You know how you make a mental list of things you want to do during the summer and then you realize in late August that not only summer has passed you by, but also you’ve done practically nothing on that list? That totally happened to me last week.
Thank goodness it was a long Labor Day weekend– I knocked two of those items off the list! The first was tubing in the Delaware River (so fun!) and the other was visiting the Graphic Design – Now in Production exhibit on Governor’s Island, co-sponsored by Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum and the Walker Art Center.
While I’ve been working on my graphic design portfolio, I’ve been entering logo design contests on 99designs.com. I was working on a restaurant logo and hit a creative wall. Everything I was coming up with seemed too boring. Visiting the exhibit was the perfect way to get some inspiration.
The installations were mostly print and film-title based and all of the work was created since 2000. The exhibit closed after September 3, but below are some of the highlights.
Iconic TV Posters
Austrian designer, Albert Exergian designed these reductive, minimalist posters of well-known American TV shows using a mid-century Swiss modernist sensibility. By using one basic image, he conveys the essential theme of the show. It’s a tough call, but my two favorites are the posters for Friends and Weeds.
Graphic Gig Posters
These screen-printed posters were designed by Minneapolis-based studio, Aesthetic Apparatus. What’s interesting is that they used printed test versions of the posters and then overprinted different posters on top of them. Each poster you see above is a collage of multiple posters. Some of these are sold as limited-edition prints on Gigposters.com.
Behind-the-Scenes Magazine Design
This is a making of video of The Church of London’s movie magazine, Little White Lies and their special Black Swan issue. Cool stuff!
Visual Identity System
Designed by Jonathan Barnbrook, this was the visual identity of the 17th Biennale of Sydney, an international festival of contemporary art.