Opinion by Richard Baird.
Ekta Sketchbooks is a three volume book collection dedicated to the work of Ekta, the moniker of Swedish animator, sculptor, designer and illustrator Daniel Götesson (b. 1978). Limited to 300 copies and available from ll’Editions these present—through pages thickened by collages, drawings and layers of paint and tape—moments of creative relief, and represent the context for the endless experimentation that characterises Ekta’s process and output. What is particularly distinctive about Extra Sketchbooks is that many of the pages have the quality of original works. These reference the past, and offer glimpses into Ekta’s future output, and have been bound into three volumes with embossed and gold stamped covers, and united in a personalised fabric covered box, designed by Scandinavian studio Lundgren+Lindqvist.
Selected by Richard Baird.
August’s highlights included Bielke & Yang’s continued work with coffee roaster and subscription service Talor&Jørgen and Akin’s packaging for Ki Sunscreen. BP&O also took a look back at Blok’s work on Rain, Gravity, Heat, Cold, a book that functioned as the strategic foundation for their brand identity design for architects Superkül. There were, however, five projects that stood out, and have made it into BP&O’s Best Of Series. These typically balance a strong singular concept, or an appropriate confluence of ideas, with a compelling stylistic character and clear communicative intention that appropriately plays with form, colour, type and layout, as well as material, texture, image and print finish.
Throughout the month BP&O also continued to expand on its collections series as another way to jump through to older posts on the site. New additions to this were Books and Illustration. Updated projects in August included Studio Dumbar’s work for Mauritshuis.
Selected by Richard Baird.
A continually updated gallery of book and magazine design, reviewed and published on BP&O. This post features work by Blok, Toko and Bedow, and covers both fiction and non fiction. Projects include approaches that, through space and structure, pace the reader, augment content with material concepts and play with flow through different paper sizes, colour and gradation. These move between the striking, memorable and singular in concept, to the visually rich, the idiosyncratic and nuanced, and the literal and abstract. This post features both simple cover ideas to fully realised experiences that include packaging, and those that were designed as individual publications as well as those that are part of a new brand identity system. Be sure to click the images to read more about the project and the intentions of each design, or check out brand books and digital guidelines here, and brochures, lookbooks and catalogues here.