There is a lot of things you can do with bubble wrap; protect presents, packing things, or you can just have fun popping it. But I don’t suppose you’d ever thought of creating typography with it had you? Lo Siento have though, as they’ve done just that, creating bubble wrap typography for the cover of Japanese magazine +81.
I Love Dust created the branding for Portsmouth art house cinema ‘No. 6 Cinema’ a few years ago now, however it’s something that I’ve always liked and recently rediscovered whilst looking at their website.
This awesome series of programmes that they produced as part of the brand redesign are perfectly simple. Using stills from famous movies and applying a half-tone effect to create a minimal style that isn’t overcomplicated by multiple colours. The image is also made the focus of the cover which promotes the programmes context.
Minimal typography, with only the logo, cinema name and issue number used continues this minimal style.
Overall, the branding and programmes have been produced in a style which I think perfectly relates to the art house style of the cinema itself.
To start this week of posts I’m going to talk about one of my favourite projects that I did during Art Foundation last year. For it I produced two fictional designs for the front cover of a possible future issue of Baseline Magazine.
We were tasked with creating a theme for the issue before designing the cover so I chose to look into typography and question why it should be produced in conventional ways.
Regular readers of this blog will know that I am a massive fan of design that encourages interaction between it and the viewer, and this work by Lo Siento is no exception. These great handmade paper letterform, which they refer to as 4D type as it is two of the same character within one letterform, allow the viewer to see at least two versions of the letter within the same structure, which creates a viewer interaction as they walk around it and experience it.
In a way similar to the books I looked at a few days ago, this CD case for the new album by Steven Cowley promotes a great amount of interaction between it and the consumer. A limited edition of the album comes packaged with a bag of LEGO pieces and a set of step by step instructions that tell you how to put together your own case for the CD. This kind of physical interaction, as I’ve said before, is something I really enjoy in design and it has been used to great effect here.
I am a huge fan of design which is tactile, a physical item which the viewer can actually feel and experience. I’m even more of a fan of this kind of work when it is used to create an element of interaction between the product and its viewer, and this is what H55 and Studio8 Design have done with the two covers below.
With the world of music now moving more and more towards digital downloads, it’s always nice when an artist harks back to the olden days by releasing their record on vinyl. This is something which I am always pleased with, as I own a record player and enjoy the old school sound that playing records produces.
This piece of work by Daniel Mason for the new album by electronic duo Stay+ brings the old school look and feel of a record into the modern age, creating, as he puts it “a record cover that’s not a record cover”. He says this because the album, which is available in three coloured vinyl sized acrylic sleeves, actually contains within it no record at all. Instead, each one of the 144 limited edition covers contains a beautifully hand printed 36″ square QR code that links you to a webpage where you can download the album.