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A typographic tribute honours the residents and neighbours of a now-demolished house

A typographic tribute honours the residents and neighbours of a now-demolished house in Sainte-Marie

 

 

For five days in November 2020, a house in Sainte-Marie, Québec, identified all of its residents and neighbourson Saint Louis Avenue. Antoine Audet, Maude Faucher, James Audet… the list included hundreds of names inked on strips of white paper and pasted to the clapboards.

 

The ephemeral design was the project of Louis Gagnon, creative director of the Montréal-based studio Paprika who lived in the house as a child and wanted to honour its tenants and friends before it was demolished. Back in 2019, major flooding swamped the city, and the government required that the most damaged residences be razed. 283 Saint Louis was one of nearly 60 to be torn down that summer.

 

At the time, 93-year-old Béatrice Vachon had been living in the house for nearly seven decades. “She hoped to spend her twilight years at the same address,” the studio said. “Sainte-Marie is the kind of tight-knit community where everyone knows everyone, from one generation to the next. Here, neighbours saw children being born and growing up; and neighbours helping each other was simply a common practice. Very few people have ever walked away.”

 

As the city prepared for such life-altering change, Gagnon reached out to his sisters to help remember former residents, frequent visitors, and others with ties to the neighbourhood. Before printing the names, he tweaked an existing font to reflect the decorative architectural details, and many of the letters feature curved flourishes with upper points evocative of those on the front porch columns.

 

One photo of 283 Saint-Louis just before it was levelled shows Vachon standing outside her home plastered with the typographic tribute. “As darkness arrives, the house stands before its imminent destruction, bearing witness to a life of stories and memories,” Gagnon said. “A last homage. An act of resilience.”

 

 

 

By Grace Ebert, on Thisiscolossal.com, June 2022. 

A minimal Typographic collection

Thin Lines, Dots and Geometric Shapes Merge into a minimal Typographic collection

 

 

Designer Adam G. is known for utilizing his signature black and red to define the minimal illustrations coming out of the Santa Monica-based studio TRÜF Creative.

 

He describes his style as messymod, or messy modernism, an aesthetic that manifests as an eclectic array of shapes rendered in a tight colour palette.

 

Curved components and thin lines leading to perfectly round dots form his interpretation of the 36 Days of Type project, an ongoing endeavour that asks creatives to imagine their own renditions of the alphabet and numeral system.

 

Emphasizing balance and flow, the collection incorporates some of the designer’s favourite elements from different styles, whether swashes and serifs or western and classic. “I then try to link it all together by using solid shapes, curvy and straight lines, and positive and negative space. I suppose you could say I really love to see how I can make opposing forces work in concert and still make some kind of sense—or at least communicate the letter that it’s supposed to be,” he shares.

Prints of Adam G.’s illustrative designs are available in The messymod shop, where he also plans to release a few pieces from this collection in the coming months. You can follow his work on Instagram.

 

 

By Grace Ebert, on ThisisColossal, April 2022. 

These brilliant pencil posters are a huge hit online

These brilliant pencil posters are a huge hit online

 

 

Now that’s what I call sharp design.

 

Brilliant print ads are often timeless, so it’s no surprise that years-old designs have a habit of resurfacing online every now and again. Currently being appreciated anew is a campaign for art supplies brand Faber-Castell from way back in 2011.

 

Like all the best print ads, the ‘True Colors’ campaign is just the right amount of smart, striking and witty. Demonstrating how the brand’s colored pencils are designed to be true to life, the ads depict a series of objects sharpened into, yep, colored pencils.

 

From a fire engine to an aubergine (no jokes, please), the objects are seamlessly transformed into the nib of a color-matched pencil. The posters were created by German ad agency Serviceplan.

 

Perhaps the most striking examples are those where the nib fits perfectly into the shape of the object, as is the case with the shark’s head. But then again, those that disrupt the natural form are equally bizarre – how do you turn a dachshund into a duck? By sharpening it into a pencil, apparently.

 

 

By Daniel Pipper, on CreativeBloq, March 2022

Tiny Moomin-inspired houses ignite big design debate

Tiny Moomin-inspired houses ignite big design debate

 

Think they’re impractical? Here’s why you’re wrong.

 

Two tiny triangular houses in Norway have sparked fierce debate on Reddit. The ‘Pan Treetop Cabins‘ are named after the Greek god of forests and meadows and draw inspiration from the Moomins’ magical homes in the work of Tove Janson.

 

The homes themselves are fitted compactly into A-frame cabins, clad in black oxidised zinc and steel. These are perched, seemingly precariously, on spindly stilts. Visitors access the cabins via free-standing spiral staircases and elevated walkways. The lofty abodes were designed by architect Espen Surnevik and are located in Gjesåssjøen, Norway.

These charming, long-legged structures are a passion project driven by journalist Kristian Rostad and actress Christine Mowinckel, who recruited some specialists to help bring their vision to life.

 

The houses have actually been nominated for several design awards. However, that hasn’t put off grumpy commenters on Reddit, who have plenty to say about just how impractical they think the design is. Let’s take a closer look at some of main lines of argument and try and answer the question: is this the most magical home design in existence, or is it wholly impractical?

 

 

1. Woah, that’s too many stairs

 

Many commenters seem extremely worried about the spiral staircase that provides access to the cabin. “I’m thinking about coming home with multiple bags of groceries after working OT. It’s a nope,” says one. Have these people never lived in a flat? Or even a two-storey house? Look at the scale here – it’s two floors’ worth of steps maximum. Able-bodied visitors, you can probably manage it. Even while holding your bags of kjøttboller and aquavit.

 

On the same theme is the issue of decorating the flat. “Getting the furniture in there must have been fun,” jokes one Reddit user. They may have a sort-of point here. But then again, it’s a very small cabin, and it’s already been furnished. How those first interior designers got the sofa in will remain a mystery, but until it comes time to redecorate, it’s not an issue.

 

2. That doesn’t look very stable

 

“Better hope it’s not windy,” writes one concerned commenter. Obviously, this has been addressed. Those legs may look spindly, but they are powerful. In fact, a scientist – Finn-Erick Nilsen – was enlisted to make the calculations that would ensure the structure was nice and stable. The designs can apparently “withstand the force of a double hurricane”. There’s an added bonus in that you’d never have to worry about flooding, either. And we’re betting any heavy snowfall would slide off that steep roof no trouble.

 

3. Is this a zombie apocalypse house?

 

We’d have to do some more research to properly assess how this Moomin-style house would fare against a zombie army, but on first impressions we think it looks pretty good. “Zombies would take those skinny legs out in no time,” says one commenter – but we’ve already debunked that theory.

 

In fact, while a zombie invasion remains distant, there are practical benefits you can enjoy today. These huts are two hours from Oslo, in a huge ecological reserve – which means there are plenty of elk, venison, wolves, bears and lynxes roaming around. So perhaps it is better to be a little elevated.

 

4. You forgot to build the other half!

 

“I think they forgot to build lower floors” says one commenter. “The scene hasn’t finished loading yet,” quips another. Neither are really valid points. One major selling point here is the views. And the whole aesthetic plays on the idea of a charming little treehouse from a storybook. You want a massive triangular base on that? No. It’d ruin it. Size isn’t everything.

 

5. What about wheelchair users?

 

Entirely valid. Can’t argue here, this is no good at all for anyone with mobility problems. Perhaps the next version could find a way to integrate an equally magical lift? It’s also going to be a bit of a nightmare for tall people, but they can probably just stay right in the centre.

 

 

By Ruth Hamilton, on Creative Bloq, published January 22, 2020