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Hands On: Critical Mass by Foreign Policy

Opinion by Richard Baird

Design and publishing by Singapore-based Foreign Policy for brand, art and cultural magazine Critical Mass

Critical Mass is a biannual magazine that explores a brand’s ripple effect across the globe, from patterns in consumer spending to environmental implications. It intends to showcase, in its curation, commissioning and design, how a brand’s living legacies extend beyond mere aesthetics and profit margins in the face of fast-moving and ever-changing global consumerism. Issue 1 explores the lines blurred between artistic expression and commercial endeavour in a series of texts around Japanese contemporary artist Yayoi Kusama approached from a variety of angles by different authors.

The magazine is designed and published by Singapore-based design studio and think tank Foreign Policy and takes the form of a slim staple bound booklet of 32 pages. Although light, it is an insightful document that is materially and graphically distinct. Texts move comfortably between the micro and the meta, complete easy reads and those that are more challenging, propositions for continued thought. There is pleasing breadth drawn from a singular focus.

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Goldlink Magazine by Spy

Opinion by Richard Baird

New design by Spy for Goldsmiths' alumni magazine Goldlink

Goldsmiths’ biannual alumni magazine Goldlink has been redesigned by Spy, the design studio behind the university’s graphic identity. The magazine is distributed to over 50,000 former students and staff nationally and internationally, and in the redesign, needed to strengthen the relationship with its readership and reflect Goldsmiths’ position as a creative force with a rich research and academic legacy. Spy’s approach develops and employs the bold graphic language of the university, built around Commercial Type’s Druk and a preference for eye-catching blocks of colour set alongside or filtered into emotive images.

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Who Protects Me From Violence? by Bedow

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Who Protects Me from Violence? a UNICEF publication on domestic violence against children in Sweden designed by Bedow

Who Protects Me from Violence? is a new publication from UNICEF that focuses on the prevention of domestic violence against children in Sweden. Bedow worked with UNICEF to bring to life the real and often day to day traumas of children in violent domestic situations, and bring to light preventative measures through words, images and layout. The publication is 210×297 mm, features 72 pages and was printed as an edition of 3,000.

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