Opinion by Richard Baird.
Tatau chronicles the rich cultural history of Sāmoan tattooing, from its beginnings 3,000 years ago to the practices of today. Tatau takes the form of a 320 page hardback book (255 x 200mm) illustrated with historical photographs from the nineteenth, twentieth and twenty-first-century, diagrams, film stills and images of posters and related artefacts. These were brought together by Sean Mallon and Sébastien Galliot, and set alongside texts that explore how Sāmoan tattooing has been shaped and reshaped over an extended period by regional and international forces, with graphic and editorial design by New Zealand-based studio Inhouse. The book features a distinctive debossed cover, custom typeface and a reversible half jack with examples of contemporary male and female tatau by photographer Greg Semu.
Opinion by Richard Baird.
Steirische Terrior und Klassikweingüter (STK) is a free association of ten wineries that have committed themselves to a region-specific wine culture and outstanding quality. The STK seal is a protected trademark and guarantee of quality for wines produced in the Southern and South-Eastern region of Styria, Austria.
STK was founded more than 30 years ago by a group of winegrowers who believed in the region’s potential to develop into a hot spot for world-class wines. The land is characterised by its difficult conditions for winemaking. Steep hills, unpredictable weather and versatile soils require willpower, experience and time to master yet together produce an unmistakable Styrian taste.
The STK annual magazine, designed by Austrian studio Moodley, brings to light and life the winegrowers; past generations and present custodians, the region and its terrior. What gives the magazine further character is its complimentary focus on the other side of wine production, what is described as an indispensable part of STK’s work and life: architecture, design, cuisine, art and culture. This duality, the intersection of heritage and modernity, the down-to-earth and the refinement of culture is explored within the full potential of the magazine; in the balance and arrangement of text, image and space, in typestyle and art direction, and in the dialogues that are created between all of the elements.
Opinion by Richard Baird
Critical Mass is a biannual magazine that explores a brand’s ripple effect across the globe, from patterns in consumer spending to environmental implications. It intends to showcase, in its curation, commissioning and design, how a brand’s living legacies extend beyond mere aesthetics and profit margins in the face of fast-moving and ever-changing global consumerism. Issue 1 explores the lines blurred between artistic expression and commercial endeavour in a series of texts around Japanese contemporary artist Yayoi Kusama approached from a variety of angles by different authors.
The magazine is designed and published by Singapore-based design studio and think tank Foreign Policy and takes the form of a slim staple bound booklet of 32 pages. Although light, it is an insightful document that is materially and graphically distinct. Texts move comfortably between the micro and the meta, complete easy reads and those that are more challenging, propositions for continued thought. There is pleasing breadth drawn from a singular focus.