Located in the Majorstuen district of Oslo The Norwegian Academy of Music is Norway’s largest music academy. It offers both undergraduate and post-graduate courses, has educated some of Norway’s most prolific musicians, and, according to Wikipedia, ‘attempts to lay the foundation for research within the various fields of music’.
Based around the concept of an ‘endless visual pulse’, design agency Neue developed a new generative logo system for the academy that takes the sounds of students practicing, the conversations of the cafeteria and the applause of the concert halls, and allows these to resonate through a number of graphic elements set above and below a horizontal line to form a responsive and geometric waveform.
Highlights this year have included new websites and work from Heydays and The Company you Keep, a multitude of new brand identity developments from Anagrama and Bunch, and a brutalist inspired piece by London based design studio St.
However, there were five projects that really stood out for me that have made it into BP&O’s top five of 2013, a feature that brings together what I believe to be the most interesting of the year for another opportunity to be seen and shared. These include an oversized twist on the smallest digital measure, a logotype taken out and about, bright pattern work, some solid use of material texture, print finish and photography as well as typographic contrast and a good use of unprinted space.
This month’s highlights have included work by Norwegian studio Uniform for restaurants Ingierstrand Bad and Festningen, a new brand identity project from Sagmeister & Walsh for Function Engineering, a visual identity and interior design solution by Mucho for Barcelona deli restaurant Florentina, as well as work from Fieldwork and Hey.
However, there were five projects that really stood out for me which have made it into BP&O’s top five, a feature that brings together what I believe to be the most interesting of the month for another opportunity to be seen and shared. These include identity and tactile stationery work from Fivethousand Fingers, a typographical brand identity and collateral by Anagrama for auteur film distributor Interior XII, and new work for Sebazzo by Bunch which includes paper marquetry business cards.