‘Made in Italy’ is an exhibition of post-war Italian graphic design created by SEA Design and Fedrigoni, showcased for one night only on the 4th of November at Edinburgh’s Fruitmarket Gallery. It featured posters from some famous names such as Massimo Vignelli, Franco Grignani and Bob Noorda, as well as less well-known designers outside of Italy.
A small crowed of graphic designers gathered at the gallery to have a drink, feast their eyes and go home with their bag of give-away goodies – a lovely evening all round!
Original poster by Heinz Waibl, Lambretta Club poster (1959) reproduced in four colour variations for the exhibition
Booklets design by SEA Design, printed on various paper stock, each featuring a designer (Franco Grignani, Giancarlo Iliprandi, Heinz Waibl, Ilio Negri) and bound together in a box.
I designed this poster as part of an alphabet poster series, created by 28 Emperor employees in a fund raising effort for The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity.
Now my 5 years old daughter knows what an Ampersand is…
Years ago, way back in 1998 when I just moved to Amsterdam, I used to receive post for the previous tenants who seemed to know everyone there was to know in the local art scene (or so it seemed to us newcomers). Among others, they received invitations for events in HEDAH, a centre for contemporary art in Maastricht.
I collected them at the time, and just found them again recently. These invitations are so weird, and kind of freaky, but they somehow work. I wonder how the designer pitched it to the client though… futuristic men, a baby and a toddler.
HEDAH’s current website, by the way, is beyond boring. I guess whoever commissioned those invitations would have never approve them today…
The invitations do not credit the designer, and I couldn’t find any other information about it (obviously they were distributed at an ancient time when internet was hardly in use), but if anyone out there knows the name of the person who created these images, I would love to set history straight and credit him/ her here…
Evelin Kasikov is a graphic designer specialising in print and editorial design in London. She has developed ‘CMYK embroidery’, an original handmade printing technique. Her approach to craft is analytical and firmly rooted in her graphic design background. She uses typography, grid systems and design techniques to challenge the preconceptions of embroidery.
More from her website:
CMYK (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black) is a colour system that is based on the four colours used in traditional offset printing. CMYK embroidery is a hand-made printing process that I developed during my MA studies at Central St Martins 2006–2008. The idea of handmade print started as an academic project. Now, most of my work is based on that.
I use conventional screen angles: Cyan 105˚, Magenta 75˚, Yellow 90˚ and Black 45˚ and prepare dot screens for cross-stitch. Works are stitched using cotton threads in CMYK colours, the intensity of colour depends on the number of strands used. The final outcome is a printed page created by hand.
I love this photo of musician-due Sleep Gunner.
It just ticks all the boxes for me, I mean- you have to appreciate the wallpaper, the framed drawing, the ties! Not to mention a very cute dog.
From their Facebook page:
Sleep Gunner is a pair of Amsterdam-based drinking buddies that has fallen hard for the music of 1950s Alabama heartbreak duo The Louvin Brothers.
— with Mark Morse and Jeroen Kimman (and Merle the dog in the middle)
Photo: Raymond Van Mil