The Exhibition Annuals Review is a collection of the best exhibition reviews submitted each year to the competition. The inclusive structure of the Awards is set up to mimic John Moore's prize, where the submissions are anonymous, giving each applicant equal opportunity. Our design looks at utilising formats familiar to all, such as Google Docs and Microsoft Word as a basic structure, with the ability for the user to control how the text is read. With submissions being entered in both English and Chinese, we generated a typeface through swapping the rules of how the hand written characters are constructed in each language.
Concept, editing & design of publication, Alber-Elbaz / Lanvin – MANIFESTE. In a rare moment of calm, Alber Elbaz, artistic director of Lanvin, reflects upon his personal experiences and beliefs in relation to the fashion industry and the world in which we live. Exploring subjects such as the atelier, backstage, designing collections, emotions and jealousy, the reader is taken on a visual journey through Alber’s inner mind, where personal anecdotes and philosophies are depicted.
The book contains 148 photographs, captured by witnesses – But Sou Lai, Katy Reiss, Juliette da Cuhna, Alex Koo & Mark Leibowitz – who have all worked with Lanvin and Elbaz for many years. The book was released in conjunction with an exhibition at the Maison Europeenne de la Photographie in Paris ( 9th Sep – 10th Oct 2015 ).
We were invited by the Mairie de Paris and Swedish embassy to represent Sweden for the collective artwork at the bank of the Seine during the Euro Cup this summer. 24 countries were represented in a one kilometre long fresco. Each participant were given a set of geometric shapes, colours and a set of rules. With Sweden having the highest number of asylum seekers per million habitants, and football being the most widely played sport in the world, we wanted to represent the cultural diversity of Sweden.The maze is based on the statistics of immigration to Sweden. Sadly just a couple of days after the Fresco was made, Paris was caused with the biggest flooding since 1910 and the banks of Seine was below water level, so was the fresco!
Part concept, design & publishing of publication Dear Love Who Should Have Been Forever Mine - Marie Jacotey. This publication was the outcome of a close collaboration with the artist in order to develop a unique binding, which allows the reader total freedom in how they approach the work. The book is made up of individual artworks, loosely folded and gathered into two sections, each corresponding to the perspective of one of the protagonists. Part introspection, part emotional exchange, the visual correspondence can be read in multiple ways: in series as part of a continuous narrative, individually as unique artworks or even placed as a large-scale installation, to literally ‘map out’ this surprising love story.
Exhibition graphics & set design for No Randomness, curated by Oscar Lhermitte for the design biennale in Saint Etienne. The concept for the exhibition was to address the overlooked elements of design found in everyday objects, outlining the detail of design consideration, many of which evolved due to practicality of production. Using this idea as a starting point for the set design, we looked at the practicality of exhibiting 19 items within the given space. Through the generation of a democratic grid, we created a template which provided each object equal space within the exhibition. This grid was then the basis for all our design decisions from the size of the display units to the typeface and the symbols. The symbols were created to highlight the unique function or design feature of each individual objects.
Design, editing, type design and publishing of publication, Within – Howard Tangye. Within is a long-overdue survey of Howard Tangye's remarkable work as an artist. For decades, Tangye has inspired the fashion industry as Head of Womenswear Design at Central Saint Martins College. Within is a story about Tangye’s lifelong passion for drawing, and examines his working practise through the experiences of the artist with his sitters. In the book Tangye describes the sitters' characteristics and how he has captured these unique qualities on paper. More unusually this book also gives a voice to the subject. Through the use of typography, material combinations and production processes, the publications enables the reader to experience and get a sense Howard's practise and world.
Design of catalogue and exhibition graphics for Art of Change: New Directions from China, with Jackson Lam. The exhibition, Art of Change, focused on Chinese contemporary installation & performance artworks, concerned with transformation and discontinuity; something deeply rooted in Eastern philosophy. On the theme of change, STSQ focused on developing a new format of the book, whilst maintaining certain qualities of traditional Chinese book production. The grid of images enables the reader to see only sections of the artists’ work, therefore highlighting the momentary nature of the artwork. Throughout the design process, STSQ were inspired by the Chinese dazibaos used in the Cultural Revolution, playing with the idea of scale & format.