Hello, and welcome to Design Diary, a collection of five projects from across the world that have impressed us this week.
It’s always fun to see how designers translate dance and movement into identity design, and the new graphic work for performing arts festival SPRING is no exception. Located in the city of Utrecht, the Netherlands, the festival is a 10-day long celebration of experimental dance. Likewise, its identity, designed by Rotterdam-based agency StudioSpass, morphs, bends, and flexes the festival imagery to create graphic collateral that’s as dynamic as the dance it represents. Very nice work.
Perhaps you remember Eye 94, the issue that landed the renowned design magazine a Stack Awards Cover of the Year. Designed by the studio MuirMcNeil, Eye’s annual typography issue came with not one, but 8,000 unique front covers, all of which were developed using a systematic set of rules and a piece of software called HP Mosaic. It was an innovative approach and a striking result that garnered Eye a lot of praise—and now, there’s a film about it, too. The 15-minute documentary by directed by Adrian Harrison features footage of the magazine’s printing and binding, as well as interviews with HP’s Hadar Peled Vaissman; the folks at MuirMcNeil; and Eye’s John L. Walters and Simon Esterson.
The short premiered at London’s St. Bride Foundation on Tuesday, and will show again at The Print Show in Birmingham on Thursday September, 20th. Then it’s off to ATypl in Antwerp, AGI Open in Mexico City and beyond, so be on the look out.
This November, a conference covering all things character design—illustration, animation, comics, toys—is coming to New York all the way from Berlin. Pictoplasma is taking place as a part of New York Illustration Week, and boasts a lineup featuring Félicie Haymoz, character designer of Wes Anderson’s Fantastic Mr. Fox and Isle of Dogs; webcomics author Alex Norris, famed for his three panel ‘oh no’ series ‘Webcomic Name;’ and Jerone Braxton, the Sundance 2018 winner in the animated shorts section. See the full description here.
A designer by the name of Mariah Behrens got in touch with a student project that has recently transformed into a Real Thing: LOIS magazine, a biannual print magazine for teen girls, is now fundraising on Kickstarter. Behrens started the project as a graphic design student tasked with making a magazine from start to finish. After receiving a lot of positive feedback from friends, family, faculty, and many within the graphic design community, Behrens is now hoping to give LOIS a proper print run. By her own description, the magazine “is different from any other teen girl magazine out there… [it] resembles a journal and focuses primarily on the text and illustrations showing a mature, warm tone that teen girls are often searching for.” Back it!
And finally, some of our own news from the AIGA Worldstudio scholarship, which recognizes and helps support minority and economically disadvantaged students studying art and design disciplines in colleges and universities across the United States. After looking through over 300 applications, this year’s jurors have whittled their selections down to 13 recipients over four categories: graphic design, illustration, fine art, and photography.
Naturally, we were drawn to the graphic design and illustration categories, those being the two that Eye on Design covers regularly. In graphic design, the winners this year are Jared Maire, Elaine Lopez, and Zemoria Mathis. A graduate student at RISD, Lopez is working on a body of work that looks to her own Cuban descent as a way to create unity and understanding through graphic design. Meanwhile, Maire’s practice in school builds on his previous work running a queer community space in Minneapolis, and Mathis runs a zine that challenges hyper-sexualization of the black female body.
In the illustration category, recipients include Panteha Abareshi, Cameron Collins, and Carla Nuñez-Hernandez. A full list of scholarship winners can be found here, and below we’re running the work of all six of the graphic design and illustration winners.