Our theme for the 2012-13 season was Memory and Creation and we chose a beautiful image
by Hendrik Kerstens to illustrate the idea of artists who pay homage to their predecessors
but with a distinctive contemporary edge.
These are the posters for the 2011-12 season of events at Cité de la musique. We have a rather fast turnaround of posters between Cité and Salle Pleyel, there is generally a different poster each week for one or other of the two venues. I generally try to keep the colours varied throughout the season and coherent with the the theme. The posters are positioned in the same lightbox display cases in various Metro stops around Paris and it's always a thrill to see the new poster each week when traveling around the city. Designed with Marianne Beck.
The Vidéo Vintage exhibition at the Centre Pompidou is intended to expose a younger audience to their video art collection. The exhibition space is conceived as a series of retro-furnished, mini living rooms where you can get cosy with some early feminist self-mutilation, have Paul McCarthy spit at you or Groove along to some early Nam June Paik.
It was a perfect opportunity and quite liberating to raid my old Letraset catalogue and finally use some of those typefaces that normally don't get a second look. A logo seemed appropriate and that accent on the E makes all the difference. For the cover images of the kid's using one of the first 'portable' video cameras (that's the battery unit in the red trailer) I wanted a high-gloss Kodak moment, complete with color shift. The gloss finish is accentuated by a screen-printed white gloss for the letters of the logo with ink so thick that it has a lovely raised feel to it. I wanted the layout to suggest a clunky faded modernism.
Cité de la musique is the principal venue for contemporary music in Paris. Since the beginning
of the 2010-2011 season I have been responsible for the design of their season brochure and posters.
Each season has a main theme and a number of sub-themes which are reflected in the brochure and poster designs. Designed with Marianne Beck.
One of Paris’ most prestigious concert halls for classical music I have been responsible for their seasonal communication since 2009. Each year the concept is applied across brochures, posters and other promotional material. This was the second season we used Martin Klimas' beautiful high-speed photography. These images are created by freezing instances of liquid paint reacting to sound waves generated by music channeled through speakers. For us it was a very poetic representation of the emotional impact of music made visible. Designed with Marianne Beck.
This is the most recent of the 3 catalogues I have designed for the Austrian painter Alex Amann. It's an interesting challenge to present the same artist's work in different format publications over a period of time. I think each time I see something different in the work which suggests a new approach in the presentation. The cover of the catalogue is printed in three Pantone colours on uncoated stock. On the inside pages the paintings are printed in four-colour on heavy satin finish paper while the text pages are printed in two Pantone colors on lightweight uncoated stock. It's quite a classic mix of textures but it does create an atmospheric flow to the content.
A selection of posters for different events during the 2010-11 season.
Designed with Marianne Beck.
Dragon Rouge is one of the leading branding and packaging agencies in France so it was very gratifying to be asked to design their self-promotional magazine. We felt that the magazine format would be a novel and interesting way to present the agency’s work. The ‘articles’ each dealt with a case study of a brand for whom the agency works and were punctuated by a story built around the still-life photography of Sylvain, their in-house photographer. For me personally it was a great opportunity to be involved with and gain an appreciation of this very specialised design sector.
Big in Deutschland! This catalogue earned me a prestigious red dot design award in 2009 and also a nomination for a Designpreis Deutschland in 2011. Which is all the more satisfying when it’s for a small budget project like this one. The catalogue was designed for a joint exhibition by two Irish painters, Stephen Loughman and Mark O’Kelly. The idea was to use the cover to bind two individual catalogues together. All the information about the exhibition is printed on the cover which literally binds the two artists’ work together.
I designed this bumper catalogue for the Alexander Calder, les années parisiennes
exhibition at the Centre Pompidou in 2009. The work is very playful and really quite charming. His dexterity with wire is extraordinary – a sort of kinetic sketching – the full effect of which is only revealed when combined with the shadow that the piece creates when lit with a strong direct light source. This is the original yellow and red cover design.