Ill-Studio

L’Officiel magazine recieves new look from Ill-Studio

Creative Pathways PDP Entry 09

Parisian multidisciplinary studio, Ill-Studio has worked with the renowned fashion magazine L’Officiel de la couture et de la mode de Paris, or more commonly known as L’Officiel. The Parisian studio took over the creative and art direction for the fashion magazine. With Ill-Studio in charge with the creative and art direction, there first issue was released in October, also marking the fashion magazine’s 95th anniversary issue. As well as marking as the first issue released from the Parisian studio, it was also accompanied with an exhibition at the VNH Gallery, in Paris.

The redesign marked a striking departure from the magazine’s previously conventional template.

Ill-Studio worked on a three cover page magazine on their debut, consisting of three fashion icons: Lou Doillon, Iris Apfel and Damaris Goddrie. They were shot on a Samsung Galaxy wearing Fendi against a featureless studio backdrop. Then the images were simply boxed out with an off-kilter rectangle, and framed with thick borders in three pastel-like colours of postbox red, tangerine and violet.

Inside, Ill-Studio collaborated with a bumper pack of photographers including Jeremy Liebman, Edouard Plongeon, Osma Harvilahthi, Christiani-Toubiana, Raffaele Cariou and Henrik Purienne.

The typeface used on the cover pages feels and looks traditional to a fashion magazine, yet a contemporary feel to it simutaenously. The use of the serif type creates that traditional feeling, as the layout of the image, frame and colour provides the contemporary feel. The layout of the image, frame, colour and type is simple, easy to understand and effective. It is not overloading with unnecessary information, pretty much straight to the point of the magazine.

Moving onto the double page spreads, the layout is minimal, direct and traditional. The use of type gives the impression of a traditional feel, whilst the image placements gives the spreads the minimal, yet contemporary feel.

What I can take from Ill-Studio’s creative and art direction work as inspiration for my own work is the layout and cover page design. Both designs are strong and work well with the fashion magazine’s content. This can be applied to a current project of designing a fashion magazine with Comic Sans as the font.

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Okuyama Taiki

Designer Okuyama Taiki design experimental posters, that encourages you to “play freely”

Creative Pathways PDP Entry 08

Tokyo-based designer, Okuyama Taiki has created these experimental, unusual posters, that play with typography, shape and colour. His latest works are available on his blogging site, Nochigo Source, which users are able to download Taiki’s poster work, and edit themselves in their native file formats, .psd and/or .ai. This makes Taiki encourage users to “play freely” with his latest works.

The posters themselves are playful and abstract, covering a minds thought of being creative.

This pick’n’mix attitude is mimicked in Okuyama’s work with his sporadic use of abstract icons with the odd flash of type that come together to make odd graphic illustrations.

What I can take from this as inspiration for my own work is the experimental and abstract use of typography, shape and colour. I could use this approach as an alternative, experimental and playful method, when creating posters for a campaign or brief. As well as the still posters, I could also play with the interactivity side, such as the moving image posters that Taiki has produced. This creates and reveals more information, which can be an advantage.

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Okuyama Taiki

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