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Tatau by Inhouse

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Book design by New Zealand-based studio Inhouse for Tatau, a publication on the history of Sāmoan tattooing

Tatau chronicles the rich cultural history of Sāmoan tattooing, from its beginnings 3,000 years ago to the practices of today. Tatau takes the form of a 320 page hardback book (255 x 200mm) illustrated with historical photographs from the nineteenth, twentieth and twenty-first-century, diagrams, film stills and images of posters and related artefacts. These were brought together by Sean Mallon and Sébastien Galliot, and set alongside texts that explore how Sāmoan tattooing has been shaped and reshaped over an extended period by regional and international forces, with graphic and editorial design by New Zealand-based studio Inhouse. The book features a distinctive debossed cover, custom typeface and a reversible half jack with examples of contemporary male and female tatau by photographer Greg Semu.

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Innsbruck International, Biennial of the Arts by Studio Mut

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Logo, visual identity, posters, programmes and website designed by Studio Mut for Innsbruck International, Biennial of the Arts

Innsbruck International, Biennial of the Arts is a 16-day event set over 10 locations presenting the work of over 20 international artists who are invited to make use of Innsbruck’s historical and contemporary venues. Together, these works reach across the wide spectrum of the visual arts; from painting and sculpture, film and sound to performances and installations. Although events of this kind are, by their very nature, politically charged; the worldviews of a few artists presented to an international audience, the 2018 event brought this right to the forefront under the theme of “Agents Of Social Change”. Capturing the spirit of this Italians Studio Mut developed a graphic identity for the 2018 Biennial that included posters, advertising, programmes, brochures and website. This is marked by a visual language of both the personable and mechanical, motion and pause, yet, united by an immediacy and urgency.

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STK Magazine by Moodley

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Annual magazine design by Austrian studio Moodley for Steirische Terrior und Klassikweingüter, a the winemaking assocatiation of Austria's Southern and South-Eastern Styria region

Steirische Terrior und Klassikweingüter (STK) is a free association of ten wineries that have committed themselves to a region-specific wine culture and outstanding quality. The STK seal is a protected trademark and guarantee of quality for wines produced in the Southern and South-Eastern region of Styria, Austria.

STK was founded more than 30 years ago by a group of winegrowers who believed in the region’s potential to develop into a hot spot for world-class wines. The land is characterised by its difficult conditions for winemaking. Steep hills, unpredictable weather and versatile soils require willpower, experience and time to master yet together produce an unmistakable Styrian taste.

The STK annual magazine, designed by Austrian studio Moodley, brings to light and life the winegrowers; past generations and present custodians, the region and its terrior. What gives the magazine further character is its complimentary focus on the other side of wine production, what is described as an indispensable part of STK’s work and life: architecture, design, cuisine, art and culture. This duality, the intersection of heritage and modernity, the down-to-earth and the refinement of culture is explored within the full potential of the magazine; in the balance and arrangement of text, image and space, in typestyle and art direction, and in the dialogues that are created between all of the elements.

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