Opinion by Richard Baird
Buk Seoul Museum of Art is an art museum and park where art, community and nature coalesce. It promotes cultural activity and interaction and brought cultural spaces and facilities to the North-eastern part of Seoul where they were previously lacking. The museum is marked not only by its distinctive forms, designed by Samoo Architects & Engineers and completed in 2013, but in its interaction with the hill Nowon. The movement of people through and around built structure and natural park, and the dialogue and interaction between external structure of the museum and its shaping of natural landscape is captured in the museum’s 2018 season programme guide, designed by Studio fnt, through colour, form and imagery.
Selected by Richard Baird.
A continually updated gallery of graphic design work created by Studio fnt reviewed and published on BP&O. Studio fnt is a Seoul based graphic design studio creating graphic identities, design for print, interactive/digital media products and packaging, and has an approach that seeks to collect fragmented and straying thoughts, and organises and transforms these into relevant forms.
This post covers a variety of projects, but there is a strong leaning towards events and festivals. BP&O has been following and writing about Studio fnt since 2014. Their work has often stood out for its mix of contemporary visual design language and a cultural sensitivity, reference and relevance. Studio fnt’s portfolio moves between singular but bold graphic gestures to an illustrative richness with much of the work being cheerful and playful in its mix of colour, form, type and image.
Highlights include their work for BIFAN; a mix of custom type and commissioned illustration, the illustrative collages for Ulju Mountain Film Festival, and the correlation between type, image and interior design throughout their work for Daechung Park Cafe.
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.