Our most recent book for Anish Kapoor's exhibition in Serralves, Porto goes to print. All sections are printed except one – now, if we can only get a decision on those logo sizes on the cover and imprint pages...
It is great to see the first pictures of our poster for The Press Project Live concert (with an image by David Foldvari) plastered around Athens. The concert will take place on Sunday, 6th May, 6pm, at Κύτταρο. Tickets cost 6 euros with all proceeds going to the independent media organisation The Press Project. To find out more about The Press Project, please visit the site’s international edition here, or find out how you can support it here.
After a long three years in the making, we have finally seen the printed outcome for fig-2, the catalogue for the year-long exhibition series hosted at the ICA Studio. The book is published by Black Dog Publishing with contributions by Louise Buck, Caroline Douglas, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Gilda Williams and Catherine Wood. It was edited by the exhibition curators, Fatos Ustek, Jessie Temple, Yves Blais and Irene Altaio. More information on the publication here.
We managed to pop into Protein Studios early yesterday to get a glimpse of the new Fedrigoni 365 Calendar (and our design for May 5th) before the hoards arrived... some familiar faces in the crowd.
Nice to see the Zumtobel Annual Report 2011/12 in the Museum Sinclair-Haus exhibition ‘Book Worlds’ in Bad Homburg. The exhibibion opened on October 1 and will run untill February 4, 2018. For more information, click here.
A photo (we haven’t seen a printed copy yet) of the 72 page exhibition guide for the show ‘Places of Origin — Monuments for the 21st Century’ by Anish Kapoor at the MAST Foundation in Bologna (Italy) which opened this week (October 12th).
Our web page for Reconstructing Exhibitions is online. Reconstructing Exhibitions is an academic research project that explores the recent curatorial practice of revisiting and restaging seminal exhibitions from the past. The project is led by Dr Michaela Giebelhausen (UAL: Central Saint Martins) and Dr Natasha Adamou (Kingston University London, UAL: Central Saint Martins).
Our design for the post-Brexit passport competition by Dezeen Design Blog has been shortlisted along with 8 others among a total of 200 entries from 34 different countries. The jury included Deyan Sudjic, director of the Design Museum and Margaret Calvert. Currently the designs can be seen in an exhibition at the Design Museum from June 14th to July 5th 2017. Before that they featured in an exhibition during the Clerkenwell Design Week at Arper, 11 Clerkenwell Road London EC1M 5PA from May 23–25 2017. Our passport features the name of every country in the world listed in order of their immigrant and emigrant populations, with the United Kingdom highlighted in red. The design aims to acknowledge the continuous comings and goings of people and ideas that form civilisation, and most importantly to stress that you only need a passport if you accept the existence of other countries as well.
Our website for artist Clare Patey is now online. Clare is an artist and curator based in London, who is currently the director of the Empathy Museum. She was also the creator of the critically acclaimed Museum Of, The Ministry of Trying to Do Something About It and annually curated Feast on the Bridge for the Thames Festival. Visit www.clarepatey.com for more information. Thank you to Julian Kuntorov for the website development.
Industrialised folk art: a nice review of our catalogue design and visual essay for the exhibition of ‘Alexander Girard – A Designer’s Universe’ in this month’s Eye magazine. The exhibition opened at the Vitra Design Museum last year, and is now touring internationally.
The Type Directors Club TDC Tokyo announced that our design for the book 'Alexander Girard – A Designer's Universe' for the Vitra Design Museum has been awarded with an In-Book/Excellent Work award in 2017. Happy New Year wishes to them and to all the followers of this news page!
We just came back from Göttingen (Germany), where we visited Gerhard Steidl at his Steidlville (a plot of land and houses) on Düstere Straße (direct translation: Cheerless Street) to discuss and proceed with a few books we are doing for Anish Kapoor. We have worked on one of them for 5 years already and it now counts over 1,100 pages (see also our news entry from October 2014. More news when it’s all done.
The book we designed for Anish Kapoor Versailles continues its journey across Japan, with the Tokyo TDC Exhibition 2016. Currently at kyoto ddd gallery, the show will run from July 22 to August 27, 2016. For more information click here.
We have just finished working on the design of ‘A Thousand and One Books’ with artist Clare Patey, a new library filled with 1001 books donated by members of the public. Each donated book forms part of the collection and is available for anyone to take out and pass on. ‘A Thousand and One Books’ opened with ‘A Mile in My Shoes’ as part of LIFT 16.
The Chinese edition of I used to be a design student with the title 我曾经是个设计系学生——50个平面设计师的今昔对比 was published by HuaZhong University of Science & Technology Press. Strange cover (we had no say, although we are the authors and designers of the book (strange world)). Apart from that it looks like the English original but slightly smaller in size, printed cheaply on cheap paper and with Chinese characters.
The Tokyo TDC Exhibition 2016 is presenting the results of the Tokyo TDC Awards 2016 and is being held at Ginza Graphic Gallery from June 03 to June 27, 2016. The exhibition presents a total of 158 works. One of the books we have designed in 2015 is also part of it: Anish Kapoor Versailles (*).
Great to see our design for ‘Endless Journey’ by Tom Gauld win a pencil at this year’s D&AD Awards. Commissioned by the Shandy Hall Museum this Laurence Sterne-inspired myriorama consists of twelve cards which can be arranged to form 479,001,600 different landscapes.
We have just returned from Coimbra, Portugal where we spoke at the Teatro da Cerca de São Bernardo as the highlight of this year’s ENED conference (National Conference for Design Students). The whole programme of talks and workshops was inspired by topics raised in our publication I used to be a design student. Our talk touched on the various stages we went through from being students to setting up a studio and working as professionals, and focused on the making of our book.
We designed the exhibition catalogue for ‘Alexander Girard. A Designer’s Universe’ featuring the life’s work of one of the most influential textile and interior designers of the past century. The 512-page volume is published as both a German and English edition, and features essays by Jochen Eisenbrand, Susan Brown, Monica Obniski, Barbara Hauss, Alexandra Lange, Jonathan Olivares, as well as a visual essay entitled ‘Connections’ by ourselves. It also includes a biography, and an extensive list of works in all the areas Girard worked in (Buildings and Interiors, Exhibitions, Showrooms, Product Design, Graphic Design, Textile and Wallpaper Design). The show opens at the Vitra Design Museum on the 12 March 2016 and will run until 29 January 2017. After that it will tour internationally.
Goodbye Brixton — Hello Loughborough Junction! Our London based studio will, after 12 years, move with ourselves, our computers, our plan chests, and countless cardboard boxes down the road to Loughborough Junction (from where we can enjoy the sun set over Brixton).
This Tuesday, February 16th, Billy will be at JW3 (London Jewish Cultural Centre) to take part in ‘The Book is Dead! Long Live the Book!’ a discussion about changes in the publishing industry and how they are affecting the book as an object. He will be joined by artist Sophie Herxheimer, Hebrew calligrapher and Torah scribe Josh Baum, and graphic novelist Simone Lia who will talk to artist Jacqueline Nicholls about their work. You can book tickets here.
Frank just came back from Düsseldorf, where he was a guest-critic (looking and giving comments to over 100 (!) student works). He was invited by Andreas Uebele, who is teaching at the Peter Behrens School of Arts there. Frank also gave a talk at the end of a (very) long and enjoyable day. The event took place at the Filmwerkstatt Düsseldorf. The co-critics were Susanne Stahl from Berlin based studio Stahl R and Peter Zizka from Frankfurt/Berlin based Heine/Lenz/Zizka. (Photo: Jan Barthel)
Anah #5, a conversations-magazine from Anah with Charles Jencks, Ellen Zweig, Susan S. Szenasy, Paola Antonelli and Ole Bouman was released today. The design is purely typographical with five picture-bookmarks thrown in. Go here to get a copy (€/$ 10) or to a quality newsagent near you.
We are very pleased to hear that our catalogue design for Anish Kapoor’s exhibition at the gardens of Versailles, has been awarded as Excellent Work at the 2016 Tokyo TDC (Type Directors Club) Awards in Japan.
A new bag for Second Hand Records store in Stuttgart for all who (still or came back to) love vinyl.
We designed 3 bumber stickers for Second Hand Records store in Stuttgart. Thanks to AC/DC, Bob Dylan and The Beatles.
This week we went to Weil am Rhein for a meeting at the Vitra Design Museum. We are currently working for them on the catalogue for an exhibition about the life and work of Alexander Girard which will open in March 2016. Alexander Girard was an architect, interior designer, furniture designer, industrial designer, textile designer and graphic designer. He was also a collector of folk art. The show is the first major retrospective about his work and collection.
We have just returned from Russia, where we oversaw the production of ‘My Red Homeland’ the bi-lingual catalogue accompanying the exhibition of Anish Kapoor at the Jewish Museum & Tolerance Center in Moscow. The exhibition will run from the 22nd September 2015 until 17th Januray 2016.
The finishing touches have been applied, and ‘a Mile in my Shoes’ is now open to the public from today, 4 September until 27 September 2015. You can visit to hear strangers’ stories and walk in their shoes from 12.00 pm to 6.00 pm, Wednesday to Sunday, at Riverside Gardens, Nine Elms Lane, Vauxhall London SW8 2DU.
We have recently designed the identity of the world’s first Empathy Museum, and are currently working on the design for its launch event, ‘A Mile in my Shoes’. The event is an audio portrait of Wandsworth, housed in a theatrical shoe shop, where visitors literally walk in the shoes of a stranger. ‘A Mile in my Shoes’ is open 4–27 September 2015, 12.00 pm–6.00 pm, Wednesday to Sunday, at Riverside Gardens, Nine Elms Lane, Vauxhall London SW8 2DU.
Tom Gauld’s ‘Endless Journey’ a myriorama inspired by the works of Laurence Sterne, has just come back from the printers. The pack consists of twelve picture cards that can be arranged to form 479,001,600 different landscapes. It was commissioned by The Laurence Sterne Trust with support by Arts Council England on them occasion of the ‘Sentimental Landscapes’ exhibition at Shandy Hall in North Yorkshire. You can buy ‘Endless Journey’ here, and read more about it on It’s Nice That.
Frank will be giving a talk at Peter Behrens School of Arts in Düsseldorf on June 9th. Holger from mind design, who is teaching there, has invited us. Looking forward to seeing him and his students and to a hopefully nice day & night in Düsseldorf.
The latest poster we designed for Second Hand Records shop in Stuttgart is an A to Z of record covers. Each customer will get one for free when purchasing an item in the shop.
On International Labour Day May 1st we travelled out to Falmouth University in Cornwall to give a talk and tutorials to students in the The School of Communication Design.
We’re pleased to announce that on Thursday April 30th, we will be joining the ever growing list of speakers at the Typographic Circle. Our talk will start at 7:00pm at the St Bride Library, 14 Bride Lane, London EC4Y 8EQ. Previous speakers include Alan Kitching, Stefan Sagmeister, Ken Garland, Jonathan Barnbrook, and Simon Esterson among others. For a full list of speakers and an archive of their posters visit the Typographic Circle poster archive. To book tickets and for a glimpse of our poster please click here.
Brighten the Corners has been selected to be part of this year’s Book Design Jury during D&AD Judging Week 2015 at the Old Truman Brewery in East London. The Judging Week will feature a full programme of events and runs from 19 to 23 April. For more information, please click here.
Join the Club! Anah-Club, a website we designed for Berlin and Salzburg based Anah architects is online now. Thanks to Fabian Wohlfart for the coding.
It’s Nice That asked us for our favourite books on our bookshelves. We were happy to share this information with them (and now with you). Happy reading!
Lots of ink on good papers at the Stationers’ Hall in London for this year’s Fedrigoni Top Awards. We are also happy to have received second prize in the Books category for Symphony for a Beloved Sun. All winning work was on show between March 10–13, 2015.
We have just received the latest issue of Pulp, a quarterly journal created by Eye Magazine for Fedrigoni and designed by Holly Catford and Simon Esterson. It features an interview we had with John L Walters about our work for artist Anish Kapoor over the last few years. Follow this link to get your copy.
We are very happy that fig-2 has launched this week, for which we have designed the graphic identity and website www.fig2.co.uk. Many thanks to David Miller for the programming. fig-2 (organised in association with Outset) is a year-long exhibition featuring 50 projects over 50 weeks at the ICA Studio and is being curated by Art Fund curator, Fatoş Üstek. Week 1/50 featured artist Laura Eldret and was followed by a launch party at the ICA (see photograph by Sylvain Deleu). Week 2/50 opens on Monday 12 January with artist Charles Avery. More artists will be announced on a weekly basis, so keep checking the website as it grows.
This Thursday, November 27th is the opening of the exhibition ‘Marks and Traces’ in which the artist Kris Scholz presents his latest work. We have designed the poster and flyer for the show at the Designhaus/Alfred-Messel-Haus on the Mathildenhöhe in Darmstadt. The show will be open until January 11th.
Next week, on November 19th, the latest German-Polish Award will be presented to two organizations in Berlin. We have redesigned the award certificate which will be given to the winners in the name of the German and Polish governments. The prize has, in previous years, been given to individuals and organisations who have done good for the relationship between the two countries. Amongst them Willy Brandt, Tadeusz Mazowiecki, Richard von Weizsäcker and Lech Walesa.
We are currently working on a website for fig-2 (site launch on 5 December 2014), a revival of the seminal exhibition cycle fig-1, developed by Mark Francis and Jay Joplin in 2000. fig-2 will be a year-long exhibition held at The Studio, ICA and will feature a total of 50 projects in 50 weeks, opening with a new show each Monday evening. The event is curated by independent curator and writer Fatoş Üstek.
Slowly but steadily the visual identity we designed for Berlin and Salzburg based Anah architects is being implemented. After the website went online at the end of last year, the business cards have now been delivered to Berlin/Salzburg. More to come (sooner or later).
Books, books, books. 2014 has been a year of books. We are working on four new publications in total, but have a feeling they still have a way to go... updates to follow.
Great news from Germany, where our book, I used to be a design student – 50 graphic designers then + now was awarded a Bronze at the ADC (Art Directors Club) für Deutschland. Anish Kapoor – Symphony for a Beloved Sun was also nominated for a Yellow Pencil at this year’s D&AD Awards.
We recently designed several items for the 30th birthday of the Second Hand Records shop of our friends in Stuttgart. As well as flyers, stickers, buttons and vinyl lettering for the shop window we designed a ‘30 Year Record Poster’ featuring a favourite record for each of the last 30 years, as selected by the shop staff. Amongst them the fantastic ‘All shook down’ by ‘The Replacements’ as the best record of 1990, ‘Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain’ by ‘Pavement’ for 1994 and ‘Sometimes I wish we were an Eagle’ by ‘Bill Callahan’ for 2009.
The Korean edition of our book, ‘I used to be a design student’ published by ag books has just arrived in the post — a lovely sight! Also, good to see that our cover design survived a marketing process on the other side of the world!
Last week we flew to Tokyo to pick up the Grand Prix at the Tokyo TDC Awards 2014, attended the exhibition opening of the winning entries at the Ginza Graphic Gallery (ggg), and gave a talk during TDC Day. Thank you to our hosts – we had a great time out there!
ADC New York 2014 (ADC93): the design of the book ‘Anish Kapoor: Stone’ published by Sakip Sabanci Museum in Istanbul has won us a Bronze Cube, and the design of the book ‘Symphony for a Beloved Sun’ (Anish Kapoor) published by Walther König and the Martin Gropius-Bau in Berlin, a Silver Cube at this year’s ADC awards.
If you are in Tokyo between April 4–28, you can see our ‘Grand Prix’ winning work exhibited in this year’s Tokyo TDC Exhibition at the Ginza Graphic Gallery (ggg), DNP Ginza Bldg., 7-7-2 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo. The show is open between 11:00–19:00 (until 18:00 on Saturdays) and closed on Sundays and national holidays (admission is free). Also, on Saturday, April 5, between 12:30–18:30 we will giving a talk at the Design Forum TDC DAY, which will also include lectures and discussions by other Tokyo TDC Award winners and guests. The venue is the Joshibi University of Art and Design, Suginami Campus. For more information please visit: http://tdctokyo.org or email: info@tdctokyo.org.
I used to be a design student – 50 graphic designers then + now’, the book we wrote, edited and designed, which was launched in February 2013 by Laurence King, has just been awarded with a ‘Certificate of Typographic Excellence’ by the The Type Directors Club New York 2014 (TDC60). From 2,000 entries from 43 countries, 209 from 18 countries were selected.
Our latest project, ‘A Fish Out of Water’, has just arrived back from the printers. The 24-page newspaper publication documents the mammoth task of the breaking of the RFA Grey Rover at Canada Docks, Liverpool during 2009 and 2011 through a sequence of jumbled-up images by photographer Tim Mitchell.
We are delighted to hear that our design of ‘Symphony for a Beloved Sun’ for Anish Kapoor’s major exhibition at the Martin-Gropius-Bau in Berlin has been awarded the Grand Prix at this year’s Tokyo TDC (Type Directors Club) Awards 2014 out of 2,958 entries. For more information visit the Walther König website .
The holding page we designed for Anah is now online. Anah is an architectural and landscaping practice based in Salzburg and soon in Berlin. It is also a magazine. For more answers about Anah, visit www.anah.eu.
Frank returned from a 10 day trip to China, were he gave talks and workshops at Chengdu Art College and at Xijing Art College in Xi’an. There were also a lot of calligraphy welcoming ceremonies and welcome dinners. I like Chinese!
We have just launched Eat the Soup, a website of photographs documenting Billy’s mental unravelling during the past six years. Visitors can follow his journeys chronologically by clicking on the dates, geographically by clicking on the locations, or thematically by clicking on the words silently spoken in his head. Thank you to Chris Brown for the programming.
There has been a lot of flying recently: Billy returned from Istanbul then flew to Parma to collect a Fedrigoni Top Award for our Zumtobel annual report 2011/12 at the wonderful Teatro Farnese. In the meantime, Frank is preparing for his first ever trip to China, where he will give talks and workshops at Chengdu Art College on October 28th and at Xijing Art College in Xi’an on November 1st.
Our newly designed website for Brixton-based Charles Barclay Architects www.cbarchitects.co.uk has recently gone online, and is slowly growing with more and more projects added daily. Avoiding the often over-complicated categorising in architect’s websites we decided instead to simply separate case studies into ‘Public’ or ‘Private’ categories. Visitors can therefore choose between the two, or browse both without a structure being imposed on them. Images are given prominence throughout the website, while further information and PDF case studies are visible by clicking the ‘Info’ button. Thank you to Simon French for the programming.
For the past two months we have been working on the design of ‘Anish Kapoor: Stone’ the first ever comprehensive collection of the artist’s stone works dating from the 1980s to the present day. The publication will accompany the opening of Anish Kapoor’ exhibition this Monday, September 9th at the Sakıp Sabancı Museum, Istanbul for which we have also designed the small catalogue. In the meantime, the proof reader has been pretty busy correcting the final, final, final proof.
To add to our Gold Cube (Art Directors Club USA) and Golden Nail (Art Directors Club Germany), we now have our very own Yellow Pencil from this year’s D&AD Awards (Design & Art Directors Club UK)! For a full list of the winners visit the Creative Review Blog.
It’s been a pleasure reading the first truly thorough review of our bookI used to be a design student’ (Publisher: Laurence King) in this month’s Eye magazine, issue no. 85. With so many online reviews these days merely replicating other online reviews, it was a welcome change to sit back and read Robert Hanks good, critical but also fair review of our book, which was brilliantly titled: ‘Hardcore fluff’!
Today, May 21st, Billy is giving a PechaKucha as part of ‘PechaKucha X Design’ at the Design Museum in London along with nominators and nominees from this year’s Designs of the Year 2013 exhibition. Other speakers include Patrick Bergel, Christophe Egret, Duncan Fitzsimons, Adrian Hon, Frith Kerr, Oliver Knight and Rory McGrath, David Kohn, Diogo Seixas Lopes, James Shaw, Pete Thomas, Matt Webb and Hal Watts.
Today, May 17th, the exhibition by Anish Kapoor (“Kapoor in Berlin”) opens in the Martin-Gropius-Bau. We designed the poster, invitation and flyer) as well as the bi-lingual exhibition catalogue “Symphony for a Beloved Sun” which is published by Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König.
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.
We recently presented our new book, I used to be a design student , along with thoughts about our student and professional work at the University of Darmstadt in Germany where Frank is also professor of Graphic Design. Many thanks to the guest speakers and contributors to the book, Holger Jacobs from Mind Design, Liza Enebeis from Studio Dumbar and Matthias Görlich from Studio Matthias Goörlich who shared their work and insights into the happy and not-so-happy realities of being a designer.
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.

It's been great to see our first ever book to hang on a wall at the Design Museum today, selected for the Design Museum Designs of the Year 2013 Awards. It was also good seeing plenty of copies of our new book ‘I used to be a design student’ at the Design Museum Shop. Whoever buys a copy gets a Zumtobel Annual thrown in for free. More information on the exhibition here.
Following the launch and presentation of our new book, ‘I used to be a design student’ at the Camberwell College of Arts we were invited to do a two-day workshop with the BA Graphic Design students there. Lots of great responses by the students, it was fun being back.
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.
Our latest catalogue for Anish Kapoor has just arrived from the printers. Printed on 60gsm paper, and bound as an asian fold, 448-page publication, ‘Anish Kapoor/Objects’ was published on the occasion of the artist’s second major solo exhibition in Asia at the Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art in Seoul, Korea. The design of the catalogue groups his artworks, models and sketches into distinct ‘object’ chapters: objects full of darkness, monochrome, non-objects, proto, internal, and auto-generated objects. Essays are by Tae Hyunsun, Lee Ufan, Joan Kee and Homi K. Bhabha.
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.
The German half of Brighten the Corners has moved into the woods. Our new studio is in the Odenwald region near Darmstadt and Frankfurt. Click here for map and contact details.
It’s great to be the latest addition to the ever growing list of studio playlists at Studio Music (funny how you can find time to do certain things even when you are too busy...)
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)’.
We have worked with artist Anish Kapoor on the design of a special 3D cover inspired by the Orbit for L’Équipe magazine. The issue, focussing on the London Olympics, is out on July 28, 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 are currently working on the design for the annual report of international lighting solutions company Zumtobel. The report will be released this summer. More information to come soon.
The fourth issue of frieze d/e magazine (and the final to be art directed and designed by us) has been sent into the world, during a freezing week in Berlin...
We are winners in the Type Directors Club New York Competition 2012 (TDC58) in the category TDC Communication Design for the book and jacket ‘I have nothing to say’ – Interviews with Anish Kapoor. The winners will be featured in the book Typography 32 and in an exhibition in New York mid-year.
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.
The Tokyo Type Directors Club (TDC) has awarded us with an In-Book Award 2012 for a poster called Past Present Future for the DAAD in London.
Some of our (old) work has been featured in the new issue No. 16 of »Slanted – Bold Light«.
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.
New studio, new year (almost), and a new visual identity. Our fluorescent stationery just arrived from the printers in Germany.
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 one of these links.
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 on these links.
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 have just designed and produced the latest project — 12 Postcards – by Tom Gauld. More about Tom’s work.
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.
Pavement (the band) played Brixton Academy on May 13th, a few metres down the road from our studio.
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 info@chezvous.gr.
Bitte laßt die Blumen leben! (Please let the flowers live!) is a publication Frank and Matthias Görlich developed with students during a workshop at the Faculty of Design, University of Applied Sciences Darmstadt (Germany). The publication deals with the question of what is good, bad and ugly design and whether one can give answers of that kind.
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.
Our compliment slip “edited” by 5 year old Gabriel – lovely.
A happy new year to everyone!
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.
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.
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.
The website we designed for Stuttgart-based photographer Thomas Herrmann is now online.
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.
The Tokyo Type Directors Club (TDC) has selected the logo-work we have done for “Business to Arts”, an organisation based in Dublin, Ireland, for their Annual Awards 2009.
The website we designed for Hamburg-based kbnk Architects is now online.
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.