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James Cohan Gallery by Project Projects, United States

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Brand identity and business cards for New York contemporary art gallery James Cohan by graphic design studio Project Projects

James Cohan is a contemporary art gallery with two locations in New York, one in Lower East Side and the other in Chelsea. Recent exhibitions have included work by artists such as Mernet Larsen, Fred Tomaselli and Beatriz Milhazes, with Philip Hanson and Omer Fast to follow later this year.

The gallery recently collaborated with American graphic design studio Project Projects to develop a new visual identity. This went on to include custom logotype, business cards, stationery and website, as well as print for the inaugural exhibition of early drawings and sculptures by artist Robert Smithson.

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The Collection of A. Alfred Taubman by Franklyn, United States

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Visual identity and four-volume catalogue for The Collection of A. Alfred Taubman by Brooklyn based graphic design studio Franklyn

The late A. Alfred Taubman was an American real estate billionaire, philanthropist and former owner and chairman of Sotheby’s, who had built a significant art collection, valued at around $500 million, that included works by Raphael, Kandinsky and Picasso, amongst many others.

Following Taubman’s death this year, and with the hope of restoring his image after a price-fixing conviction in 2002, Sotheby’s held a private auction of his collection. To mark this event New York based graphic design studio Franklyn created a visual identity system that draws attention to the high-profile nature of the artists and the artwork for sale, and would share some of the personal aesthetic sensitivities of their former owner. The project went on to include monogram, signage and brochure design.

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Norwegian Presence by Bielke&Yang, Norway

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Catalogue for Norwegian Presence by graphic design studio Bielke&Yang

Norwegian Presence was an exhibition of handcraft and design, past and present, from Norway. It was held at Fuorisalone, which makes up part of Milan Design Week, and moved on to The Gifts & Interior trade fair in Oslo and 100% Norway in London. The exhibition featured 51 different products from 46 designers, with the intention of showcasing a diversity of approaches, innovations, skills and materials.

Norwegian Presence was made possible through a collaboration between Klubben (Norwegian Designers Union), contemporary craft proponent Norwegian Crafts, and Norwegian Icons, an organisation dedicated to raising the international awareness of Norway’s contribution to Scandinavian mid-century design. Other partners included paint manufacturer Jotun, stylists Kråkvik & D’Orazio, and graphic design studio Bielke&Yang, who were responsible for visual identity and print communication.

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