The Very Best Design of 2018 — BP&O

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REVOLT by Paul Belford Ltd.

Opinion by Richard Baird

Hardcover book design by Paul Belford Ltd. for Revolt by Alex Lewis and Bridget Angear

REVOLT is described as an instruction manual, tool-kit and practical guide for any business seeking to do more with their brand, or for individuals looking to get more out of life. The central premise is that having people on your side, and that the ability to form and activate a group is the secret to success, and essentially leverages and intends to help channel any feeling of disenfranchisement and anger into affirmative action and movements of change. Content feels very much of its time, although the visual and form language of action and disruption, revolution and dissent employed by Paul Belford Ltd. is an enduring and fairly universal one. Conflating political and societal struggles with corporate (or charitable) interest or self-help is bold and provocative, as is its visual expression.

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Shakespeare In The Park 2018 by Pentagram

Opinion by Richard Baird

Posters, signage, website, t-shirts, tote bags and newspaper advertising by Pentagram's Paula Scher for The Public Theatre's Shakespeare in the Park 2018

Shakespeare In The Park is an annual event and series of free performances presented by New York’s The Public Theatre that will take place at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park during May and throughout June. This year will see performances of Othello and Twelfth Night. These are being promoted by a campaign developed by Pentagram’s Paula Scher, with assets such as signage being designed and deployed by Public’s in-house team. This builds on the enduring identity Paula Scher designed for the theatre in 1994, revised in 2005 and 2008, maintaining its impact and dynamic qualities whilst working in a new and distinctive colour palette of bright gradients, contrasting solid blocks of black and a strong sense of the systematised and the architectural. Alongside the tagline “Be In The Park” this links signage, static and dynamic posters and billboards, t-shirts, tote bags and newspaper advertising.

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Lukas/Markus – Kalle Sanner by Lundgren+Lindqvist

Opinion by Richard Baird

Semi-transparent foil embossed cover designed by Lundgren+Lindqvist for Kalle Sanner's photographic project Lukas/Markus

Lukas/Markus is a decade-long photographic project by Kalle Sanner shot with a large format camera and exploring the mirrored and connected chapels of Saint Lukas and Saint Markus designed by architect Sven Brolid. The structure was built during the 1960s, a period when Swedish functionalism was at its height, and is located in the Western Cemetery of Gothenburg.

The book, released May 2018 and co-published by ll’Editions and Blackbook Publications, exists in two versions. The first is an 82 page cloth-bound hardcover trade edition that measures 200 x 223 mm and the second is a special edition housed within a handmade clamshell box that includes an embroidered handker­chief and one of three c-prints signed and numbered by the photographer. Both of these books were designed by Scandinavian studio Lundgren+Lindqvist.

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