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UAL 2016–17 Campaign by Spy, United Kingdom

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Graphic design by Spy for the University of the Arts London

The University of the Arts London is Europe’s largest specialist arts and design university. It is made up of six colleges, each with its own unique character and programme, yet unified in their effort to deliver a high quality creative eduction. This united position is expressed through a visual identity system developed by Pentagram partner Domenic Lippa. Based around a robust, black and white typographic system, UAL’s visual identity affords each college the opportunity to experiment with its own approach to visual communication.

This month sees the launch of the UAL 2015 campaign, developed by London based graphic design studio Spy, for Camberwell, Chelsea and Wimbledon. Spy were commissioned to develop a vibrant, engaging brand campaign to launch in the summer that would drive student recruitment and brand awareness. The campaign included ads, posters, digital banners, brochures, prospectus, e-flyers and way finding around each campus.

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FS Silas Launch Campaign by Believe In, United Kingdom

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Graphic design by Believe In for British type foundry Fontsmith

FS Silas is a new sans-serif and slab-serif font family from British type foundry Fontsmith, each available in five weights and an italic. The family is described as having a squareness of rounded forms with dynamically angles terminals and slabs capable of offering contemporary brands the opportunity to employ different voices with one typographic system.

Fontsmith worked with graphic design studio Believe In to develop a name and launch campaign. This included type specimen, social media strategy and a number of short videos created in collaboration with The Space Between. These digital and print artefacts were united by the title FS Silas – The Enigmatic Type, and a concept that draws its inspiration from the dossiers and secret files of espionage, as well as type specimens of the 50’s and 60’s.

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Arjowiggins Curious Matter x FIAC designed by The Bakery

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Graphic design by The Bakery for Arjowiggins

FIAC is an annual contemporary arts fair where galleries from across the world gather and present work by the emerging artists they represent. The fair takes place at the Grand Palais in Paris and runs for four days during October. Paper merchant Arjowiggins, a longstanding partner, continued to support the event by providing material for FIAC’s catalogue and event guides. This year, these featured a distinctive bookmark created by Moscow-based graphic design studio The Bakery and printed by Generation Press, as a way to further showcase the merchant’s Curious Matter range.

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