Urban geometry: the colourful work of Yoni Alter
Graphic artist Yoni Alter’s solo show at London’s Kemistry Gallery presents a colourful series of artworks inspired by urban geometry. We spoke to Alter about the exhibition, his creative influences and his recent idents for TV channel London Live.
Yoni Alter likes interesting shapes. He is inspired by Heatherwick’s new London buses, by skyscrapers that defy convention, and crowded cityscapes like London’s and New York’s that contain a mix of old and new.
This passion for urban architecture, and London’s in particular, forms the basis of Alter’s solo show at Kemistry Gallery. Through screen prints, sculpture and a striking mural, he explores some of the capital’s most iconic structures in bold multicolour.
A hand-painted font for Glasgow
Design studio Kellenberger-White has created a hand painted font and identity system for arts festival Glasgow International.
The festival launched in the city last week and includes talks, exhibitions, screenings and performances from local and international visual artists. Kellenberger-White was asked to create an identity that would relate to Glasgow in some way, and opted for a handmade font inspired by the city’s ship-building and design heritage.
Dalton Maag designs Intel’s first proprietary font
Dalton Maag has worked with design agency Red Peak to create technology company Intel’s first ever proprietary font, Intel Clear. We spoke to Bruno Maag about the project.
Intel Clear is designed to work across all writing systems and on any media platform. Dalton Maag has so far released Latin, Greek and Cyrillic styles in a range of weights, and the font will eventually be applied to all Intel communications in every language.
The new font is part of Red Peak’s ongoing efforts to simplify the company’s branding: as Intel’s previous font choice was only available in Latin, similar looking ones had to be sourced for other scripts, resulting in inconsistent branding and multiple complex licensing deals. It also wasn’t optimised for use on screen, and Red Peak felt the company needed one that would work just as well on tablets as billboards.
How to paint BUS STOP on a road
Filmed during an early morning in the capital by designer Tom Williams, a road painter exhibits some effortless heavy duty lettering skills.
According to Williams’ Vimeo page, which recently attracted the attention of Brand New, the short clip was uploaded two years ago but it remains an interesting document of some largely unseen typographic practice.
"I could see them moving down the road painting some other road signs, and knew there was supposed to be a BUS STOP sign in that spot, so I set the tripod and camera up and waited for them to start," Williams writes on the post.
Aside from the captivating way the letters are turned out – for me the ‘S’ is the highlight, as is the way the signpainter keeps one arm behind his back – it’s impressive to see this is all done without a stencil.
There appear to be some faint chalk marks on the ground, but other than having a length of wood as an additional guide, it’s freehand work.
Ikea’s RGB billboard
In a neat twist on Ikea’s space-saving appeal, German agency Thjnk Hamburg has created a billboard ad which displays three different headlines thanks to the use of coloured bulbs
As this film explains, the billboard’s three headlines are printed in different colours which are switched ‘on’ and ‘off’ using coloured bulbs attached to the top of the poster site:
Identity by DB Designs.
Creative Review - Wally Olins, a tribute
A collaborative type project that makes use of the social media hashtag to bring together the inspiring work of designers and illustrators from all over the world. Anyone can join in using the hashtag #36daysoftype.
This is a great way for new designers to flex their muscles and show off some creative work.
Shape: a new film to promote design
Director and animator Johnny Kelly and designer Scott Burnett have created a short film to show why design is important. The film features simple and charming graphics, and no language, so it can be understood universally.
Shape, shown below, was commissioned by Pivot Dublin and Dublin City Council, and was originally part of the city’s bid to become world design capital 2014. While Cape Town picked up that accolade this year, the team decided to go ahead with the project anyway, in order to promote wider understanding and acceptance of design. The film is at the centre of a website, makeshapechange.com, which provides a broad overview of what it means to be a designer.
Oliviero Toscani’s ADC speech turned into newsprint
Last year, photographer and Colors co-founder Oliviero Toscani gave a speech at the 92nd Art Director’s Club festival. The text has now been turned into a newspaper and a series of four typographic posters by illustrator Ben Weeks and Underline Studio.
The paper now forms part of the Art Director’s Club's communications for its 93rd awards, which will take place in Miami Beach this April.
To make it, Canadian illustrator Weeks took Toscani’s ‘Creativity = Courage’ speech from 2013 and invited Underline Studio to work on a publication which would be sent out to 2,000 ADC members, and made available online to download.
New site to give students a Hand
A group of Kingston students led by Joshua Lake are launching an online exhibition space to bring together work from degree shows across the creative disciplines.
With so many degree shows taking place each year, not all of them get the attention those participating might like. Lake’s idea is to create an online exhibition space to aggregate work from degree shows in one place.
Hand launches in May and is “an online art and design gallery catering for students, individuals and groups across all art disciplines, creating space for inspiration, collaboration and discovery,” the organisers say.
At present, the site is displaying a ‘trailer’ version but this does give some sense of how the fully-functional site will work. It will focus initially on degree shows but “in addition to student exhibitions, non-student shows will be featured on the site throughout the year,” the organisers say.
Graduating students will be allowed to create an account and upload work from their exhibition to the site. More details on how to get involved at hand.gallery
The new colours of Herman Miller
Photographer Carl Kleiner has shown his minimalist hand once again in a series of abstract compositions for furniture manufacturer, Herman Miller. The work reveals the various hues in the company’s new materials palette.
To refresh the brand’s three most popular solid colour lines for seating and workspace products, the direction was apparently towards the “expansive, celestial, and lighthearted,” say Herman Miller.
While Kleiner’s abstract compositions seem to have gone their own way (celestial?), they are nonetheless beautiful chunks of colourways which reveal his meticulous eye and hand – he also styled the shots as well.
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