Shaz Madani is is an independent designer and art director based in London. Her editorial work stands out for being smart and bold, one great example of this is Riposte Magazine, the most recent project on her portfolio.
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The Norwegian design consultancy Heydays just updated their portfolio with 13 new projects and an amazing redesign.
Five years on, Heydays is one of most award winning graphic design studios in Norway.
RoAndCo Studio just updated their website and it’s looking good! The portfolio has a honest look with a clean and timeless user interface and it features a number of new 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.
The London & Zagreb-based studio Bunch designed an A5, modular concept box for Nosive Strukture, a structural engineering office in Croatia. This company presentation box can be updated with additional assignments in the future, and can hold around 7 to 10 concertina cards, each representing one project.
This amazing project is their most recent work, and is also an update to the entire Nosive Strukture identity project, characterised by it’s clean-cut lines in black and white inspired by the tensegrity concept. Now with this update we can see a more playful side of the company, without leaving the structured-chaos aside. The bold colors give the project some contrast, plus the geometric forms and editorial elements on the document cards reinforce the modular theme. These cards are different in the number of pages and printed on various stock that best fits their client’s task.
Don’t forget to check out the rest of their amazing portfolio.
Firmalt is a multidisciplinary design studio from Monterrey, Mexico. They provide unique creative solutions that develop and position brands, creating strong visual concepts that communicate clear ideas, add value, and differentiate from the competition. Firmalt has been around for exactly one year, they started operations in October 2012.
How would you describe your design style and aesthetic?
In short, we like to think our style is clean and refreshing. The longer answer would be that we try to keep our style in constant evolution, which is a challenge. Since each project has its own aesthetic and inspiration, we get different results. Sometimes it is impeccably clean and refined, other times quirky and erratic. All in all, high quality is what we want our design to represent. Precise in the details, smart in the execution.
Where do you get inspiration from?
Everything. Although it might seem like a dumb answer, allow us an explanation. We draw our main inspiration from our clients. We like to hear all about their company; their work process, products, service, and anything else relevant. We take all that information, and find a story that weaves it all together. This story can take us anywhere. Be it vintage butcher shops, extinct legal tender, or simple point to point connections, we get inspired from all kinds of things. These stories give us a clear inspiration, and are what tie all the individual elements within the brand together. With this process we are able to create brands with substance that represent a clear message and/or idea. Also, we like the Swiss.
Monterrey is a very relevant city design-wise, there has been an important movement happening in the past decade and a rise in design studios and an overall quality. Firmalt is part of this new generation of design studios, how do you feel about the context that enabled this?
Monterrey is the third largest city in Mexico. A beautiful industrial city, it has the largest number of schools, institutes, and universities per capita in the country. The result is well educated and highly motivated individuals, which leads to a city of entrepreneurs. These new businesses compete in a market that is mature, and the margin for differentiation slim. This is where this new generation of design studios come in. By providing intelligent design services, these entrepreneurs can compete and position themselves in the mind of the consumer, and effectively compete against larger and more established organizations.
Monterrey-based studio Face just launched a new project: P Magazine. Curated by photographers Cecy Young & Mariana García, P Magazine is a hardcover book with a 300-issue limited edition. It will be published annually, with almost 200 pages of exclusive photography and artwork content created by a select group of contributors across the globe regarding arts, journalism, photography, fashion and everything that is beautiful.
P Magazine is an aesthetic object-book designed as a collector’s edition.
This project has been cooking inside Face for almost a year, focusing not only on the editorial finesse and the quality of it’s content but also on beautiful print collateral like a poster and a tote-bag, available only to the first 50 collectors to get it. Embracing a raw theme for the first issue, the spreads show a keen eye for a natural and visceral aesthetic, and the glorification of universal female beauty.
The first book is a vast collection of beautiful images and words where senses collide, where a dialog between flesh and soul happens, it’s an awakening experience.
Inside you will find the work of Jacob Sadrak, Aaron Feaver, Luc Braquet, Fabiola Zamora, Michal Pudelka and many more.
Ariel Di Lisio, aka Negro™ is a graphic designer from Argentina, specialising on the craft of typography, logos, and print. His work is a fine mix between fresh and modern, always thinking about the functionality and the range of possibilities for the types he creates, showing a great love for shape and geometry. There is nothing he enjoys more than to create his own types, for both personal and commercial projects. He takes deep pleasure in the process, from making decisions about the concept and mood, through the production stage, and then seeing them on their final output.
Hello Ariel, can you tell me a little about Negro™?
Negro™ has been around for approximately 10 years. At first it had a traditional agency format with several people but eventually I decided to work by myself. This allowed me to get back to something that has always been a big itch, which is typography. I needed more time to work in a precise way in the treatment, design and development of fonts.
Today Negro™ divides its time working on design and typography. It specialises in developing Corporate Identity and Typography. Of course typography conforms an important part of my design work; practically all projects are made with my fonts. Negro™ seeks to provide quality design with a high degree of simplicity. I believe in the simple ways of saying things through design, in the right choice of typography, in a tailored colour palette for a project, and a careful respect for white space.
What are you passionate about?
Design and Typography are my main passions. When I speak of passion I’m talking about working on it for hours and hours without ever getting tired. Sometimes I feel lucky to be working for something that really excites me, it is a privilege. Also I love hanging out with friends, playing soccer, going out to eat and see shows.
I know you travel a lot, what do you like about the design culture in Argentina and the other countries you have visited?
I have traveled for work to Chile, Venezuela, México and the United States, also many other countries as tourist. Currently I’m in Buenos Aires, where I live. I like the design culture in Argentina, there is a lot going on all the time: design events, festivals, conferences, etc. It is good to have this kind of events where young designers can learn from the experience of professionals. I think these events are very helpful for the design environment and I like to connect with designer friends and talk about our realities. Besides, I admire many of them.
The global boutique design studio Mucho updated their portfolio with a new brand & packaging project: Fisix, the sports cosmetics lab.
Fisix was initiated by a group of friends who run marathons together, they had an unmet need for cosmetic products that fit their active lifestyle. Mucho’s efforts started on the naming, the goal was to create a gender-neutral name that reflected a contemporary way of practicing sports. The next phase included a visual system that differentiates each product, the solution was inspired by the representative lines that divide sporting fields.
“By cropping and reinterpreting these lines we created liberating abstract shapes.”
The final result is a fine mix of opposites: the dark and pastel colours on the packaging, the elegant typography on the logo with a very fashionable beauty feel and a geometric sans serif counterpart to balance it and give it an almost clinical look.
This project suits them perfect on their new international approach since their merger with Dowling Duncan. Make sure to follow them on twitter for updates on upcoming projects.
Gomez by Savvy Studio is a friendly neighborhood bar in San Pedro Garza García, Mexico. It’s concept is a mix of the common pub scene with graphic elements and contemporary art that blends the traditional and the innovative.
The use of different types of wood as well as warm and indirect lighting provides a welcoming atmosphere. The area behind the bar exhibits a grid that makes every article clearly visible. It also has two crystal carafes which, held by a simple mechanism, pours mezcal very easily.
An iconography was developed to communicate the bar’s identity and reinforce a modern and friendly feeling. A wallpaper that covers most of the interior grants the space with a classic sense of a pub but with a slight psychedelic twist. These details can also be found in applications such as the menu, advertising and signage.
The exterior can be set up or taken down in a flash. It consists of a wooden fence with a basic assembly system which evokes a typical American suburb backyard. This way, when it is time to close, it only takes a small staff to—literally—make the place disappear.
Violeta is a young illustrator and graphic designer from Monterrey, MX with a very particular style, inspired by subtle femininity and charged with bittersweet romance. She has designed her own universe were the characters she creates interact with whimsical elements of nature. Her work is not confined to the vectorial or paper drawings, but have expanded to art toys and silver jewelry.
Inspired by the female figure, romanticism and sensuality, her prefered tool of trade is her own hand, she enjoys experimenting with traditional techniques, blending colors and different surfaces. Her work is a good example of Monterrey’s rising creative class.
She also shares her work in progress on instagram.
Who says you can’t design a strong brand without knowing the final product? Hessian is a brand without a product, a project tailored to fit any kind of business.
On sale for just $18,000 you can acquire not only the name and concept but also the url, website theme, app, social media presence, and all you need to start a new business; he will even devote extra hours to fit this idea to a specific brand.
“As a newborn idea, Hessian is aggressive and experimental. It fights for life by building meme-hooks through studies in contrasts, nostalgia, repetition and confusion. The Hessian could be a restaurant, a start-up, a clothing brand or more.”
This initiative also sheds light on the uprising of designers as entrepreneurs and all the possibilities available to creatives to launch ideas & prototypes online. It is breaking a paradigm and proving that design can be a product to be sold by itself.
The project is an idea by Ben Pieratt (previously Svpply’s CEO). According to his twitter account he already has two qualified interested buyers. We are looking forward to see how it evolves beyond t-shirts and wallpapers and transforms into a real brand.