Founded in 2010 by Meg Onli, Black Visual Archive is an on-line collection of “critical writings that contextualise the work of African American artists through historical and visual history”, and is “dedicated to the documentation and review of contemporary black and post-black visual culture” through the release of “regular texts on contemporary artists, works and exhibitions.”
YAY Festival is a Stockholm based design event, created Swedish by design studio Snask working in collaboration with ‘brand experience agency’ Grandins Flying Circus, that was launched in 2012 with guest speakers that included Aaron James Draplin and Jennifer Cirpici who replaced Jessica Hisch.
The identity for the 2012 event, recently published by Snask on their website, juxtaposes traditional and fine illustrative still life watercolour detail, enhanced by full bleeds in print, with the urban energy, enthusiasm and hand crafted sensibilities of a script of broad brush strokes and the on-trend restraint of a single line weight logotype – both well rendered a with decent sense of motion through each of the letters and plenty of individual character. This contrast continues with the modernistic restraint and efficiency of geometric sans-serif. Together these deliver a rich and striking contrast and resolution of both classic and contemporary design themes.
Matthew Hilton is a designer working with De La Espada to bring together craftsmanship, premium materials and advanced manufacturing technologies to produce high quality furniture. Spin, the agency responsible for developing Matthew Hilton’s brand identity, have recently completed the packaging of his first time piece as well as the print for the launch event.
Spin’s juxtaposition of low-fi corrugated card, mechanical stamp and efficient sans-serif typography alongside the current favour for bright dyed board, foil and edge painted detail, the technicality of the illustration’s fine line weights and the contemporary geometric build of the monogram, all set set over the organic lines of a crafted wooden box, delivers high contrast and communicative impact that feels like a solid reflection of the basic functionality of a time piece and the balance between high quality craftsmanship and machined precision.