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Leandro Erlich: Both Sides Now by Studio fnt

Words by Richard Baird

Visual identity, posters, programme and supergraphics by Studio fnt for the solo exhibition of works by Argentina contemporary artist Leandro Erlich

Both Sides Now, a title borrowed from Joni Mitchell’s famous song, is a solo exhibition of Argentinian contemporary artist Leandro Erlich’s work that took place at the Seoul Museum of Art between December 2019 and March 2020. Erlich’s installations, often receiving international acclaim, mirrors, reflective surfaces, water and other various materials to create optical illusions to transform familiar, everyday spaces such as an elevator, staircase or swimming pool.

South Korean designers Studio fnt worked on the creation of a visual identity for the exhibition that would link a variety of surfaces, from supergraphics, to programmes to posters to banners and digital displays by drawing on one of the artist’s pieces to convey recurring ideas, proposals and motifs found throughout Erlich’s work.

Structure, holographic foil and distorted typographical elements are woven together to express the transience and subversiveness of a reflection or shadow, as well as the blurred boundaries between the the material objects that make up our subjective experience.

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MoMA by Order

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Branding for MoMA 2020 designed by New York-based Order, design, print, web design

The MoMA logotype, set in Franklin Gothic No. 2 and designed by Ivan Chermayeff, is an icon, and has been part of the New York urban landscape and international museum graphic vernacular since its creation in 1964. With evolving communicative needs and channels, the MoMA logotype was made a central graphic device as part of a new visual identity launched in 2009. Created by Pentagram and MoMA’s Creative Director for Graphics and Advertising Julia Hoffmann, this flexible visual identity was developed to bring a systematised and cohesive programme to print, web and environmental applications.

In 2019, MoMA expanded its 53rd Street location, adding 40,000 sq. ft. of new gallery space. This will showcase more of its collection with the intention of better representing and balancing a diversity of backgrounds, periods, media, and geographies, with a performative quality at the heart of its galleries. Just as in 2009, new approaches to communication; moving from exhibition-focused campaigns to a seasonal approach, required a revision to the MoMA visual identity to coincide with its expansion. New York-based Order reviewed and then defined what they described as a more modular, adaptable, and scalable design system for the museum’s communications, alongside the recommendation of a seasonal approach. This included updating the PS1 and Design Store logos, adding these as brand extensions of MoMA’s singular institutional mark. All additional applications were then designed and produced in house by the MoMA Design Studio, these included newsprint advertising, design store catalogue covers, member’s day programmes, banners, map and tickets.

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Outline by Studio South

Opinion by Richard Baird

Visual identity and brochure design by Studio South for Outline, a six lot property development opportunity in Auckland

Outline is a six lot freehold property development opportunity from Fearon Hay Architects located on Kings Road on the border of Mount Eden and Mount Roskill in a culturally and historically rich neighbourhood in Auckland. Each lot is 95m2 with the capacity to build four levels and include a roof living space totalling 300m2 of floor area. Studio South worked with Fearon Hay Architects to develop a visual identity for Outline.

Absent architecture, positioning focuses on the unlimited potential of each lot, with a language that speaks to families and those individuals and couples looking for modern and adaptable living and working spaces. This is achieved through a distinct series of illustrations and simple graphic gesture that runs across website and brochure design. The Outline project, while focusing on selling the lot and planning permissions, also seeks to facilitate, or at least ease, the way to design and build through connections to partners.

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