The color of iconic albums, by Dorothy
You may be familiar with the sound of these classic albums, but do you know their color palettes? Liverpool-based studio Dorothy has crafted a new print that draws inspiration from 35 of the most beloved albums of the past 60 years (from British, North American and European bands). Each blanket was distilled into a set of color coded circles. There is pink, green and gray to The Clash’s London Calling cover, while The Strokes’s Is This It is depicted in a simple black and white design with a red edge. It’s obvious once you know the answer, but you could spend hours guessing titles (which is also part of the fun). The studio also designed a poster for the Museum of Liverpool British Music Experience featuring uniquely British bands, from pop from the 1950s to the present day.
Face This t-shirt collection, in collaboration with WePresent
Face This is a streetwear charity where Indonesian schoolchildren collaborate with artists on T-shirts – the proceeds of which are then used to improve schools for children. Since its inception in 2008, the organization has worked with five schools across the country. The latest collaboration was organized by WeTransfer’s art platform, WePresent, connecting designers with students in Lombok (an island in Indonesia). British illustrator Yukai Du and American artist KaCeyKal and other international designers teamed up with students at Senggigi School, creating designs based on some of their favorite local places – their town was badly damaged by an earthquake of land in 2018.
History and Truth, written by Ian Douglas and illustrated by Ben Javens
Story & Truth is the first book from How Brave is the Wren – a traveling children’s bookstore that operates from a converted trailer. Written by Ian Douglas, it tells the story of a Young Man Story and an Elderly Woman Truth – the former is welcomed into everyone’s home while Truth is rejected. History has no answer for that, but he knows people love a story. Ben Javens, who designs and illustrates for Studio Anorak, illustrated the children’s story, drawing on the work of mid-century illustrator Aliki Brandenberg. “I decided early on that the illustration and design of Story & Story should reflect the age of storytelling, so I looked at old picture books from my collection for inspiration,” says Javens.
PetChoy brand identity, from MN Associates
Vietnamese design studio MN Associates designed the visual identity for PetChoy, a pet food company based in Saigon. As studio designer Dan Nguyen explains, the new branding uses a customized version of the TT Trailers typeface that features ink traps inspired by choppy tails and happy ears. This seeks to represent the happiness of a pet who knows they are receiving PetChoy for dinner, according to the design team. The pastel color palette was inspired by the basic ingredients – seafood, meat and vegetables. To further delineate the cat and dog food line, animal figures were designed that appear in the negative space of A. MN Associates also created a receipt design for the packaging that denotes flavor and aims to give the food an upscale feel. On the packaging it is combined with the image of an animal paw to hint at the attractiveness of food among four-legged friends.
Collection of Jagex housewares, in collaboration with Central Saint Martins
British game developer Jagex (responsible for cult online game Runescape in 2001) has collaborated with Central Saint Martins graduates on a product line inspired by the world of video games. The mandate was to design objects in line with Jagex’s value of “community collaboration, scientific creativity and courage for change”. Six products were chosen, from the wireless phone charger to the articulated lamp, which all interact with the world of video games. The coffee dripper and jug evoke the shape of an hourglass, like a nod to the charging icon on the computer, for example. BA Product Design course leader Paul De’Ath said the collaboration offered insight into the changing nature of the gaming industry and “how the values held there can inform design beyond usual game merchandise ”.