Beautiful interior and lifestyle work from Australian-born, London-based Photographer Michael Sinclair. He’s got the kind of portfolio you want to live in — featuring images for Monocle, Christie’s International, Melin Tregwynt and The Cambrian Hotel. Keep an eye on his journal and Instagram for new projects and sneak-peaks.
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.”
It’s been more than 2 years since we last featured the excellent work by Bielke+Yang, an Oslo based graphic design studio led by Christian Bielke and Martin Yang. Looks like they’ve been pretty busy!
Interior design and architecture is a topic that we want to cover more often on FFF. So in search of my first article I came across this interesting branded space by wireless home audio experts Sonos last week. Sonos Studio is a collection of ‘acoustically tunable spaces’ where anyone can go to hear music as it should sound.
After the success of their L.A. Studio, which opened in 2012, London is now the next stop. Just off Redchurch Street, the Sonos Studio building was originally a printworks, most recently an industrial catering kitchen. While preserving the architectural integrity of the building, Sonos acoustically pimped out the entire space with a foot of mineral wool and a triple-skinned wall. Around the entrance there is a ‘sound-lock’ to ensure that the listening experience inside the building isn’t interrupted by noise from outside as people arrive and leave.
Retail designers Brinkworth, who were tasked with designing the interior and preserving the building’s industrial heritage, transformed the prominent corner site on Club Row into a ‘home’ for Sonos. The original windows are preserved, but screened inside by a line of mobile, vertical ‘louvres’ to improve the room’s acoustics.
The Sonos Studio interior also makes visual references to sound history throughout, with various design touches referencing everything from the shade of blue used at Abbey Road to the bathroom tiling at Stax Records. Even the timber floor was rescued from the former BBC World Service studios at Bush House on the Strand and given a new life.
Sonos Studio London will be open daily six days a week Tuesday – Sunday 10am-6.30pm. All live shows, screenings, listening parties, performance events and interviews and articles related to these events are available at studio.sonos.com
More pics below…
Great portfolio of packaging, signage and branding work by Parallax, a brand and communications design consultancy based in Adelaide, Australia.
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).
London born, Sydney based Sir Tom Carey – professionally known as Associate Design Director at Interbrand has a brand new portfolio – and as expected it’s full to the brim with graphic design gold.
Check out more brilliance over here: tomcarey.co
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…
Minilab Studios, tasked with creating ‘Beautiful digital content for children’, have released Professor Astro Cat’s Solar System. Based on the best-selling book published by Flying Eye Books, the concept was originally created by illustrator Ben Newman, backed up with scientific know-how provided by quantum physicist, Dr Dominic Walliman.
Cancer Research UK brought together onedotzero, Atomic and Sennep London to create a interactive experience to help raise funds for the Francis Crick Institute. To promote engagement, and show appreciation to donors, those who donate will see their name included in a DNA Helix (a nod to Francis Crick, famous for co-discovering the DNA molecule structure).
Using a custom 3D engine the DNA Helix maintains its structure and proportion, with the twists and coils promoting a sense of depth. Donor names sit proud alongside others that have donated, and key scientists involved in the research.
Yellow is a celebration of illustration and the people who’ve made it their own, created by the rad team behind OFF LIFE, who wanted to show that illustration isn’t just a medium of pretty pictures; that it can be as powerful as any photograph or piece of writing.
They rounded up 52 of the world’s most exciting artists, allocated them each a week of the year and asked them to illustrate one news story that broke within their seven days.
The result is an entire illustrated year from 52 unique perspectives. And with the year nearly up, every piece has been collected into a beautiful hardback book that showcases what illustration can bring to the biggest issues of our time.
Artists include: Jean Jullien, Hattie Stewart, Supermundane, Malika Favre, Stanley Chow, Pete Fowler, Charlotte Mei, Martin Rowson, and (literally) dozens more of the most exciting artists working today.
“A truly flexible brand was required to reflect a truly flexible service. Unlocking and liberating the ‘loop’ in the Quiqup Q, we developed a framework to consistently communicate this quality, that is infinitely adaptable but instantly identifiable.”
“The new logo is inspired by the cornerstone brickwork of the town’s most historic landmarks, including Maison Dieu and St. Mary’s Church, also depicting the iconic castle in an abstracted form” explains Lantern’s Director, Ryan Tym.
Will look forward to seeing the studio grow, good luck with the new venture Ryan.
There’s some really great design books being published these days from publishers of all shapes and sizes. And then there are Unit Editions books. When Lance Wyman: The Monograph landed with a thud on my desk a few weeks ago I knew I was in for a treat, I’d been looking forward to it all year, but even my high expectations were quickly surpassed. As a huge fan of mid-century modern identity design, particularly that from U.S. designers, this book already stood a good chance of ticking all my boxes, and it delivers on all fronts – its full of beautiful work you’ve probably never seen before – its presentation is generous and does its subject matter justice – and of course it’s brilliantly written and designed as an object (design by Spin).
Adrian & Tony share editorial credit so I spoke to them both to find out a bit more…
FFF: Why Wyman? TB: I have been a Lance fan for a long time. In fact I had a hand in a relatively early appearance of his in the UK. I was asked by the D&AD on behalf of the, then, President Tony Davidson, to suggest an graphic designer for a series of D&AD President’s lectures and I put Lance’s name forward. He was his normal self-effacing self, he’s such a smart, switched on guy and there is never a smile far away.
I think the thing that excited me personally about doing the book was the opportunity to shine a light on his lesser known work. Eyes always light up when the Mexico Olympics are mentioned, and quite right too but he is so much more than that, his career has been overwhelming in many ways, and he is still actively designing, still making great work and is, in every way, a true great. The thinking behind our approach to making the book was to focus on and draw out the formal beauty of his work, the warmth and wit are readily available to any viewer, but it can sometimes be missed how elegant and powerful his work is.
FFF: Do you think this monograph goes some way to putting Lance in his rightful place (in peoples minds) as a designer of huge merit, talent and importance?
AS: I really hope so, because he is a somewhat neglected and overlooked figure – especially by the design world elites. I have a theory that this is because he is the great ‘public’ designer of our age. What I mean by this is that everything he does is – to use his phrase – ‘out in the street’. So no exquisite identities for cool art galleries, or work for highbrow clients. Instead, he has nearly always worked for public institutions – Mexico Olympics, Mexico City Metro, Minnesota Zoo, etc. – where his work is seen (and used) by millions. To maintain the highest standards of design, and still manage to create work for a mass audience is really, really difficult. But that’s exactly what Lance Wyman does. I hope our book opens people’s eyes to his genius. We can all learn a lot from him.
FFF: How long did the process take of putting together this book?
AS: Over a year of hard work from start to finish. Tony and I spent a week with him in New York last summer and photographed his entire archive and interviewed him at length. Then it was back to London and many hundreds of hours editing, designing, retouching, and finally putting the book together and getting it printed and distributed.
FFF: Did you allow the work to dictate the format/shape/size of the book? (The squat format beautifully frames so much of the work).
AS: The square format came from Lance himself. He rather shyly ’suggested’ it. He didn’t interfere in the design or editorial process – he trusted Tony and me to do a good job. Initially Tony was hesitant about the square format, but if you notice, it’s not exactly square, so it was a happy compromise.
FFF: If it sells out can you imagine offering a reprint in a smaller format like with Lubalin?
AS: No plans at this stage. Initial response has been fantastic – but it’s early days. The deluxe edition sold out almost immediately, and the ‘normal’ edition is trucking along nicely. We’ll investigate the possibilities of a second edition when we get close to selling out.
FFF: Who’s next on your hitlist of figures of historical importance (as opposed to modern/current practitioners) and when will you be making another announcement as to whats coming up next year?
AS: We have a very long wish list. Some of them will happen. Others will fall by the wayside. We have already announced books on Universal Everything and Morag Myerscough. But there are some corkers in the pipeline. Including one that we will be announcing next week. Stand by . . .
Edition of 2000 Hardback, black cover and white foil Two paper stocks CMYK + Pantone 464pp 280mm x 250mm
This October sees the triumphant return of Manchester’s creative festival Design Manchester, celebrating creativity, collaboration and inclusivity in the worlds of art, design, illustration, film, animation and photography. Now entering its third year, the ever-growing festival has become a staple of the city’s diverse and thriving cultural calendar, whilst also functioning as a highlight for creatives across the UK. With a theme of Know How, events for 2015 span the realms of Design How, Design Now, Film How, Music How and more, which together build a rich programme of talks, workshops, exhibitions, screenings, debates and a full weekend celebrating the love of print.
There will be a series of exclusive talks, including Design How, which welcomes key figures in the design industry including independent creative agency Territory, global design firm IDEO, London-based design studio Hudson-Powell, Brand & Motion agency Territory Studio, Director of design at the Government Digital Service Ben Terrett and Clive Grinyer, User Experience Director at Barclays.
Music How is an evening in conversation with some of Manchester’s musical legends, New Order’s Stephen Morris will discuss his illustrious career spanning over 30 years, following the release of New Order’s new album Music Complete. He’ll be joined by a leading light of the UK live industry, Jon Drape, and writer, journalist, DJ and creative producer, Luke Bainbridge, who will talk about their work together organising the creative triumph that is Festival No 6.
Other highlights include Design Now which features Parisian illustrator Parisian Malika Favre, graphic design studio Hudson Powell and co-founder of Lemon Jelly and Airside Fred Deakin.
As a showcase of Print Now, Manchester Print Festival, supported G . F Smith, will take over the People’s History Museum across one weekend with over 50 stalls selling independent artwork, along with free hands-on workshops in letterpress, screen printing, origami, badge making, paper flower creations, doodle wall and collage work.
Last year’s festival boasted 19 sold out events, 1099 workshop attendees and over 20,000 visitors, as well as a total of 20 original works and highlights including speakers Adrian Shaughnessy, Rejane Dal Bello, Supermundane’s Rob Lowe, Ross Phillips, and Michael C Place of Build, plus an adidas Spezial exhibition showcasing 800 pairs of collectors’ footwear, and a one-day installation of Helen Storey’s Dress of Glass and Flame.
Design Manchester 15 is supported by Arts Council England, the Manchester School of Art, part of Manchester Metropolitan University, and Manchester City Council.
For further information, announcements, updates and ticket information please visit designmcr.com
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