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No. 235: A Typeface Homage to Tumbling Skaters, a Mag About Personal Freedom, a Portfolio Site Two Years in the Making + More

In the words of dudes who drink Bud, wasssuppppp! And welcome to the best time of week, Friday, when we get to kick back and enjoy five fabulous design projects that tickled our proverbial tastebuds this week. For more along these lines (and so many others) follow along all day, every day on Instagram @AIGAeyeondesignFacebook, and Twitter @AIGAeyeondesign.

Hicham Faraj, Compulsory Figures

Lebanon-born Yale MFA Graphic Design grad Hicham Faraj has certainly been busy since finishing his course: he’s worked with Babak Radboy for two fashion brands, Telfar and Courreges; and he’s also been teaching a typography class at Parsons School of Design. Previously the art director of The Outpost, an independent socio-cultural magazine promoting alternative narratives about the Middle East, Faraj’s personal projects often deal with “friction and dissonance in an age governed by technologies seeking to eliminate them,” he says. “I try to explore these serious questions related to the tension between the human and the post-human with a rather casual and humorous tone.”

One such project is Compulsory Figures, a display typeface that looks to capture “the moment figure skaters fall down during their performances.” To emulate this, the designer placed his mobile phone on top of stationary he found lying around on his desk. “The screen became the icy surface of the rink, my sliding finger was the figure skater and the smudges were the skate marks,” Faraj explains. “The same way they carved in ice variations of the basic figure 8, I assigned myself the task to draw a full character set using a drawing app installed on my phone.

“During the process, the apparatus kept collapsing. As a result, the final characters are fractured, frizzy, and some are even unrecognizable.” The typeface has been presented in its vector form and as photographic documentation in a book, a poster, and postcards.

Here Design, Tate gift product designs

London-based Here Design has created a new range of art materials and gift products developed for the Tate. The studio has worked with Tate before on a range of T-shirts, and this new collaboration saw it design nine sketchbooks, pencil cases, coloring and sketching pencils, tote bags, and other items. The designs are based around the idea of mark-making, featuring gestures created in-house at Here. The character of these marks and brushstrokes reflects the paper stock and suggested content, for example a book with watercolor paper shows broad brushstrokes whereas a pocket sketchpad may show charcoal or pen marks,” says the studio.

Cause & Effect, Open Space branding

Glasgow-based design agency Cause & Effect has created the branding for London-based contemporary arts organization Open Space, heralding the launch of its 2019 program. The agency worked with Open Space founder Huma Kabakcı and head of programming and research Inés Geraldes Cardoso to create an identity that “aims to further establish Open Space as an organization making room for art beyond the usual boundaries and gallery environments.” The designs center on a flexible logo that can be adapted into various formats for print and on screen, with an animated version that pushes the concept of a “frame” for copy and imagery.

Cause & Effect used the typeface Modern Era by OMSE Type, chosen for its “functional yet idiosyncratic qualities,” according to the studio. It adds that a vibrant red features as the primary color for the 2019 program, along with bright spots of green and purple as secondary colors. The palette will change and adapt with each program and season of events.

Double Issue magazine

New San Francisco-based non-profit indie mag Double Issue has just launched its debut issue, “dedicated to stories of personal freedom from the past and present,” according to its founders. The publication includes features around reproductive rights, interracial relationships, and queer bars. “Contrasting the past with the present, the magazine reminds us that the fight to secure these rights wasn’t won very long ago,” says the team. “Double Issue urges readers to reflect on the past and think about the future as we see things we’ve taken for granted swallowed up.”

The magazine is designed by Tim Belonax, a design lead at Pinterest, and art directed by SFMOMA design director Bosco Hernández.

Catalogue, portfolio website

It’s been two years in the making but well worth the wait: earlier this week international studio Catalogue unveiled its new portfolio website. Based between Leeds in England and New York, Catalogue works with clients including Arena Homme+, Nike, POP magazine, Selfridges, and more. The new site features work from the past two years alongside selected archival projects, and is typeset in Dinamo font Monument Grotesk regular.

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