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Studio Clash is a newly founded creative studio in Basel, established by a group of well-known local designers, along with 12 recently immigrated and asylum-seeking creatives from around the world.
To support the studio, each designer has created a T-shirt, and from now until September 25th, the portable works of art are available to purchase via Everpress. All profits will go towards setting up the experimental studio as a permanent fixture.
Under the motto “Studio Clash – United in Strangeness”, the aim is to create professional opportunities for talented creatives who are migrating to the country. Since neither the city nor the state have supported this project to date, those behind Studio Clash have launched a special charity campaign to help raise funds.
You can check the full collection and support the campaign on this link.
The A’ Graphics and Visual Communication Design Competition is an open design competition for submission of both concept stage and realized works designed by professional and young graphic designers, graphic design companies, branding experts, consultancy companies and creative agencies and advertising studios worldwide.
The A’ Design Award for Graphics and Visual Communication is not just an award, it is the indicator of quality and perfection in design.
Furthermore, winners of the A’ Graphics and Visual Communication Design Award will be provided an extensive and exclusive marketing and communication services to promote the success of winning the A’ Award.
In case you’re still thinking whether you should enter the world’s leading annual competition, here are some of the previous winning works that will hopefully inspire you and encourage you to submit your work as well:
Les toqués du pain by Les Bons Faiseurs
Trampoline Park Brand Identity Design by PlusX and Vaunce
Mangata Patisserie by M — N Associates
Alchemy Visual Design Creative Solo Exhibition by Chia-Hui Lien
Ghetaldus Optika Corporate Identity by Studio 33
Carpos Corporate Identity by Panos Tsakiris
Masters of Poland Posters by Tetsuro Minorikawa
Crooked for you by Alain Aebersold
Way of Knowledge Book Design by Yuta Takahashi
Antalis by Kolory Design & Printing Studio
To access more winning projects and details visit this link, to learn more about the A’ Design Award & Competition visit this link.
There are over hundred different A’ Design Award participation categories, submissions deadline is 28 February 2019 andresults will be announced on April 15 and posted on TDB.
“The motto “less is more” perfectly embodies the sleek and elegant design we created for Gli Affinati, the latest revolutionary product by chocolate visionary Sabadì. We designed a series of cards, inspired by botanic illustrations, a petite tin chest and the simplest label: the copper hot foil typography describes the product, while in the dedicated blank space, the specific taste is written by hand at the moment, just for you.”
Happycentro is a creative studio based in Verona, Italy. They’re an Italian small design/photo/video workshop with a craftsman attitude, passion for coffee and some international reputation. They solve problems and they do that by giving brands advices, planning strategies, designing ADVs, drawing storyboards, directing web & TV commercials, stop motioning.
“Khan means majestic which applies to the food service as much as to the interior design. Given that the menu contains eye-catching courses in a fabulous environment we tried to keep the graphic identity as simple as possible and let the food prevail. The logo is derived from the lattice pattern of the woven lampshades which are typical Asian products originally used as fish nets.”
Studio NUR is a Budapest-based graphic design studio founded by Eszter Laki. They use clean typography and hand-drawn details. They love brainstorming on the full concepts from the scratch – managing the whole process from the first sketch to the photo documentation. They work with passion and commitment and appreciate the same enthusiasm on the client’s part too. Their international assignments range from product identity through editorial design to clients from the hospitality industry.
As with any other industry, in the design world a business card is a powerful tool to create a memorable first impression and stand out as a bold, unique individual. Furthermore, a business card can be a physical representation of a designer’s work and the ultimate way to convey a creative personality. For French graphic artist Jean Jullien, designing his business cards was yet another opportunity to express his ingenious nature in a simple but distinctive way.
Based in London, Jean Jullien is internationally renowned for his wide-ranging oeuvre comprising illustration, photography, video, costume, installations, books, clothing, and posters. Using a coherent signature style of black brushstrokes, brightly hued simplicity, and uninhibited humour, Jean’s work interprets the world around him and uses graphic language to make a visual commentary on quotidian life – from meals and commuting to beach holidays, and dogs, lots of dogs.
The artist at work. Photo by Daniel Arnold.
His eclectic body of work has been shown at galleries in Paris, London, Los Angeles, New York, Berlin, Tokyo, Seoul, Bangkok and beyond. His whimsical hand-drawn aesthetic and lighthearted characters are a constant throughout personal projects and client work that includes the New York Times, New Yorker,The Guardian, RCA Records, National Geographic, Le Centre Pompidou, Esquire, Hermès, Champion USA, Salomon, and Vogue, among many others.
In keeping with his style of conveying ideas in a playful manner, while experimenting with a wide range of different media – from a 5-meter-tall street lamp in Hong Kong to a limited-edition series of skateboards – Jean set out to create wholly original business cards for himself. He wanted something simple, almost effortless, yet compelling. The final design was clean and effective: a hand-shaped card in his characteristic style of bold brushstrokes.
For the printing process that would bring his idea to life, he approached Jukebox Print. Based in Vancouver, Canada, Jukebox works with customers around the world, pushing boundaries when it comes to specialised printing services such as letterpress, screen print, foil, emboss, and 3D emboss. Jean had worked with Jukebox on previous projects, including an art exhibit for which Jukebox produced his pieces in letterpress, so they were both familiar with each other’s style. Together, they collaborated on the idea of seamlessly integrating the cards into an original custom hand-shaped die cut made exclusively for Jean.
Endless possibilities to play with.
It was clear that such a superb design deserved premium stock, so when it came to selecting the right paper Jukebox chose to print Jean’s cards on the finest Gmund 600gsm Cotton using a two-colour letterpress process.
Germany’s Gmund Paper is the unequivocal leader in the industry, recognised for two centuries of quality craftsmanship and fine papers. Their 100% cotton stock exudes richness and perfection, and its striking texture and strength has proven to be ideal for letterpress printing: it’s stable on the press and receptive to crisp deep impressions, but also luxurious and soft to the touch.
Letterpress printing is one of the most highly regarded techniques worldwide and a preferred choice of many renowned designers and illustrators. This method of sheer complexity is steeped in history and old-world allure but when paired with modern and vibrant designs, the results are stunning: timeless elegance meets contemporary flair. Yet, the printing process still follows several traditional stages and a series of painstaking steps:
1. The process began with careful selection and mixing of the inks, starting with a light flesh tone using Pantone 90-8.
Letterpress printing involves many meticulous steps to achieve perfect handcrafted quality.
2. Once the perfect tone had been achieved, the ink was manually applied to the press roller.
Jukebox uses vintage presses that have been carefully preserved and are working at full capacity.
3. The next step was setting up the die. This involved the creation of metal plates, with each plate being unique to a different colour (in the case of Jean’s cards, two colours were used). Print was done one colour at a time, using the lightest shade first.
Setting up the metal plates.
4. Once the first colour passes had been completed, a Jukebox letterpress operator closely examined the colour density and impression, making sure the quality was impeccable and the detail was crisp and clean.
Letterpress printing requires precision and expertise.
5. After the two flesh-toned inks were applied (one to the front and one to the back of the card) and the colour density and impression were approved, the black ink for the text and hand outline was applied next. The pressure used to apply this ink was more intense than for the previous colours, in order to give the paper a true letterpress impression: deep but showing fine detail.
6. Once all the inks were applied, the next step was die cutting the cards to give them their custom hand shape. Even more than just their whimsical look, what makes the cards unique is that the die cut allows the fingers to be folded into a fun variety of hand signs.
7. The final step was to paint the edges of the cards in a matte black to highlight their uniqueness and to mirror Jean’s artistic style using broad strokes in black ink.
The end product was a simple but effective networking tool (and unquestionably a great conversation starter!) that reflected Jean’s distinctive work and personality.
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“Kuura Cider is an artisanal cider from Finland that makes real cider from 100% Finnish apples, nothing more and nothing less. The sortiment consists of real ciders, bubble cider made with champagne technique and Ice Cider where you can taste the frost bite.”
Werklig is a strategic brand design agency based in Helsinki, Finland. They design, sharpen and evolve brands. They build brand strategies and design visual identities. They create solutions that boost sales, increase brand value and build sustainable customer relationships. Their mission is to help our clients to conquer the world.
“UMAMI is a conceptual Japanese Ramen House restaurant, located in San Pedro Garza García, Nuevo Leon. The Visual Identity try to incorporate a contemporary outlook, but still have the traditional Japan look and feel.”
Dum Dum is a design studio focused on pushing brands further through bespoke concepts and strategies. It is a group of constantly changing creative minds that work on the contemporary design services through a strong base on concepts and strategies. Established in 2015 by Sergio Martínez and Mario Julián, DD is a flexible team that collaborates closely with professionals in multidisciplinary projects across the fields.
“Stone’s Throw was a top to bottom renovation project by management in order to bring an iconic bar and restaurant back to life in the form of a modern watering hole, perfectly suited to discerning locals. Fixated on the love of locality in a local, we landed on Stone’s Throw as an irreverent moniker for the new venue. Paired with Illustrations embodied by their oddities and a sophisticated colour palette that.”
The Colour Club is a creative studio based in Sydney. Working across a variety of disciplines they help brands gain genuine desirability and distinction through design. Strategic thinking, a collaborative approach and a love of their craft allows them to cultivate tailored solutions for clients big and small.
“UDO was seeking a new logo and identity that could help increase its brand visibility within a highly competitive landscape. Invoking algorithmic architectural philosophy, we experimented with the fundamental parameters of the letterforms and created a bespoke and customised logotype that simultaneously creates a certain atmosphere for the brand and at the same time references its design process and therefore, its uniqueness.”
Nikos Georgopoulos is an award-winning graphic designer and art director based in London. Described by London College of Fashion’s Creative Director as ‘sensitive, considered and essentially poetic’, his work spans across graphic identities, exhibitions, publications and websites for the fields of fashion, culture and architecture.