Hello, and welcome to Design Diary, a collection of five projects from across the world that have impressed us this week.
Brazil-based designers Jorge Romanos and Naima Almeida certainly have reason to be cheerful at the moment, having just scooped a D&AD Wood Pencil for their work on the new visual identity for the Brazilian Dance Biennial. “We created an identity that sought to distance ourselves from the classical universe of dance and to emphasize the contemporary character of the festival,” says Romanos.
The identity uses circular objects that interact with dancers in campaign imagery “to materialize the trajectory of body movement,” says Romanos. “Just as the festival questions the limits of dance, the graphic result plays the limits of design by incorporating the main visual element in the photographic scene.” The photographic imagery was shot by Érico Toscano.
Davy Denduyver is a graphic designer and art director based in Belgium whose work is characterized by an unusual, bright color palette and a playful approach to type. His recent book about the arts festival Tank is no different. The tome documents a local arts festival that ended after a decade and 31 editions, and “looks back on what it meant to some of the artists and the scene, and what can be taken away from doing a project like that,” Denduyver explains. Tank was run by the organization Het Entrepot, which gave young artists a location and small budget to curate their own night, assisting with the practical side of it and creating a learning space for curators. The book design has a similarly DIY-leaning aesthetic, using multiple typefaces and layout styles to create pages that feel imbued with a spirit of energy and creativity.
Mura is a new art and design newsprint zine and online publication that collaborates with and highlights contemporary artists and designers of color. Run by Paul Santiago, each 20-page issue focuses on the work of one artist or designer “making influential and relevant work within their practice,” he says.
“We desire to bring light to new and old work, created by artists of color, to bring light to the lack of attention and representation of minority artwork and design.”
The first issue, which came out earlier this summer, showcases designer Joseph Anthony’s body of work Area Codes, which “explores the space between objective and representational.”
Vice magazine’s photo issue is here, and it’s as ever a large-format, eminently pore-overable piece of print that’s about way more than its glorious glossy cover. This year’s photo issue is titled “Privacy & Perception,” and was created with Vice’s gender and identity-focused site Broadly. According to Vice, the issue “explores the myriad forces that shape our identities, and how we portray our most private and public selves.” Among the photographers featured are emerging non-binary photographer Laurence Philomene (who shot the cover), Matt Lambert (who shot the Grindr book), Aarti Singh, and Jake Naughton of Suno Labs, Farah Al Qasimi, Noma Osula, Lorena Endara, Chris Bethell, Sophia Wilson, Signe Pierce, and many more.
In addition to a wealth of photographic imagery, the issue also features personal essays that explore “the increasingly blurred lines between our ‘digital’ and ‘real’ selves. Vice’s editors say, “It’s our hope that you leave these pages with a deeper understanding of how the lives we live online and of offline, in public and private, can both mirror one another and create distance and distinction from the other—and that how our own identities in these ever-multiplying spaces take shape is always a matter of perception.”
Switzerland-based type foundry Swiss Typefaces just launched the third issue of its Type Life magazine, celebrating 19 “non-Swiss typefaces” from 1569-2018. According to Florian Hardwig of Fonts in Use, who penned the essay introducing the publication, the final selection “transcends being a subjective hit list, and gives an illuminating overview of the current scene, in terms of stylistic trends, but also in regard to other, less obvious factors.”
Swiss Typefaces appoints a guest contributor for each issue of Type Life, and for number three, French lettering artist and All Eyes on Type festival organizer Julien Priez was brought in to pepper the mag with his own work. A still from his animated Nightmare Alphabet graces the cover as a screen shot with two of his in-progress fonts Boogy Roma and Boogy Link, working alongside the lurid green and yellow palette to create a ’90s net art vibe. “With… historical references and the stunning stylistic versatility, Priez’s work is a perfect fit for the content of this issue,” says Swiss Typefaces.