Opinion by Richard Baird.
SISU was a symposium that took place in the summer of 2014 in the city of Tallinn. Organised by The Estonian Society of Interior Architects it was a place were recognised theoreticians and practitioners from Europe, Australia and Estonia met to discuss Dynamics of Theory and Practice within the field of interior architecture. The symposium’s identity, designed by AKU, leverages many of the familiar and communicative conventions of the industry and the visual identities that have come to represent it, but uses light and the interior walls of the venue to give these a unique and distinctive quality.
Making: is the Australian Institute of Architects’ 2014 conference. Working in collaboration with creative directors Sam Crawford, Adam Haddow and Helen Norrie, Sydney based design studio Garbett developed a brand identity for the conference, which included logo, lanyard, merchandise and print design, that explores the role of the architect as maker of environments and connections that extend beyond the bounds of traditional practise. This was expressed visually and dynamically in print and online using handmade detail, an alphabetic ‘matrix’ that creates imagery when words are input, dot-to-dot portraits of the speakers, animations and a stop motion video.
Believe In recently published images of their print and brand identity work created for the Mall Galleries’ exhibition Colours Of The Kalahari, the first major display and sale of southern African Bushman art ever to be held in London. The exhibition represents the latest generation of contemporary San artists from an unbroken line that stretches back 20,000 years, and includes 150 pieces from 30 leading artists, each honouring their ancestors and their ancestor’s way of life through oil, lino cut, intaglio, embroidery, print, Xhosa or photographic approaches.