Our latest pick of new designs includes issue two of Monotype magazine The Recorder, a typographic map of Philadelphia by Paula Scher, an exhibition of circular work by Leeds designer Lee Goater and a book documenting 40 years of footwear brand Camper.
Monotype – The Recorder, Issue Two
Cover design & photography: Sean Freeman. Production & styling: Eve Steben, THERE IS Studio
First published in 1902, Monotype magazine The Recorder was relaunched in November last year, with a wider focus on typography and visual culture.
The inaugural issue featured a red and gold foil-blocked cover and some bold typographic illustrations by Neasden Control Centre, alongside artwork by Falmouth graduate David Doran (read our interview with art director Luke Tonge about the first issue here).
Issue two is another visual treat, with a striking black, white and fluoro cover, typographic illustrations by Telegramme and Kiki Ljung and tear-out posters by Swiss designer Felix Pfaffli. Monotype typefaces are used throughout, from Americana to Railroad Gothic.
The issue also includes a feature on Minnesota-based signwriter Mike Meyer, an essay on Czechoslovakian lettering art and postage stamps, and interviews with Face37’s Rick Banks, Type Tasting founder Sarah Hyndman and Brooklyn lettering artist and designer Dana Tanamachi-Williams.
The magazine costs £10 and you can order copies at therecorder.monotype.com
Lee Goater – All the Way Round
Goater was asked to create a display for the Art Space, an exhibition venue on the first floor of Leeds’ Central Library, and has designed a mixed media show around the theme of circles.
The exhibition includes a number of pieces designed by Goater and made in partnership with local artists and studios, from a plywood, metal and thread installation created with visual artist Alison McIntyre and Duke Studios, to monochrome screen prints printed by Jonny Aker of Dots Printhaus. There’s also a series of gold, silver and copper foil prints made by Roger Grech’s Papercut Bindery in Shipley, and two-colour letterpress prints made by hand using a 1972 Korrex Proofing Press at The Print Project.
Goater says the exhibition was inspired by the theory that perfect circles do not exist in nature, only imperfect approximations. “Circles are everywhere, physically, spiritually and socially. [But] true circles are not apparent anywhere in our universe…Even when created using a computer, a circle is basically an infinitely-sided equilateral parallelogram,” he says.
The show is on display at Leeds Central Library, Calverley Street, LS1 3AB until June 30.
Atlas – The Walking Society
Mallorcan footwear brand Camper turns 40 this year – to celebrate, it has launched a new book documenting its heritage, designs and advertising campaigns through the decades.
Designed by Astrid Stavro and Pablo Martin’s studio Atlas, its layout is inspired by the idea of taking a walk, and a phrase from Spanish poet Antonio Machado, which loosely translates as “Walker, there is no path. A path is made by walking”, says Atlas. There is no clear order and no section openers, meaning readers can dip in and out and begin where they please.
The book presents a fascinating visual compendium of Camper’s creative output, alongside images of design prototypes and sketches, and essays on feet, footwear and the brand’s history. Kris Sowersby’s geometric sans, Calibre, is used for body text and larger copy throughout.
The Walking Society will be on sale in Camper stores and at camper.com from July, and is published by Lars Muller. The Design Museum is also hosting an exhibition celebrating 40 years of Camper in London until November 1, and you can read our interview with CEO Miguel Fluxa about the show here.
Paula Scher: Philadelphia Explained
Images via Pentagram
Pentagram partner Paula Scher worked with students at the Tyler School of Art to create Philadelphia Explained, a vast installation which covers the walls of the university’s 2100 square foot Temple Gallery.
The typographic map was designed by Scher and painted by 154 participants, including 133 students. It was commissioned as part of a mentorship programme to link students and recent graduates with Tyler alumni.
To create the map, Scher made a black and white painting of Philadelphia and surrounding areas, which was converted into a vector image with roads and streets rendered in red and yellow and rivers in blue. The image was then given to Hartwig, who used 3D modeling to work out how the image should be applied to the walls and floors of the gallery, and divided the initial design into 258 individual panels. Each participant was given a panel to paint, and allowed to add their own details to Scher’s design template.
Its an impressive installation, and great to see students, graduates and alumni involved in its creation. You can see more images of the project, and the process behind it, on Pentagram’s blog.
Plaid – Adopting Britain
Adopting Britain, on show at London’s Southbank Centre until September 6, is an exhibition exploring immigration and the contribution of migrants to UK culture. The show is part of the Centre’s Changing Britain festival, a series of events looking at cultural, social and political changes in Britain post WWII.
The exhibition was designed by London studio Plaid and contains photographs, quotes, keepsakes and notes documenting people’s experiences of moving to the UK. There’s also a timeline highlighting immigrants who have made a significant contribution to British art and culture, from Judith Kerr to Lucian Freud.
Images: Leon Chew
Graphic displays feature bold type and boxes, a reference to UK immigration forms, while bold colours create a warmer, more welcoming feel. A section by the entrance invites visitors to write down their experiences of immigration on circular note paper and add them to a display, which now covers two large walls in the exhibition space. Keepsakes and photographs are housed in simple wooden and glass cases, and photographs are printed on sheer fabric veils to create some poignant displays, used to separate the different sections of the exhibition.
See the exhibition at the Royal Festival Hall, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX or find out more here.
Designers: Juri Nishi, Chloe Leen, and Margot Lombaert
Here Design – Sesame
Sesame is a new Middle Eastern street food restaurant in London, founded by chef Yotam Ottolenghi. The branding and interiors was designed by Here, which also produced Ottolenghi’s cookbooks, Plenty and Plenty More.
Interiors and signage reference the restaurant’s middle Eastern fare, without evoking a particular place, says Here” the logo loosely hints at an Arabic Script, and turquoise (a colour commonly used in the Eastern Meditteranean region) is featured throughout.
Posters on the wall depict Middle Eastern locations, fresh fruit and vegetables and home cooking, while neon signs above the counter add a contemporary feel. Here also designed “intentionally simple, inexpensive and minimal packaging” and have used colourful patterned tiles throughout the restaurant’s interior. The colours and design evoke a sense of freshness and flavour, while the tiles and photographs give restaurants a homely and lived-in feel.