Archive

Monthly Archives: September 2012

After revisiting an older post about ‘The Power of Making’ I noticed that the producer had chosen a really unique typeface to use for the titling sequences. The duo behind the serifed font where Oscar and Ewan who run two design studios one here in London the other in Stockholm. I like a lot of there work, quite a lots of photography (album covers)  and bits of art direction, and of course exciting type creations. Here is what they had to say about the POM font….

The design touched upon the spectrum of making in the show; the headline referenced the bold and expressive, while the body looked to the refined and meticulous’.

Its great because there work here does really succeed in conjuring a sense of a handcrafted, tailored font. The desiccation of the inner and outer shadows makes me think of old stone mason lettering, where the type is embossed within the stone.

Advertisements

My trip to Berlin hindered me posting this but luckily I’ve now been e-mailed the final PDF catalogue which was printed for the exhibition which myself and Nigel Bents collaborated on. Below is a link to the final PDF booklet. Thanks to Nigel, Donald and Jonathan for the rare insight into a true unsung hero of the post war period, and may my work at Chelsea Space continue with as much success!

Dome 

 

Logo Deigned by Pentagram

Last Thursday a course mate from Uni’ invited me to the press opening of 100% Design which was a part of the London Design Festival. She’d been doing an internship for the compnay who organised the event, so she’d managed to get some free passes, which I more than willingly accepted. The exhibition was a showcase of the best contemporary design based around five component shows: 100% Design, 100% Detail, 100% Light, 100% Futures and 100% Materials. The event showcases all aspects of interior, furniture and office based design predominately for people in the trade, yet its a good way for the common designer to get a grasp on things that a trending; this year it appears there s a big 60’s revival and material choices are far more minimal, companies opting for more synthetic fabrics. There was plenty to do and see, but the highlight of the evening for me was seeing Peter Hook  who had the honour of DJing in the centre of the bar located at the entrance to the Earls Court exhibition centre. Another personal highlight in the furniture area where examples of ‘Typographia’ lounge chairs, produced by a French furniture company they were the nearest thing to Graphic Design I got all night. Finally the statement entrance light display was quite interesting so got a snap of that just for the record.

‘Hookie’

Image

Berlin has to be one of the greatest capitals in the world. The whole city is alive with Graffiti and has a far more relaxed feeling than London and other capitals. Despite only being there for 5 days we saw so much, yet felt that we had only scratched the surface of what Berlin had to offer. We realised that you either have a more traditional visit i.e come for museums and the like during the day or you come for the historic nightlife, we opted for the former. One of the highlights of the trip was a visit to the Buchstabenmuseum near Alexanderplatz. The museum is the only one of its kind in the world – a museum dedicated to the preservation of signs, specifically 3D metal signage (see pics below). Other highlights were a trips to the Guggenheim (www.deutsche-guggenheim.de/index_en.php) and C/O gallery (with a great fashion exhibition profiling fashion photography from the 20’s to the present day – www.co-berlin.info), spray painting the Berlin wall and finally an extremely inspiring retrospective exhibition of the late Diana Arbus. All this of course thrown in with the occasional beer – Berliner a particular favourite.

 

www.buchstabenmuseum.de

Image

Over the past couples of weeks I’ve been working with my first year tutor (Nigel) on a Chelsea Space (www.chelseaspace.org) exhibition catalogue. Designing the layout has been real eye opened for me into how layout works in the real, tangible world of design. The exhibition itself is based around the life of Ralph Tubbs and his ‘Tub’ (the Dome of Discovery) which was the centre piece of the Festival of Britain site. Its been a great opportunity to have access to archive imagery of the Dome, Ralph and the festival itself, supplied by Jonathan Tubbs (Ralph’s son).

The exhibition is on as a part of the London Design Festival, (which I’ll be avidly attending www.londondesignfestival.com) the private view is on Tuesday 11th September from 6.30 and the exhibition runs til 20th October.