Seven graphic design projects that aimed to change the world in 2019

From influencing voters to making veganism mainstream, graphic design can change people’s behaviour. We’ve rounded up seven projects for our review of 2019 that demonstrate the persuasive power of good graphic design. Useless is a digital directory for London’s zero-waste shops Ethical creative agency Nice and Serious developed Useless, an online platform that directs Londoners […]

Larry Achiampong overhauls London’s tube roundel with pan-African designs

British-Ghanaian artist Larry Achiampong has replaced the well-known blue, red and white design of London Underground’s roundel with colours and patterns from the pan-African flag. Achiampong has reimagined the famous tri-coloured tube signage symbol for Westminster’s Underground station to spotlight those who have been “erased from history”. The design was a public commission for Transport for […]

Eurovision 2020 visual identity combines song contest participant’s national flags

Design agency Clever Franke has created a logo for the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 that combines the flag and year that each of the 41 participating countries first competed. The logo comprises a series of brightly coloured vectors emanating from the central point of a circle, like a sunburst. It will be used during the […]

Netherlands replaces “tulip Holland” identity with “less touristy” NL logo

Dutch branding agency Studio Dumbar has designed a new visual identity for the Netherlands featuring a logo that combines the letters NL with a stylised tulip. The Dutch government asked the Rotterdam-based studio to develop a new identity that will be used to help enhance the nation’s image on the global stage. The project was […]

Heimat creates typeface using street art from the Berlin Wall

Creative agency Heimat Berlin used images of lettering graffitied onto the Berlin Wall to create this typeface commemorating the 30th anniversary of the fall of the barrier separating East and West Berlin. The typeface forms part of a project titled If Walls Could Talk, which Heimat’s Berlin office developed for non-profit street art association, The […]

KayaKata creates “audiobook” of videos to accompany their hip-hop tracks

Tbilisi designer Max Machaidze and writer Zurab Jishkariani have produced animated videos to accompany nine music tracks by KayaKata, the hip-hop band they lead. The videos accompany the tracks on the hip-hop duo’s latest album, which they compare to audiobooks or graphic novels. Each animated video has a similar format. A figure with its face obscured […]

Oli Grotesk is a modern typeface that can be used to write traditional Indian scripts

Indian graphic designer Shiva Nallaperumal has developed a versatile neo-grotesque typeface family that includes nine Indic scripts alongside Greek, Cyrillic, Armenian and Latin versions. Oli Grotesk is intended as a warm, detailed and characterful alternative to the typically neutral neo-grotesque typefaces, which include familiar sans-serif fonts such as Arial, Helvetica and Univers. Nallaperumal spoke about […]

OlssønBarbieri designs Snåsa water bottle and visual identity

Oslo-based design studio OlssønBarbieri has created the visual identity and bottle for water brand Snåsa, which is made from materials that are easy to recycle. The Norwegian mineral water company asked the studio to “reflect a new idea of luxury” in both the bottle and visual identity. In response, OlssønBarbieri has designed a glass water bottle […]

Britain’s new £20 note features David Chipperfield’s Turner Contemporary

The Bank of England has revealed its “most secure” banknote to date – a £20 polymer note featuring David Chipperfield‘s Turner Contemporary gallery, and a portrait of the artist it’s named after. A large see-through window with a blue and gold foil is printed on the front of the note, depicting the Turner Contemporary gallery […]

ArtCenter Viewbook features 40,500 unique modernist-inspired covers

US designer Brad Bartlett used an algorithm to give each copy of design school the ArtCenter’s prospectus a different cover, playing on the modernist graphics of alumnus Alvin Lustig. The Viewbook is a publication that the ArtCenter College of Design puts out every two years for the benefit of prospective students. It profiles the work […]

Emerging London studio Gruff Architects wins award for best architect’s website

UNStudio, Zaha Hadid Architects, White Arkitekter and Gruff Architects, were named among the winners of the Archiboo Web Awards 2019, which spotlight the best websites belonging to architects and architecture companies. Gruff Architects picked up the award for best overall website, with judges praising the emerging studio “for using the website to make the practice […]

Simone Post combines hypnotic patterns with bubbles in African-style fabric

Dutch textile designer Simone Post has adapted a traditional wax printing technique to create a colourful fabric that combines 3D geometries with bubble patterns. Post, who is also a founder of design studio Envisions, designed the Bubble Block Wax for Vlisco, a Dutch fabric manufacturer that produces textiles for the African market. Simone Post created the […]

Pentagram creates “21st-century identity” for Yahoo

Pentagram has redesigned Yahoo’s logo and branding to give the search engine a “bold and confident” identity for the 21st century. The logo has been designed to be more simple and flexible than the previous design, but also look back to the fun of the brand’s “Looney Toons-style” logo from 1996. “Yahoo is one of the […]

Make Bank’s Print Project sees 20 designers create prints to fund arts education

Social enterprise Make Bank has released a collection of 24 prints by British creatives, including textile designer Donna Wilson and graphic designer Peter Chadwick, to help fund arts education for disadvantaged children. The 24 print designs were commissioned by Make Bank, a social enterprise instigated by Kirsty Thomas, a designer and co-founder of Tom Pigeon, […]

Dutch typographer and graphic designer Wim Crouwel dies at 90

Wim Crouwel, the renowned Dutch graphic designer responsible for the identity of Amsterdam’s Stedelijk Museum for more than two decades and founder of Total Design, has died aged 90. Dutch typographer and graphic designer Crouwel, nicknamed Mr Gridnik, died last week in his hometown of Amsterdam at the age of 90. Tributes from around the […]

Qatar unveils emblem for 2022 World Cup

The emblem for the upcoming FIFA 2022 World Cup in Qatar will be a figure-of-eight-shaped white band based on the form of shawls often worn in the gulf region. Officially unveiled this week, the white continuous band will be the emblem for the 22nd World Cup, which takes place in Qatar in 2022. The emblem […]

Midcentury Emojis feature Hans J Wegner and Charles and Ray Eames furniture

American design retailer Death by Modernism has created an emoji set so that mid-century-design fans can send small pictures of works by Charles and Ray Eames, Eero Saarinen and Hans J Wegner. Death by Modernism – which sells both white label mid-century furniture and paraphenelia related to the period – “emoji-fied” 12 designs for use […]

Colourful circles denote contact-lens prescriptions in Dimple design by Universal Favourite

Australian studio Universal Favourite has designed the packaging for contact lens subscription service Dimple, which makes use of boldly patterned circles that correspond with prescriptions. Dimple is a direct-to-consumer service that targets the millennial market. As such, the company needed branding that would stand out on social media and attract new customers — without losing […]

SomeOne rebrands the House of Commons for the digital age

Design agency SomeOne has updated the visual identity of the UK’s House of Commons to make it perform better across different platforms including apps and social media. London firm SomeOne was tasked with a holistic rebranding project to improve consistency across all touch points, including procedural documents, signage and digital applications. The existing core green […]

Visual identity for Re:publica rebels against digital culture with reams of text

Fertig Design has created a visual identity for the Re:publica conference that uses lengthy passages of text and typography instead of conventional graphics to pay “homage to the written word”. The annual conference is the largest aimed at the digital and internet society, and saw its third edition this year in Berlin. This year’s theme […]

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