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Speculations On Anonymous Materials by Zak Group

Opinion by Richard Baird

Catalogue by Zak Group for a trilogy of exhibitions that explore the theoretical lines separating the natural from and the artificial at Fridericianum

Speculations on Anonymous Materials (2013), nature after nature (2014) and Inhuman (2015) is a trilogy of exhibitions, curated by Susanne Pfeffer, that took place at Fridericianum, Europe’s oldest public museum, located in the German city of Kessel. The exhibitions, which mark the institution’s turn towards post-humanist thinking, intended to demonstrate how current artistic practices shift the theoretical boundaries separating the natural from the artificial. London-based design studio Zak Group was recently commissioned to catalogue the trilogy of exhibitions, which was then published by Koenig Books. The catalogue is set in German and English, has 220 pages and features three metallic spot colours.

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BP&O Collections — Spot Colours

Selected by Richard Baird.

A continually updated gallery of graphic design, visual identity and packaging work, reviewed and published on BP&O, that employ a distinctive use of spot colour. These include a finely detailed use of metallics, pages of solid bright colour and moments of richness. This post features work by Bond, Blok and Bunch, and covers a variety of projects, from books and retail branding, sweet packaging and print production studios.

This post explores the immediacy of solid colour, the pleasure and interaction of multiple spot colours and occasions where metallics are used to draw out details within photography. Functional uses of spot colour include catching the eye, marking a change between content, or as a component to link products and differentiate brand.

The conceptual approaches include the extensive use of spots to express the capacity of a print production company Cerovski, the unifying of disparate photographic styles throughout Migrant Journal, and the warmth and joy of a bright orange as an articulation of the singular theme of MacGuffin magazine. Also check out Fluorescent Ink & PapersBlind Embossing and Die Cutting.

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Everlea by Studio Brave

Opinion by Richard Baird

Property branding for Everlea by Studio Brave featuring illustration by Tom Abbiss Smith.

Everlea is a new property development described as a private sanctuary of townhouses located in the Melbourne suburb of Keysborough, an expanding community marked by its space and natural surroundings of native trees, shrubs, parkland and a landscaped network of safe pedestrianised streets. Developed by SB&G, working in collaboration with Bruce Henderson Architects, landscape architects Tract and Kathy Demos, Everlea “offers a pairing of design expertise guided by a vision of individuality.” Naming and visual identity, designed by Studio Brave, is based around the notions of “establishing an authentic life”, “the everlasting landscape” and “space to grow”, and touches upon the themes of family, home, community and environment. This is expressed through a series of commissioned illustrations by UK artist Tom Abbiss Smith. These illustrations link every customer touchpoint, from bound booklets to binder to single house-style sheets and website.

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