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UK agency Build has designed the branding and packaging for Tulura, a new “botanical skincare” brand from New York launched by former model Eileen Feighny, who prides herself on “being kind to yourself, others, and the planet.” According to Build, these ideals informed its packaging designs, which are clean, simple, and modest. “We wanted to design a system that allowed the brand to come to life first, and then over time can be adapted for new season launches and limited editions,” says Build founder and creative director Michael C Place. “This stripped back approach matches the core approach intrinsic in the range itself, where less is definitely more.”
Earlier this year we brought you a piece about the beautiful book published by gay dating app Grindr; now these hookup masters have launched a rather fab online magazine. The pieces are fun, strange, and downright hilarious—I almost spat out my tea chuckling at this insightful piece of journalism about the “gayest Pokémon ever.” See Jynx, above: “classic butch queen in drag for the first time. And she’s clearly had a couple of Appletinis to help her work up the courage…” Brilliant.
Designer, artist, and all-round superdude Sarah Boris is currently showing a new series of screen-printed artworks at Umlaut Gallery in east London, presenting the side of her practice she keeps separate from commissioned client work. The pieces are bold, bright, and conceptual, and Boris says that the show itself is “an opportunity to lay flat a series of works” that reflect on how her multiple processes work together across all the disciplines she engages in. The show is only on for another week, so head down there sharpish if you’re London-bound by contacting Boris through her Instagram page.
Art, philanthropy, and graphic design together at last! Frankfurt agency Bureau Mitte recently got in touch to let us know about its latest project, the Art Card, designed to “give something back to our beloved hometown.” The Art Card is described as a “creative compass” to help people navigate their way around Frankfurt’s museums. Cute!
You know that infuriatingly organized friend of yours, the one who has a matching Pantone iPad cover, mug, and iPhone case? The one who turns holiday packing into a feat of crisply folded minimal artistry? This new masthead for the UK edition of Wired magazine will simultaneously delight and disgust them. Designed by Bristol-based Alex Robbins, the publication’s logo has been rendered using what he calls “street dirt” and most of us call “stationery,” which has been meticulously color coordinated and configured to form each character.
Rather talented London graphic design grad Claire Köster has been flexing her creative muscles in a global fashion of late, and the result is a beautifully designed photobook entitled Streets of China. Her typographic treatment looks beautiful, and the haunting black-and-white layouts and photography give the whole thing a quiet, slightly somber, and considered feel. “The book is a collection of photographs I took on 35mm black-and-white film during a trip to China in 2015,” Köster explains. “Laid out in a continuous string of images, the photographs show a variety of public spaces across China and are loosely grouped together under areas such as markets, parks, streets, and pedestrian walkways.”
Black, white, and red all over: here’s some nice new work by illustrator Sandy Van Helden for Das Magazin. The Dutch illustrator was commissioned by the literary publication to create seven illustrations for its 21st edition, which takes the theme “The Stranger.” Her bold, eye-catching work makes a nice counterpoint to the text heavy nature of the magazine, and there’s something rather fascinating about the way she draws eyes with such simplicity, yet manages to make them look so incredibly seductive.
London’s Raven Row gallery has recently become one of my absolute favorite spots in the city, and its new group show, 56 Artillery Lane (opening April 21, 2017) doesn’t look set to disappoint. The show imagines the idea of home “as a space for social, sexual, and political agency, and ‘the domestic’ as a stage on which kinship and self are formed and transformed through acts of love, cruelty, and indifference.” The featured artists include Chantal Akerman, Ego Ahaiwe Sowinski, Soofiya Andry, Dr Meg-John Barker, Khairani Barokka, Phoebe Blatton, Rizvana Bradley, Jenna Bliss, Fenixº, and Rehana Zaman. Can’t blummin’ wait.