Derek Kim of Network Osaka Designs the World He Wants To See

Curator: Peter McClelland
date: October 3, 2014
Categories: Brand & Identity Design
Tags: graphic design, Poster
If you haven’t run into Derek Kim’s work yet, you should just stop reading this and click here.

I’ve been lucky enough to work with this incredibly talented designer (and professional F-bomb dropper). As his Muni rebrand concept shows, he thinks like we all should: appreciating and challenging the often overlooked design that's around us. 

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Alex Trochut's New Binary Prints Glow in the Dark

Curator: Chris Rubino
date: July 18, 2014
Categories: Illustration, Poster Design
Tags: chris rubino, illustration, Poster, printmaking, screenprint

Following the publication of his monograph “More is More,” designer and illustrator Alex Trochut became interested in how the duality of objects could be represented in two-dimensional works on paper. To do this, he invented binary printing, a screenprinting technique through which two completely separate images can overlap on the same surface–but one appears only in the light, and one appears only in the dark. 

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Show Boat: Thirst

Curator: Firebelly Design
date: December 10, 2013
Categories: Advertising, Entertainment Design, Typography
Tags: opera, Poster, promo

Thirst produces work that is bold, beautiful and unexpected. Beyond having the vision and technical skills, Thirst has the exceptional ability to speak to—and back up—their ideas.

Throughout this week on Design Envy, each of our posts will feature an aspect that we value greatly within our studio. Today’s post speaks to trust.

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Shanghai International Marathon 2013: Benny Luk

Curator: Adam Wong
date: December 4, 2013
Categories: Brand & Identity Design, Typography
Shanghai International Marathon 2013 is one of the latest designs by Hong Kong–based designer Benny Luk. Chinese and English typography design in the posters highlights the regional features of Shanghai. The overall design is arresting, with visual symbols of marathons and the road-like shapes of the typography.
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Bewogen Beweging poster: Dieter Roth

Curator: Julia Zeltser
date: April 17, 2013
Categories: Advertising, Environmental Design
Tags: Dieter Roth, MoMA, Poster

I recently visited MoMA with my husband and kids. Pushing a stroller, I rushed through most of the exhibition “Wait, Later This Will Be Nothing: Editions by Dieter Roth.” (A Swiss artist, known to me for his unusual geometric books). Untouched by his cold graphic work, I paused in front of a high contrast poster for Bewogen Beweging (“Moving movement”), a traveling exhibition of kinetic art in 1961. Roth participated in and designed the poster for the exhibition. 

The poster has a black background with silkscreened white and die cut circles. The bottom of the composition is set in sans-serif typeface, similar to Interstate. Since the artwork was hanging sandwiched between two glass panels on the white museum wall, the die-cut holes revealed the white wall beneath, and together the printed and cut shapes visually overlapped. Imagine copies of this black-and-white poster pasted on walls previously containing advertising, or paint, or brick. These circular “windows” revealed glimpses of life underneath. The poster intended to be viewed differently depending on its environment. The museum’s white walls didn’t do justice to the artist’s original intention!

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