8 February 2012
In the neighbourhood #3
Austin-based studio Bigger Than Giants makes another local connection
Working under the moniker Bigger Than Giants, Austin-based designer Ryan Rhodes has developed a distinctively off-kilter, handcrafted aesthetic, writes John Ridpath.
In his own words, Rhodes has taken on ‘a ton of local design’, and his visual style is well-suited to a client base that includes a community-supported farm (owned by his landlords), a ‘salt of the earth’ family-owned sausage company, the Austin Film Festival and local ‘surfer-western’ musician Trey Brown.
Top: Ryan Rhodes painting a delivery truck for community-supported farm Johnson’s Backyard Garden (JBG), 2010. ‘We hand-painted all the trucks’, he explains. ‘Tons of fun!’
Above and below: Identity design for JBG, 2010.
When I interviewed Rhodes for ‘In the neighbourhood’ in Eye 81, he mentioned that he hoped to set up a new creative partnership with fellow local designer Caleb Everitt - and I was pleased to hear from Rhodes that the two are now officially working together as LAND. ‘Currently, the work on the LAND site is a mix of projects we've worked on individually,’ he explained in an email, ‘but we wanted to show how our work meshes well together.’ And last week, LAND teamed up with Renee Fernandez for a collaborative wall painting for local hot dog joint Franks (design and details below), who are currently asking selected artists to produce a new mural each month.
Below: ‘Call for entries’ poster, Austin Film Festival, 2011.
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