Wong Ping, still from Wong Ping’s Fables 1 (2018). Image courtesy of Edouard Malingue Gallery and the artist.

Also this week, a look at the most recent edition of typography periodical Footnotes, a poster celebrating the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, and Wim Crouwel’s lifetime achievement award. For more along these lines (and so many others) you can follow along all day, every day on Instagram @AIGAeyeondesignFacebook, and Twitter @AIGAeyeondesign.

  1. Footnotes magazine, Issue C 

 Footnotes is a type design periodical published by Swiss type foundry La Police, who we’ve mentioned on the site before in reference to the secret of the success of Swiss alternative comics.

Published annually, Footnotes has previously included pieces like a reprinting of Alan Bartram’s “Typewriter typefaces” feature, previously published in Typographica 6 (1962) for its debut issue—no mean feat since Bartram “does not use email so any correspondence will be by letter or telephone,” as Footnotes founder Mathieu Christe told the Walker arts center blog. That first issue also featured additions like a bookmark, two cards that acted as the Table of Contents, and a business-card-sized sized ad for the mag’s lithographer supertiptop.

Each issue uses a simple format in terms of its materiality, eschewing costly or fiddly print processes in favor of a more thin, zine-like feel. Christe has said that this is to keep things affordable, especially when shipping overseas. Over on MagCulture, Jeremy Leslie has described the publication as “neatly positioned between two poles: at one extreme is the absolute type obsessive for whom much of the content will be familiar but enjoyable, at the other, the young designer scratching around for context. It fits this role perfectly—well-researched, enthusiastic, and engaging.”

2. Rooki.Design, from Edoardo Rainoldi

Rooki.design homepage

Last time we spoke with Edoardo Rainoldi, it was as part of our feature about being a designer suffering from anxiety.

Since then, the design student and digital product designer by trade has launched Rooki.Design, a new online magazine dedicated to young creatives. “Rooki was born from frustration in finding good, free resources for design students,” says Rainoldi. His aim with the site is to allow students to “find everything they need in one single place.” He adds, “It’s completely non-profit, and I created it since I am a student myself and know the struggle.”

The site will feature interviews with the likes of Paula ScherGeorge Lois, and Tobias Van Schneider; alongside pieces gathered from other online sources and original content aimed for young designers. Accompanying the publication will be a free-to-enter design student award supported by Awwwards and the FWA.

3. Jean-Benoit Levy and Martin Venezky, a poster celebrating the 50th anniversary of the first step on the moon

Swiss-born designer Jean-Benoit Levy and Martin Venezky, who are both based in San Francisco, decided to mark the fact that 2019 is the 50th anniversary of the moon landings in poster form. Benoit Levy, an AIGA member, contacted Venezky, having long admired his “poetic photo compositions,” and thought he’d be perfect for the graphic piece he had in mind.

As Benoit Levy says, Venezky’s process, which he calls ‘photo construction,’ starts with an actual-size collage of standard photo prints in which all kinds of elements have been captured: blurry light effects, paper cutouts, circular metallic parts from mysterious machinery, and many more visual moments that have been accumulating in his visual treasure box”—a process that can take weeks. These images are then layered in a Photoshop document from the original digital files, which for this project were handed to Levy to complete the second part of the process.

For this poster, Levy used information about Apollo 11’s travel from earth to moon and back between July 16 and 24. “Dates such as the trans-lunar and trans-earth coast, the precise number of hours the mission took, and the exact time on the moon at the moment of the first step are all included,” he says, as well as an excerpt from the plaque that was left on the moon that read  “Here men from the planet earth first set foot on the moon July 1969 A.D. We came in peace for all mankind.”  Additional elements including a countdown, the phases of the moon, and two NASA photos of the earth and the moon, as well as a QR-code that triggers a one-hour audio piece “of the most important moments of the 195-hour mission,” says Levy.

4. Wim Crouwel wins Type Designers Club lifetime achievement award

Wim Crouwel

Frankly, we’re surprised he hadn’t got it already; but Dutch type legend Wim Crouwel has recently been awarded the 32nd TDC Medal for his lifetime achievement, the highest honor that the Type Directors Club offers up.

Crouwel, who throughout his career has worked across graphic design, museum direction, and teaching, as well as typography, follows in the footsteps of the likes of Paul Rand, Herb Lubalin, Paula Scher, and Fiona Ross.

Throughout his career, Crouwel has been interested in functionality, simplicity, and clarity in design that adapts to new technological processes,” says TDC. “Crouwel gained a reputation for basing designs on grids, even when designing typefaces like Gridnik, Fodor, and especially his New Alphabet.” The 1967 New Alphabet project saw Crouwel create an experimental typeface specifically designed to work with early computer monitors. “This technology rendered images in large pixels that made traditional letterforms difficult to reconstruct, so Crouwel used only straight lines and diagonals in the design,” TDC explains. 

Another of his significant projects was the visual identity for the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, which used a modular grid system. Crouwel designed almost all of the museum’s posters and catalogs from 1963 right up until 1985. 

5. Wong Ping, Heart Digger exhibition at Camden Arts Centre

We’re longtime lovers of artist/illustrator/animator/general purveyor of weird and rude stuff Wong Ping. So if you’re in London, be sure to pop yourself down to a new show of his work at Camden Arts Centre, entitled Heart Digger. Ping was the inaugural recipient of Camden Art Centre’s new Emerging Artist Prize last year, and the show presents his work across digital and sculptural pieces that “reveal very human, often universal fantasies, through absurd narratives,” say the gallery. His works often draw from his own experiences, which then manifest as pieces that are equal parts dark, hilarious, and pretty explicit. From his playful, technicolor aesthetic, Ping explores wider political and cultural anxieties. The show runs until September 15.