Founded in 2010 by Meg Onli, Black Visual Archive is an on-line collection of “critical writings that contextualise the work of African American artists through historical and visual history”, and is “dedicated to the documentation and review of contemporary black and post-black visual culture” through the release of “regular texts on contemporary artists, works and exhibitions.”
Originally built in the 1980’s by wireless pioneer Digita Oy, Pikseli is a building, located in the Vallila district of Finland’s capital city Helsinki, that provides office space to companies working within the digital industries. Design agency Werklig, commissioned to develop a new visual identity for Pikseli to attract new tenants, created a solution that takes the tiny universal screen unit of a pixel and gives it a bold oversized quality as signage throughout the building.
Celestine Eleven is a fashion and homeware store located in London’s Shoreditch that describes itself as having its “roots firmly founded in counter culture”, adding “a new holistic realm to the retail experience” and aiming to provide an alternative, luxury concept store that offers a “means to live well within all spheres: aesthetically, intellectually and spiritually” by honouring the importance of each through the “unique selection of product”.
The store’s visual identity, designed by Construct, contrasts bright white papers, heavy boards and a blind sculpted emboss (reminiscent of carved marble surfaces) with uncoated unbleached carriers and black foil detail bound by the carved depth of roman numeral and sans-serif logotype. These deliver the significant restraint you would expect of a high fashion brand, a retrospective nod to the concept of timeless style (and perhaps the grandiosity of the past tempered by contemporary understatement) and a sense of high tactile quality and craftsmanship.