A music icon, a place, an identity, a typeface and an artist come together to share and create new memories.
When Kat Loudon graduated from the Glasgow School of Art, she made the decision to give the whole relocating to London thing a miss. The studio she co-founded, Design by Zag, remains a Glaswegian concern, merging meticulous research with imaginative thinking to create projects that are as meaningful as they are considered.
Derek Birdsall is one of my favourite designers - his book notes on book design was hugely influential when writing my dissertation form’d and became a bit of a bible for me at the beginning of my career. I was thrilled to discover this RSI podcast where Mike Dempsey talks to the pioneering designer,about his life and long career.
This wine bottle visualizes the weather data its grapes were grown in (Amazing huh?!) At the vineyard, in Hamburg, Germany, sensors collect data on wind, rain, and temperature. That’s turned into a real-time data visualization developed by branding firm Landor and creative director Patrik Huebner. Each bottle has a paper wrapping that depicts the visualization, so each bottle literally advertises the conditions in which the vines and grapes were grown.
Profiling New York Times Magazine design director Gail Bichler, ‘yields breathtaking results from its use of typography, photography and a dizzying stream of innovations,’ Eye 96 also features ‘Anatomy of a magazine’, illustrated by Jason Ford, eight writers examine some of the key elements that make a magazine a magazine – cover, contents, features, reviews, adverts and so on. Eye before you buy here
Marking fifty years after his assassination in 1968, The Atlantic has released a special issue in memory of the visionary civil rights activist. The type-led magazine is a powerful piece of social activism that pays tribute to a man whose words played a key role in advancing equality nationwide.
His use of text as image firmly establishes his work as an important chapter in the story of Bay Area poster design. Kate Goad sat down with him to get his take on music, design, and the in-between.