London agency & SMITH have relaunched their site with a whole host of new branding projects.
Estudio Menta is a Valencia-based design studio specialized in design and communication, their projects range from print to identity and all the way to video and web design. Even though editorial is not their main focus, their projects in this area are strong and very well though, having participated in several books, magazines and publications, they have a bold sense of color and fresh-looking grids.
One of the projects that stands out the most is the Fragments exhibition booklet, which they have designed for the past three years, the outcome is a reflection of the state of photojournalism in Spain, and the concept behind the design is the grief felt by the current crisis in this profession. Another interesting project is the Sanz Company Profile, this is a publication for an ephemeral architecture firm, outlining their services and project reports, the result is a brochure with a bold approach in colors, and die-cut typography.
Swedish studio Lundgren+Lindqvist just updated their website with six new projects, including a total of 35 images, plus 43 publications. Make sure to check out the rest of their amazing portfolio.
What a year its been for Matt Willey – producing some of the finest editorial design to come out of the UK – including possibly my favourite project of the year. More recently, his redesign of the Independent Newspaper was met with universal acclaim from readers and fellow designers alike – see a more in-depth look at that project over on Creative Review.
Measuring just over A4 in size, each beechwood sheet contains 18 precision-cut Typeflakes – asterisks taken from the glyph families of different typefaces. From designer favourites like Helvetica Neue and Gill Sans to more obscure finds, each sheet displays a set of Typeflakes at increasing sizes, echoing type-specimen sheets and rub-down lettering of the 1980′s.
It’s hoped that the project could grow beyond these first 5 initial designs with typeface suggestions from designers and non-designers alike welcome for further editions in the future.
The 30m high, 300 tonne steel horse structures are visible for miles around and are bound to invite more people to visit Falkirk’s new £46m Helix Park project.
Visitors will have the chance to look at them up close when they open to the public in spring 2014. I can’t wait to see these myself! It’s the sort of approachable public art that allows even the most bitter art cynic to be in awe of it’s beauty, might and technical achievement.
Big update by Berger & Föhr, a graphic design studio based in Boulder, Colorado.
An abandoned factory that was once a setting in the HBO series The Wire has become a state-of-the-art public school for training future designers.
Working with Ziger/Snead Architects, the new Baltimore Design School is the first of its kind in the city, a public middle and high school dedicated to students interested in architecture, graphic design, and fashion. The 110,000 square foot former clothing factory only opened this fall after a $26.85 million overhaul.
Wish I could go back to school there!
Came across the interesting work of Jürg Lehni this week. His installations often take the form of platforms and scenarios for production, such as the drawing machines Hektor, Rita, and Viktor, as well as software-based structures and frameworks.
Shoot Advisory is a new service thought up by professional photographer & designer Nahim Afzal, as an alternative to pricey studio shoots for creative agencies. In a nutshell, they come into your studio and not only recommend the right equipment for your needs and budget, but also spend two days teaching the team how to use it. Covering lighting and technical issues as well as art direction, this could pay for itself quite quickly taking into consideration staff portraits, environment shots and of course, keeping the portfolio up to date. Plus, much more fun than spending 3 days on Photoshop jiggery pokery! Check them out here.
We haven’t had the Danish multi-disciplinary arts & design duo Hvass & Hannibal on FFF since since we started in 2007. Great to see that Nan Na Hvass & Sofie Hannibal have been keeping them selves busy!
Alexander Andreyev and Artyom Kulik are the Kiev pair behind Reynolds and Reyner, and the duo are making a name for themselves in the packaging and branding world.
In 2011 they produced one of my favourite packaging projects for a small Finnish company (Waldo Trommler) which was planning to enter the U.S. market. Most surprisingly perhaps though are ‘Coffee House London‘ and ‘Liverpool English Pub’ – both of which can actually be found in Ukraine!
One of my most favourite UK studios, has finally updated their site & branding. A-Side Studio, from Falmouth in Cornwall, have cracked it again. Love the 12 projects only approach and case studies, not to mention the work itself. Solid, playful typography, branding and editorial design.
It’s 3 years since we last featured TwoPoints from Barcelona, and since then they’ve continued to produce great visual identity & editorial projects.