I have stumbled upon (or actually – almost sat upon) uhm studio’s ‘Cake + Coffee’ small booklet when I went to see ‘We’re all for the underground‘, a dance/ theatre piece by choreographer Hillary Blake Firestone, musician Mark Morse and vocalist Anat Spiegel.
The booklet had been placed on all the chairs in the theatre, offered to the audience as a kind of loose, associative supplement to the performance, which in itself was a collection of impressions, rituals and – as they describe it- “a triple bill of last hurrahs”, reflecting on the subject of death and funerals.
I like going home after a show with something to remind me of it- the booklet doesn’t have a clear message or deep theory, just a playful point of view on the matter (a pretty serious matter too).
uhm is the design studio of Rosalie Bak and Landry van der Stappen. Their website doesn’t include much work, but it reveals their fondness for using rough materials, a kind of dirty hand-made look. I found another charming example here:
Whenever I travel, I keep my eyes open for inspiring flyers. The flyers would give me a quick glimpse to graphic design in other countries, and I would collect them as small souvenirs.
On my last visit to Israel I noticed the absence of flyers, nothing seems to be advertised on printed media anymore. Only a few A4/A3 posters hanging in a hidden corner.
Is the printed flyer obsolete? Is everything advertised strictly through social networks- Twitter, Facebook and the like? Is it really enough to reach your target audience? Perhaps I’m one of those people still hanging on to the past (I have just recently joined Facebook and the blogger community). I love seeing design on paper, feeling it, taking the time to read it properly, examine the small details. An invitation on Facebook will send you the information on time and then disappear, an e-flyer will get lost among many others.
In the Netherlands the flyer is not dead yet, but following recent budget cuts and the need to find low cost solutions to produce and advertise art projects, I wonder if it has long to live.
I did find this one flyer, promoting a theater piece at the Tmuna theater. Designed by Yaacov Ben Cohen with Illustration by Sagy Ashin, I like its clean look, strong type and black humor. Ben Cohen and Ashin have founded Ba’aley Hamelaha, a workshop and gallery space for silk-screen printed projects, another technique of the past…
Flashback: Tel Aviv, the 90s. Friday nights, going out (never before midnight!) to the Golem on Alenbi street, drum ‘n bass, mini skirts and Adidas shoes. Leaving the club at 3AM, 5AM, craving for Abulafia bakery’s fresh and warm burekas on Hayarkon street and heading down to the bakery on the beach that is open at all hours of the night and day and seem to have been there forever (or since 1879, as their sign claims).
I guess these images of decaying walls and fading colours have a distinct 90s feel to them (one could think of graphic designer David Carson‘s Ray Gun Magazine), and so are very fitting to this post….