Hello, and welcome to this week’s Design Diary, a collection of five projects from across the world that have impressed us this week.
Partly informed by the Nope to Hope show at the Design Museum, and more broadly informed by the world’s vast current traumas—gun violence, voting, plastic pollution, fast fashion, and so on—140 Solutions is a new exhibition from University of Brighton second year graphic design and illustration students, showing limited edition prints, handmade posters, books, apparel, and movies. “All artworks were created to inspire and evoke change” say the organizers. The work will be on show at BozBoz Gallery, Brighton, UK, from May 25th-31st.
London-based agency Here Design has just created some modern yet ever so refined branding for Panzer’s Deli & Grocery in St John’s Wood. Working with architecture practice Holland and Harvey to revitalize the brand, the new visual identity looks to speak to the “rich heritage of both the original founders and the dedicated Panzer’s following,” according to Here. The new hand-drawn logotype is inspired by 1940s Austrian street signage, “in a nod to the original owners’ Jewish heritage,” the studio explains. The logo was then paired with a clean sans serif typeface to modernize the brand language.
“The wider identity incorporates this legacy but with a fresh, modern take, pared back and refined in a subtle interpretation of the institution’s nuanced history, and retains the same warm sense of nostalgia and happiness that returning customers have always experienced,” say Here.
The new pink and green graphic pattern, meanwhile, takes its cue from the smoked salmon the store is famed for.
Istanbul-born, New York-based graphic designer and art director Sabri Akin recently got in touch with these charming posters for SALT’s Architecture and Design Archives. SALT is an Istanbul-based arts and culture institution which “explores critical and timely issues in visual and material culture” according to Akin. His system uses a series of color-coded posters, with two posters used for each research archive, using a vertical and a horizontal visual from the materials within.
Hoo-bloody-rah! Some superb new work from Brie Moreno, an illustrator we’ve shown a lot of love for in the past, in the form of this new zine, Rub, from Nieves. As per usual, Moreno created the work using humble felt tip pens, and this zine is printed on equally humble newsprint paper in a sort of naughty loveletter to the analog processes of yesteryear. The Ottawa-born, London-based illustrator merges a whole bunch of strange and brilliant references in Rub: think psychedelia, witches, a Pez-like frog, used nylons, and more. “The drawings in Rub appear to warp and crinkle, and with time will fade away,” says Nieves. Poignant stuff, but very fun stuff too.
It’s always nice to hear from a new(ish) agency making nice work, so shoutout to Dutchscot of Peckham, south London, for letting us know about its new work for Greek restaurant Meraki. The eatery, based in central London’s swanky Fitzrovia, is “inspired by island life,” according to the studio.
The menu designs were inspired by the six key island formations in Greece. “Five of the formations are used on the food menus with the sixth being used on the wine menu,” Dutchscot cofounder Ross Goulden says. “The M of Meraki lent itself to representing the sea and therefore works in both the context of the islands but also as a pattern in its own right.”
He adds, “Materials were key, from the bright white textured menu paper (Zen from G F Smith) which emulated Greek architecture to the vibrant blue paper used on the bar menus, evocative of Greek church roofs and the Mediterranean Sea. A pale grey leather was used for the wine menus to reflect the interiors. The ‘M’ is coupled with ‘Meraki’ typeset in Produkt by Commercial Type, we liked it’s attractive but functional quality.”