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Ekta: 160 Faces by Lundgren+Lindqvist

Text by Richard Baird

Art book by generatively designed by Lundgren+Lindqvist for Swedish contemporary artist Ekta

160 Faces is a new publication from Swedish artist Daniel Götesson working under the name Ekta, designed by Lundgren+Lindqvist and distributed under the studio’s publishing arm ll’Editions. The book collates 160 drawings made by the artist in 2019, and sequenced, rather than in logical pairs and with a curated rhythm, but by using an algorithm developed by the studio. Applied using modern print technologies, each book becomes a unique experience of unexpected outcomes. The viewer is thus involved in formulating meaning between human faces that were algorithmically paired, and outside of the hands of the artist. This intersection of machine generated results, a very human image and artistic expression, continues in the typesetting of title pages and colophon. Here, Lundgren+Lindqvist designed a basic framework for the artist, who wrote all the necessary text with the same crayon he used when creating the drawings.

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Graphic Design No. 11, 1963

Text by Richard Baird.

Richard Baird takes a look back at Japanese magazine Graphic Design No.11 from 1963, with a special feature from Shigeo Fukuda.

“Graphic Design” / グラフィックデザイン was a monthly magazine from Diamond that moved between the flourishing practice of graphic design (commercial art) and more broadly, visual culture (historical and of the present) both nationally in Japan and internationally. The magazine was distinctive in its proportionality (nearly square), and in its mix of papers. These included dyed uncoated and glossy papers, colour and black and white imagery. But also for its “Graphic Design Labatory” section which often played with the intersection of the graphic, print technologies and materials. This magazine is available on the LogoArchive.Shop.

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LogoArchive International by BP&O

Text by Richard Baird.

LogoArchive International by BP&O. A programme by Richard Baird

BP&O’s LogoArchive began in 2015 as an Instagram account documenting the form language and abstract form-making of corporate identity designers and commercial artists that developed between 1920–1989. This now has a following of over 160,000 people, and was then expanded upon in 2018 to include a series of zines published by BP&O. These include seven numbered issues and three Extra Issues, with a fourth due out soon. The LogoArchive.International programme intends to develop this further. By giving geo-specific teams access to LogoArchive’s extensive archive of logos we hope to continue in the publishing tradition of building cultural bridges and catalysing conversation around the cultural production of individual nations.

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