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Kosmopolis by Hey, Spain

Opinion by Richard Baird

Logotype by Hey for Barcelona literature festival Kosmopolis

Kosmopolis is a five day literature festival that takes place in Barcelona every two years, but also has a programme of ongoing events in between. The festival, since 2002, has been organized by the exhibition and arts centre Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona, and intends to promote literature in its many different forms. It does this through a series of talks and workshops. And by inviting professionals across a variety of fields; from poets, librarians and actors to comic-book artists, filmmakers and musicians, to discuss the key issues that concern the evolving nature of literature and present-day communications at large.

The centre recently worked with Spanish design studio Hey to create a visual identity for its 2017 event. Hey use colour to establish a continuity with previous events, but introduces a custom typeface that features characters informed by the digital, handwritten and painted word. This is complimented by a set of icons, and used to link programme guide, banners, signage and merchandise.

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Kristin Jarmund Architects by Snøhetta, Norway

Opinion by Richard Baird

Visual identity designed by Snøhetta for Oslo-based Kristin Jarmund Architects.

Kristin Jarmund Architects is an oslo-based architectural studio with a design philosophy that is focused on using a simplicity of form and a clarity of purpose to address complex problems, while at the same time, allowing for a contextual and human sensitivity. Reduction, as well as the duality inherent to the studio’s work, was the founding principles of their new visual identity, created by Scandinavian studio Snøhetta. This can be seen in the juxtaposition of type and image, and the recurring motif of extracts within both of these.

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Highlights by Studio fnt, South Korea

Opinion by Richard Baird

Visual identity and catalogue for SeMA exhibition Highlights by Studio fnt, South Korea

Highlights is an exhibition of works from French contemporary art museum The Collection of the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain at the Seoul Museum of Art (SeMA). The exhibition runs from May 30th to August 15, 2017, features work by artists such as Ron Mueck, David Lynch and Sarah Sze, and also includes commissioned pieces and major artworks by Korean artists.

Highlights is curated by Fondation Cartier and SeMA, set over three floors with spaces for discovery, contemplation and wonder, and features a visual identity by South Korea graphic design firm Studio fnt. This is characterised by a mix of bright colour, silver block foil print finish and a linear graphic device that connects Korean and English. This is used to link posters and exhibition brochure, catalogue, banners, signage, super graphics and tote bag.

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