13 May 2016
I Like Birds in Trittau; Mucho’s Tenderloin; Cercle on Costumes and P98a Paper’s Zombies of Berlin
Here is a small selection of graphic design for galleries and museums and magazines that caught our attention in recent weeks.
Hamburg-based design studio I Like Birds, founded by André Gröger and Susanne Kehrer, have recently completed a commission for Galerie in der Wassermühle Trittau in Trittau, Germany. The studio developed a visual system for the gallery’s printed matter – catalogues, invitations, posters and flyers – and also redesigned their website. All outputs take inspiration from fachwerk or timber framing and make good use of bold typography set vertically, horizontally and at sharp 45 degree angles.
Catalogues for Galerie in der Wassermühle Trittau. Design: I Like Birds.
Top: spread from P98a Paper, Ralph Martin’s ‘Zombies of Berlin’ with map illustration by Susanna Dulkinys.
Poster for ‘Maxim Brandt: Fantastic Imperfections’.
A rare copy of P98a Paper (Galerie p98a, £9.80) themed ‘Zombies of Berlin’ was handed to us by Erik Spiekermann in Eye’s De Beauvoir Town studio. The journal was made by Spiekermann, Susanna Dulkinys, R. Jay Magill Jr. and Ferdinand Ulrich. More issues, themed ‘The Fashion Issue’, ‘The Nepotism Issue’ and ‘European Travel Journal’ will follow. The small format publication is risograph printed with a letterpress cover (printed on a Korrex Proofing Press) that features an illustration by Christoph Neimann and responds to the team’s ‘itch to put out a modern magazine that would take an ancient form – actual paper, printed in-house, for a select audience of people who like such things’.
Each issue will feature a long form piece of fiction or non-fiction; P98a Paper no. 01, sadly now sold out, features Ralph Martin’s ‘Zombies of Berlin’, dotted with two-colour illustrations in black and luminous orange.
Spread from P98a Paper no. 01, designed by Susanna Dulkinys.
P98a Paper, Galerie p98a, £9.80.
International design studio Mucho has recently launched the identity, printed matter, merchandise and sign system for the Tenderloin Museum in San Francisco. The museum celebrates the Tenderloin District’s history and the people who frequented it – figures such as author Dashiell Hammett, jazz musician Miles Davis and rock band the Grateful Dead. The identity uses an eclectic custom typeface inspired by letterforms found on local signage for porn establishments, drug rehabilitation centres, coffee shops and hotels that are paired with a woodblock font ‘to help suggest the gritty nature of the area’. Read more about Mucho in the ‘Reputations’ article in Eye 89.
Identity for the Tenderloin Museum, which borrows letterforms from local signage. Design: Mucho.
One in a series of posters designed by Mucho for the Tenderloin Museum, San Francisco.
Merchandise that references the Tenderloin District’s history of ‘girls, gambling and graft’.
Cercle Magazine no. 4 is the product of Strasbourg-based graphic design studio Cercle Studio and is published in two editions – a French edition with English translations of interviews and an English edition co-published with IdN Hong Kong. This issue looks at ‘Costumes’ (previous issues have focussed on ‘The forest’, ‘Science fiction’ and ‘Insects’) and is rich with costume drawings, illustrations and photographs from international artists and designers such as costume designer Camille Assaf, photographer Charles Fréger and designer Studio Bertjan Pot who explore ideas of costuming and dressing the body.
Spread showing work by Swiss photographer and designer Marie Rime.
Cercle no. 4 2016 themed ‘Costumes’. Editorial direction: Marie Secher. Art direction: Cercle Studio.
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