Welcome one, welcome all to the weekend. And it’s not just any weekend: this Sunday is Saint Patrick’s Day. So drive out those snakes, top up your Guinness, and feast your eyes on five fab design projects (including one that’s suitably Irish.) For more along these lines (and so many others) follow along all day, every day on Instagram @AIGAeyeondesign, Facebook, and Twitter @AIGAeyeondesign.
1 Georgie Yiannoullou, experiments in kinetic typography and music
By day, animator and designer Georgie Yiannoullou works as a designer for the agency We Are Social. By night (or at least, outside of work) she loves to experiment with kinetic type. She’s been tinkering about with the medium since August of last year. “This has become a bit of an obsession for me,” she says. “Most recently, I have been creating a series of videos that plays with the connection of typography, animation, and music.” Take a look at her showreel here, some very lovely work indeed.
2 Paddy Harrington, First Things First podcast
Another designer with a side project here in the shape of Paddy Harrington, founder of studio and publication Frontier and an AIGA member hailing from Toronto, Canada. Harrington has recently launched First Things First, a podcast “consisting of conversations with designers about how design shapes and creates our world,” in his words. Each 20-minute episode is “produced with the time starved realities of designers in mind,” he says, hence their brevity. So far, Harrington’s already garnered an impressive list of guests including Astrid Stavro, Michael Bierut, and Bonnie Siegler.
3 Aisha Dev, Weird Temples
Aisha Dev is an experience designer originally from Delhi, now based in Pittsburgh, whose work looks to “explore spaces as active places of power and narratives.” Her recent series Weird Temples looks to examine “the notion of the sacred and profane in relation to women in India,” she says. Her set of temple posters uses elements of traditional North Indian visual language, reappropriated to chime with her own individual modern-day experiences.
“With each piece, I hope to renegotiate an important narrative and therefore a set of rules, norms, and customs that mean a lot to me, but that I have also been excluded from.”
She continues, “I am starting to see space as an active place of power and discourse and this ongoing body of work is a re-imagination of space. The female experience in India is heavily influenced by the notion of ‘purity,’ often set forth by men and justified by religion. There are spaces and stories, however, that have been dominated by women, but have had little space in public consciousness. This is a space for those stories.”
Below is a work in progress video from a virtual space Dev is making to “create a space of celebration of my experiences and identities.”
4 Studio Crême, Minimal Music Festival identity
Some more smashing music-related work here from Studio Crême. For the second year running, the London-based studio has developed the announcement campaign for Minimal Music Festival in Amsterdam. Based on the themes of “meditation and ecstasy,” the studio says that the “concept was to make very different imagery for each theme and then to combine them to create a unique visual language for the festival.”
Studio Crême’s work involved creating a fully integrated campaign including print ads, brochure design, and event schedules. “For ‘Meditation’ we developed a series of short scenes that aim to capture moments of deep reflection and mindfulness,” the studio explains. “For ‘Ecstasy’ we used the imagery generated from brain scanning as the inspiration for a more colorful and abstract set of images.”
5 The Stone Twins, A Stamp for Ireland
An Post, the Irish Post Office, has unveiled a new postage stamp that celebrates Irish Identity. Strangely, it wasn’t actually created in Ireland, but by Amsterdam-based consultancy The Stone Twins. According to the studio, which counts a real-life Irishman among its co-founders, the idea was to avoid clichéd Irish motifs (such as the shamrock or harp) and instead, “celebrate one of their birthland’s obsessions: rain.”
The stamp design uses metallic silver raindrops as microscopic letters that spell out Irish expressions for rain in English and Gaelic. “Just as the Inuit have over 50 different words for snow, the Irish have accumulated a similar number describing rain. For example, ‘a soft day’ (a mist), ‘spitting’ (a few drops of rain) and ‘lashing’ (diagonal hard rain),” says the studio.
Creative director Declan Stone adds: “Amongst many things, Ireland is famous for its excessive rainfall. Without it, there would be no lush green fields, and wonderful crops, meat, and dairy. Besides, rain is one of the defining characteristics of Irish identity and dominates much of social discourse.”