‘Nothing Like Something’ is a first edition solo publication by Street Photographer Nils Jorgensen, a carefully crafted art book designed by Studio Sutherl&.
The book design is a beautifully simple embodiment of Nils' playful process in curating the book. In Nils' own words,“I liked the idea of a random photo sequence. It is all akin to street photography itself, the beauty of chance visual happenings. The 100 featured photographs in the book are not in a particular order. The final sequence came about by shuffling the photos like a pack of cards”.
By leaving the cover blank albeit for two debossed panels (NOTHING) Studio Sutherl& invite the viewer to experience the joyous nature of juxtaposing different images with an accompanying box of adhesive photographs (SOMETHING), allowing them to customise their own book with a unique combination, lovely stuff.
Campaign for Brother printers by New Zealand based Wave Agency.
The refreshing, matter of fact approach pairs perfectly with the job of a printer in our fast-moving, pushing for the 'next big thing' society. (Side note, these ads would be a hit here in San Francisco.)
The default art direction and type treatment, like the campaign, just works.
Brand identity and environmental work by Common Curiosity for The Tubeworks — a former tube and pipe manufacturing factory, now working spaces for businesses in Digbeth, Birmingham.
A bygone visual language of tubes provides a perfect metaphor for building connections and a 'T' shaped symbol.
This is elevated even further with wonderfully original three dimensional tube signage.
On first seeing the logo and the tap, I thought "that's lovely", along with the ® symbol placement – another very nice detail. On further reading I found out that the name is derived from the tap 'flipping' between delivering hot, cold, filtered, sparkling and boiling water. Then I loved it even more.
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A 'compilation' of images by photographer Aidan McCarthy leading up to – and during – the referendum, documenting 'Englishness' in Cliffsend, Kent. Studio Sutherl&'s resulting design is a bold but beautifully sympathetic reflection of Aidan's work and process. The unbound nature allowed the images to be compiled in a different order each time, avoiding a prescriptive narrative (something Aidan wasn't keen on) but also resulting in each 'set' being entirely unique. Lovely details include Aidan's field notes as well as the extremely satisfying 'binding' technique of red elastic bands forming the St George's Cross.
This is such a clever idea. As simple as taking the product of the client and making it move, relying on the fact that everybody in the world knows what your product looks like. So happy it wasn't quashed by the usual client response "But nobody will get it, we need to put big type over the top that reads – This is a picture of a Big Mac being moved at speed." ;)