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No. 161: Vertical Festival Branding, Digital Illustration for Positivity, 24 Hours of Art + More

Hello, and welcome to this week’s Design Diary, a collection of five fab projects from across the world that have impressed us this week. 

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The Neighbourhood, Abandon Normal Devices festival branding

A celebration of digital wizardry and verticality

I’ve been down south in London seething this week, missing out on one of the most exciting and innovative festivals in the UK, Abandon Normal Devices (AND), which celebrates new cinema, digital culture, and art in a different site every year. This year it was hosted in the rugged wilderness of the countryside around Castleton in the Peak District National Park, and was branded by Manchester-based creative agency The Neighbourhood.

The designs use a 3D visual that aims to reflect the contours of the Derbyshire countryside, used in print, online, and as an animation. According to AND director Gabrielle Jenks, the theme of the festival and its branding was “verticality.” She says, “We see it as an invitation to reorient your perspective. Artists have long explored how space is controlled according to what is above and below. We wanted to dig deeper into this interesting area of artistic research by looking at terrain and technology in terms of the vertical.”

The Neighbourhood, AND branding

Team Thursday, Seoul City Sampling

Surface level design

Dutch design studio Team Thursday recently undertook a residency at the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul, rounding things off with an exhibition showing some “(un)finished works made during our stay,” they say. The starting point for the designs on show was a collection of pictures of surfaces, such as bricks, building facades, and clothes. “This resulted in a series of bojagi-inspired fabrics, a city carpet made out of A4 papers, and a proposal for an alternative city facade,” says Team Thursday, and very brilliant it looks too.

Alliance Graphique Internationale and Chora Connection, 17FOR17

Making the world a little smaller through poster design

If you didn’t know, last week our almost-acronym-twins AGI (Alliance Graphique Internationale) held their annual AGI Open event in Paris, and aside from all the other glorious graphics-related happenings that went down, there was a pretty rad international poster campaign on show, too. 17FOR17 is a collaboration between AGI and the Danish organization Chora Connection, which “aims to bring together some of the world’s leading designers and artists to increase awareness of the UN’s 17 Global Goals,” says AGI.

The Global Goals, and 169 milestones, were adopted by 193 UN member countries, and commit them to solve the world’s greatest problems by 2030. To mark this, designers from around the world have created posters representing different UN Global Goals, such as ‘No Poverty,’ ‘Zero Hunger,’ and ‘Gender Equality.’

”The posters in 17FOR17 form a visual expression of our shared responsibility as a society today,” says international president of the AGI, Nikki Gonnissen. “When faced with urgent problems such as a lack of freedom of speech, of movement, of expressing who you truly are, the posters are an inspiring and encouraging reminder of what is possible when we unite. It shows—from a graphic designer’s point of view—what we can do to reach the UN’s 17 Global Goals before 2030.”

The Clock, Christian Marclay

24 hours of art

Can you have too much of a good thing? The jury’s out, but I’m going to test out the theory when the Tate Modern opens its 24-hour screenings of one of my favorite ever art pieces, Christian Marclay’s 24-hour video installation masterpiece The Clock.

The piece is comprised of thousands of film and television clips that specify the time of day, painstakingly gathered over several years of research and edited together into a chronological montage that tells the time through video art. “The video is synchronized to local time wherever it is on display so that The Clock transforms artificial ‘cinematic time’ into the thrilling sensation of real-time inside the gallery,” explains Tate, which has just announced that from September 12, 2018 to January 27, 2019, the piece will be screened to the public (for free!) for its entire duration. Start caffeinating now, folks.

Remaining Afloat, Tyler Elise

Design to keep us positive

Graphic and interactive designer (and founding president of the AIGA student chapter at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, CT) Tyler Elise recently got in touch with this striking and thoughtful digital illustration, Remaining Afloat. “This piece plays with colors, abstract patterns, and depth,” she explains. “Through this piece I wanted to portray, through a partially abstract manner, the idea that it is so important to remain positive no matter what is going on around you.

“I think all of us this past year have felt surrounded by negativity, whether it be through politics or the recent events in Houston and Charlottesville. It’s so important to not only lift ourselves up but to also help those around us remain afloat as well.”

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