As an editorial resident here at AIGA, I have been spending my time nosing about for the interesting design-related goings on each week so you don’t have to. Follow along all day every day on Instagram @AIGAeyeondesign and Twitter @AIGAdesign.
This week I…
…get pretty spooked out exploring the treasure trove that is Ghostsigns, a resource that looks at the glorious faded typographic signs of yore. It’s run by ghostsign-buster Sam Roberts, who’s been busy working with American experiential designer Craig Winslow to bring faded signs back to life through a series of light projections, which will be on show as part of London Design Festival on September 21.
…remember the late Gene Wilder by revisiting Haunted Honeymoon, his 1986 horror comedy that’s arguably a finer piece of work than even his most famous role in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Especially if you’re into tales about radio voice actors, werewolves, and shock therapy supported by wonderfully surreal drag performances. Heck it may have been panned by critics at the time, but for a masterclass in campy set design and campier acting, Haunted Honeymoon is a gem.
…lament gentrification as yet another swathe of development looks likely to shut down artists’ and designers’ space Vittoria Wharf in Hackney Wick, east London. It’s another blow in the rapidly growing problem of cities pushing out the creativity that makes them so exciting: it’s reported that London is due to lose 3,500 artist studios in the next five years. This time it’s the area where artists including the Chapman Brothers and Gavin Turk make their work; all for a bridge that planners are yet to get permission to build. The reaction? Save Hackney Wick!
…have my little mind blown by Sculpture, an animation/art/music/design duo that make their own turntable graphics and play them like a record, while playing the sort of music that at once makes you terrified and utterly joyful that you’re alive. If I was James Cartwright I’d be writing them love letter after love letter until they were forced to make a swirling design that also acted as a restraining order.
…take a trip with Roger Dean, to keep things in a psychedelic vein. The designer behind record sleeves for the likes of prog act Yes and a redesign of the Tetris logo is a king among typographers, and recently created a new series of postage stamps for the Isle of Man Post Office. He spoke to Design Week about the project and his fascination with tectonic plate movements.