“Golden Meaning”: Designing mathematics

Published by GraphicDesign& (founded by Lucienne Roberts and Rebecca Wright), "Golden Meaning" presents works by 55 designers and creatives invited to share a personal view of a mathematical concept: the golden ratio - AKA the golden mean or divine proportion. Finding its roots in the civilization of Ancient Greece, the golden ratio has been used for centuries to create work with harmonious proportions in the art and architecture fields. Mathematically accurate? Not always, though this book offers creative (Homework Studio turned the Fibonacci sequence into a glorious "golden ass", see below) and understandable visualizations of a complex theory. Designer Mark Hudson drew comparisons between the proportions of everyday objects in Britain, from a Kit Kat chocolate bar to a post stamp. French graphic designer Malika Favre imagined a woman using a golden ratio grid (above). Design studio Bibliotheque devised a mnemonic to help people remember the golden ratio as an angle, while Oli Kellett got a picture of his face altered by a surgeon who uses the golden ratio to determine how a beautiful face should look.

Feel Better, Alessia Olivari

Lacking charm, courage, or patience? Graphic designer Alessia Olivari didn't come up with the right ingredients, but she can give illusions a pretty wrapping... Vous manquez de charme, de courage, ou de patience ? Si la designer graphique Alessia Olivari n'a pas encore mis le doigt sur les ingrédients magiques, elle propose cependant une bien jolie façon de conditionner et d'emballer vos illusions...

Happy Show

Connu pour ses illustrations conçues pour les Rolling Stones ou Lou Reed (ou le fait que, en année sabbatique, il a décliné l'offre de réaliser le poster officiel de la campagne d'Obama en 2007), le designer graphique Stefan Sagmeister mêle, dans son exploration des mystères du bonheur, typographie et images. Pour le Happy Show, Sagmeister (né en Autriche, il vit à New York) a réuni les données sociales fruit des recherches d'historiens, anthropologistes ou psychologues, pour contextualiser les maximes et règles variées liées, à tort ou à raison, à la quête incessante du bonheur. Known for his numerous artworks for the Rolling Stones or Lou Reed (or the fact that, on a sabbatical year, he declined the offer to design Obama's 2007 official campaign poster), graphic designer Stefan Sagmeister mixes typography & imagery to explore the mysteries of happiness. For the Happy Show, Austrian-born, New York-based Stefan Sagmeister has gathered the social data of psychologists, anthropologists or historians to contextualize the maxims and rules linked to the never-ending quest for happiness.

Alessia Olivari, Pasta for one

Les plats individuels doivent-ils vraiment être moches ? Alessia Olivari, une designer et illustratrice romaine, défend la beauté de la monodose avec ferveur et propose la sacro sainte pasta dans un emballage-tube aussi beau que pratique. "Pasta for one" est un projet qui donne faim, et l'envie de le collectionner. Food for one deserves alluring packages too! Alessia Olivari, a Rome-based designer and illustrator, has imagined a series of boxes for pasta. Complete with cooking instructions and a very enticing illustration (who wouldn't want to collect them all?), the designer's "Pasta for one" project is pretty yummy.

50 books, 50 covers

Aux Etats-Unis, la première édition du concours "50 books / 50 covers" s'est tenue en 1924. La compétition est aujourd'hui considérée comme l'un des événements les plus prestigieux et influents sur la scène du design graphique américain. The "50 books / 50 covers" contest first edition to be held in the United States took place in 1924. It is considered one of the most prestigious and influent events in the American graphic design industry.

Aron Jancso, Qalto Typeface

"Qalto" est la nouvelle police de caractères "musicale" du designer graphique Áron Jancsó's pour Gestalten.  Le designer hongrois évoque un "mélange de modernisme, de street culture et de calligraphie, tout en restant expérimentale". "Qalto" is graphic designer Áron Jancsó's latest "musical" typeface for Gestalten.  The Hungary-based designer describes it as "a blend of modernism, street culture and calligraphy, but also experimental".

Daphna Laurens & Raw Color, Cirkel Collection Graphics

Designer Daphna Laurens turned her Cirkel collection (circular-shaped mirrors and furniture that were partly inspired by the works of László Moholy-Nagy) into posters, with the help of fellow designers Raw Color. La designer Daphna Laurens a décliné sa collection Cirkel (miroirs et meubles aux formes circulaires, inspirés des oeuvres de László Moholy-Nagy) en posters, dont elle a confié la réalisation aux designers de Raw Color.