Also in this week’s Design Diary, our roundup of projects, events, and general design-world-news, we bring you a rad new Glasgow-based fair celebrating pretty much anything you can print on and a design podcast that promises to get under the skin of what makes top agencies tick. For more along these lines (and so many others) you can follow along all day, every day on Instagram @AIGAeyeondesign, Facebook, and Twitter @AIGAeyeondesign.
Glasgow Print Fair, 2019
Hot on the heels of Graphic Design Festival Scotland in Glasgow, the Lighthouse venue in the city will be playing host to Glasgow Print Fair, a free, one-day event for print lovers to buy and browse print works from more than 50 artists across the UK and beyond. Billed as “the first of its kind print festival” and orchestrated by Kaye Symington, founder of the creative agency Paved with Gold, and Jane McDevitt, partner at Maraid Design; visitors will see work ranging from zines to textiles, prints and posters. “Basically, if you can print on it, we have it,” say McDevitt and Symington. Established printmakers such as Lesley Barnes and Risotto Studio are showing their wares alongside newcomers such as Clemintea and Monsie and new talent from Glasgow School of Design and print studios, as well as collectives and design shops including Yuk Fun Now and Welcome Home. There will also be a screen printing workshop in collaboration with local artist Emer Tumilty and charity Refuweegee, all taking place on November 2.
Maude bath range, designed in-house
We’re no strangers to sexual wellness brand Maude, co-founded by Éva Goicochea, a New York-based creative strategist and brand builder. The brand has just launched its new bath collection, designed by in-house art director Maude Paquette-Boulva. The idea behind the new range, according to Goicochea, is to encourage and advocate for people “taking the time for intimacy—in and beyond the bedroom.” The launch sees the introduction of a new packaging design format, “allowing for transparent product education and cohesive branding across all fronts,” she adds. “For both individuals and partners, we’re bringing sexy bath.” The range includes a salt bath soak, a coconut-based milk bath, and biodegradable “wipes made for personal care.”
ModMag becomes magCulture Live!
The event formerly known as ModMag—which celebrated all things magazine-based, from indies to century-spanning big guns alike—has renamed ahead of its London event next month, now going by the name magCulture Live. “After six editions of ModMag in London and two in New York, it felt time to take stock and re-evaluate the format of the day,” says Jeremy Leslie, founder of The magCulture Journal and London-based independent magazine store, and the man behind the events series. “We return to the same venue and with the same ethos, but this year’s London edition will see five key strands running through the program: art direction, illustration, journalism, photography and typography, forming a framework for a day of talks with specialists taking a deep dive into each of them.”
The broad theme for this year’s 2019 London edition is “publications making positive shifts using print as a vehicle for change,” perhaps by providing a platform for marginalized voices or making publications on climate crisis. “These are not throwaway magazines or ideas, but objects made to be kept, referenced, and used to define a certain place and time,” Leslie adds. Among the speakers at magCulture Live!, which takes place on November 7, will be Charlie Brinkhurst-Cuff, head of editorial at gal-dem; Martha Dillon, editor of It’s Freezing in LA!; Jody Quon, photography director of New York magazine; and someone we’re rather excited to see talk—Gert Jonkers, editor-in-chief at Fantastic Man and, of course, cofounder of the fabulous “fagazine” Butt, which ran from 2001-11.
Huncwot, new website design for Harvard Film Archive
Polish studio Huncwot has created a beautiful new website for The Harvard Film Archive, an academic institution dedicated to the collection, preservation, and exhibition of film located on the Harvard University campus. The designs are inspired by the HFA’s Carpenter Center building, designed by architect Le Corbusier in the early 1960s. Huncwot’s work included a complete redesign of the website, creating a digital archive of the institution, and building a new back-end system for HFA’s Cinematheque program and its collections.
“We design a substantial amount of digital products for different institutions of culture, and we are always searching for the ideal art direction, to move the classic (sometimes decades or centuries old) visual identity of an institution to the modern digital world without losing any of its original spirit and still make the digital product look and feel modern,” says Magdalena Kęsik, project manager at the studio. “As a European company, we have a lot of respect for Le Corbusier and therefore decided to base our creative idea on the building and its unusual modernist facade. We also included colors from Le Corbusier’s Architectural Polychromy palette.” Obviously, the site also includes a few nods to classic cinema, with images and thumbnails using different aspect ratios for 16mm and older 35mm movies and newer, panoramic formats for more modern films.
AUFI, Private View(s) Podcast
There’s no shortage of podcasts for design nerds; and now there’s a new kid on the pod-block: Private View(s). The pod was orchestrated by Ask Us For Ideas, otherwise known as AUFI, an agency that matches agencies with clients looking to commission creative briefs. According to its founder Nick Bell, what sets Private View(s) apart is that it “doesn’t look at agencies’ work, but their thinking: what can good branding do, and what can’t it; why some agencies are tackling business models before they design; and what they are doing to tackle climate change, the male gaze, and tech addictions.”
Produced by David Michon, who previously produced Monocle’s The Urbanist podcast, the series itself is in 10 parts, each devoted to a different agency. These include Made Thought, Base, Koto, Collins, and RoAndCo. Among the topics it covers are Made Thought on “why they’ve hired a sustainability advisor and what that means for a design practice;” RoAndCo on “accepting a role as advocates for women in the design industry, due to their all-too-rare all-female leadership team;” and Collins on the joy of library research. You can have a listen on Apple Podcasts and SoundCloud.