-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Selected Work 1999—2013
a bird never flew on one wing
Poster design for a lecture series at the University of Darmstadt by practitioners who have more than one practise. Playing on the saying ‘A bird never flew on one wing’ the design split the announcement down the middle, also accommodating for a bi-lingual, English/German poster. Sara de Bondt (Designer/Publisher), Kai von Rabenau (Photographer/Editor), Cristoph Keller (Curator/Choice Fruit Distiller) were among the speakers. Awarded at the Tokyo TDC (Type Directors Club).
Design for a book of interviews with Anish Kapoor for RMN Grandpalais, France. Using an often-quoted statement by the artist for the front cover, we designed the book as a bi-lingual (French/English) edition with two separate front covers. Winner at the Annual Type Director’s Club awards and exhibition 2012 and featured in Typography 33.
Design for ‘Dirty Corner’ a volume collecting sketchbook drawings, paintings, architectural models, and sculptures by Anish Kapoor. Dating from 1974 to the present day, the collection traces the consistent concern in the artist’s work with the void. A loose and simple approach to the layout, occasionally contrasts the dark and bloody subject matter with interruptions of light (Pantone yellow neon). The book was released on the occasion of the exhibitions at Rotonda di via Besana and Fabbrica del Vapore in Milan.
Catalogue design for Anish Kapoor’s exhibition ‘In the shadow of the tree and the knot of the earth’ at the Lisson Gallery in London. Instead of representing the sculptures in a traditional way, the artist's drawings (absent from the exhibition itself) are used to set the mood of the publication. The dark and atmospheric drawings form the main content of the 320-page book, preempting the forms present in the exhibition space, which emerge as loosely inserted, full-colour photographs of the work. (Winner at the D&AD Awards 2013)
Cover design for L’Équipe magazine, the supplement to France’s largest daily newspaper devoted to sports. Published on July 28, the issue was dedicated to the London Olympics, and Anish Kapoor was asked to design a special artist cover for the occasion. Working in collaboration with the artist we developed a 3-D pop-up cover of a self-standing form, a 1:1100 ratio model inspired by Orbit at the Olympic Park in London.
Catalogue design for RMN Grandpalais of the Leviathan exhibition by Anish Kapoor for Monumenta 2011. Two hundred black and white pages of drawings, gouaches, architectural models, studio photographs and writing lifted out of the artist’s sketchbooks formed the bulk of the catalogue and traced the preparatory work and idea development process. The final pages of the book were used for the full colour photographs of the installed work within the Nave of the Grand Palais in Paris.
Concept development and design for the first ever exhibition of Anish Kapoor in New Delhi and Mumbai, India. The project included design of posters, billboards, supporting exhibition graphics, invitations, guide, a large format newspaper, and the exhibition catalogue.
Design of the exhibition catalogue for the Anish Kapoor shows in New Delhi and Mumbai. Published by the British Council and Lisson Gallery, the 220-page volume features a retrospective of the artsit’s work, as well as a gallery of his architectural models. Texts include an interview with exhibition curators Andrea Rose and Greg Hilty, essays by Homi Bhabha and Nancy Adajania, and an extensive, illustrated chronology.
Catalogue design to accompany Anish Kapoor’s second major solo exhibition in Asia, at the Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art in Seoul, Korea. Using an Asian fold binding the design plays with the book space by splitting the images to reveal sculptures partially. The reader discovers the works by travelling across the book page, and piecing together various views, as in the exhibition space itself. The artworks, models and sketches were grouped into distinct ‘object’ chapters: objects full of darkness, monochrome, non-objects, proto, internal, and auto-generated objects. The 448-page volume was designed as a Korean/English bilingual edition with texts by the curator Tae Hyunsun, Lee Ufan, Joan Kee and Homi K. Bhabha.
Art direction and design of ‘Symphony for a Beloved Sun’, published on the occasion of ‘ Kapoor in Berlin’, a major solo exhibition by artist Anish Kapoor at the Martin-Gropius-Bau in Berlin. The design anticipates the tension created by bringing contemporary artworks into the classical environment of the Martin-Gropius-Bau. The generously-sized, classical catalogue was stained with red oil paint, given a red cut to the edge, and sewn with a red thread. Maintaining the strict classical grid for all text and images, meant that large-scale works stretched across two pages to get the space they needed. Bold lists of work titles served as chapter dividers within the plates section. The 272-page book contains essays by Norman Rosenthal, Horst Bredekamp and Barbara Segelken. Grand Prix winner at the Tokyo TDC Awards 2014.
Design of ‘Anish Kapoor: Stone’ the first comprehensive collection of the artist’s stone sculptures, dating from the 1980s to the present day. The volume was designed as a ‘naked’ 352-page book block, to be extracted from its slip case. Front and back views of works are included where available, always on the reverse of pages. The book was published on the occasion Anish Kapoor’s exhibition at the Sakıp Sabancı Museum in Istanbul, and includes essays from Norman Rosenthal, Ahu Antmen, Halil Berktay, and an interview with Homi Bhabha and Anish Kapoor.
Concept, design and programming (including development of a CMS) for the website of artist Anish Kapoor. An ever growing chronological list of links to works, videos, texts, studio photographs, sketchbook drawings, or any other relevant page grabbed from the web (including a Cloud Gate google for the much photographed sculpture in Chicago), the site has been kept simple yet is extremely dense: a site you can really get lost in.
Logo and poster design for Experimental or New, an exhibition space exploring new ideas and inventive use of materials situated at the Aram Gallery in London. New entries are simply added to the existing show, replacing current pieces and creating an on-going exhibition. We designed a poster/template of all exhibits and new arrivals overprint the piece they exchange.
Logo for an organisation, that promotes architectural events (talks, exhibitions, walks) in the city of Münster, Germany. The shape combines the three dimensional nature of architecture and the ‘show off’ aspects of marketing.
Illustration and design for Bell Helicopter’s CD, Blade. The illustrations play on the album’s title by using a series of helicopter blade diagrams. Bell Helicopter is the musical playfield of artist Conor Kelly.
Design of www.bettinavonzwehl.com for fine art photographer Bettina von Zwehl. Reflecting the predominantly ‘portrait nature’ of her work, we designed the site as an online art book, with centred imagery and a strong visual emphasis.
Worldwide events programme for the British Council. Anticipating the multiple journeys the programme was about to undertake, we designed it as a pocket-sized travel guide, with a borderless world map, and an extensive appendix including a calendar, international holidays, an international table of signs, and a metic/imperial conversion table.
Logo design for Business to Arts, a Dublin-based organisation facilitating creative partnerships between businesses and the arts. We wanted to create a mark that was both playful and serious, and could happily sit in either a corporate or artistic environment. We merged the initials ‘A’ and ‘B’ in a single ligature, a solution that was bold, simple and anticipated the ‘rough’ treatment the logo may endure in the hands of third parties. Our design was awarded at the Tokyo Type Directors Club.
See also Identities + other Business to Arts projects below
Design of the Business to Arts Awards call for nominations, and launch of the redesigned Business to Arts identity. In order to familiarise people with the new ligature logo we laid out an A1 poster with every other possibility we could come up with. The only combination missing is the logo itself.
German architectural firm Bolles+Wilson approached us to develop a visual identity and design for their new webiste, featuring an interface which would ‘handle’ their comprehensive list of case studies and allow visitors to search by different parameters. We developed a playful yet functional navigation, resembling the nature of Bolles+Wilson’s architectural approach.
Newsletter created as a memento to Accenture Ireland’s Corporate Communications Day. Organised and art directed by us, the day focused on the company’s identity with employees’ wishes, dreams and innermost secrets all revealed. The publication was awarded at the Art Directors Club New York, while the event won a Business to Arts Award for Best Use of Creativity by a Business in 2008.
Website development for London-based painter Clare Chapman. The design of the website breaks down the painting caption into its component parts (title, year, size, materials) to use as navigation. Title tags reveal one or several paintings, allowing for thematically-grouped artworks to be presented together, while differently-sized JPGs introduce scale to a body of work ranging from 15 cm up to 195 cm long. Programming and CMS by Chris Brown. Reviewed at It’s Nice That.
Concept and design for Conversations about Culture, a book of photographs and discussions by people across Ireland, gathered during a one-week round trip by Boz Temple-Morris and Alisdair McGregor. Published by Business to Arts, Dublin with photography by Matthew Thompson. Designed with Ben Branagan.
We have been designing the DAAD’s annual Funding brochures and posters since 2001. In 2007, we developed a new direction which played on the often frustrating nature of tracking down funding opportunities. Designed with Stefania Tomasello. Photography by Tom Merrell.
The DAAD asked us to design a promotional item which expressed its work as a sponsor of academic exchange between Germany and the UK. We designed a postcard set with overlapping aspects of British and German life.
Germany has a rich tradition of fairy tales but what would a modern one look like? We designed the material for DAAD’s ‘Create A Modern German Fairytale’ competition. Entrants can respond by any medium they choose. Click here to visit the site and for information on how to enter.
see also BtoA Awards + The following two projects below
Concept and design for DAAD’s student competition. Playing with the idea of graphic design as an organising and structured discipline, and Germany’s reputation for organisation and efficiency, we invited participants to respond to the title ‘Very German’. We used a list of technical specifications to create a colour swatch of 837 wrong and 3 right ‘German flag colours’.
Design of the promotional material for DAAD’s annual competition. Participants were asked to respond to an imaginary encounter between a famous German and British personality in a chosen location. The material was designed as a list of names one could mix and match with endlessly different results.
Design for ‘3 Minutes’, one of a collection of ten diverse and powerful 3-minute interviews about the effect of the Tibetan conflict. Our contribution to the collection was a typographical interpretation of a 3-minute interview with Tenzin Lose into a 16-page booklet. For more information about DAHRA (Designers Against Human Rights Abuse) or to buy the book click here. All proceeds go to the Tibet Relief Fund.
Logo design and visual identity for Fake Theatre Productions. The visual identity carried through the ‘fake’ theme, with ‘fake’ contact details on the business card, ‘fake’ links on the website and a logo with a ‘fake’ ™ sign.
Book series design for ‘Fluffy’ by Simone Lia, a comic about a stressed architect called Michael and a bunny rabbit called Fluffy. Fluffy thinks Michael is his dad. Michael has explained this isn’t the case. But Fully is in denial. We have been designing Simone’s stories since 2001, and all four volumes were recently collected in a single volume by Jonathan Cape.
Summer 2011 to summer 2012 (4 issues): design and layout of frieze d/e, a fully bilingual German/English magazine by the publishers of frieze, the international contemporary art and culture magazine. With editing and production based in Berlin, the magazine is published 4 times a year and offers in-depth coverage of contemporary art and culture throughout Germany, Austria and Switzerland while closely following the international artist communities in this region.
Redesign of the Goethe-Institut London programme of events. In keeping with the notebook idea of our previous design (see above), we printed each issue on a light and delicate lined paper, with fluorescent highlights for important dates and information, and a gold cut complete with gold staples for a classical finishing touch.
The Goethe-Institut central office asked us to come up with a suitable design to celebrate the eleven German-speaking winners of the Nobel Prize in Literature. We designed eleven tiny books, measuring just 74×105mm with extracts of each writer’s work, and packed them in a card slip case.
Design of the promotional material for the Heinemann font collection, a font tested and developed over an eight-year period, and designed to address the specific difficulties arising from dyslexia or learning difficulties.
Book design for Helfried Kodré, published by Arnoldsche Art Publishers. Responding to Kodré’s modernist and architectural forms, we developed a truly modernist design based on a Josef Müller-Brockmann grid.
To mark their tenth anniversary, the Helen Hamlyn Centre at the Royal College of Art asked Frank, their first-ever Research Associate in Communication Art & Design, to review a visual record of the past decade and make a selection of images that capture the spirit of their ongoing work in people-centred design.
Frank undertook a one-year research project on packaging at the Helen Hamlyn Centre at the Royal College of Art and sponsored by the Packaging Solution Advice Group (PSAG). The report looks closely at small print on packaging, and highlights its importance as a key design challenge facing an ageing population. The approach consisted of isolating existing small print from its context to highlight its deficiencies and testing alternative approaches with a user group of older consumers drawn from the University of the Third Age. You can view the full report or the outline of the findings which was published in Baseline No 34/2001.
Development of a visual identity and website for Holy Mountain, a production company bringing together well established practitioners from different backgrounds, in collaborative and exploratory projects. The website was built with a content management system.
Series design for the Italian Cultural Institute’s programme of events. To contrast the entirely typographic bulk of the programme, we used the introductory pages as a gallery of images by writer/photographer Dave Foster. Further Italian touches include a generously sized serif typeface for the copy, latin numerals for pagination, and an elegant pocket-sized format. Awarded at D&AD (UK) and the Art Directors Club New York.
Series redesign for the Italian Cultural Institute’s programme of events. We collected popular Italian sayings and printed them in letterpress with Ian Gabb. For each issue, the director pulled a saying out of a bowl to use for the programme’s wrap-around poster/cover (see below). To contrast the colourful outside, we designed the content as a purely typographic black programme, complete with matching staples. The posters were featured in an article on poster design in The Times.
Poster series featuring popular Italian sayings. The posters were designed and printed in letterpress in collaboration with Ian Gabb, and used as wrap-around covers for the Italian Cultural Institute’s programmes of events (see above). The posters were also featured in an article on poster design in The Times.
Logo development for KASAPI Hellas, an organisation in Athens dedicated to improving the lives of Philippine migrant workers in Greece. Drawing on the rich cultural heritage of the Philippines, our design brought together overlapping elements to create a set of logos and illustrations.
Website design of www.kbnk.de for Hamburg-based kbnk Architects. The driving idea was to give the viewer control over the way in which the site is viewed. Case studies can be sorted by type of building, chronology, height, size, cost, or even colour adding a more playful note to the navigation. All images stretch to fit the browser window using the available space efficiently, while a click on the logo takes this idea further by dropping all navigation entirely.
Concept, design and production management of a promotional brochure for the creative industry of the Stuttgart region. All aspects of the publication were sourced locally – from the inspiration for the colour spectrum to the paper supplier, Kurt Weidemann’s Corporate S + E typefaces, Thomas Herrmann’s photography and the printing – all celebrating the creative talent and industry in the area. Remaining faithful to the concept, all the design and layout work was done from our Stuttgart studio. Clients included IHK Region Stuttgart, Landeshauptstadt Stuttgart, MFG Baden-Württemberg, Stadt Ludwigsburg, and Medien Region Stuttgart.
CILT, the National Centre for Languages approached us to develop a brand and a UK-wide campaign for languages. After interviews, desk research and consultation with a steering group, our designs were tested in focus groups and a direction was chosen. Posters, postcards, a CD, a Teacher’s booklet and Factsheets were drafted, designed and printed. They were sent to schools across the UK in an Activity folder. The Languages Work brand has been going strong for seven years, with new material produced annually for English and Welsh schools.
Poster and postcard campaign funded by DAAD and the Goethe-Institut London, promoting German in British schools and universities. Set in bold, upper-case letters, the posters drawn on the wealth of German stereotypes, and acknowledge the contribution of the British tabloid press in their persistence. Unsurprisingly, the press took to the campaign pretty well, which enjoyed a whole four years of life, and was awarded at the 100 Best Posters 2001 awards and exhibition in Berlin.
As a goodbye to the four-year ‘Learn German’ campaign we were asked to design a final set of posters and postcards for the 2006 World Cup in Germany. We couldn’t resist playing with the wave of enthusiasm taking over the press, so we confidently announced England as favourites to become ‘Fussballweltmeister’ 2006. Gary Lineker received a complimentary copy, but unfortunately he didn’t get the chance to air it. The campaign was discussed on the BBC World Service (play audio file below), and featured in The Guardian, The Independent, Sky Sports, Spiegel Online, BBC London, The Times, Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk (MDR), Deutsche Welle TV, Sky News and Play Loud!.
A three-year project to develop a visual identity for the annual reports of mechanical engineering firm, Lenze. We travelled across five European countries with photographer Lars Svenkerud putting our ‘democratising’ photographic system into practice. All employees were photographed standing up and facing the camera, within their working environment. The portraits were all reproduced at the same size, and used as the visual introduction to the report.
Design for the “eleventh album from one of Germany’s finest guitar pop bands” – Loretta. ‘Grand Final’ is “wonderful Americana pop, perfectly emphasizing Andreas Sauer’s art of songwriting with French horn, Wurlitzer, brass and strings.” (Rolling Stone)
A collection of work by some of the best narrative artists including Benoît Jacques, Marjane Satrapi and David Shrigley. Using the comic ‘language’ of paneling, our design boxes all artwork and captions, while the problem of displaying two comic pages in a single book page is overcome by dipping the second to meet the end of the first. We designed the book in collaboration with Tom Gauld, whose giant robot features on the front cover, while Simone Lia’s morally-outraged sweet corn kernel dissmisses the entire publication as rubbish on the back. Reviewed in eye magazine.
Published by the Royal Institute of British Architects, this volume looks at remodelling as a distinct discipline that considers the challenges of interpreting existing buildings. Drawing on an international portfolio of case studies, it explains the theory behind the ways in which architects and designers remodel and adapt buildings.
Poster invitation for the MA Graphic Design Summer Show at the Royal College of Art in London. By adapting a Dadaist manifesto, the collective voice of the graduating year was expressed in a appropriately clear and ambiguous manner.
Catalogue design for the Communication Art & Design department at the Royal College of Art. Each contributor was given an A4 sheet of paper to use however they liked, with all text referring to the work set on the reverse. Produced unbound, this catalogue can be used as an index to find a particular piece of work, or deconstructed and treated as a collection of separate images.
Commission to design the Royal Mail Millennium stamp, replacing the regular 1st class stamp for the duration of one year. A slight adjustment of the perforation marks, sees Her Imperial Majesty depart from the left of the stamp, to re-emerge on the right.
Design of Eva Jiricna’s Staircases which looks at the evolution of staircase design throughout history, and focuses on key international examples. The book design reflects the function of this architectural feature by using the grid to create steps in the layout, taking the reader from one page to the next. A full page illustration is used as a divider for each of the six themed chapters.
The Department for Education approached us to develop a logo for The Languages Ladder, a voluntary recognition scheme designed to credit people for their language skills. The scheme traces people’s progress through different levels in Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing. We designed two alternative logos to illustrate the concept. The logo bleeds off the top or bottom of the page accordingly.
A single-level website thomas-herrmann.com for Stuttgart based photographer Thomas Herrmann with a strong visual emphasis. Navigation is subtle and playful yet efficient in order not to get in the way of the images.
Two posters for engineering company Thurm & Dinges 30th anniversary dinner. Designed as two separate invitations, the first poster informs the receiver of the date, while the second one announces the reason and the venue. The randomly overlaid numbers in the first poster are followed by an orderly build-up of years set at an axonometric angle.
Book design and production management of artist’s monograph Tone Vigeland. The volume by Art Publishers Arnoldsche features an extensive body of work covering nearly fifty years. Our design brought together modern and classical elements with choice of typography and material. The resulting book was also shortlisted for the prestigious Stiftung Deutsche Buchkunst (Most Beautiful Book Award) in Germany.
For 21 days, during July 2011, a group of walkers travelled the entire length of the High Route Pyranees, some 900km, which took them a total of 64 days. Photographer Tim Mitchell joined the journey between Lescun and Gavarnie documenting moments at different heights. Clouds, distant walkers, a tent, a dead cow, a tiny flower, and, at the highest summit, some graffiti. We designed the collection of resulting photographed as ‘Up and down the Pyranees’, using the various heights as steps in the layout. Printed in an edition of 100 copies.
Posters designed at the Faculty of Design in Darmstadt to promote various lectures, screenings and workshops. Our letterpress poster for the screening of Gary Hustwit’s documentary ‘Helvetica’, was awarded at the Art Directors Club Germany.
Books resulting from the various projects and workshops ran by Frank at the Faculty of Design at Darmstadt. Dear Lulu, a publication testing print on demand companies, set with James Goggin from Practise won a cube Art Directors Club in New York.
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