The second publication in the new ‘real fiction’ books collection by Italian publishing company Chiarelettere, “Teste Matte”, by Guido Lombardi and Salvatore Striano, is a fictional account inspired by real facts describing the rise of a young gang in Naples during the 80s.
We designed the cover inspired by the cinematic feel of the story (which has already been optioned for a movie project).
The cover features a detail of a photograph by cyop&kaf, from their reportage work ‘Il Segreto’.
Italian publishing company Chiarelettere asked us to work on the identity for their new series of classic essays, called ‘Biblioteca’.
We wanted to give the covers a strong sense of the authority and timelessness of the books, a challenge for the series’ format: paperback pocket book.
We went for an extremely simple cover design, to emphasize author and title, with a debossed typeface. We decided to experiment on the back, by creating a strong typographical composition of a meaningful quote, almost a manifesto for each book.
The first three books, by Antonio Gramsci, Leon Trotsky and Don Lorenzo Milani, will be in bookshops at the end of May.
Last January we got in touch with the German electronic voting company Polyas, which was on a complete overhaul of their branding.
They asked us to work on a teaser video highlighting their values and the features of their products. For this phase, they didn’t want to feature the product itself, but wanted to use a different tone that would explain visually the core concepts of their work.
We worked on the script, illustration and animation of the video teaser, that was produced both in English and German. Due to the amount of typographic animations featured in the video, we were a bit scared of the German adaptation, but apart from a a couple of instances it turned out to be a very smooth process.
Here you can see the English version (the German one is on our Vimeo page).
As usual, the excellent music track was provided by Der Pfau.
In the last weeks of 2014 we were asked to produce a launch video for a Kickstarter campaign for a geiger counter that could be friendly, affordable and easy to use. For Sergey, who grew up in Russia in the years after the Chernobyl disaster, the motivation to work at this project was very personal.
We decided to work on the script starting from his story, and developed motion graphics to illustrate his voiceover.
The main idea for the project, and for the video, was to put a friendly face on something that has been synonymous with scare and danger: geiger counters have always been clunky, expensive devices (and a little creepy we might add).
So we decided that this video should be colourful and animated with a friendly tone, avoiding all the negative connotations that have been historically tied to geiger counters and radioactivity in everyday life. Here’s the final video:
Music: “Wavelets” by Nakano Syun is licensed under a Creative Commons Licence.
Video & photography: Anna Vladimirova
The italian publishing company Chiarelettere, for which we designed the covers for their paperback reprints collection last year, asked us to work on the identity for their new ‘real fiction’ books, the first of which is “Professione lolita” by Daniele Autieri, a noir tale inspired by a real story about an underage prostitution ring discovered in the last years in Rome.
We worked with illustrator Umberto Torricelli for the cover image and put together the identity of the collection playing with the contrast of red and black, and reducing the graphical elements to let the illustration shine.
We submitted our concept app 3wishes to the design competition Deutsche Bank – Future Banking, made in collaboration with designboom.com.
The contest called for concepts for applications and services that can help shape the everyday relationship between banks and customers in a more natural way.
We presented the concept for a service that helps users to set goals and plan savings to make wishes come true. Our project has been included in the 13 shortlisted entries (the fourth most voted) selected from over two thousand submissions from all over the world.
The project is showcased along with the other most voted in an interactive installation in the Q110 Berlin branch of the Deutsche Bank, in Friedrichstr. 181.
You can see the complete submission on the competition’s page.
The photo agency VII is organizing a photography masterclass in Milan on the occasion of the Expo. The Masterclass will span several months covering the lead up to and the beginning of the Expo in 2015. We’ve been asked to design a logo for the masterclass that would integrate the agency’s logo and ‘Expo 2015′.
We decided to work with the agency’s corporate colors and build ‘Expo 2015′ around the VII logo, working with shapes and proportions derived from the logo itself.
The italian publishing company Chiarelettere recently issued the first volumes of their new collection of paperbacks reprints of essays and non fiction books.
We worked on the design of the covers and from the start the biggest challenge was how to evolve from their existing iconic layout and maintain the strong recognizable elements while refreshing the look and integrate pictures in the covers.
We decided to keep the color scheme and add a slanted graphical element to lay out the typographic elements of the cover.
The grey frame, together with the slanted bar for the title, creates the inset for the photographs, chosen to represent iconic moments and concepts of the books’ topics.
You can see the full collection of covers here.
Our friends Sara and Ale from photography / design studio papermoustache both have a passion for long distance running. How long? Exactly 42 kilometers and 195 meters: after years of preparation, they just completed their first marathon in Loch Ness (of all places).
To show our support in the days leading to the race, we decided to design a logo for their participation to the race.
Unable to attend the race itself in Scotland, the next best thing for us was to show up at the Berlin Marathon (which happened roughly at the same time… but conveniently just around the corner from us), and synchronicitically cheer our friends with our handmade little flag:
The red arrow is pointing Wilson Kipsang, who won the Berlin marathon with a new world record (2h 03′ 23″), confirming Berlin’s fame as the quickest marathon in the world. Maybe Sara and Ale should come here next year to lower their personal best.
After all: what’s the point in running a graphic design studio if you can’t have fun with friends?
Architect Cesare Piva just completed a monography about his renovation projects: “Abitare l’Esistente” (“Inhabiting the existing”). He asked us to design the cover for the book, published in Italy by AIÓN. This is the printed result: