WALL-TO-WALL for SKYLER BRICKLEY and MARVELLI GALLERY —— In his show Wall-to-Wall, the artist Skyler Brickley explores notions of analog reproduction and how the effects of age, translation, and the environment can lead to uniquely imperfect copies. His works are large, system-driven paintings, recalling enlarged Xerox prints or filmstrips. We were asked to catalog these works into a single volume, positioning them alongside an archive of reference texts, found imagery, and interviews. Like the work itself, the book is fragmentary; it can be spilt into two distinct catalogs, read out of sequence, or reshuffled into a single, life-sized print.
IDENTITY SYSTEM and APPLICATIONS for ARTSY —— Artsy is an ambitious new art discovery tool, connecting users with an expansive database of works, spanning movements, styles, and time periods. Through partnerships with galleries and museums around the world, Artsy collects and organizes art using its proprietary Art Genome, a broad, ever-growing semantic database. Interested parties can also choose to buy work directly through the site. We were asked to help develop the brand identity and related applications in collaboration with Artsy’s in-house design team. The resulting system has been implemented across print, digital, and environmental media.
ARTIST WEBSITE for JOHANNES GIRARDONI —— Johannes Girardoni is a Los Angeles-based artist best known for his reductive investigations at the intersection of sculpture and painting. His works are often examinations of phenomenological processes, where a hollow or empty space turns out to be the actual center of the work. We were asked to design and build a portfolio site that would accentuate this sense of presence and absence, stand as an archive of past projects, and highlight connections between the artist’s various material interests.
TEMPORARY AUTHORITY for MANNAM and PROJECT NO. 8 —— The first known webcam went live in 1991, broadcasting the fill status of a coffee pot at Cambridge University. Known as XCoffee, the camera was eventually linked to the internet and ran continuously until 2001, when it was disconnected and sold at auction. Today, consumer webcams are used primarily to enable real-time communication between people, or to display live images of public space. This project connects two New York boutiques (Project No. 8 and 8b) via a customized web feed, rendering each location in abstract, technicolor graphics.
IDENTITY, WEBSITE, and CUSTOM CMS for PUBLIC BOOKS —— Public Books is a web-based affiliate of the academic journal Public Culture, a forum devoted to real-time debate about fiction, non-fiction, and emergent cultural trends. As part of an invited competition, we were asked to submit website concepts for this new literary enterprise. The challenge was two-fold: To present a wide range of writing and visual material in an engaging and digestible manner; and to grow the Public Culture audience by reaching into new territories of online content. Our solution was to create a dynamic and reconfigurable homepage, complete with modules accommodating writings, visual essays, comments, and events.
VARIOUS TITLES for HORSES THINK PRESS —— Horses Think Press is a Brooklyn-based imprint founded in 2010 by artist Ofer Wolberger. Initially begun as a self-publishing project with the release of Wolberger’s 12 Books series, the roster now includes the work of other like-minded artists. Our collaboration with Horses Think spans nine separate titles, including Fractures and Other Injuries, Visitor, and Covers (Symbols & Color).
DESIGN BY NEW YORK for AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF ARCHITECTS —— This unique exhibition presents a variety of architectural works by AIA NY members not within a gallery space, but within the highly-visible confines of the New York subway system. In addition to commissioned projects, this year’s call includes unbuilt competition entries, theoretical proposals, and design research. Large keywords punctuate the long tunnels of the West 4th Street station, highlighting different themes and playing with notions of construction process and architectural scale.
EYES THAT ARE LIKE TWO SUNS for LUKE STETTNER and KATE WERBLE GALLERY —— Luke Stettner’s first solo show in New York, Eyes That Are Like Two Suns, is a meditation on different forms of memory. In this book (more a stand-alone artist’s project than a traditional catalog) Stettner compiles photographs that play with light and shadow, surface and depth, to challenge the viewer’s perceptions and create alternate visual worlds. Our design employs a series of folds to both hide and reveal content, creating unexpected pairings between images and heightening the ethereal, unreal nature of the photographs.
PORTFOLIO WEBSITE for ALLEGRA COLLETTI —— Allegra Colletti is a New York-based fashion stylist and consultant whose work ranges from the repositioning of established brands to the designing and launching of new labels. Her approach strikes that delicate balance between art and commerce, favoring bold, graphic imagery that creates a strong visual narrative. We were asked to design a website that would highlight her ability to work across disciplines, as well as emphasize the tendency of her images to operate in pairs, as in the spread of a magazine.
THE BRIDGE PROJECT for STOREFRONT FOR ART & ARCHITECTURE —— The Bridge Project is the most recent chapter in artist Do Ho Suh’s ongoing work, A Perfect Home. In collaboration with a team of researchers, architects, and designers, Suh generated four bridge designs that propose fantastical ways to connect Seoul and New York. This conceptual project imagines a physical link between the two cities, diminishing their spatial, temporal, and cultural distance. The accompanying bi-directional catalog, titled A Contingent Object of Research, includes a range of critical essays along with images of the exhibition content.
IDENTITY, WEBSITE, and POSTERS for THE HIGHLIGHTS —— The Highlights began as a response to the journalistic bent in art reviews, offering artists an outlet to engage in unconventional criticism. Since that time, the publication has grown to include experimental text and digital media projects. These works are an extension of the artists’ own practice and consist of image-based essays, original videos, interviews, as well as fictional, biographic, and diaristic writing. All completed projects are stored permanently in the online archive where they are available for browsing. In addition to designing the site, we also guest-edited issue XV.
IDENTITY, WEBSITE, and LABEL ART for BORROWED LANGUAGE —— All music is essentially a borrowed language, indebted to its forebears but dependent on those who care to expand and perpetuate it. With this in mind, Borrowed Language, a label not based out of any city in particular, seeks to give something of substance back rather than contribute to the morass of disposable lifestyle music. Built on a robust typographic system, the design of each release incorporates a range of visual sensibilities through the repurposing of found imagery.
ON DUTY for LEO KOENIG and DERNEBERG PUBLICATIONS —— A catalog created for an exhibition of work by three atypical photographers: a Swiss policeman, Arnold Odermatt; a Mexican photojournalist, Enrique Metinides; and New York’s Arthur Fellig, known as Weegee. All three, while on duty in their respective professions, crossed the line of simply documenting accidents and day-to-day mayhem. The content of the imagery, often tragic, transcends the rawness of the event and moves into the realm of a profound modernist aesthetic.
IDENTITY SYSTEM, WEBSITE, and APPLICATIONS for HIGHLIGHT STUDIOS —— Part of a complex including the Penumbra Foundation and Center for Alternative Photography, Highlight offers the only authentic north-light studio in New York City. With all of the conveniences of a modern studio, Highlight was built to optimal specifications as established by icons such as Nadar, Irving Penn, and Richard Avedon. In addition to the overarching identity and web presence, we also implemented a signage program, stationery, merchandise, and other promotional materials.