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No. 177: A Beautiful Guide to Film Photography, a Look at Icelandic Design Culture, a More Innocent Spin on ‘Would You Rather’ + 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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1
Would you rather , by Mara Züst and Christoph Elias Meier

Would you rather … is a delightful book for children, despite the name that often implies a booze-fuelled Q&A that’s adult in nature and frequently disgusting in outcome. The book was originally published as a work by English author and illustrator John Burningham in 1979, but now Christoph Elias Meier and Mara Züst have taken his concept and adapted it into a new tome that “asks about the essence of the things” according to publisher Nieves. The beautiful illustrations created from sand by Carolina Cerbaro really bring it to life through earthy hues and abstract shapes, creating “a game of foolish ventures, mental leaps, and revocable choices.”

2
A New Type of Imprint, Nordic series, Iceland edition

Oslo-based quarterly A New Type of Imprint recently unveiled the latest edition in its Nordic series, in the shape of a publication focusing on perhaps the most beguiling and mysterious of the Nordic countries: Iceland. “Icelanders have always had this sense of distinctiveness, which also reflects on their creative approach,” says editor in chief Mike Solheim. “Where the other Nordic countries often are affected by deeply rooted design-traditions, Iceland seems to be more characterized by DIY-culture and fewer rules, which often is a results of their lack of natural materials and a lesser flow of external influence.”

Thought it was just about the lovely Bjork? Think again, pals. As this issue shows, the country boasts a wealth of architects, artists, fashion designers, and there’s even a feature about a perfumer who “visualizes” scent. Both the cover and the second chapter are designed by Icelandic designer Viktor Weisshappel, and are based on a conceptual interpretation of the distinctive Icelandic weather.

3
Architecture for the People, on Design Observer

We love to keep our AIGA pals firmly in the fold over here, and former Eye on Design senior editor James Cartwright is still very much with us, having penned this fabulous essay over on Design Observer. Entitled Architecture for the People: Bryan C. Lee is Taking Trust Back into Public Spaces, the piece looks at Lee, New Orleans-based architect and CEO of Colloqate Design, and how he’s focusing on “expanding community access to, and building power through the design of social, civic, and cultural spaces” in a somewhat challenging time for designers working in the public sector, as well as his aims to find “new ways to teach communities about architecture’s potential to counter social injustice.” Right on!

4
Analogue Photography: A Reference Manual for Shooting Film, by Andrew Bellamy

Design director by day, modern day Renaissance man by night Andrew Bellamy has just released the beautiful new book Analogue Photography: A Reference Manual for Shooting Film, a volume he wrote, designed and illustrated, finishing it off with a custom typeface. Phewweeee. The book, claims publisher Ars-Imago Editions, is the first “to reestablish the principles of film photography for a new generation.

Andrew Bellamy, Analogue Photography

Bellamy launched ilottvintage.com in 2010 as a resource for anyone wanting to know more about rangefinder cameras and film photography. Then in 2015, inspired by vintage manuals from the 1960s, he expanded the glossary from the website into a physical book, and printed a short run of 35 copies. “It was a personal project that let me combine passions for print design and photography,” he says. “Luca Bendandi at Vetro Editions in Berlin saw this and thought such a short run of beautifully designed book was ‘madness’ and got in touch, and we set about publishing it with proper distribution.

“Having already done all the photography and illustrations, the final touch was the custom typeface 35-FTR, now available at myfonts , I had initially set the book in a version of Futura because it had the perfect look as it was used for the majority of the ads and manuals of the period, but I had to make the point size fairly small to get the information in to the 192pp count. The tall ascenders and descenders of Futura make it difficult to tighten up leading, and also make the x-height relatively small. I set about making a font that had the style of Futura but could be set tightly more like Helvetica to be able to increase the point size without increasing the page count.”

5
Studio Chehade, Resolutions poster series

It really is all happening in strange UK city Milton Keynes. Take the lovely Studio Chehade, for instance, which this January has teamed up with 31 artists, designers, illustrators and photographers, to produce a single edition A0 fly-poster based on the theme of ‘resolutions’. All the profits of the poster sales will raise money for the Winter Night Shelter MK.

“We’ll be releasing a new poster every day throughout January on our Instagram. Each will then be immediately available to purchase via our website for £10,” the studio explains. “All posters will be printed in a single edition, so when they go live don’t delay in nabbing your favorite before it goes – enjoy!”

There really is some lovely stuff here, check it!

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