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Unfolded by Commission

Opinion by Richard Baird

Packaging design and brand communications by Commission for design and print festival Unfolded at The Gmund Paper Factory

Unfolded is a design and print festival that celebrates the creative work happening across Europe in the disciplines of design, printing and brand communication. This was held by and at The Gmund Paper Factory in Germany on the 9th November 2018. The event created a space for sharing ideas and fostering dialogue between creative individuals, providers of printing services, brand managers and experts from the business and agency scene. Unfolded also hosted lectures, keynote speakers and panels around brand strategy, materiality and sustainability. An exhibition, running in parallel to these events, showcased the latest developments within the industry.

The innovative dimension of the event, its desire to develop industry discourse, and the potential of design, material and print to synergise, is expressed in the delivery, presentation and form of the Unfolded invitation, created by London-based design studio Commission. This is initially marked by the impact of colour and type, volume and robustness, form and mechanism yet, and in contrast, is followed by the framing of a delicately micro-perforated and block foiled invitation.

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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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LogoArchive Issue 3 by BP&O (Preview)

The first issue of LogoArchive in print was conceived, designed and sent to the printers (for quotation) within a day. It was inspired by a panel discussion that took place the day before at Somerset House as part of the exhibition Print! Tearing It Up. Following a successful launch and a sold-out first issue LogoArchive returns in November with its third release.

LogoArchive is founded on a long-standing enthusiasm for a well-crafted mid-century logo; a convivial metaphor, a communicative immediacy and smart use of form language. However, in print, it was never imagined as a document with just a singular intention; the simple documentation of logos, rather a mode in which to build a story and migrate ideas. This project also intends to explore the potential of the zine to reconfigure itself regularly over time. Issue 3 tackles this theme more directly through the collation of found science symbols, three original texts and the recycled materiality of an insert. The passage of time is marked by each new issue through volume, with a further page added, taking the zine up to twenty pages, this includes front and back as a critical part of content and total experience.

LogoArchive Issue 3 will be printed by WithPrint on Colorplan Ebony 135gsm with multiple passes of white ink on an HP Indigo press. It features an eight-page Cyclus 100gsm insert printed with black. These are bound with black staples. As the zine moves into its third issue, it begins to find its feet, moving closer towards its ambition of sharing ideas and the joy of mid-century symbols. An early release of LogoArchive Issue 3 will be available online from counter-print.co.uk at the beginning of November. Sign up for release notifications here.