Bromley design studio Valle Walkley was named the overall winner at paper company Antalis’s 23rd annual print design awards for its series of books documenting talks at London dance house Sadler’s Wells.
The project (above) was selected out of 500 entries by judges Bob Mytton of Mytton Williams, Magpie’s Ben Christie, Craig Oldham of Music and Checkland Kindleysides design principal Carl Murch for its “outstanding production and typography” and “creative use of colour”.
The set of seven books, which use Freight serif and micro fonts, document a series of talks on the body and movement held at Sadler’s Wells in 2008 as part of its annual body:language series, and were released to coincide with new lectures on the subject held in 2012.
“Sadler’s Wells wanted a way to bring the 2008 talks up to date, so we tried to create something contemporary, adding additional annotations and footnotes but leaving plenty of space so people could take them along to the new discussions and make notes,” says Valle Walkley co-founder Daniella Valle.
“We’ve worked with other theatres, artists and exhibitions, and we always try to take a different approach to brochures or programmes,” she adds.
The Designers Republic’s book A Bunch of Fives (above), featuring responses to the question “What does five mean to you?”, won an award for the best use of Antalis’s creative paper stock, a new category introduced this year.
Radford Wallis also won two awards last night: its report for charity Farm Africa was named the best use of recycled paper and the best annual/interim report.
Geordie Dave’s mailer Howay in a Manger topped the direct mail category (above), while AV Brown’s Nocturnal won best in stationery for its “fun use of glow in the dark ink and textured stock”.
Alphabetical’s College to Industry A-Z, a directory of design agencies produced for D&AD’s New Blood festival, won the brochure – services award. The project was described by judges as “an effortless piece” and “a strong idea” (below).
Made Thought won two brochure awards – its catalogue for furniture collection Made in Ratio was voted the best product brochure for its combination of good design and interesting photography, and its Design Miami 2012 programme was named the best corporate brochure, with judges describing the product as “perfect for its audience” and “engaging all the way through” (both below).
Five Foot Six was named the best example of magazine design for its striking work on 56+1 issue, What Next? – a collaboration with creative agency and gallery Beach London – while Magpie’s advert for National Prison Radio won the digital print category.
It was a strong selection of work and an impressive shortlist, too: highly commended projects included WPA’s direct mail campaign for charity event Art is Rubbish, NB Studio’s This Year mailout on the subject of the Mars Rover; MWM Creative’s InformForm (shortlisted for best magazine) and OK-RM’s direct mail campaign for the Strelka Institute.
Pink Floyd fans may recognise the cover of our June issue. It’s the original marked-up artwork for Dark Side of the Moon: one of a number of treasures from the archive of design studio Hipgnosis featured in the issue, along with an interview with Aubrey Powell, co-founder of Hipgnosis with the late, great Storm Thorgerson. Elsewhere in the issue we take a first look at The Purple Book: Symbolism and Sensuality in Contemporary Illustration, hear from the curators of a fascinating new V&A show conceived as a ‘walk-in book’ plus we have all the regular debate and analysis on the world of visual communications.
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