Opinion by Richard Baird
The National Theater of Korea is the first nationally managed theatre in Asia. It is something of a brutalist building of textured and geometric concrete located in the neighbourhood of Jung-gu, South Korea. Each season it plays host to a broad and diverse contemporary art program of dance, music and performance, one-off events and festivals. To celebrate and announce the new season the theatre worked with Studio fnt to develop a campaign identity for 2017–18. This took the form of a bold typographic expression which links posters, large format banners and printed programs.
Opinion by Richard Baird.
The exhibition ‘Carlos Garaicoa, The Politics and Poetics of Space’ brought to light and incorporates several different stories. It explored the city as a place people live and reside. It talked of the buildings that were founded on power and political ideologies. And of the ruins of those that enjoyed a former greatness or were too troubled to ever see completion. The exhibition featured a variety of art forms and techniques. These were unified by the theme of architectural perspective, which was then explored throughout graphic identity, designed by Work In Progress, using constructed points of view.
Opinion by Seth Rowden
Graanmarkt 13 is a restaurant, high-end concept store and apartment in Antwerp. It is described by Base, the studio behind its graphic identity, as a special house, a crossover place full of surprises. This was articulated through a story that positioned Graanmarkt 13 as a haven for people in search of objects and experiences with soul and meaning.
Garden 13 is a series of plant-based products and an online shop inspired by Graanmarkt 13’s rooftop garden philosophy. These products intend to develop the brand outside of its physical location, to reach an international audience.
In their packaging design for this new range, which builds on their initial identity work for Graanmarkt 13 Base tease the reader’s curiosity. They translate the feeling and sensory experience of using each botanical product into microcopy expressed as a single sentence over a variety of surfaces.
A pared-back but well-intentioned material language, a robustness that implies value, and a structural design that sees the cylindrical and simple link a breadth of products, serve as useful surfaces for emotive communication. This materiality is thoughtful and beautifully constructed, yet it is the words that are the real highlight. Copywriter Seth Rowden offers his opinion.