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The Best of BP&O — Books & Magazines of 2018

Selected by Richard Baird.

The Best of BP&O — Books & Magazines of 2018

As BP&O continues to build out its reviews to include work beyond graphic identity and package design we take a look back at the books and magazines published on BP&O in 2018. Highlights included Bedow’s haunting work on Who Protects Me From Violence, Fredrik Værslev As I Imagine Him by Zak Group andStudio Mut’s book on New Architecture in South Tyroll. However, there were five projects that stood out, and have made it into BP&O’s Best Of Series.

This feature brings together those book and magazine projects that find a synergy between content and form, and often develop the notion of pretext further, published on the site during 2018 for another opportunity to be seen and shared. These balance a strong and appropriate concept, structure and form with a compelling graphic and material response. These are BP&O’s favourites, and are presented in no particular order.

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The Best of BP&O — November 2018

Selected by Richard Baird.

The Best of BP&O — November 2018

November’s highlights included Studio Brave’s graphic identity for property development Everlea, Zak Groups book for artist Fredrik Værslev as part of the exhibition As I Imagine Him and Here Design’s packaging for Teatulia. There were, however, five projects that stood out and have made it into BP&O’s Best Of Series. Between them, these typically balance a strong singular concept or an appropriate confluence of ideas with a compelling visual character and clear communicative intention that appropriately play with form, colour, type and layout, as well as material, texture, image and print finish.

BP&O, in this end of month review, tries to recognise both the smart use of small budgets—those that channel spending into the most appropriate assets—and those projects with a broad and holistic quality, establishing a continuity (conceptual and/or visual) across multiple touch points. Many of the projects share a concise aesthetic expression, yet there is nuance and strategic weight to these, so do click through and read more about each of these.

Throughout the month BP&O also continued to expand on its collections series as another way to jump through to older posts on the site. This included a collection of projects that feature spot colours and a studio showcase on Commission.

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Hands On: Migrant Journal No.5 by Offshore Studio

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Migrant Journal No.5 Micro Odysseys edited by Justinien Tribillon, Michaela Büsse and Dámaso Randulfe, co-edited and designed by Offshore Studio

Migrant Journal is a six-part exploration of migration in all its forms. It covers, as you might expect, the current and pressing political and socio-cultural implications of the mass migration of people, yet also delves deeper into the more abstract movement of ideas, power and information around the globe. Migrant Journal, in its breadth but a continuity of theme, intends to reclaim the word migration, to break free from prejudice and cliché.

This is a hands-on review of Migrant Journal No.5 its themes and how these manifest themselves visually and materially. This issue, Micro Odysseys, explores microscopic entanglements, invisible movements, tiny particles, imperceptible matter and antimatter. For thoughts on Migrant Journal as a total project, check out BP&O’s review here.

Migrant Journal began as a Kickstarter project and is edited by Justinien Tribillon, Michaela Büsse and Dámaso Randulfe, co-edited and designed by Isabel Seiffert and Christoph Miler of Offshore Studio.

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