novum – High standard cover design

The november issue of novum, one of the leading design magazines in the international graphic design scene, has created something big. The creative agency Paperlux (based in Hamburg) designed a cover for novum, “which can be formed into three dimensional shapes and invites you to play around with it” (novum). Paperlux was inspired by Richard Buckminster Fuller’s concepts. The “living sequin picture” (printarena) that was created, was designed as 6 different cover versions in 48.000 print sequences. 104 cutter lines per cover gave the high quality carton its bendable shape. It is hard to describe the exceptional structure that was created by Paperlux (conception and creation) in cooperation with printarena (printing and press cut), Jürgen Jeurink (cutting die) and EMAG Papierveredelungs GmbH (lamination). More about the development process can be seen in the nice video that was shot by Paperlux during the production process. Here are some visual impressions of the masterpiece:

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Kern Type – Enjoying typography

Kern Type has made it’s round through the world wide web and everyone is talking about it. Developer of this nice typography game is Mark MacKay. The Game is a part of the project Method of Action. It is a website about having fun while learning (just like with Kern Type). Here’s a short game description: The goal of the game is to get the best spacing between the letters. The player can move the letters with the mouse until he feels that he has found the perfect spacing. Then you can compare your result with the correct answer. Aside from learning as in any game it is about scoring points. You can then (and that’s the real funny part) publish your score on the internet and challenge your friends and colleagues! And now: Good luck with your score!

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Occupy Wall Street – Art occupies the financial district

Since mid-September, many people have been demonstrating in New York’s financial district against unequal distribution of wealth, power of the banks and continuing unemployment. The Occupy Wall Street movement has already absorbed many artists. Here is an article about different artists who are participating in the protests. Written by Tara Kelly, published in the Huffington Post.
“The Occupy Wall Street (OWS) protests may be rooted in anger over corporate greed and corruption, but that hasn’t stopped the art world from getting involved and taking over the financial district.” … “Other organized action from artists at OWS include a 24-hour exhibition that kicked off Saturday evening where a group of artists rented out the former J.P. Morgan headquarters building, across from the New York Stock Exchange, to host the exhibit No Comment.” Full article

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Steve Jobs – Bloomberg Businessweek

On the sad occasion of Steve Jobs passing, Bloomberg Businessweek has dedicated the founder of apple a complete issue (free of ads). Filled with large-sized pictures, quotes, a timeline and many interesting articles, in an expressiv and stunning editorial design, the issue is an impressive tribute to one of the most formative people of our time. Many thanks to the Bloomberg design team for these successful and honorable impressions.

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Are Design Firms The New Rock Bands?

A funny and good written article about designers and their way of working these days. Written by Joel Edmondson, Creative Director at stylefactory, published at the Huffington Post.
“…The way they work on their design projects (and dress) reminds me of my garage band in college. We would work tirelessly, from 6 PM until 3 AM on honing our craft and we dressed the part. The drummer wore a white t-shirt, the bassist was a bit nerdy, and I, as the lead guitarist had to have wild hair.

With their skinny jeans and well-groomed facial hair, designers are now forming collectives, firms and clubs more than ever. Designers band together because in today’s competitive design arena, two heads are invariably better than one, and three better than two, and so on. Even the archetypal designer Charles Eames credits his best work to collaborations with wife Rae…”. Full Article

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First Issue – Self-Publishing Book Fair for Design and Art

There have been many reports about the ‘First Issue‘, but once more I would like to remind everyone that it is taking place parallel to the Frankfurt Book Fair from 14 – 15 October. First Issue is a self-publishing fair for design and art. There will be graphic designers, authors and artists who publish their own books, magazines and collectors’ items. As the name suggests this will be the first time for the ‘First Issue’ to take place. The theme will be “Print Culture – Dead or Alive?!”. The fair is organized by the Design-Verein Frankfurt e.V., as part of the basis Herbstprogramm. For more information click here.

The organizer about the fair: Now, after App Store and E-Book, we are returning to print. Parallel to the Frankfurt Book Fair, young designers, artists and authors will display printed publications and artfully crafted collectibles which are created, published and sold by themselves. Pioneers of the self-publishing scene from all over Europe will speak at the conference. Dead or alive? Few other branches predict their own demise as often as the book industry. Yet despite the pessimistic “book-is-dead” lament of many experts, countless new books are again being published this year. Now, parallel to the Frankfurt Book Fair, a new event is being launched that shows that young designers and artists are again intensely involved in printing and paper. Self-publishing in design and art is the topic of the event known as “First Issue”. As the name implies, this event sees itself as the first of a series, to be followed by a Second and Third Issue and many more. A new start. “Print is not dead at all, but is rather reinventing itself anew”, declares the graphic designer Sandra Doeller from Design-Verein Frankfurt, herself a young publisher playing a key role in the realization of this event. In other words, the creative originators are taking the publishing of their work into their own hands. Illustrators, graphic designers, authors and artists are financing, publishing and distributing their own books, fanzines, catalogues, magazines and collectibles themselves. These can be marketed, for example, through the artist’s own homepages, websites, blogs and the social media. In doing so, these new publishers are less interested in turning a possible profit and far more in the view of design and print as an independent form of artistic expression. At “First Issue”, young publishers from both Germany and abroad will introduce their publications, or will speak and work during the conference and the accompanying events on the topic of “Print Culture – Dead or Alive?!”.

If you want to have more information about the exhibitors in advance, check out the list: AKV Berlin (DE), Album (DE), Catalogue (UK), Dent-De-Leone (UK), Edition Fink (CH), Edition Taube (DE), Fillip (CA), fourfiveX (DE), Für Dich Verlag (BE), Gloria Glitzer (DE), Grilli (CH), Hands on Papers (DE), Horizonte (DE), JSBJ (FR), Jung und Wenig (DE), KRITIKA (LT), Lubok Verlag (DE), Manystuff (FR), Mathias Ringgenberg (NL), mono.kultur (DE), Nero Publishing (IT), Nieves (CH), Occasional Papers (UK), oodee (UK), Prima Publications (DE), Random Press (DE/PT), Rollo Press (CH), Ruine Magazin (DE), Shake Your Tree (DE), Slanted (DE), Spector Books (DE), Stefan Marx (DE), tri-publications (CH), Werkplaats Typografie (NL). Some exhibitors have already been at the NY ART BOOK FAIR. Here are some visual impressions.

Friday 14.–Saturday 15. October 2011
Fair, Exhibition, Live events, 3–9 pm
Conference program on Friday and Saturday, 4–8 pm

basis e.V.
Gutleutstraße 8–12
Frankfurt am Main

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Fruita Blanch – New design

Thanks to AisleOne I have recently come across a really nice packaging and identity design. The Spanish graphic design agency Atipus created a new design for Fruita Blanch. The result is a very nice font and color selection which perfectly underlines the products naturalness and simultaneously makes it look very modern.
Business card and letterhead

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Creative Catalyst – Your design for a good cause

At the Creative Catalyst: Design for Change Contest by Veer you can create a design to support a social project of your choice. Veer: ”We would like you to create a design for a project which is important to you personally. You can choose any theme as long as it has a social focus, i.e. a theme that is concerned with people. Your design should be fascinating and have a clear message. Good luck!” First Place wins a € 2000 donation for your project, a public presentation of your work in Berlin and London, as well as a two page presentation of yourself and your work in Computer Arts Magazine and 2000 Veer credits. Submission for your work will be accepted from 15 October to 14 November 2011. For more information visit the official website.

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Designing logos – Inspiration

As a graphic designer one of the most frequent tasks is designing a logo. A large and well arranged collection of different logos can be found in the book Symbol by Angus Hyland and Steven Bateman published by Laurence King Publishing Ltd. The book contains 1300 symbols which are grouped by different visual attributes. Every symbol has information about its client, designer, logo meaning and origin respectively. A few selected logos have a more information about their development process. I like skimming through this book, sometimes just to read one of the development stories, but I also like going through the book just before I start a new project for Cohezion simply to get myself into a creative mode. Definitely a very recommendable book.About the authors: Angus Hyland studied Art and Design at the Royal College of Art. He has been partner at Pentagram, London since 1998. Hyland has already published 5 books including C/ID: Visual Identity and Branding for the Arts and the Picture Book: Contemporary Illustration. Steve Bateman is a freelance writer who has worked together with leading design agencies of the UK. Bateman regularly writes articles for the Grafik magazine. He also writes for Nico, Varoom and ISTD Condensed.

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Category: Books