Opinion by Richard Baird.
Exploratorium is a “public learning laboratory” and San Francisco based museum that enables visitors to question and make sense of the world around them through hands-on exhibits that touch upon science, art and human perception. Its summer 2019 exhibition, Self, Made, continues in the spirit of exploration but turns this inward, tackling the theme of human identity. It did this through a host of outside collaborators to curate exhibits, artefacts, and artworks with the intention to “shift visitors’ inherent views of themselves.” As part of a continued partnership with the Exploratorium, brand experience design company Collins created a launch campaign for the exhibition. This campaign is characterised by its broad use of colour, texture and imagery to construct a series of portraits, a graphic gesture that seeks to express the complex confluence of unseen forces that combine to create the self. These portraits run across and connect posters, transport livery, banners and super-graphics across the exhibition space and on to the streets of San Francisco. This was part of a three-month in-person and online campaign, which was then also integrated into wayfinding, merchandising and giveaways.
Opinion by Richard Baird
CareerTrackers is an Australian charitable organisation that addresses Indigenous disadvantage by developing professional career pathways, internship programs and links with private sector employers for Indigenous university students. It does this through a model adapted from an African-American internship program that has been tackling disadvantage for over 45 years. This model sees students intern with sponsoring companies with the intention of converting them into full-time employees following the completion of their university degree.
Sydney-based studio Garbett worked with CareerTrackers to develop a graphic identity for its 2017 Annual Report and Gala Awards evening which included banners, information cards, trophies and tote bags, and then went on to develop this for the following year. These are linked by a modern take on Indigenous art in form, colour and materiality. Where the 2017 Awards program played with multiple colours, 2018 saw the introduction of a more paired-down mix of black, white and red ink.
Opinion by Richard Baird
The Architect’s Bookshop is a new design-focused retailer, located in Sydney’s Surrey Hills, devoted to the books of architecture and interior design, landscaping and urban development. The space was conceptualised as being more than a bookshop but a place to take time out to browse, a chance to engage with the material and form of the books, and as a place for those interested in all things related to the built environment to meet and engage in informal conversation and design discourse.
Australian design studio Garbett worked with The Architect’s Bookshop to develop a visual identity that would capture the spirit of the space, the positioning ‘a place for architecture lovers’ and comfortable with and distinct from a material and graphic sophistication of architectural publishing, channelling the universal, enduring and immediate form language associated with architectural structure and book reading. This project covered, alongside logotype, tote bag, bookmark/business card, bookstands, signage, price stickers, gift cards and art direction.