After winning a Golden Cube at the Art Directors Club in the US this year we have now won a Golden Nail from the Art Directors Club in Germany. What's next – a Golden Cage? For other awards we have won this season read here.
We recently designed ‘Up and Down the Pyranees’, a 28-page booklet of images taken at various heights of the Pyranees mountain range by photographer Tim Mitchell. Images include a sign post, snow, a dead cow, and at the highest peak, some graffiti. The book will go on sale at the Westminster Reference Library, on Saturday 11 May 2013, 7.30–10.30pm, 35 St Martin’s Street, London WC2H 7HP, and at Tim’ website thereafter. More about the event here.
We are very happy to see our website for painter Clare Chapman, www.clarechapman.com, in the pipeline for quite some time now, finally up and running in all its glory! The design breaks down the painting caption into its component parts (title, year, size, materials) to use as the website navigation. Thank you to Chris Brown for the development.
It’s awards season (again)! Our design for the Zumtobel Annual Report has been awarded a Golden Cube at the 92nd Annual ADC Awards (Art Directors Club) in the US. For a full list of winners click here or for information on the selection process view the video below. Our report was also nominated as prize nominee work at the TDC Tokyo Awards (Type Directors Club), where our posters for the lecture series ‘A Bird Never Flew On One Wing’ was also selected as excellent work. The same posters also won at the TDC Awards New York (Type Directors Club). That’s all for now.
Lots of old friends and familiar faces at Monday’s launch of our new book ‘I used to be a design student’ at the Camberwell College of Arts. Thanks to everyone for coming, Richard Walker and Tim Balaam for talking, and a special thanks to Tracey Waller, Course Director for BA Graphic Design for her support and for helping organise the whole evening!
The time has come! On Monday, 18 February 2013, at 6pm we are returning to Camberwell College of Arts after 16 years for the launch of our book ‘I used to be a design student’ published by Laurence King. So please come along if you are free! From 6.30pm onwards we will talk about the concept behind the book and the 5 years it took us from first conceiving it to finally getting it in our hands. Richard Walker from KK Outlet and Tim Balaam from Hyperkit will then give us an insight into their student years (also at Camberwell) and what has happened in their professional lives since. This should all last approximately an hour; then there will be drinks. You will find more information on the book here and here. And here are ways of buying the book online. The full address for the launch is: Camberwell College of Arts, 1st floor, BA Graphic Design Studio, 45-65 Peckham Road, London SW5 8UF.
Happy New Year! Our annual report designed with Anish Kapoor for lighting company Zumtobel Group has been nominated for the Design Museum Designs of the Year 2013. You can read more about the shortlist at the Creative Review Blog. More information about the Designs of the Year exhibition to follow.
Last week we received an advance copy of ‘I used to be a design student’, the book we have been working on as authors, editors and designers for the past 2 years. Published by Laurence King and officially launching on February 18th 2013, it features the student and professional work (as well as past and current influences) of 50 graphic designers. Amongst them are Andrew Stevens (GTF), Daniel Eatock, Fons Hickmann, Holger Jacobs (Mind Design), James Goggin, Ken Garland, Kirsty Carter (APFEL), Liza Enebeis (Studio Dumbar), Maki Suzuki (Åbäke), Margaret Calvert, Paul Barnes, Prem Krishnamurthy (Projects Projects), Sascha Lobe (L2M3), Stefan Sagmeister, Urs Lehni. The book offers a rare chance to find out how graphic designers feel about their education and profession and gives the low-down about their student days and their professional lives. A piece of their college work is shown alongside an example of their current work. Each designer also offers a key piece of advice and a warning. The book looks at the process a designer goes through in finding their ‘voice’. Topics addressed include how ideas are researched and developed; design and other cultural influences, then and now; positive and negative aspects of working as a designer; motivations for becoming a designer; and whether it’s really possible to teach design. There will be an official book launch on February 18th 2013 at 6pm at Camberwell College of Arts in London, 1st floor, BA Graphic Design Studio, 45–65 Peckham Rd, London SE5 8UF. The German book launch will be on the 24th and 25th of April, 7pm at the faculty of design, Hochschule Darmstadt, Olbrichweg 10, 64287 Darmstadt, www.fbg.h-da.de. To buy the book online go to amazon.com, amazon.co.uk or amazon.de. More news to follow in February 2013.
We recently designed the publication to accompany Anish Kapoor’s exhibition of new works at Lisson Gallery in London. Entitled ‘In the Shadow of the Tree and the Knot of the Earth’ we designed the volume as a 320-page, black and white publication of the artist’s drawings with variously-sized, full-colour images of the new works inserted within.
Since March, we have been working with Anish Kapoor on the 2012 Annual Report of lighting company Zumtobel, and the results have recently arrived from the printers. Taking his 1998 video work ‘Wounds and Absent Objects’ as a starting point, we separated the report into two separate volumes: a black & white, text-only volume containing all the facts and figures for the financial year, and a silent, colour-only publication, a graphic reinterpretation of the original video projection into print. To see the entire colour report click here or to order a copy click here and tick ‘Annual Report 2011/12 (available from July 27, 2012)’.
It’s been a pleasure watching our most colourful job to date going to press last week. A total of 10 (standard and bespoke) neon colours blending, overprinting and bleeding. The finished item is due in July...
Frank is currently curating ‘Halbfünf’, a series of talks at the Faculty of Design at the Hochschule Darmstadt were he also teaches. The topic of this series, ‘A bird never flew on one wing’, presents designers who do other things as well. The speakers and dates are: Christoph Keller (Editor, Book Designer, Curator and Choice Fruit Distiller), 22. May 2012. Kai von Rabenau (Photographer, Graphic Designer and Publisher, Editor, Label-Owner), 5. June 2012. Sara de Bondt (Graphic Designer and Publisher, Editor) 20. November 2012. Click here to find further information.
In 2011 Frank took a 6-month sabbatical away from his responsibilities at Hochschule Darmstadt to research a topic he has always been interested in: design and attitude. During this time, he interviewed over 100 designers from all over the world, asking them professional and personal questions in equal measure and collecting examples of their student and professional work. We are delighted that the resulting book, is in the pipeline as a Laurence King publication to be released on 18th April 2013. More information to come...
We have just finished working on the communication design for Everything Must Go, a three-day exhibition following the journeys of worn clothing as they are sold for reuse and recycling across the world. The show brings invisible global waste economies into public view, explores the people involved and the impact these businesses have upon their lives, and questions our ability to control, contain and curtail waste. It will be up for three days (20, 21, 22 January) a from 11am to 6pm at the Bargehouse at Oxo Tower Wharf in London, SE1 9PH.
We recently returned from Berlin, where we completed the design for issue #3 of frieze d/e magazine. Billy wasn’t sure how smoothly it all went, but Frank was delighted! The moment was captured by Kai von Rabenau.
Two of our projects (Chez Vous Identity and DAAD Competition Posters 2010) are featured in Selected B, a publication series by Barcelona based publisher Index.
Quite a few projects have recently arrived from the printers: the newly designed DAAD Funding poster and booklet with study and research opportunities for 2012–2013, issue #2 of the new, bilingual frieze d/e magazine, as well as the latest Okido ‘Dirt’ issue. A microsite for the DAAD Competition ‘Past Present Future’ is also online.
We have just finished working on ‘Dirty Corner’ a publication of sketchbook drawings, paintings, architectural models, and sculptures by Anish Kapoor, dating from 1974 to the present and focusing on the consistent concern in the artist’s work with the void. We opted for a loose and simple approach to the layout, occasionally contrasting the dark and bloody subject matter with interruptions of light (Pantone yellow neon). ‘Dirty Corner’ will be published by Skira on the occasion of Kapoor’s exhibitions in Milan this year. (Distributed in the US, Canada, Central & South America by Rizzoli, and in the rest of the world, by Thames & Hudson).
After one year in the making we are really happy to announce the launch of the new website for Anish Kapoor with us having developed the concept, design and programming. It is a very simple, 2-level website, but with lots and lots of content. Simple but dense. Hope you enjoy it. We are very happy to see this site come to life!
We just came back from the opening of Leviathan, the latest enormous sculpture by Anish Kapoor in the Grand Palais during MONUMENTA in Paris. We have designed two books for this occasion: “I have nothing to say”, a 328 page pocket size bilingual (French/English) book with various interviews plus the 240 page exhibition catalogue “Leviathan”, showing mainly preparatory sketches, models and writing.
The latest poster for the yearly DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) competition with this years title “Germany 2051 – What will it be like?” has just come back from the printers. We have been designing the competition material for the London office of the DAAD since 2008 now. In the background of the poster one can read the entire German history according to Wikipedia and set in 6pt Times. A microsite for the competition will go online in two weeks time.
Bye-Bye! We have just designed the last ever printed issue – No 18 – of the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) Newsletter. After having worked on this for the past 10 years (almost the entire life span of Brighten the Corners) it is time to say good bye. The next issue will be in an electronic format and so far we haven't been asked to do this. So this is a double good bye...
We have just been designing the latest identity and call for entries for the Allianz Business to Art Awards 2011. This is the fourth year since it all came to life and it's yet another play on the logo which we designed five years ago.
We have just returned from Berlin, where we finished the design for the first ever issue of frieze d/e (see also our News from November and March). The magazine is currently being printed, and launches on April 28th. (Photograph by Magdalena Magiera, frieze d/e, Berlin)
During this “awards season” we have had a few appreciations of our work, both for the studio and for the teaching we do. We have received the following awards: 100 Best Posters Award, Art Directors Club New York (Bronze in the category “Book Design/University Press Book”), Output 14 and ΕΒΓΕ 2011 (Greek Graphic Design & Illustration Awards – Visual Identity Commendation).
Conversations about Culture, a book containing the conversations about culture and the arts by people all over Ireland, has been published by Business to Arts, Dublin. Boz gathered all the material over a one-week period and we have designed the resulting book in collaboration with Ben Branagan. Photographs by Matthew Thompson.
We have been asked by Barcelona based design publisher Index Book to select work for a publication featuring interesting design projects completed during the past year. The name of the publication is Selected B. On top of that we gave a workshop with the title “Single Sentence Manifesto” during the Selected B Conference which took place from on the 25 & 25th of March in the Torre Agbar in Barcelona.
We have been working (see also our News from November) on the design for the launch of frieze d/e, a new quarterly art magazine hitting the newsstands in Germany, Austria and Switzerland this May. Some information from the official press release: ‘Frieze Publishing, the publishers of frieze the international contemporary art and culture magazine, is launching a new publication, frieze d/e, in Spring 2011. frieze d/e – a fully bilingual German/English quarterly – is a separate publication with its own editorial team and independent content. ‘d/e’ stands for ‘Deutsch’ and ‘English’. With editing and production based in Berlin, the new magazine will offer in-depth coverage of contemporary art and culture throughout Germany, Austria and Switzerland while closely following the international artist communities in this region.’ Full press release.
The Tokyo Type Directors Club (TDC) has awarded us with two In-Book Awards 2011. One in the category Mark & Logo/Corporate stationery for the work we have done for Athens based company Chez Vous . And another one in the category Poster for the work we have done for a screening of the film Kippenberger at Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences, Faculty of Design.
We designed the directional billboard ads in Stuttgart city centre and all graphics (vinyl signage, bags, posters and postcards) for the new store of Second Hand Records in Stuttgart. For more information on Second Hand Records click here.
The catalogue we designed for the Anish Kapoor India exhibitions in New Delhi and Mumbai has arrived from the printers. Published by the British Council and Lisson Gallery, the 220-page catalogue features a retrospective of Anish Kapoor’s work, and a gallery of his architectural models. It also includes a conversation with the exhibition curators, Andrea Rose and Greg Hilty, essays by Homi Bhabha and Nancy Adajania, and an extensive, illustrated chronology. We printed text pages on a tinted, uncoated stock, works on a coated, white stock and bound the catalogue with red thread and head/tail ends. All text was printed in red.
Opening night of the Anish Kapoor show at the Mehboob Film Studios in Mumbai. We designed a 38×18 metre banner of red wax from Shooting Into the Corner to cover the entire facade of the building. For more information about the exhibitions in Delhi and Mumbai and an interview with Anish Kapoor click oneoftheselinks.
We have been working on the design of a new bilingual (German/English) art magazine. A dummy has been designed and the publisher is presently exploring the market potential for such a release. Everything is confidential at the moment, more information to follow if everything goes ahead...
The bus shelter ads, billboards and posters we designed for the Anish Kapoor exhibition in India are going up in the streets of New Delhi and Mumbai. For press about the exhibitions click ontheselinks.
This Friday and Saturday, 12th – 13th November, we are opening our drawers once again to sell our products at the Small Publishers Fair. We have a little stall together with Tom Gauld (see news below). The fair is open from 11am to 7pm each day and admission is free. The address is Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, London WC1.
We’ve been commissioned to develop the exhibition identity, marketing material, catalogue design and merchandise for Anish Kapoor’s first ever exhibition in India. Organised by the Ministry of Culture, Government of India, NGMA, British Council and Lisson Gallery , the exhibition will take place in two venues, the National Gallery of Modern Art in New Delhi (30.11.2010–16.01.2011), and the Mehboob Film Studios in Mumbai (28.11.2010–27.02.2011). More information to come soon.
It’s great to see our work featured in Selected A — Graphic Design from Across Europe, a selection of work produced by European creative studios during last year. Click here for more information about this publication.
The Complete Typographer — A Foundation Course for Graphic Designers Working with Type, written by Will Hill and featuring our work has just been published by Thames & Hudson. Click here for more information on this book.
We’re happy to see the latest ‘Body Noises’ issue of Okido back from the printers and in bookshops all over London (including its first appearance at WHSmith’s). We worked with Okido editor Sophie Dauvois in developing a redesign that communicates what this kids’ Arts & Science magazine is all about to a wider audience. Click here to buy this issue on the Okido website.
The ‘find Funding’ booklets and posters which we have been designing for the DAAD London (German Academic Exchange Service) for the last 4 years just came back from the printers. See also the design of the previous years.
We received this email today from Australia, we’re glad to see our posters traveling the globe! Hi Brighten the Corners, My friend bought me the Inbox prints for my birthday and got them shipped to Australia. I got them framed this week and I just wanted to pass on this photo to show you how rad they look. I just love them. Thank-you! Kind Regards, Tara
We designed the logo and visual identity for KASAPI Hellas, an organisation based in Athens, dedicated to improving the lives of Philippine migrant workers in Greece. Drawing on the rich cultural heritage of the Philippines and the participatory nature of the organisation, we used a system of overlapping colours to develop illustrations and a set of different logos.
We recently designed the poster, invitation, programme, and winners’ brochure for the 2010 Allianz Business to Arts Awards, an annual event recognising collaboration and creativity in business and arts partnerships in Ireland. Click here to visit the Business to Arts website.
We’ve contributed work and bold predictions about the future of Graphic Design to the latest issue of Idea magazine: Idea No. 340: Forms of Practice. Other contributors include APFEL, A2/SW/HK, Sara De Bondt studio, Anthony Burrill, Hyperkit, Mind Design, Music, James Goggin and others.
Show Down, 12 hours of conflict, is an exhibition with projections, sound, films and performances designed and organised by 22 students of the Faculty of Design, University of Applied Sciences Darmstadt (Germany). The exhibition was developed in a workshop Frank did with his students and in collaboration with Matthias Görlich and Jörg Stürzebecher.
“THANK YOU — YOU’VE MADE MY DAY! I don’t care anymore that I am not going on holiday! Many kisses.” Inbox, our anniversary poster set with incoming emails from the last ten years of our practise, was selected for The Creative Review Annual 2010.
D&AD Award 2010 (In-Book) in the category Book Design Typography for ‘3 Minutes’, a collection of ten diverse and extremely 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. Other contributors to the project included Bibliotheque, Stefan Gandl (NeubauBerlin), Nick Hard (Research Studios), Jeff Knowles (Research Studios), Abbott Miller (Pentagram), and Un.titled. 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.
We’re very happy to have contributed a new, typographically-illustrated story involving Susie and an angry yellow flower, to the latest issue of Okido. Click here for an article about Okido on the Guardian website, and here to buy the latest issue.
Eat the cow! Sauté the onion! We developed the logo, stationery, promotional literature and website for Chez Vous, a complete home dining experience in Athens created by French chef Tony Mordelet and hospitality professional Eirene Kollintza. Our design plays with the idea of cooking as an art that brings different elements together. For more information email email@example.com.
We designed the invitation for ‘Version’ an exhibition featuring work of: Christina Christoforou by Yann Brien, Mark Oliver by Clayton Junior, Yann Brien by Mark Oliver, Clayton Junior by Mark Long, Gabriele Herzog by Christina Christoforou, and Mark Long by Gabriele Herzog. The private view is on Tuesday 9 March, 6pm, at Medcalf, 40 Exmouth Market, London Ec1R 4QE. The show ends on 30 April 2010.
The ‘Learn German’ concertina we designed for the Goethe-Institut London is going out to UK schools this month. Developed with parents and carers in mind, it outlines the commercial, professional and cultural benefits of learning German.
Our 3 books (“Victor & Susie”, “Stanley & Marvin”, “Susie & Edward”) which we wrote, illustrated, designed and produced have won a TDC Tokyo Type Directors Club In-Book Award 2010 in the category Experimental Work. For more information about the books, please go to our Shop.
The posters and postcards we designed for the DAAD’s 2010 Loanword Competition just came back from the printers. The concept was based around the saying “Don’t give me that spiel”. Visually the posters and postcards refer to old bill posters.
In December we printed INBOX, three posters with a selection of our incoming emails from the past 10 years. Here are some of the email responses we received:
Yay! Congratulations. 10 years! And your work still looks great! @ Absolutely love our post this morning... Fantastic! I think I recognise an email or two in there though... @ Die Geburtstagsposter sind gestern bei uns angekommen und haben heute morgen beim Frühstück für etliche Lacher gesorgt. Wir sind ein wenig neidisch, dass ihr es in 10 Jahren geschafft habt auch ein Poster mit Lob zu füllen. Respekt! @ Thank you for your posters! They are very nice. @ Thank you very much for your mail — I like the idea of an email-history over ten years, brilliant! Especially the slightly aggravated stuff is intriguing ;-) All the best to Brighten the Corners for the next ten years! @ Got the posters, they cheered our living room, thanks a lot! @ Vielelicht magst du uns ja auch bei den Reviews verlinken. Wenn du irgendetwas geändert haben möchtest, gib mir Bescheid. Ich finde die Idee echt klasse... ich finde, das ist ne sehr typische Arbeit von dir :) @ Μόλις έλαβα τα ποστεράκια σας και η μέρα μου ξεκινάει με πολύ χαρά. @ Thanks for the posters — I love these, brilliant idea — in particular the red one ‘I am sorry but this poster...’ has a particular resonance for me. It’s going to take pride of place in my studio. @ I loved the celebratory posters. Good luck with the next ten years. @ Got the lovely posters at the RCA — thank you @ Billara! Just got your inbox posters. Thanks for sending. Excellent! Read some of them to my sister (she of the broadcast design company) and she was weeping and crying all at the same time. Very emotional. @ I received the posters on the last day I was in London actually. It’s a really nice idea, thank you for sending them over! Some of them are so absurd I was laughing all the time. @ Thanks for the lovely prints – they caused familiar sighs and chuckles all over the studio. @ Well you certainly gave us a good laugh. It is a shame if you have grown up, children usually behave better than adults... Glad to see we are not the only fussy ones. I can just imagine you saving these emails over the years. Congratulations on 10 years and all the very best for the future. @ Thanks, the posters are great! Nice to brighten up the corners of my office. @ Έφτασε ένα ωραίο πακετάκι με δύο μικρές φωτογραφίες της queen. Πόσο νέα δείχνει! My compliments. Έκανες ωραία δουλειά μεγάλε. Θα στολίσω το δωμάτιο του μπαμπά. @ Just got my set of posters — and am sitting at my desk laughing to the point of tears. Everyone in the office is looking a little concerned on my behalf. @ Just received my copy from the german partner. Spent half an hour reading and enjoying every one of the messages! Great stuff. @ Thanks so much for the set of posters that arrived today. Very nice surprise. A brilliant project — like it a lot. Saw them online on your new (and also nice) website and CR. Congrats all around! 8)
Brighten the Corners is ten years old. We’ve worked on a lot of projects during this time. And received many many emails, all of which played a part in how the projects turned out. So, to celebrate our tenth anniversary we’ve decided to give these daily exchanges a long overdue public platform. This is a representative selection, not just the positive or amusing ones, but also the bad, the confused, the dull and the ridiculous, each one an inseparable part of the design process.
INBOX – Selected Emails from 1999–2009 / Edition of 3 Posters (Red/Green/Blue)
To buy 3 x A2 sized posters for £10 visit our Shop
Our new website is online since December 1st, just in time for our 10th anniversary. Our old website has served as well for 5 years. And although we were quite fond of it, we also needed change. Hip Hip Hurrah! Thanks to Stephan Barbe who programmed it.
Frank was invited to create a poster on the subject of “Common Threads”. The exhibition with the same title took place at the Emily Carr University in Vancouver and presented also posters amongst others by Albert Folch, Henrik Kubel, Hyperkit, Silke Klinnert, Simon Svärd.
In October we had a photo-shoot for all the pictures (250!) for our new website in a studio in Stuttgart. Photographer: Thomas Herrmann. Thanks to him and Kristin Schoch who helped doing the cut outs and retouching.
Close Up – 10 Years of European Design Projects by the Helen Hamlyn Research Associates at the Royal College of Art 1999–2009
25 September - 6 October 2009 included work we have done for the Italian Cultural Institute in London.
Exhibition at the Royal College of Art
25 September – 6 October 2009
We were invited to produce a 16 page booklet for “3 Minutes”. The premise of the book is to show the full extent of the Tibetan conflict through 10 diverse and extremely powerful 3-minute interviews, each describing the 3 minutes that changed their lives. All contributors were asked to translate these minute interviews into 16 printed page booklets using primarily typography. The result is a book made up of 10 booklets. The book is available for £10 with all proceeds going to Tibet Relief Fund and being distributed by Subism. Other contributors to this project are Bibliotheque, Stefan Gandl (NeubauBerlin), Nick Hard (Research Studios), Jeff Knowles (Research Studios), Abbott Miller (Pentagram), Un.titled.
3 MINUTES – Designers Against Human Rights Abuse
The Gallery, 28 Cork Street, London
18 August 2009
DAAD UK Student Competition: we have designed the competition material for the 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.
For a letterpress poster we have designed to promote the screening of the film “Helvetica” at the Faculty of Design in Darmstadt we have been awarded with an Art Directors Club Germany Award in the category Typography.
A publication (“Farben on Demand”) which Frank and his students at the Faculty of Design in Darmstadt have done together with James Goggin from Practise has been awarded with an Art Directors Club New York (ADC) Cube Award 2009 in the category Book Design (Public Service/Non-Profit Book). The award was presented in New York and handed over to two of the participating students.
We designed Traduttore, Traditore (Translator, Traitor) an A3 print for Issue 1 of Making Do magazine. The issue explores translation through various mediums and includes work by Christina Christoforou, Sonja Lau, Andreas Pisac, and Mary Ikoniadou among others. Click here for more information on the Translation Issue or here to visit the shop.