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Ekta: 160 Faces by Lundgren+Lindqvist

Text by Richard Baird

Art book by generatively designed by Lundgren+Lindqvist for Swedish contemporary artist Ekta

160 Faces is a new publication from Swedish artist Daniel Götesson working under the name Ekta, designed by Lundgren+Lindqvist and distributed under the studio’s publishing arm ll’Editions. The book collates 160 drawings made by the artist in 2019, and sequenced, rather than in logical pairs and with a curated rhythm, but by using an algorithm developed by the studio. Applied using modern print technologies, each book becomes a unique experience of unexpected outcomes. The viewer is thus involved in formulating meaning between human faces that were algorithmically paired, and outside of the hands of the artist. This intersection of machine generated results, a very human image and artistic expression, continues in the typesetting of title pages and colophon. Here, Lundgren+Lindqvist designed a basic framework for the artist, who wrote all the necessary text with the same crayon he used when creating the drawings.

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Ediya Beanist by Studio fnt

Text by Richard Baird

Visual identity and packaging programme by Studio fnt for South Korean coffee brand Ediya Beanist

EDIYA is a well-established South Korean coffee brand, with franchised stores and array of drinks and branded products. It has the largest number of stores, exceeding that of Starbucks and any other international brands, opening its 3000th store at the end of 2019. With such a strong foothold in the market, and with the rise of at-home and ready-to-drink variations of large coffee store brands internationally, EDIYA sought to develop this within the national market, recognising that, with the current income levels in Korea, there was space to expand into the home-brewed coffee market.

Through the day-to-day operation of its stores which afford it a real-time understanding of market shifts and changes in consumption and demand, EDIYA has developed deep regional insights. This is paired with a full end-to-end production capability, from raw material sourcing to processing, to roasting to product develop in its own coffee lab. Drawing on this experience EDIYA created BEANIST, a new home brewing brand. And worked with Studio fnt to create branding and packaging. The studio sought to maintain EDIYA’s brand equity, drawing on aspects of the company’s coffee shop store signage, and give this new brand a clear presence within the competitive instant coffee market through a striking intersection of form, colour and communication.

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Leandro Erlich: Both Sides Now Catalogue by Studio fnt

Text by Richard Baird

A look at the catalogue for the exhibition Leandro Erlich: Both Sides Now, designed by Studio fnt.

Both Sides Now was an exhibition of works by Argentinian contemporary artist Leandro Erlich. This took place at the Seoul Museum of Art between December 2019 and March 2020. Erlich’s installations employ mirrors, reflective surfaces, water and other materials to form optical illusions with the intention of transforming familiar, everyday spaces. Studio fnt worked to develop an identity for the exhibition that would establish a continuity of surfaces by drawing on one of the artist’s pieces to convey recurring ideas, proposals and motifs, those found throughout Erlich’s work. This connected supergraphics and programmes with posters, banners, digital displays and an exhibition catalogue.

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