Branding, website & blanket design for Godwin Vaughan – collector, online retailer & designer. Inspired by the qualities of craftsmanship and simple form from past design movements, Godwin Vaughan's aim is to source and resell timeless design objects, as well as use them as inspiration for new designs. Taking one of the key brand influences, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, STSQ designed the identity and logo on a grid taken from a piece of furniture. Looking at the embellishments often represented by these design heritages they generated a series of ornamental features and patterns utilising the glyphs constructed on the grid, resulting in an additional collaborations with the brand on the design of a blanket.
Design, editing, type design and publishing of publication, Within – Howard Tangye. Within is a long-overdue survey of Howard Tangye's remarkable work as an artist. For decades, Tangye has inspired the fashion industry as Head of Womenswear Design at Central Saint Martins College. Within is a story about Tangye’s lifelong passion for drawing, and examines his working practise through the experiences of the artist with his sitters. In the book Tangye describes the sitters' characteristics and how he has captured these unique qualities on paper. More unusually this book also gives a voice to the subject. Through the use of typography, material combinations and production processes, the publications enables the reader to experience and get a sense Howard's practise and world.
Identity for art writing publication PaperWork and design of Issue 1, Lost & Found. PaperWork magazine focuses on providing an interdisciplinary platform for visual artists engaged with writing to publish and distribute their work, with an emphasis on challenging the form and function in print. Focusing on the nature of the magazine's risograph production method STSQ developed the logo based on the half tone dot, whilst considering the nature of print, overprint and misprint. For Issue 1, Lost & Found, STSQ experimented with the concept of ownership, we constructed a new system of navigation and narrative through the loose leaf codex format. The system influenced the reader to lose & find the work whilst exploring the printed page.
Design of catalogue and exhibition graphics for Art of Change: New Directions from China, with Jackson Lam. The exhibition, Art of Change, focused on Chinese contemporary installation & performance artworks, concerned with transformation and discontinuity; something deeply rooted in Eastern philosophy. On the theme of change, STSQ focused on developing a new format of the book, whilst maintaining certain qualities of traditional Chinese book production. The grid of images enables the reader to see only sections of the artists’ work, therefore highlighting the momentary nature of the artwork. Throughout the design process, STSQ were inspired by the Chinese dazibaos used in the Cultural Revolution, playing with the idea of scale & format.
Branding of seasonal look books & textile print design for Swedish menswear brand Common. Inspired by national representation the brand identity was developed using everyday objects found in Sweden. The logo evolved from the road sign typeface Tratex designed by Carl-Gustaf Gustafsson. A symbol system for Common Ground, their collaborations with Swedish artists and designers was created from the Swedish coin. Furthering the development of the branding, Common commissioned STSQ to design prints for their AW13 Collection Typhos Graphe, inspired by the 90's obsession with logos and brand recognition, leading to the term 'Logomania'.
A hand-generated printing service. Unlike any other printer the human printer creates unique, individual images each time it prints. Following the same process as a digital printer, the human printer generates the printed product by hand. Throughout the printing process the human printer assumes the role of the machine and is therefore controlled and restricted by the process of using CMYK halftones created on the computer.
Design of publication and typefaces for Zoo-topia – On zoo architecture as taxonomies of national representation. The book accompanied a symposium that explored the role of architecture within zoological gardens, the zoo as a showcase of Modernist architecture and a place of fantasy/escape in the Modern city. The symposium was held in London Zoo as a part of the London Festival of Architecture. The publication was designed to reflect the experience of interpretative systems of zoos and galleries, with no beginning or end, enabling the reader to navigate their way through the content using the inserted map of content. The publication includes work by Yona Friedman, Bahbak Hashemi-Nezhad, Wesley Meuris, Société Réaliste and more.