will be displayed, created by local and international designers including Javier Mariscal, Toko, BVD, Astrid Stavro Studio and Mario Eskenazi. UK contributors include the likes of Spin, Mark Studio, Mash Creative and Magpie Studio.
If Barbara Bernát had her way we’d have money that would be to beatiful to spend! For her MA degree project she created a fictional currency, the Hungarian euro. Each note features european animals and related species of plants illustrated on either side of the banknote.
Based on the original proportions of the existing euro banknote. As the denomination increases, the dimensions of the note and the size of the animals also increase to represent the growth in value.
The blacklight reactive layer is also a brilliant idea!
Check out the whole project and work in progress shots.
Founded in 2006 Bienal have been producing solid brand identities from their Mérida-based studio in Mexico.
New York-based media company and documentary makers, Alldayeveryday have completed the development of their new office, an East Village turn-of-the-century firehouse from 1939.
Transforming the space into an airy office with an open layout, the abundant natural light amplifies the fresh design elements, which includes art created by Executive Creative Director and Partner, Kai Regan.
The interior, designed by Ben Krone, was kept intentionally simple to maintain the historical feeling of the firehouse loft space with a few modern touches. Each level in the three-story building was designed as its own ecosystem, allowing employees to move between floors to concentrate on specific disciplines, while a rooftop is available to relax and conduct internal meetings in the warmer New York months.
Kiki Ljung is an Italo-Swedish freelance illustrator and designer currently living in Paris. Having graduated from CSM in 2014, she’s now making a name for herself with distinctive bold and colourful illustration.
Marta Gawin is a Polish multidisciplinary graphic designer with some great experimental visual identity, sign system, poster, information, exhibition and editorial design work. Since her MA in Graphic Design (Academy of Fine Arts, Katowice) in 2011, she has been working as a freelancer for cultural institutions and commercial organisations.
A gentle reminder that the Leeds Print Festival starts this weekend. Now in its fourth year this event really does get better and better. As usual there is loads of fantastic stuff happening like exhibitions, a print fair, print workshops and talks. Tickets details and more info here
International Editorial Design Conference QVED 2015 is entering its third year and takes place in Munich from 26-28 February. The annual event brings together designers, publishers, editors and journalists from across the globe, and acts as a platform for sharing and discussing ideas and current work. This year’s line up includes: art director, designer and consultant Roger Black; Ricarda Messner and Michelle Phillips of Flanueur Magazine; award-winning art director, critic, author and editor Steven Heller; founding editor of Anorak Magazine Cathy Olmedillas; creative director of quarterly food journal Lucky Peach Walter Green; Sven Ehmann creative director of Gestalten plus many more.
This year’s conference boasts three carefully curated sessions: photography for magazines, illustration and infographics, each hosted by a special guest speaker. A particular focus will also be drawn on City Magazines with QVED co-curator and publisher of award-winning Paperjam, Mike Koedinger hosting the strand which will explore how city focussed publications shape future urban living. QVED is a platform not only for the makers of magazines, but for designers, journalists, editors and publishers to share and discuss the work they are creating. With an international lineup mirrored by an international audience, the conference brings together the best editorial minds from across the globe. QVED is co-curated and hosted by Boris Kochan, Mike Koedinger, Jeremy Leslie and Horst Moser. The conference takes place at Alte Kongresshalle in Munich. Get your Tickets!
Chinese illustrator and animator Yukai Du has updated her portfolio with a surreal short offering a sinister take on modern life in the digital age.
Cel animation, After Effects and 3D techniques combine in Way Out to stunning effect, but it’s Du’s dramatic colour palette and fresh use of pattern that command the most attention, bolstering the prophetic narrative and whisking viewers on an accelerating journey through the three-minute short to its tense conclusion.
“I wanted to emphasise the human character and the phone character, but also point out the difference between flesh bodies and electronic bodies,” says Du, who graduated from Central Saint Martins with an MA in animation in 2014. She started work on Way Out as her final year project and completed the piece at the start of this year.
“The strong orange and the bright green are the most significant colours,” she continues. “The dark colours help to build up the feeling of a mundane city and atmosphere.”
Lovely new work and portfolio website by designer & illustrator Richard Perez.
Saar Oz reminds us that we all have to start somewhere. The FFF Team wish you all a great 2015!