Danny, Marieke and Erwin update with a new site for 2009. Experimental Jetset is a small, independent graphic design studio based in Amsterdam, consisting of three persons: Marieke Stolk, Danny van den Dungen and Erwin Brinkers. They have been collaborating as Experimental Jetset since their graduation from the Gerrit Rietveld Academy and producing inspiring graphic design ever since.
Victor & Susie
It is rare to find the work of Steven Meisel outside of the glossy pages of exclusive fashion magazines but a recent discovery of a limited-edition jigsaw puzzle by Art+Commerce is an exception. The jigsaw puzzle features a pattern-on-pattern photograph of model Meghan Collison as a tattooed pin-up. The image originally appeared as part of the Vogue Patterns series (additional images depicted below) in the December 2007 edition of Vogue Italia, a publication for which Meisel has created every cover and lead editorial story for nearly two decades. The puzzles are also available at Colette in Paris, at Barneys New York, and at 10 Corso Como in Milan.
Parra x The Perfect Unison
A longtime favorite, Dutch artist Parra has produced a gorgeous set of headphones with The Perfect Unison. The headphones take their design cues from skate decks and are made of Finnish birch by David Burel. Having a thickness of only 1.2 mm allows the lightweight headphones to be flexible while maintaining impeccable sound quality. They are available at select retailers including The Lazy Dog in Paris where Parra is having a show.
Adrian Frutiger – Typefaces
Coinciding with Adrian Frutiger’s 80th birthday, Birkhäuser publishes The Complete Works of Adrian Frutiger. The international creation of typefaces after 1950 was decisively influenced by this Swiss type designer. His Univers typeface and the machine-readable font OCR-B, which was adopted as an ISO standard, are milestones, as is his type for the Paris airports, which set new standards for signage types and evolved into the Frutiger typeface. With his corporate types, he helped to define the public profiles of companies such as the Japanese Shiseido line of cosmetics. In all he created some fifty types, including Ondine, Méridien, Avenir, and Vectora.
Based on conversations with Frutiger himself and on extensive research in France, England, Germany, and Switzerland, this publication provides a highly detailed and accurate account of the type designer’s artistic development. For the first time, all of his types – from the design phase to the marketing stage – are illustrated and analyzed with reference to the technology and related types. Hitherto unpublished types that were never realized and more than one hundred logos complete the picture.
Via The FontFeed
The Post Family will play host for the celebration of the release of Proximity Magazine issue #003. The event will include work from artists featured in the issue including: Sonnenzimmer, Sighn, Delicious Design League, Matt Siber, and John Salhus. Plus, a video by Jenni Rope, a reading by James Kennedy, and a super-special cover of Chris Estey’s valentine to Jesus and rock ‘n roll. For event details, click here.
“There is a major disconnect between the life of a design student and the transition to being a design professional. To demystify the transition, we share the failures, successes, and surprises during our years in college and progression into the field: the creative process, monetary problems, internships, interviews, mistakes, and personal relationships. We include the work from our first design class to our most current client work, along with side stories and interviews from our mentors, teachers, and peers. This book will serve as the ultimate companion for design students, educators, and anyone breaking into a creative field.”
Designed as a companion publication to The Black Book, Marks is a collection of 400 symbols and logotypes designed by Pentagram partners from 1962 to the present day. Arranged alphabetically, the book offers a deeper look at both Pentagram’s legacy and continued work in the field of identity design.
I’m always looking for interesting applications of fashion, photography and design and U Magazine delivers. Whether the layouts of the current issue are clean and crisp or reminiscent of a punk zine, this digital magazine from Brazil is always visually interesting. Created by Romeu Silveira, a writer for São Paolo Fashion Week, and distributed via blogspot since 2006.
If You Could Print Series
Each year, for the past three years, design studio HudsonBec has invited contemporary image makers to respond to the question – ‘If you could do anything tomorrow, what would it be?’ The latest responses to this enigmatic question – which sounds as if it’s the title of a work by Damien Hirst – can be seen in this catalogue and on the walls of the exhibition at Kemistry Gallery, celebrating the completion of the project.
2008’s image makers were a carefully chosen group; all of the participants live on or near the sharp edge of the visual zeitgeist. Each month, two of them – one established, one emerging – were invited to create a poster. These two-colour, limited edition screenprints were only available to buy from the If You Could website, and they were only available for one month. Like photographing rainbows, you had to be quick to catch them.
Viewed together, the posters make an impressive rainbow of graphic invention. It also shows the importance of casting: just as a film relies on a good cast, so the success of this venture depends on choosing the right artists to make the prints. HudsonBec have done an impressive casting job. Artists include Geneviève Gauckler, Anthony Burrill, Tom Gauld, Rob Ryan, Build, Kam Tang, Ian Wright and rising star HelloVon – amongst others.
The design duo is not new to creative online entrepreneurship. In 2006 they invited 21 illustrators to respond to the same question, and published the results in an A5 box. The following year a total of 112 artists’ responses were made into a full colour, 160-page book. Both editions were produced in quantities of 1000 and both sold out.
The other thing you’ll notice about this project is the sense of personal involvement and commitment. All the posters are printed by HudsonBec at a local screen printers and they watched each poster come off the printing bed. Every print was stamped for authenticity, and wherever possible, taken to the artist to be signed regardless of geographical location – travelling to Paris, New York, Berlin and Amsterdam. The size of the edition was limited to the number ordered in any one month.
In an interview I conducted with Alex Bec for an article on the growing interest in buying prints of the work of illustrators and graphic designers, he had this to say: ‘Illustrators have always sold prints, but have not always had the means we have now to sell them, or produce them at costs that make sense. We want someone to buy something that they love, and cherish rather than just stick on their wall.’
So what have we got here? There seems to be two important aspects to this project. The first is the curatorial and entrepreneurial aspect: gone are the days when design groups were passive entities waiting for the next commercial project to arrive. Thanks to the internet and new technology, it is now possible for studios like HudsonBec to use their energy and skill to create self-initiated projects that both support creative work and show self-reliance in a way that previous generations of graphic designers could only dream of.
The second intriguing aspect is the rise in interest surrounding the work of commercial illustrators and graphic designers. Always seen as the poor relation of Fart Art, the If You Could project demonstrates that there is as much vim and flair in the commercial sector as there is in the rarefied, often over-conceptualised world of contemporary art.
But why wait till ‘tomorrow’ to find out for yourself? Do it now.
Foreword by Adrian Shaughnessy
The Typographic Desk Reference
The Typographic Desk Reference (aka TDR) is comprised of a thousand facts on the form of Latin-based writing systems. The book includes the following four main sections: Terms – Definitions of format, measurements, practice, standards, tools, and industry lingo; Glyphs -The list of standard ISO and extended Latin characters, symbols, diacritics, marks, and various forms of typographic furniture; Anatomy & Form – Letter stroke parts and the variations of impression and space used in Latin-based writing systems; and Classification & Specimens – An historical line with examples of form from blackletter to contemporary sans serif types.
Designed for quick consultation, entries are concise and factual, making it handy for the desk. Written and designed by Theodore Rosendorf with a foreword by Ellen Lupton, the text is set in Adobe Caslon, which was designed by Carol Twombly in 1989. The Typographic Desk Reference will be available for purchase in January 2009 but it is currently available for pre-order at Oak Knoll.