IdN v18n4: Mono Graphics – Colour Toning
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It is not nostalgia-design, though some of it has a decidedly old-fashioned feel to it, and it is not minimalist design as such, except when it comes to the use of colour. It is what has become known as mono-graphics — where because of budgetary restraints or a self-imposed restriction, the design is printed in only one or two colours. Mono-graphics doesn't have to mean monotonous. Less colour often makes for more context. We got 9 experts in this issue to demonstrate the incredible visual strength that can be created by using just one or two hues.


Contents:

Motion Gallery: Infographics
Mono-Graphics: Speaking in a mono tone
Creative City: Stockholm
Studio: Cody Haltom, IWant, Quadrado, The Consult, Unit Editions
Pick of the Month

Specifications:

102 pages
6 varying paper stocks
4C process + spot UV + vanish
110 minutes DVD Video included


Mono-Graphics Issue

Colour Toning

Neither "nostalgia" nor "minimalist" — though it has a lot in common with both styles — mono-graphic design is best defined by its attitude to colour, which is very much that of "less is more". Utilising very few colours — sometimes even just one — it turns this apparent limitation into a virtue by concentrating more intensely on the design itself and the impact it can make with a reduced number of hues.

Stripping away the non-essentials and making what's left work harder is never easy. There is always a temptation to go on adding and "improving", despite the obvious risk that this entails of gilding the lily. Where mono-graphics are concerned, that option is just not available, so the designer is forced to become more resourceful, more efficient or simply cleverer.

Featuring:

Alexander Lis | Andre Gallo | Fifty And Fifty | Heath Killen | Hello Poster | Luke Insect Studio | Marius Roosendaal | Raw Color | Stephen Kelleher

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Motion Gallery: Infographics

Bringing bald facts to life

Motion infographics are to be found everywhere — on the Internet, in TV commercials and programmes, and in educational films. Their basic goal is to help the viewer digest the information presented to them as painlessly, indeed pleasurably, as possible. But how do their designers set about them? How do they absorb all the material they need to understand before deciding how to demonstrate it? And to what extent does the type of data to be illustrated affect the visual outcome? This compilation has more than 30 brilliant infographic motion works, movies and animations, to show you how lively and aesthetically pleasing such instructional efforts can be.

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Creative City: Stockholm

Islands (sometimes) in the Sun

The Swedish capital, comprising as it does many small islands, boasts an abundance of greenery and water, obviously, and this gives it a very laid-back vibe. Ideal, therefore, for artistic inspiration. We asked 10 local creatives to tell us about the design scene in Stockholm and to guide us through some of their favourite spots in the city.

Featuring:

Decida | Henrik Nygren Design | Johan Bjorkegren | Karl Grandin | Museum Studio | Nille | Slobodan Zivic Creative | Stockholm Design Lab | Suprb | Zion Graphics

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Studio

Whether you are a one-man band or a creative duo, it is the quality of the work you produce rather than the amount that will open the door to the best clients, both in terms of remuneration and creative challenges. We feature five studios with very different approaches and simply let their work speak for itself.

Featuring:

Cody Haltom | IWant | Quadradao | The Consult | Unit Editions

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Regulars: POTM

Pick of the Month

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GMUNK – OFFF Cincinnati 2014 main title (4:37)

GMUNK – OFFF Cincinnati 2014 main title (4:37)

Main title for OFFF Cincinnati 2014

Suzan Drummen – Amsterdam, Netherlands

Suzan Drummen – Amsterdam, Netherlands

The thousands of objects in each of her artworks are placed by hand, making the intricate patterns that adorn gallery and museum floors. The fractal-like patterns in each installation form a temporary three-dimensional carpet that alters the space in which it is installed, by reflecting light in all directions.

Resonate Festival 2015: Belgrade – Belgrade, Serbia

Resonate Festival 2015: Belgrade – Belgrade, Serbia

Resonate festival in Belgrade is back for another year bringing artists together to drive a forward-looking debate on the position of technology in art and culture. The fourth edition of Resonate festival taking place in Belgrade between 13th – 18th April 2015. Resonate brings together artists, designers and educators to participate in a forward-looking debate on the position of technology in art and culture.

FITC Toronto 2015 – Toronto, Canada

FITC Toronto 2015 – Toronto, Canada

FITC is the intersection between Creative Technologists, Designers, Developers and all-around awesome thinkers from various innovative industries across the globe. They converge every year in Toronto to connect, challenge, inspire and to experience the cutting edge in design and technology. Exclusive for IdN readers: Enter promo code “IdN” and save $50 for the Festival, The Works and FLEX passes. Limited number of Super Early Bird tickets are available.

Brosmind – OFFF Barcelona 2012 Main Titles (8:37)

Brosmind – OFFF Barcelona 2012 Main Titles (8:37)

Main title for OFFF Barcelona 2012

Yeongkeun Jeong – Seoul, South Korea

Yeongkeun Jeong – Seoul, South Korea

“The unboxing experience is important. This is the moment that connects the package and the product inside and is the very first stage at which consumers experience a new product.”

Ash Thorp – Ender’s Game (1:45)

Ash Thorp – Ender’s Game (1:45)

Motion graphic reel for movie Ender’s Game

Thomas Squire – Leeds, UK

Thomas Squire – Leeds, UK

"Packaging with a unique personality is essential. Personality has the potential to show what is unique about a brand, and unfortunately this is often ignored due to the competitive nature of legibility and shelf shout."

Variable Studio – Fibers (1:34)

Variable Studio – Fibers (1:34)

Visualization of Nike FuelBand data from the trainings preceeding We Own The Night – Nike Women’s 10K run

Cai-Siou Lai – Taipei, Taiwan

Cai-Siou Lai – Taipei, Taiwan

“Most designers hope that the purpose of design is to create a better world, but I believe that a good design is one that satisfies a client and makes people feel happy because of my illustrations for it.”