Beazley Designs of the Year

Now in its ninth year, Beazley Designs of the Year celebrates design that promotes or delivers change, enables access, extends design practice or captures the spirit of the year. Someday the other museums will be showing this stuff.  

– Taken from https://designmuseum.org/exhibitions/beazley-designs-of-the-year

I recently visited The Design Museum, London to see the Beazley Design of the Year exhibition and I left feeling incredibly excited and inspired by the work. I loved seeing such a wide range of work in one space by a range of creatives. I saw innovation, fresh ideas and countless things that made me say “I wish I’d come up with that”, or “I wish that was my job”. Looking at the work of other designers across the field I am constantly uplifted and filled with drive and motivation to be better, create better things and to work hard at my skills within graphic communication to become a fantastic designer. I took photographs of some of my favourite pieces of work, shown below.

 

Dear Data – Giorgia Lupi & Stefanie Posavec

Dear Data is a collaborative project of the visualisation of data by New York based designer Lupi and London based designer Posavec. Each week of one year, Lupi and Posavec collected data from a particular area of their lives before expressing it visually on a postcard and sending it to the other. The postcards included a key of how to read the sometimes intricate and complicated designs. The project reflects on a data obsessed society and its correlation with personal elements of our lives. Things recorded include how many strangers smiled in a week, how many times the word ‘sorry’ was said, how many times the words ‘goodnight’ or ‘goodbye’ were said, and so on. This work has been made into a book called ‘Dear Data’, which was featured in the exhibition and can be purchased. I loved the idea of creating visualisations of elements of life that pass us by, things easily recordable that are never counted or recorded. True, that these things need not be recorded. The project itself does not completely discover anything or enhance an experience or improve the quality or ease of an act. It is, however, an idea I love and would love to try out myself.

 

Almadîa Book Cover Designs – Alejandro Magallanes for Almadîa Books

Alejandro Magallanes designed new book covers for new work and essential classics, playing around with the sense of touch as well as sight, as he feels both are essential in the process of reading a book. Magallanes was playful with the creation of his designs, often using cut out parts of the book cover sleeve to show elements of the hard cover underneath, creating an additional narrative to the book itself or showcasing a particular element of the story visually.

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Kids vs. Fashion – Yolanda Dominguez

This powerful video by Dominguez comments on the portrayal of different genders in the fashion industry and the images it outputs to the public. The video presents the initial reactions and opinions of a group of Spanish eight-year-olds when shown different fashion campaigns. The children describe the women as being hungry, drunk, ill, dead, injured, upset while the men are described as heroes, strong, leaders and business men. The video exposes the impression given by the fashion industry and the unrealistic and unreasonable expectations of both women and men to look the way the fashion industry wants them too. Why are there no strong women in suits looking directly into the camera, stood straight and strong? Why are their no men cowering on the floor in unnaturally contorted positions with partially ripped or missing clothes. The variation in the presentation of genders is something we have become numb to, and so the contrast in observations of the children expose the imbalance of the fashion industry and leads us to question a standard to which we have become accustomed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Mo Gangi One Line Tattoos

Whilst browsing thisiscolossal.com, I found the work of tattooist Mo Gangi, a Berlin-based artist who creates beautiful tattoos using one line and a few dots. He creates elephants, koi fish, faces and hands using a single black line, woven to create images on the skin of his clients.

I think these designs are really beautiful and look so simple but so complex at the same time. The simplified drawings of the subjects of the pieces are effective as a recognisable piece of design, using a single line to create and represent more complex things.

A Sculptural Geometric Pop-Up Book

On thisiscolossal.com, I came across this project created by Tauba Auerbach partnered with Printed Matter of a large-scale pop up book. After lectures with Jay about the pop up books he created during our Story book project, I gained an appreciation for the skill, knowledge and patience required to create even a page in this book. I am amazed by every page of the large pop up book in this video and the perfection of the shapes that it creates when opened. The amount of time that this book must’ve taken to experiment on and create is insane, and I have serious respect for the creators. Director Sam Fleischner filmed this video of the unboxing of the project with the sounds of the book creaking and moving as the objects fall into place.

Innovative Packaging Designs

I read a Brightside article on Facebook that was named “20 Cool Packaging Designs That Make You Want to Buy Them All”. I loved some of these designs and have not seen anything like them, and so these are a few of my favourites.

Kazuaki Kawahara of Latona Marketing Inc. designed this toilet roll packaging for scented toilet paper. I think this packaging is vibrant and inviting, looking as if it packages something much more fun and delicious than toilet paper. Having said that, it would make me want to try out their item and it would certainly brighten up your bathroom!

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Ahhaproject’s designs created this soap that is on a stick, like an ice cream. I think this is clever for avoiding soap slipping out of your hands in the shower or bath, and it does make it look much more inviting and interesting. It was becoming quite clear at this point in the article that things appear more attractive to us if they resemble delicious foods!

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The next design is probably my favourite. The designers at the German advertising agency Kolle Rebbe developed a package for their ‘Magic Tape’ which makes the tape appear invisible, using a tactfully placed thin mirror tilted inside the box. The tape itself was located behind, thus creating the visual effect of an empty box.

Canadian designer Laurence Grégoire had the idea to package coloured pencils in a way that required almost no packaging. The pencils were attached together like chop sticks; to use a pencil simply break one off.

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I love the appearance of these perfume bottles. The dull colours with the gold outline, indicating the ‘wild fragrances’ inside pair together beautifully. The wooden lid adds a rural feel to the product, relating back to its organic origin. They were designed and bottled by Indicate Design Group agency.

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http://brightside.me/creativity-design/20-cool-packaging-designs-that-make-you-want-to-buy-them-all-165205/

Hattie Stewart

“These Hattie Stewart magazine illustrations dare to stand out, showcasing bold imagery and a fearless sense of personality. The British artist creates masterpieces by customizing and covering up famous fashion publications.”

I am obsessed with these ‘professional doodles’ by British artist Hattie Stewart. Stewart’s illustrations emit a playful and experimental energy, reminiscent of a child’s doodles and rebellious defacements of popular imagery. Using magazine covers as a canvas, Stewart explores the world of fashion, art and design to redesign these covers into exciting and vibrant creations.

I love the element of hand drawn alterations in these pieces. The idea that these were designed digitally and then distributed, collected and modified by another person adds layers and depth to the pieces, combining different ideas and themes in beautiful and unanticipated collaborations.

Editorial 7: Bukowsky Publication

As with many of the other editorial pieces I have researched, I like the theme of monochrome with one chosen colour and here I think the yellow works well. The expressive typographic use of the bullet hole in the place of the ‘o’ is effective in portraying the harshness and brutality of Charles Bukowsky’s words and poems, as well as an onomatopoeic aspect in the sound of the ‘ow’ syllable of his name. On the left hand page, I like the neatness and symmetry of the page, with one main paragraph at the top and the body text split into two columns at the bottom of the page, divided by a greyscale image with a centred caption.

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