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…
… enjoy some great portfolio updates from Swiss designer Alexandre Pietra, who has collaborated with Bhakti Devanthéry to create the branding for new online visual arts platform Manétiz. The site is used by a selection of photographers, illustrators, and graphic designers, who can sell their work through the platform as limited editions. The branding is suitably pared-back, in shades of grey and black with a sophisticated approach to typography that lets the work on the site itself shine.
… cast an eye to the future with It’s Nice That’s Ones to Watch 2017. The list draws together people from across various disciplines that the INT team reckons will be propelled into the creative limelight over the coming year, and among those from the graphic design world tipped for greatness are French studio Spassky Fischer, and Slovenia-born, New York-based designer Nejc Prah. We’re chuffed to bits to see all-round animation superdude Jack Sachs make the list, too.
… look forward to a new exhibition from arts organization Broken Grey Wires, entitled People Never Notice Anything, which explores and responds to the links between mental health and art. Taking place near Broadway Market in east London, the show features work from some of my absolute fav artists–The Chapman Brothers, David Shrigley, and Stuart Semple, to name a few–and promotes positive rethinking of what “madness” really means, and how it can manifest in powerful, creative ways.
… thoroughly enjoy an interview with Radiohead designer and artist Stanley Donwood over on Creative Review. The piece discusses Donwood’s paintings for latest Radiohead album A Moon Shaped Pool, and touches on how the final images were the result of Thom Yorke’s “fucking everything up.”
… take a look at the work of punk as fuck illustrator Jo Brocklehurst, the artist who documented the punk, performance, and club scenes of London, Berlin, and New York from the 1970s right up to the turn of the 21st century. Next month London’s House of Illustration gallery will be opening the first ever retrospective exhibition of her work, Jo Brocklehurst: Nobodies & Somebodies, along with a 50-page softcover book featuring previously unpublished work, designed by Alice Lickens. BUT, and here’s the thing, they’re looking for a hand through Kickstarter. So if you want to help, head over here.
… feel proud as punch to see that some wonderful, tasteful soul out there deems “Eye on Design Pink” to be their favorite color. This revelation came from worldsfavouritecolour.com, a site set up by paper company G.F. Smith as part of its bid to create a new shade of Colorplan paper. Could it be an inside job? Who cares! (I genuinely don’t know.) It may not be the world’s fav color, but to someone, somewhere, it’s special enough to mark its spot alongside atkins purple and Tartaglino Orange.
… popped over to west London’s Griffin Gallery to see a lovely little show called I Lost my Heart to a Starship Trooper. It features work from ten London artists including YBA Gavin Turk, Turner Prize nominee Glenn Brown, and Wolfe von Lenkiewicz, who have all taken Old Masters works and re-imagined them in rather unusual ways.
… explore the Metropolitan Museum of Art from afar with a new online guide to the institution from the New York Times, Make the Most of The Met. Culture desk editor Daniel McDernon gives us a little tour of the museum’s unmissable exhibits and architectural highlights, and you can also download a map to your mobile (or print it off, if you’re going truly analog) to help navigate the Met IRL. According to NYT, this is the first guide in a series of closer examinations of iconic museums.
… discover and fall in love with an artist I’d shamefully never heard of before, Neil Stokoe, thanks to a new exhibition at Megan Piper gallery which uncovers the work of this RCA classmate of David Hockney. The mixture of a sharp graphic quality and surreal play with light and perspective is rather brilliant, and very much worth further investigation IMO.