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Time Unwrapped

Time Unwrapped is the tenth edition of Kings Place’s award-winning Unwrapped series.The design task for this series was challenging: time being such an abstract theme. We worked on how to portray the relationship between music and time: how music can stretch time, condense it, reverse it, organise it, atomise it, tangle with it and suspend it. The Time Unwrapped logo conveys the idea of the circularity of time in music, but also the fact that time is something that evolves within a direction and can only move forward, therefore vortex shaped. We also created the logo and text animation for the slow motion teaser and video. This year for the brochure we designed 8 illustrations to depict in a metaphorical way the articles’ contents: we choose the collage medium to create surreal allegorical images. “If architecture magnifies Space, music transfigures Time” Gérard Grisey
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The Night Shift

The Night Shift is the OAE (Orchestra of The Age of Enlightenment)’s long-running classical concert series targeted at audiences under the age of 35 who do not regularly attend classical music in concert halls. The series is all about making classical music easy to enjoy for a young crowd in a more relaxed environment, such as a small pub, a summer festival or an unconventional venue like the Bussey Building in Peckham. In the Night Shift events drinks are allowed, the audience can take photos, people can move around and the players talk from the stage and introduce the music they are playing. We did a fresh new identity for the website visuals, poster imagery, social media and a new logo. Our new look and feel is modern and informal, the design elements are geometric and with vibrant colours that suggest the evening mood of the concert. “Classical music, minus the rules”      
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Bach, The Universe and Everything

Bach, the Universe & Everything is a sunday morning series launched at Kings Place in 2017, led and performed by principal players of the orchestra and by the Choir of the Enlightenment. Every concert feature a different Bach cantata, and an inspiring talk exploring the physics and natural philosophy of Bach such as the origin of galaxies, what is light, symmetries, antimatter and stars. As the title is inspired by Douglas Adams Hitchhikers’ Guide to the Galaxy series, our branding is inspired by the representations of the galaxies and solar system, using a more approachable and friendly design for an audience who is not familiar with physics and science matters. ‘Beethoven tells you what it’s like to be Beethoven and Mozart tells you what it’s like to be human. Bach tells you what it’s like to be the universe.’ Douglas Adams
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Cello Unwrapped

Kings Place is a renowned London concert hall that every year organises an “unwrapped” series that include concert and events from January to December.  We designed the identity, campaign  and a brochure for the 2017 “unwrapped” series, which was dedicated to the Cello. For the logo we transformed the word “Cello” in a typify image of the instrument. The brief for the identity was to create a modern and elegant look and feel, for this reason we introduced bold geometrical shapes in the layout and we design a bespoke typeface. The photos are always in black and white through all the communications materials, and the colour palette comprises of 4 colours, black, white, grey and a vibrant red that lifts and creates contrast with the pictures. We created many different digital and print materials to promote “Cello Unwrapped”, from digital signs to a tube poster campaign. Every year the brochure content is not only the listing of the concert but also a collection of articles about the instrument, the musicians and the nature of the events that will feature in the unwrapped series. Each spread has featured images by the photographer Nick White. We worked on the art direction of the photo as […]
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Autumn magazine

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We started working with Kings Place in March 2016: this is the first issue of the magazine designed by us. We reworked their previous layout with the purpose of making it more spacious and functional. With the team at Kings Place we decided to keep certain elements such as the typography, the colours of the musical genres and the wiggly lines which represent the facade of the building, the canal and the sound waves. But we changed others like the grid with a wider margin and the layout of the listing.
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History of Animals

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History of Animals is a book by Oxana Timofeeva published by the Jan van Eyck Academy. The cover plays on the twisting movement of a white rectangle, suggesting the books uneasy position within the traditional disciplinary bounds. The pictures included portray subjects addressed in the text, as well as works of art who have been inspirational to the author.  The caption of the images are arranged to be unobtrusive: vertical to the written material.      
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Vortex Summer School

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In 2014, the Vortex Jazz Club hosted its first music summer school. The main focus of this three week course was to give a short introduction on how to improvise in a variety of musical styles. It also gave participants the opportunity to perform to family and friends at the end of each week. Supported by PRS for music foundation, Vortex Summer School was organized by professional musicians giving workshops on improvising, vocal song-writing and Eastern European music. We designed a poster and leaflet, which reflects the fun and lively atmosphere of the school. The poster is designed to be folded into the leaflet, becoming a practical pocket-brochure.
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Death on the Run

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Death on the Run is a collection of articles about Italian Western Films and their political subtext, published on the occasion of a retrospective curated by John Cunningham and Luisa Lorenza Corna. For the cover we avoided iconic film stills associated to the genre, instead opting for a magnified picture of a dynamite explosion, which epitomises the spectacular and sudden violence of the films. Inside, we display images of scenes of coercion and sufferance, key themes in most of the essays included in the publication. Decorative elements and colours are kept to a minimum, to give prominence to the gestures and the actions portrayed in the film stills selected.  
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Nahe

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NAHE was conceived by four young designers with the purpose of bringing craftsmanship into fashion design. It was born as an experimental laboratory, “Teatime”, and the end result was the presentation of a new collection NAHE S/S 2012. It employs ancient techniques, shards of the past that are projected under new forms over contemporary products. Any item of clothing can be reproduced, but no item will be the same. Our concept is based on the company’s ideas: as every dress has its own story; the graphic layout conveys the general feel of ‘original piece’ and ‘limited edition’. We designed the logo, business cards, website, labels, flyers, catalogue and look-book. The look-book is a foldable poster that presents an overview of the collection. The catalogue has an unusual format with a mix of narrow and wide pages. This creates interaction with the reader unveiling – page by page – product details and the inspiration behind the collection.
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Med.Net.Rep 01 – 02

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These books are collections of articles presented at two conferences: Mednet.it.01 and Mednet.eu.02 on the theme of urban planning of Mediterranean cities. Both books are divided into 3 main sections: an introductory section by the organisers Manuel Gausa and Antonio Ricci, the main speaker’s article and a final section with students’ articles. To make browsing the book easy, we added a coloured rectangle to identify each section. The chapter dividers are made through the use of navigation maps, to underline the importance of the sea for the Mediterranean cities.
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Plush Festival

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Every summer the village of Plush (Dorset) hosts concerts of classical, contemporary and jazz music under the artistic direction of cellist Adrian Brendel. The Festival brings together leading musicians from around the world for over five weekends from June to September. Performances take place in the intimate venue of St. Johns, a former church turned event space situated in a beautiful valley outside Dorchester. In 2015 Plush Festival celebrated its 20th anniversary. We designed the logo to celebrate this special occasion, alongside a brochure of the 2015 program. The natural beauty of the stunning surroundings were the main inspiration for the design. In the layout, landscape pictures nestle together with colorful illustrations, echoing the picturesque and vibrant nature of the festival.
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