Snøhetta to work with Wikipedia community on brand identity

Snøhetta has teamed up with the Wikimedia Foundation to develop a new visual identity for its global organisation that will be generated in partnership with volunteers from around the world. The nonprofit organisation that operates Wikipedia asked Norwegian design and architecture firm Snøhetta to help it create a branding system, that supports Wikimedia’s stated objective of “setting […]

HemingwayDesign creates 100th anniversary logo for Dreamland amusement park

This new logo created by HemingwayDesign for the Dreamland theme part in Margate, England, combines traditional seaside colours with a minimalist aesthetic. The studio headed by Wayne and Gerardine Hemingway developed the Dreamland 100 brand identity to accompany the amusement park’s centennial celebrations throughout 2020. HemingwayDesign has been working with Dreamland since its modernisation in […]

Carlings releases “world’s first augmented-reality T-shirt”

Wearers can update their clothing with new political messaging each day, with the augmented-reality The Last Statement T-shirt from Swedish retailer Carlings. Developed for the brand by creative agency Virtue, the T-shirt is nearly blank to the naked eye. Viewed through a phone, however, it sports a bold, animated design that comments on a political topic of […]

Architects and designers act as furniture for The Living Room

Designers Lucas Maassen and Alexandre Humbert have made a series of photo collages of established creatives impersonating furniture and household items. Called The Living Room, the Maassen and Humbert conceived the project and took pictures of the 187 architects, designers and curators involved during Dutch Design Week last year. Maassen and Humbert arranged the resulting […]

Adaptive clothing with graphic prints designed to ease Parkinson’s disease

The striped patterns on Monika Dugar’s Reset clothing collection are not just for aesthetic impact — they’re meant to aid mobility in people with Parkinson’s disease by “resetting” the brain. A recent graduate of the London College of Fashion, Dugar was inspired to design the collection for her final-year project after her father was diagnosed […]

British album cover designer Vaughan Oliver dies at 62

Graphic designer Vaughan Oliver, who created album covers for bands the Pixies, Cocteau Twins and The Breeders, has passed away at age 62. Oliver was best known for the numerous covers he designed for independent British record label 4AD, where he created the majority of its album artwork between 1982 and 1998 via the graphic […]

Adidas and Fabio Novembre reinvent the classic varsity jacket

Adidas has partnered with designer Fabio Novembre to create patches for its VRCT jacket — a customisable and adaptive take on the American college classic. Novembre Studio designed the font for the varsity – or VRCT – jacket, a style that has been associated with college sports since the Harvard University baseball team debuted their […]

Aardman blends puppetry with animation for Coldplay music video

Puppetry and a live action ocean made from cling film are combined with 2D animation in the music video for British band Coldplay’s single Daddy. Directed by Bristol-based animation studio Aardman’s Åsa Lucander, the video tells the story of a girl longing for her father whilst lost at sea. Lucander used the stylised movements of […]

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 […]

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