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, Facebook and Twitter @AIGAeyeondesign.
This week I…
… enjoy a teaser of the new edition of illustration publication Le Petit Néant (The Small Nothingness). As in previous editions, the mag is image-only, without editorial accompaniments or captions, in a bid to “ask its readers to simply look.” Editor Miguel Angel Valdivia says, “Le Petit Néant also explores the pleasure of the wordless narrative, inviting the audience to a ‘different reading experience.’”
Designed by Giulia Garbin, who met Valdivia on the RCA’s MA Visual Communication course, the publication is printed on 300gsm stock with a stitched cover, celebrating “the expressive potential of paper and ink,” according to its creators. The latest issue, the third to be published, features work by artists including Andrzej Klimowski, Carolina Celas, Olivier Deprez, Joe Kessler, Marie Jacotey, Becky Allen, Rachel Wright, and Tezo Kyungdon Lee.
… get lost in Solace, a beautifully drawn and compelling new interactive animated story created by Nexus director and coding whizz-kid Evan Boehm. Boehm describes his project as one that “also treads the line of ‘2D walking simulator,’ which I don’t think I’ve heard a game called before.” The story was written by sci-fi author Jeff Noon and voiced by Gethin Anthony (him out of Game of Thrones), and the narrative centres around a sugary drink called Spook, which proves a seductive, destructive, and cruel mistress for one young imbiber. This idea of liquidity comes to life in gorgeous graphics that aid the reader’s journey through the story, which all takes place in-browser. “It’s one part narrative film, one part playful, surprising interactive experience,” says Boehm. “I made it in my bedroom for zero budget over the course of three years, which is kinda scary to type.”
… find out about the final design that emerged from Mozilla’s seven-month open-source rebrand project. The search for a new identity was led by Johnson Banks, which says that not-for-profit organization Mozilla was aiming for a new look and feel that better reflected its position as “as the champions for a healthy internet… where we are all free to explore and discover and create and innovate without barriers or limitations,” and ensure the brand was better understood by more people. The design solution that emerged is based around a logo that references URL language, with the word mark and accompanying copy using a new free font called Zilla, created by Dutch foundry Typotheque.
… learn more about the links between music and visuals through a fascinating and beautiful film The Juilliard Experiment. Directed by Mark Kidel, the film documents French artist Fabienne Verdier’s residency at the Juilliard School of Music in New York, during which she explored the relationship between painting and music. There are tonnes of gorgeous shots of massive, glistening splodges of paint, and some crazy heavy-duty devices used to create some wild brushstrokes. Verdier has a show at Waddington Custot gallery running until February 4, and very lovely it looks too.
… have a little panic about a future where my fridge knows what I’m thinking, brought about by a piece over on Design Week discussing Wolff Olins’ branding for Dotdot, a “new code language which aims to bring together connected home products.” The branding looks good (if very Adidas-esque), but I can’t help worry that if my boiler and washing machine are speaking to each other in a language that I can’t understand, then this surely signals something bordering on apocalyptic. Maybe I’m just tired.
… take a look at the new identity for London Symphony Orchestra by The Partners, which references the return to London of celebrated conductor, Sir Simon Rattle. The identity was created using live motion-capture of Rattle’s conducting movements, and The Partners worked with digital artist Tobias Gremmler to transform the data into a series of animated films. The aim is to convey “the sheer power of music at its full force, in a vortex of wood, brass, smoke, and strings,” according to the agency.
… discover the work of South African artist Lady Skollie (the alter ego of Laura Windvogel), whose new solo show Lust Politics, shows how simple tools of ink, watercolour and crayon can be used to create some deliciously saucy work, exploring “the duality of human sexuality.” She explains, “it’s the simplest and the most complicated thing of being human, and [it] reminds us that we are just animals. Sex, food and sleep are very primal… Art is about confronting and making people, including yourself, feel uncomfortable. Art as social commentary, art as political commentary, it’s all important in the quest to evoke rage.” The show runs until March 4 at Tyburn Gallery, London.