Praline, Richard Rogers Fellowship identity

As an editorial resident here at AIGA, I have been spending my time nosing around for interesting design-related goings on each week, so you don’t have to. Follow along all day every day on Instagram @AIGAeyeondesign and Twitter @AIGAeyeondesign.

This week I…

… admire London-based agency Praline’s branding work for the Harvard Graduate School of Design’s Richard Rogers Fellowship residency program. The bright colors are the perfect foil to a simple, slick typographic approach that uses an arch-shaped device throughout the identity’s applications. The arch draws on the structure of the house where the residency takes place, and also “houses” the Harvard logo and the Richard Rogers Fellowship typographic marque. Clever!

… peruse David Bowie’s art collection as it goes on show at Sotheby’s, to be auctioned to some very lucky, very tasteful, and very wealthy people. It’s an eclectic and mostly beautiful mix of pieces, from an Ettore Sottsass sideboard, to a Frank Auerbach painting, to a rather extraordinary Basquiat. Most importantly, thanks to a particular Damien Hirst work, it reminded me of one of Bowie’s most baffling and humorous songs, 1995’s Hallo Spaceboy.

… delight in the all-new print version of online magazine Screen Shot. Full disclosure, I’ve written a few pieces for the publication, but that aside I think it’s a brilliant look at how the digital world impacts society on wider levels, taking in art, sociology, and culture through an unusual and insightful lens.

The Creation, Ramberts Dance Company
The Creation, Ramberts Dance Company

… marvel at a very unusual mix of design, dance, and John Milton’s Paradise Lost. Argentina-born, London-based artist Pablo Bronstein was tasked with art directing the Ramberts dance company’s production of Joseph Haydn’s The Creation, currently showing at Sadler’s Wells theatre. It’s a grandiose affair as you’d expect, and in the hands of Bronstein, looks just incredible.

Man Ray photography, courtesy of Tate Modern
Man Ray photography, courtesy of Tate Modern

… have a good old look at the inimitable Elton John’s collection of modernist photography. A Tate Modern exhibition called The Radical Eye draws together a selection of more than 150 works from the Tiny Dancer megastar’s private collection of modernist images from the 1920s to the 1950s. He’s got works from the likes of Man Ray, André Kertész, Berenice Abbot, Alexandr Rodchenko, and Edward Steichen, the lucky bespectacled thing.

… enjoy looking at the man behind movies like Dazed and Confused, Slacker, and Boyhood thanks to Richard Linklater: Dream is Destiny, a new film directed by  Louis Black and Karen Bernstein. Using archive footage, early screenplays, and journals, the film is an insightful exploration of not only Linklater, but the 1980s independent arts scene in Austin, Texas that spawned him.