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No. 217: A No-BS Guide to Design Strategy, a Queer Zine Workshop, Superb Work for Oneohtrix Point Never + more

Happy Friday, dear readers. Rest easy knowing there is one thing in life you can depend on: our weekly Design Diary, bringing together five projects that caught our eye this week.

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Caleb Halter, work for Oneohtrix Point Never

Caleb Halter’s studio RegretsOnly is behind some superb work for Warp artist Oneohtrix Point Never. We’re longtime fans of Brooklyn-based composer 0PN here at Eye on Design, and this work does not disappoint. Halter created the artwork for his soundtrack for the A24 film Good Time, which was (naturally) released on cassette.

“The film was such a grungy, ’70s-heist inspired thing, so cassette felt like a perfect medium for the score,” says Halter. The artwork was created using production stills, wardrobe tests, and “even photos from Dan’s [Lopatin, aka Oneohtrix Point Never] phone,” he adds. “It was definitely an exercise in (hopefully) doing a lot with a little.”

London Transport Museum, original first tube prints

The London Transport system has certainly built up an impressive roster of designers and artists in its history, and now the London Transport Museum is launching a limited-edition series of first run posters. The museum boasts more than 5,000 posters produced since 1908, and until the late 1970s, all these were commissioned directly through the artists, designers, printers, graphic designers, and advertising agencies such as Foote Cone Belding and, more recently, M&C Saatchi. Big name hitters from such a golden roster include artists Man Ray, David Hockney, and Tracey Emin; as well as illustrator Brian Grimwood, who established the Central Illustration Agency in the 1960s; fellow illustrators Paul Catherall, Virginie Morgand, Anna Hymas, Ruth Hydes; and ceramist Paul Wearing.

Since the ’70s, the London Transport posters have largely been commissioned by Mike Walton, who is now making a commitment to building a design-centric archive of images that span 1908 to the future.


Brutally Honest, by Emily Cohen

Long-time AIGA supporter and general graphic design stalwart Emily Cohen has penned the book, Brutally Honest. Billed as a book of “no-bullshit business strategies to evolve your creative business,” this slick little tome draws together Cohen’s findings from working with the likes of Hyperakt, Louise Fili, Post Typography, Volume, and many others.

“As a consultant, I have developed, tested, and curated key business insights and strategies that have helped firms become more effective, profitable, and fun to work at,” says Cohen. “The book is designed for designers… it gets straight-to-the-point with lots of actionable and easy-to-digest insights, tips, and checklists.”

Art on T-shirts, charity campaign for Studio Clash

Studio Clash is an unusual prospect: based in Basel, Switzerland, it’s a studio that was set up for one month, and one month only, in which 12 “selected immigrants or asylum-seeking creatives from all over the world work together” under the slogan “United in Strangeness.”

According to the studio, the main objective “is to raise public awareness, create a network, and establish a permanent representation for creative immigrants, refugees, and supporters in the city” through designing and selling T-shirts.

“It’s like crowdfunding—a cry for help, support, and enthusiasm for this project all together in 12 tees,” the studio adds. Among the designers, illustrators, and artists participating in the project are Claudia Comte, Eddie Hara, Cynthia Kittler, and Diana Pfammatter.

Fringe! Queer zine-making workshop

We’re rather excited about Fringe!, the London-based queer film and arts festival taking place this November. The entirely volunteer-run do will be showcasing a broad mixture of films, art projects, and events “celebrating LGBTIQA+ stories from around the world, welcoming everybody,” according to organizers. Among the highlights for us is a free zine-making workshop on November 19th.

Prioritizing the DIY over the polished, the personal over the clinical, zine-making is a powerful tool for expression among communities without access to bountiful resources,” says Fringe. “In this workshop/drop-in session, participants will be able to create their own fanzines in response to a film, event, or theme at the festival.”

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