Plus, Universal Everything’s installation for the Barbican’s AI exhibition and a magazine that focuses on one migrant for every issue. For more along these lines (and so many others) you can follow along all day, every day on Instagram @AIGAeyeondesign, Facebook, and Twitter @AIGAeyeondesign.
Nansen is a magazine that takes a novel approach to the ever-relevant topic of immigration, by focusing an entire issue on one migrant. Their first issue was based in Berlin, and followed Aydin Akin, a man known by most Berliners as the one who rides around on bike with a sandwich board, and also, it turns out, a fierce advocate of the city’s migrants. This new issue is dedicated to Kalaf Epalanga, a founding MC of Buraka Som Sistema, a well-known Lisbon-based music project that fuses contemporary European electronic dance music with the Angolan dance and music kuduro. By going in-depth on one subject, the magazine allows for the expression of complexity of a person, and brings humanity to the overarching topic of immigration—all with lovely design and art direction by Eva Gonçalves.
2. The Artist: The Circle of Life by Anna Haifisch
We’re longtime fans of the illustrator Anna Haifisch and her comic The Artist, which began as a weekly comic strip for Vice and later became a book published by Breakdown Press. Now Haifisch and Breakdown have brought back the young, fragile artist and the brilliant satire on the exclusive, anxiety-inducing, and frequently absurd art world. Pre-order now and the book will ship early June. We highly recommend it.
3. 80085 for Charity
“Buy your favorite tits to support women battling breast cancer” is, frankly, a CTA we just can’t resist. It’s from 80085 for Charity, an initiative by creative director Veronica Mike Solheim to raise funds for her cousin Silje, who was recently diagnosed with HER2 Positive Breast Cancer. The full story can be found on this site, which explains how Silje’s recommended treatment can’t be administered in public hospitals in Norway, and the money from the campaign is to help her pay the bill for the private hospital. Thus, the boobs for sale. Twenty excellent illustrators, twenty very nice boob illustrations in a variety of sizes (poster, postcard, etc.) with 70% of the profit going toward Silje, 15% going toward the artist and 15% going toward production (anything beyond $11,773 goes toward the National Breast Cancer Foundation). What are you waiting for?
4. Universal Everything, Future You
The Barbican exhibition AI: More than Human is now open in London, with an interactive digital artwork by Universal Everything greeting visitors at the entrance. Future You involves a screen that acts as a mirror, reflecting a “unique synthetic form” that seems to range from an inflatable to a morphing metalic shape. “Starting as a primitive form, the reflection learns from the visitor’s movements and adapts to suggest an agile, superior version of themselves,” the studio says. The artwork also evolves as people interact with it, generating a new visual response for each visitor with 47,000 total possible variations.
5. D&AD Awards results announced
D&AD has announced its 2019 award-winners, including the six who received the coveted Black Pencils. The Black Pencil in Writing for Film went to Furlined for its New York Times campaign “The Truth is Worth It,” which sought to shed light on the rigor behind the journalism. BWM Dentsu took home the highest digital design honor for its Project Revoice campaign, a digital voice clone that integrates with text-to-speech devices to give people with ALS the ability to speak in their own voice. Wieden + Kennedy also came away with a Black Pencil, this one in the Integrate category, for its Dream Crazy campaign for Nike, led by the controversial NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick. The other Black Pencils, as well as the total 720 award-winners, can be found on the D&AD site.