Text by Richard Baird.
Hanji is a new brand of traditional Korean papers from KCDF created to, not just inspire interest in both professionals and the general public nationally and internationally, but to also serve as a symbol of the craft inherent to the paper making workshops. And further, to promote the paper’s potential and excellence internationally. Hanji began as a basic paper, a material to contain writings and paintings, often finished with a final seal. This is where Studio fnt found their inspiration, recognising a commonality between these seals and the logos used today, both as gestures of “existence and intent”, as the studio neatly put it. That more than one seal belonged to a single individual, cast with unique meanings, provided them with the foundation for a visual identity system. Hanji thus became a person, with a series of imagined seals to unify the brand and tell its story.
Text by Richard Baird.
Erik Berglin is Stockholm-based contemporary artist. His work is flows from his understanding that some people find the art gallery uninviting and uncomfortable, and the artworks displayed as requiring insight to really appreciate. He himself has said that he dislikes 90% of the exhibitions he visits but adores the 10%. This clearly informs his work, which often brings the unexpected into the urban space or uses modern technologies to subvert the familiar. There is a beauty and playfulness to his work, an appealing aesthetic, but also an idea, an aha moment, for those that want to look deeper.
Beauty and the unexpected are central to Berglin’s The Bird Project. Over the last twelve years, having studied birds from antique books by the likes of J.J Audubon, the artist scanned pages from ornithology resources found in antiquarian bookshops and libraries and printed birds out at their actual size. He spent time with a scalpel and scissors carefully cutting these out and then wheat-pasted them in urban contexts around the world, documenting these as he went. From start to finish, a total of 4982 birds were wheat-pasted in twelve cities over five continents. These have been brought together in a new book, ‘The Bird Project 2006-2017’ designed by Lundgren+Lindqvist and published by ll’Editions. This is a 208 page hard back book 207×280mm in size. It features 101 plates printed using a process that substituted regular CMYK colours of the offset printing process with fluorescent alternatives. The book is also available as a special edition of 30 copies, which were divided into three sets of ten books. Each is presented in fluorescent acrylic glass slipcase with an inkjet print, signed and numbered by the artist.
LogoArchive launches its most pLAyfuL issue to date. Designed by Jim Sutherland, Studio Sutherl&, and featuring a story by poet and creative Director Tom Sharp, this latest LogoArchive Extra Issue presents an enquiry into work and play in graphic design practice and offers a new way to look at old things. Using a unique perforated grid the LogoArchive booklet becomes an involving series of games that seek to evoke in the reader aspects or work (regulated and goal-orientated) and play (intuitive and self-directed).
LogoArchive Extra Issue: pLAy can ordered at logoarchive.shop.
LogoArchive returns with its fifth collaborative Extra Issue: Logo Redux, dedicated to the fascinating theme of Renaissance printers’ marks. These marks, many drawn from the 15th century, appear somewhat modernist in nature. As such, this Extra Issue functions as a “prequel” to previous LogoArchive issues, and positions printers’ marks as a precursor to the modernist corporate trademarks of the mid-century.
Conceptualised by designer, educator and researcher Darren Leader, working in collaboration with Unlocking The Archive, the University of East Anglia and editor Richard Baird, this Extra Issue intends to revive interest in printers’ marks and the inventive typography of renaissance publishing.
Logo Redux is a Limited Edition run, these can be ordered at logoarchive.shop.
Inspired by a panel discussion that took place at London’s Somerset House in 2018 as part of the exhibition Print! the first issue of LogoArchive was conceived, designed and sent to print the following day. Channeling the independent spirit of niche publishing the LogoArchive zine series seeks to surprise and delight within the context and practice of mid-century logo archival by iterating with each new issue.
Independent exploration followed by collaboration has become a critical part of the LogoArchive project. Finding a balance between “social influence” and a programme of individual enquiry has been necessary to keep the project moving forward. With this “social influence” in mind Issue 9 turns its attention to people, firstly through the iconic LogoArchive booklet populated with figure-related logos and secondly by way of two inserts.
LogoArchive Issue 9 can be ordered from: LogoArchive.shop