Sofia Design Week (soon)

May 10th, 2010

Sofia Design Week
04 – 11 june 2010

More or less? That is the question this year. “The more it goes, the more it goes,” Winnie the Pooh would answer, thinking of honey. On the other hand, when it comes to socializing, here is the bear’s opinion: “It is more fun to talk with someone who doesn’t use long, difficult words but rather short, easy words like ‘What about lunch?’”

But what is the answer if we ask the question in terms of design?

Under the inevitable influence of long, difficult words such as “financial crisis” and “global changes,” in the second edition of Sofia Design Week we will ponder the following short, but not exactly easy questions:

More or less?
Low-cost or long-lasting?
Practical or beautiful?
Simple or elaborate?
Less or more?
Of course, the more we argue, the less likely we are to find a real answer.

But still, what about getting together?

Posted in Graphic Design

Motto Storefront

May 8th, 2010

Motto Storefront

Organized by Artspeak and Fillip, with Motto, Berlin

Motto Storefront transforms Artspeak into a temporary space for the sale, presentation, and discussion of contemporary art publishing. The selection of printed matter for the store has been made by Motto, a Berlin and Zürich-based bookstore and distributor specializing in experimental, small run, and self-published artist books, magazines, and fanzines.

Motto Storefront provides the context for a series of related public programming intended to create a sustained dialogue within Vancouver on issues related to the production and consumption of art publishing. Formed around an ongoing, ad hoc residency program with international publishers, designers, artists, and booksellers, this series will take the form of weekly talks, workshops, and launches investigating alternative retail models, self-initiated design practices, and small scale publishing initiatives.

Participants will include Alexis Zavialoff (Motto, Berlin); Stuart Bailey (Dexter Sinister, New York); Rob Giampietro (Project Projects, New York); Matthew Stadler and Patricia No (Publication Studio, Portland); Wendy Yao (Ooga Booga, Los Angeles); Andjeas Ejiksson (Geist, Sweden); Stand Up Comedy (Portland); Primary Information (New York); and Abi Huynh and Ross Milne (Working Format, Vancouver), amongst others.

May 15 – July 22, 2010
May 15: Opening and talk by Alexis Zavialoff at 2pm
May 22: Talk by Stuart Bailey at 2pm
May 29: Talk by Rob Giampietro at 2pm
Artspeak, Vancouver


Nieves Zine Library
As a compliment to Motto Storefront, Artspeak and Fillip are very pleased to present the Nieves Zine Library, a selection of 100 zines published by Nieves, Zürich between 2004 and 2010. Photocopied in editions of only a hundred or a hundred and fifty, and almost all long since out of print, the Nieves Zine Library includes publications by Ari Marcopoulos, Stefan Marx, Olga Prader, Mark DeLong, and many others.

Rosa B n° 3 – Format Standard

May 7th, 2010

Rosa B n° 3 – Format Standard

“(…) Within the realm of norms, graphics and graphic design have a special place. They are the medium of norms (norms are embodied in texts, signs, and formats), and they are themselves a norm. It is because we overlook this duality that we do not perceive the normative effect peculiar to graphics and graphic design. Panels and pictograms which organize the flow of urban traffic, our computer screens and interfaces, curves, pie-charts, graphs and diagrams, which are the instruments used for steering political decision-making, and the factors of economic diagnosis, ultra-formatted modules of argumentation for the Powerpoint: all so many graphic systems which have become transparent in our eyes because they appear to be «self-explanatory». Yet they are not neutral. They have a history, they are the outcome of complex interactions between people, systems of institutional logic, corporate strategies, and technological configurations. This is actually what makes our approach to them so difficult: they summon the artist and the graphic designer as much as the engineer and the economic decision-maker.(…)”

“(…) Au sein de l’empire des normes, le graphisme occupe une place singulière. Il est le support des normes (les normes sont incarnées dans des textes, des signes, des formats), et il est lui-même norme. C’est parce que nous oublions cette dualité que nous ne percevons pas l’effet normatif propre du graphisme. Panneaux et pictogrammes qui organisent le flux de la circulation urbaine, écrans et interfaces de nos ordinateurs, courbes, « camemberts », graphiques et diagrammes qui constituent les instruments de pilotage de la décision politique et les éléments du diagnostic économique, modules d’argumentation ultra – formatés du Power – point : autant de dispositifs graphiques qui sont devenus transparents à nos yeux parce qu’ils nous semblent « aller de soi ». Pourtant ils ne sont pas neutre. Ils ont une histoire, ils sont le fruit d’interactions complexes entre des acteurs, des logiques institutionnelles, des stratégies d’entreprises, des configurations technologiques. C’est même ce qui rend si difficile leur approche : ils convoquent l’artiste, le graphiste autant que l’ingénieur ou le décideur économique. (…)”

Posted in Graphic Design

Sameness & Difference / Designers Furniture

May 7th, 2010

Sameness & Difference sets out to investigate how artists working today engage with furniture – as a medium, muse, or subject. The show examines how furniture – simultaneously elementary and yet the most designed of objects – is integral to our daily life. It will explore how this rudimentary relationship has been coupled in recent times with an underlying experimental impulse to dissolve art into life. It is this impulse that lies at the heart of many artists’ fascination with furniture.
With Owen Bullett, Michael Landy, Particia Bickers, Daniel Eatock, Simon Faithfull, Barry Flanagan, Ryan Gander, Matt Golden, Tadashi Kawamata, Natsue Ikeda, Katsuhito Nishikawa, Yuko Shiraishi, Gary Woodley, Bruce McLean, Jo Volley, Estelle Thompson, Rachel Whiteread, Richard Woods, Roy Voss

Designers Furniture is an exhibition and limited edition shop developed in with Sameness & Difference. The show examines many designers fascination with form as well as looking at whats in a name, when it comes to contemporary design practice in all its many guises.
With Jean Jullien, Körner Union, Gemma Holt, Michael Marriott, PostlerFerguson, Oscar&Ewan, Damien Poulain, Christoph Priglinger, Vandasye

Sameness & Difference, May 27 – July 03
Designers Furniture, June 25 – July 03
The Russian Club, London

Posted in Art, Design, Graphic Design

No Soul For Sale

May 7th, 2010

To celebrate Tate Modern’s 10th anniversary,
the gallery will host No Soul For Sale – A Festival of Independents.
The festival will bring together over 70 of the world’s most exciting
independent art spaces, non-profit organizations and artists’ collectives…
With 2nd Cannons Publications, Artists Space, Artspeak, cneai=, FormContent,
Mousse, New Jerseyy, Swiss Institute, The Mountain School of Arts, and more…

14 May – 16 May 2010
Tate Modern, London


May 7th, 2010

AAAARG is a conversation platform – at different times
it performs as a school, or a reading group, or a journal.

AAAARG was created with the intention of developing
critical discourse outside of an institutional framework.
But rather than thinking of it like a new building,
imagine scaffolding that attaches onto existing buildings
and creates new architectures between them.

Posted in Miscellaneous

White Smoke

May 6th, 2010

White Smoke is an exhibition and publication by Hexaplex, presented by Onomatopee.

In the White Smoke project man and machine meet: the audience engages a world of color codes and names. On the eve of the information era, White Smoke lays down poetic and semantic tensions between man and machine! White Smoke encourages the audience to enter the information society with human, poetical effort!

The publication contains a text by Audrey Samson (new-media theorist) explaining the evolution of color experiences from the perspective of new media. Freek Lomme (Onomatopee) describes the cultural poetry of White Smoke. To finish the sum, there’s also a conversation between Hexaplex and Steven Pemberton (W3C) about the history of web clors + much White Smoke!

May 15th – May 23th
Opening Saturday May 15th, 16:00
Gashouder, Culturepark Westergasfabriek, Amsterdam

Posted in Art

MAtters Publication and Book Launch

May 5th, 2010

MAtters – editor in chief : Paulus M. Dreibholz and, published by Gaffa Limited – is a publication which aims to instigate and promote a discussion of issues surrounding design education at MA-level. It is aimed at current and future postgraduate design students, design educators and the creative industry.

MAtters is comprised of two parts:
The first book holds the edited transcript of an event that took place in Summer 2009 at the Candid Café in London. This event featured three chaired panel discussions (students, educators and practitioners) engaging with issues of postgraduate design education, such as responsibilities, employability, assumptions and other pressing subjects, providing an invaluable insight into current developments.
Chairs and panel members: Patricia Austin, Nick Bell, Russell Bestley, Sophie Clements, David Cross, Tom Foley, James Goggin, Andrew Haslam, Ken Hollings, Paul Luna, Monika Parrinder, Martin Schoberer, Ben Stevenson, Teal Triggs, Brian Webb, Paul Wright

The second book showcases a selection of work and essays by the students of the Master in Communication Design course at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design. Indexed by keywords, it provides the visual context for current issues and raises the new concerns of the next generation of graphic designers

Book Launch Wednesday, 12 May 2010, 7pm
Design Museum, London

Posted in Graphic Design

Riley and his story.

May 5th, 2010

Riley and his story. is the result of a collaboration Monica Haller initiated with Iraq war veteran, Riley Sharbonno. It combines text from their conversations over three years with his images from combat. Graphic design by Matthew Rezac.

This project is about what a book is, what reading is, what interacting with images is. How a book is deployed, disseminated, and staged all change the way it is used. Evolving technologies, or redeploying of old technologies, changes the way information is received.
What does it mean to offer this digital archive between the two covers of a book? Will the reader focus? Turn off her cell phone? Pay close attention? How does a stable, physical object both limit and liberate actual human experience?
Can such a book mobilize a reader? Can that reader move another reader?

Posted in Art, Graphic Design

The Art of Conversation: London-Berlin (The London Show)

May 5th, 2010

The Art of Conversation: London-Berlin will showcase specially created original work from a selected group of 20 young and established designers and design studios and exhibit the results in well respected large scale gallery spaces in both London and Berlin.
The participants, 10 London based design studios and 10 Berlin based design studios, will play a visual game of Chinese Whispers over the course of 90 days, each being involved in one stage of the chain.
Each participant is presented with a work/idea from the previous participant in the chain via a Skype chat. They then have 3 days to interpret it and forward their results to the next participant. Their response can take any form; from sculpture to performance, photograph to text. The resulting show will demonstrate that creativity is never predictable and infinitely varied.
Far from being a simple showcase of each individual’s work, this is a dynamic collaborative process in which creatives engage with and reinterpret concepts and designs organically generated by their fellow designers. The exhibitions will be an exemplification of the design process itself laying bare the ways in which ideas are realised visually through a multiplicity of techniques, materials and cultural influences.
As such the exhibition curators hope to demonstrate the different approaches and aesthetics of Berlin practitioners and their London based counterparts whilst facilitating a complex mash up of the two . . .
The Art of Conversation is a concept conceived & curated by BANK (Berlin) & INVENTORY (London)

From London: Alexandre Bettler, Anthony Burrill, APFEL, DanHasPotential, Eat Sleep Work/Play, Hudson-Powell, Multistorey, Oscar & Ewan, Simon Elvins, Value and Service
From Berlin: 123buero, blotto, Heimann und Schwantes, Hort, Jung+Wenig, Kekiretta, Manuel Raeder, Node, Siggi Eggertsson, Slang

The London Show
11th May – 24th May 2010
Idea Generation Gallery, London

Posted in Graphic Design


May 5th, 2010

Exhibition and lecture programme about graphic design and inspiration.

In CABINET, 28 second year students Graphic Design of the Hogeschool voor de Kunsten in Utrecht present their favorite designers. The exhibition in the Academiegalerie combines work of these designers with posters the students made in response to what their favorites mention as important sources of inspiration. These posters, together with interviews the students did with the individual designers, are published in a book, which will be available during the exhibition. The publication and the exhibition offer a kaleidoscopic view on Dutch graphic design, as seen through the eyes of a new generation of promising talents.
In addition, the students organized a programme with presentations of inspiring professionals of their choice, which will run parallel with the exhibition.

the designers
SYB Ontwerp / 178 aardige ontwerpers / Vandejong / Sander Plug / Piet Schreuders / Samantha van der Werff / Claudia Doms / Studio Jona / HOAX / Christian Borstlap / Melanie Drent / Almost Modern / Thijs Verbeek / DEBOKOFHETLOKET / Mevis & van Deursen /Harmen Liemburg/ Bart de Baets / Niessen & de Vries / Studio Matusiak / Studio Laucke / Karel Martens / Strange Attractors / Novak / Edhv / Hans Gremmen / Hansje van Halem / Annelys de Vet / Atelier René Knip

Lectures by students, HOAX, Richard Niessen, Annemiek Vera, Hans Gremmen & Karel Martens

May 15 – June 05 2010
Opening May 14
Academiegalerie, Utrecht

Posted in Graphic Design

Bedford Press: On-Site exhibition

May 4th, 2010

Bedford Press exhibition

For On-Site, Bedford Press will continue with its current production schedule of publications and AA School printed matter, relocating from its Morwell Street home to the Front Members’ Room. This public printing workshop will reveal to visitors and the School community the processes involved in producing this varied material.
Bedford Press was initiated by the Architectural Association in 2008 as a publishing imprint that seeks to develop contemporary models of publication practice. Now established as an imprint of AA Publications Ltd, Bedford Press is a private press with the dual purpose of establishing an on-site facility for the production of printed matter for the AA School and to create a new typology of publications that extends beyond the Architectural Association’s existing programme. This initiative builds upon the AA’s renowned legacy of independent publishing, and aims to establish a more responsive small-scale model, nimble enough to encompass the entire chain of production in a single fluid activity, from initial commission to the final printing.

8 May – 4 June 2010
Front Members’ Room, Architectural Association, London

Dexter Sinister, A Model of The Serving Library + Applied Art workshops

May 4th, 2010

During Spring and Summer Kunstverein will collaborate with Dexter Sinister.

Dexter Sinister intends to dissolve all their activities (including the journal, workshop and bookstore) into one single project called The Serving Library. The Serving Library is as much social furniture as it is a specific model. It intends to operate on the principle of developing something in public and will eventually comprise: a physical library, a collection of artefacts, a teaching facility and a journal entitled “Bulletin of The Serving Library”.
For Kunstverein, a speculative model version of the Library is developed providing the backdrop for a number of seminars and other events, which will discuss issues drawn from the contents of the library. The artefacts and books will serve as triggers for conversation and teaching, and the space will serve as a meeting point and hangout. The whole might be considered a kind of temporary school — a school primarily concerned with what a contemporary art school might become.

Within the framework of A Model of The Serving Library, Kunstverein will organize workshops:

Applied Art, 31 May – 2 June, starting each day at 2 pm
Workshops hosted by Dexter Sinister with Gerrit Rietveld Academy (31 May), Piet Zwart Institute (1 June) and Werkplaats Typografie (2 June).

The workshops are open to the public.
Please make reservations before 27 May to


Dexter Sinister, A Model of The Serving Library
29 May – 24 July
Private view: 28 May, 7 – 9 PM

Applied Art workshops
31 May – 2 June

Kunstverein, Amsterdam

Posted in Art, Design, Graphic Design

Points de vue – Formes de l’édition contemporaine

May 4th, 2010

Points de vue se propose de rendre compte de pratiques contemporaines qui interrogent et redéfinissent l’habituelle distribution des fonctions et des rôles au sein du processus éditorial.
Pour sa première édition, Points de vue, souhaite mettre en évidence le rôle joué par les écoles dans cette exploration de nouvelles modalités de l’édition et la remise en cause des frontières entre disciplines qui l’accompagne.
dans le contexte du développement des formes numériques de l’édition, ces nouvelles approches critiques — notamment au travers des modèles économiques qu’elles adoptent — constituent autant de points de vue invitant à porter un regard nouveau et prospectif sur les formes imprimées de l’édition contemporaine.

Points de vue aims to show contemporary practices that question and redefine the conventional distribution of functions and roles within the editorial process.
In its inaugural year, Points of Vue intends to highlight the school’s role in the exploration of new editorial modalities as well as in the blurring of the boundaries between disciplines.
In the context of the development of digital forms of publishing, these new critical positions — particularly through the economic models they adopt — reflect points of view that invite a new and forward-looking approach to printed forms of contemporary publishing.

Avec/With BAT, Bedford Press, Occasional Papers, Dent-De-Leone, Will Holder, Motto, Roma Publications, etc . . .

7 & 8 mai 2010
Ecole nationale des beaux-arts de Lyon, Lyon

Will Work for Good

May 4th, 2010

Will Work for Good

Apartamento #5

May 4th, 2010

An everyday life interiors magazine
Issue 5 now available

In Numbers: Serial Publications by Artists Since 1955

May 3rd, 2010

In Numbers: Serial Publications by Artists Since 1955 is a survey of serial publications, dating from 1955 to the present day, that have been produced by artists from around the world. Amid historical groundswells like the rise of the little press in the 1960s, the correspondence art movement of the early 1970s, and the DIY culture of zines in the 1980s and early 1990s, professional artists have seized on the format of magazines and postcards as sites for a new kind of art production. These are not publications that feature news items, criticism, manifestos, or reproductions of artworks, but are themselves artworks, often collaborative and idiosyncratic. In large part they are produced by younger artists operating at the peripheries of mainstream art cultures, or by established artists looking for an alternative to the marketplace. “In Numbers” is the first volume to define an overlooked art form that is neither artists’ book nor ephemera, but entirely its own unique object.

Robin Kinross talk / Formats for Books: Hyphen Press and design publishing

May 3rd, 2010

Robin Kinross, typographer, editor and writer, founder of Hyphen Press,
will be talking about design publishing and his current exhibition,
Formats for Books: Hyphen Press and design publishing,
at International Project Space.

Wednesday 5 May, 5.30 to 7pm
International Project Space, Birmingham

Posted in Graphic Design

BOOK SHOW (Coming soon)

May 3rd, 2010


BOOK SHOW is an exhibition of artworks, objects and structures that address the physical form of the book and reveal its characteristics as a space for display. The starting point for the exhibition is Ulises Carrión’s provocative text The New Art of Making Books (1975). Carrión was the founder of Other Books and So in Amsterdam, a gallery and bookstore that during its short life (1975–1979) became the first major centre for the flourishing international artist-led publishing scene.

with Nina Beier and Marie Lund, Ulises Carrión, Daniel Eatock, Martino Gamper, Nina Katchadourian, Kelly Large, Fraser Muggeridge Studio, Radim Peško, Rollo Press, Yann Sérandour, Simon Starling, Werkplaats Typografie, Keith Wilson

Curated by James Langdon & Gavin Wade

3 July – 4 September 2010
Eastside Projects, Birmingham

Posted in Art, Design, Graphic Design

Manystuff #1, One possible catalyst

May 2nd, 2010


A graphic design publication with the objective to use the printed support, paper, to fix a laboratory of experiments and meditations released from formal and theoretical prejudices.
Publication de design graphique avec l’objectif d’utiliser le support imprimé, le papier, pour fixer un laboratoire d’expérimentations et de réflexions dégagées de préjugés formels et théoriques.

Less is more
Support graphic design

Contributors/Autors : Christian Brandt, Lorena Cardenas, Change is good, David Conte, Pinar Demirdag, Neil Donnelly, Laurent Fétis, Kees de Klein, Wayne Daly, Bear Demen, EventArchitectuur, Experimental Jetset, Robin Gadde &team, Rob Giampietro, Hannes Gloor & Stefan Jandl, Catherine Guiral & David Cluzeau, Arnaud Daffos, Vincent Lalanne, Aurélie Guérinet, Rikard Heberling, Hey Ho, Hyoun Youl Joe, Julia, Konst & Teknik, Sacha Leopold, Olivier Marcellin, Fanette Mellier, Pipi Parade, Please Let Me Design, Thibaut Robin, Grégoire Romanet, Mathias Schweizer, Maki Suzuki (Åbäke), Pierre Vanni, Karen Willey, Ivor Williams
Typography: Jean-Baptiste Levée, Émilie Rigaud, Damien Fauret

Graphic design: SA|M|AEL (Samuel Bonnet & Maël Fournier-Comte )

Bilingual/Bilingue English/Français
Format: 34×46cm (34x23cm), 52(104)p.
10 €


Motto Berlin store
Motto Zürich store

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