Wednesday 29 Nov, 2017

 
Eleven classic novel cover designs for a pocket-book series for the national magazine Visão began as a project in November 2016. The first cover was released in January 2017 with a new title released every subsequent month. The books were issued as a gift with the purchase of the magazine. Covering classic short novels, the series included the following titles: Animal Farm by George Orwell, The Call of the Wild by Jack London, Candide by Voltaire, The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, O Alienista by Machado de Assis, A Woman of Thirty by Honoré de Balzac, Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad, The Death of Ivan Ilych by Leo Tolstoy, The Gambler by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, and Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson. The complete set can be seen in the portfolio section here.
 


Tuesday 31 Oct, 2017



In February the Porto City Hall invited the studio to design the publicity materials for one of the biggest annual cultural events in city, an initiative entitled 'Cultura em Expansão' (Culture in Expansion), a series of events and concerts – music, theatre, dance, cinema, workshops – that take place all over the city mostly in locations outside of established venues (housing associations for example). The materials included three principle posters and a 24 page brochure.

 
My starting point for the design was a particular genre of mostly American music concert posters from the 50's that I've always been fond of because of their bright, dynamic and celebratory nature. Above all I wanted the design to express an atmosphere of fun and entertainment, by producing contemporary versions that still contained a visual reference to the originals.
 
A big thanks to studio collaborators for this project, 'newcomer' Serafim Mendes and long-time collaborator Rita Carvalho, and to Guilherme Blanc from the City Hall for inviting the studio to design the materials. The complete set can be seen here in the portfolio section under posters.
 
Wednesday 19 Jul, 2017


Part history book and part visitor guide, a work for the Porto City Council launched this month. Can be in the portfolio here.

Tuesday 29 Nov, 2016

 
Part of the commission related to the Casa da Memória, Guimarães, in addition to the design of the permanent exhibition, included the creation of a graphic identity. I invited good friends Non Verbal Club (João Martino, Miguel Almeida, Joana Sobral, Susana Almeida) to join me in this task. The work can be seen in the Portfolio under Identity & Promotion.

 

Sunday 17 Jan, 2016



In a freezing but still beautiful Paris the third edition of the Fête du Graphisme was inaugurated on Thursday (January 14th), an International graphic design festival celebrating work from around the world. The brainchild of friend and colleague Michel Bouvet, French poster designer extraordinaire (a Personal Views lecture series speaker at ESAD in 2013), whose energy and passion has managed to create a notable graphic design event in the French capital.

Michel kindly invited me to participate once again – last year in the 'We Love Books' exhibition and to run a 4-day workshop – this time as one of 39 international designers asked to design a poster for the streets of Paris under the title 'Celebrate the City'. The brief was short – a design to celebrate, not specifically Paris, but any city. Simple is good but not necessarily the same as easy. The city is many things. Above all perhaps, it is from its shared collective nature that it derives its power, a home and place of work for so many where the diversity of its inhabitants, individual and unique, combine to create a collective dynamic – individual trajectories that form a tapestry, sometimes chaotic, sometimes uniform but always with a marked identity. There are as many ways to define the city as there are stories to tell about it, and each invited designer recreated their own reading. For me it was a story about the sum and its parts, moving independently but with a collective dynamic.

The arrow is a simple graphic sign and I used it in an attempt to symbolize movement and direction in every sense of the term, not simply physical. It is of course also associated with urban signage. The arrows are combined together so as to create a collective presence, and like the city itself, can be viewed from close and from far, as a pattern or as unique components. Within the design, in addition to the title, I included a text, suitably situationist in reference – "Nous ne sommes pas simplement observateurs du spectacle, nous en faisons nous-même partie" (We are not simply observers of the spectacle, we are ourselves part of it). The electricity of the city – its human energy – led me to limit the colour palette, as I imagined the contrast of the black and yellow with the poster backlit at night.

Some posters have a sort of independence, unhindered by physical context, but in this particular work it had seemed to me beforehand that its location would define its existence. Consequently, it was only complete for me as a work on seeing it in the locations for which it was designed, and particularly in my mind, at night.

The 39 posters were placed in locations all over Paris – approximately 10 different sites for each one. Later this month they will all come together in one display on the Champs-Élysées. They will be available to see on the Fête du Graphisme site in the near future. Many thanks to Michel, co-organiser Blanche Alméras and the Fête du Graphisme team for their hard work.







 







 
 
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