Design Inspiration: The Best Projects from June
Some of our favourite projects from the month include Anthony Burrill’s Covent Garden takeover and designers’ support of Black Lives Matter. By Henry Wong July 2, 2020 2:54 pm July 2, 2020 2:54 pm Typefaces for Black Lives Matter In the wake of George Floyd’s murder – and the subsequent protests – the design world has reacted with reflection and action for moving forwards. In the more immediate future, designers have found ways to support networks that are central to the movement. At the start of the year Pentagram partner Matt Willey announced that he would be giving all his typefaces to the Buy Fonts Save Lives initiative. While that project is taking longer than expected to establish, the typefaces – including Blakey and Atype Stencil – can be purchased, and all proceeds will go towards the Bail Project, a non-profit that aims to support people who cannot afford bail, and their families. Early in June Plymouth-based illustrator Sam Rowe also created protest signs (free to download and print). That was followed by Revolt (shown above), billed as an “angry font for angry people”. You can pay as much money as you’d like for the typeface, and all proceeds will be split between British charities, UKBLM and The National Bail Fund. LEGO art sets, from LEGO LEGO’s new range is designed not for children but adults who are seeking a “new creative experience”, which might be relevant to many as we edge towards the (possible) end of lockdown. The four sets tend to a variety of pop-culture tastes, and include Andy Warhol’s Marilyn Monroe, The Beatles, Iron Man and The Sith from Star Wars. Each set also comes with a bespoke soundtrack that provides a “building companion” as you create the image out of the blocks. It’s the perfect way to destress, the toy company says. And once they’re made, they can be hung on walls just like a “true work of art”. Love, Hope and Joy, from Anthony Burrill and Better Days, from Yinka Ilori London has not been short of graphic design that has aimed to provide comfort during the lockdown (like these virtual billboards from UK design studios). Anthony Burrill and Yinka Ilori join these ranks with two separate projects in June. Ilori’s typically colourful designs adorned a street side in Southwark in support of CW , the charity of the Chelsea and Westminster NHS Foundation Trust. Better Days are Coming, I Promise brings Ilori’s Nigerian heritage to London as part of a wider project for temporary and public art installations in the capital. Revealed towards the end of June was Anthony Burrill’s contribution to Covent Garden – a poster which covered four floors of a building in the market square with a message of hope. It’s being billed as a “huge love letter to London, the UK and the world” and 100 copies of it will be sold. All proceeds will go to NHS Charities. Camden Town Brewery’s To the Pub American Pale Ale, illustrated by Gaurab Thakali July may mark the re-opening of the hospitality industry, but the path ahead does not seem clear – given social distancing and fears of a second wave. In an attempt to ease the effects of months of lockdown, Camden Town Brewery has launched a special edition pale ale. » Read More
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