Wednesday, 12:00pm
19 February 2020

Noted #96

Tom Gauld commission for St Bart’s Hospital, Elda Broglio’s ‘Amor de Verano’, Yuri Suzuki’s The Welcome Chorus, the On Design podcast and a typeface for the Shoah Memorial wall in Paris

Here is a selection of things – a typographic memorial wall, a selection of Type Directors Club award winners, a sound installation, an illustrated mural and a podcast – that have caught our attention in recent weeks.

Pieces from Tom Gauld’s ‘Imaginary London Park’ series for the Cystic Fibrosis Unit at St Bart’s Hospital.
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The Shoah Memorial in Paris, a remembrance site for the Jewish genocide.

Illustrator Tom Gauld has recently been commissioned – by Vital Arts, a charity that delivers arts programmes – to create a series of artworks for the Cystic Fibrosis Unit at St Bart’s Hospital. Much like his twelve-card myriorama Endless Journey (see ‘Noted #68’ on the Eye blog), this ‘Imaginary London Park’ series includes 24 prints that link together with common pathways that criss-cross the landscapes.

Due to the nature of cystic fibrosis – a life limiting disease effecting the lungs and digestive system – patients cannot socialise with other sufferers. The concept behind the humorous artwork means they can discover new parts of the work on each re-admission.

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Berlin-based, Argentine illustrator and animator Elda Broglio is behind the newest campaign ‘Amor de Verano’ / ‘Summer Love’ at Centro Cultural Recoleta (CCR) in Buenos Aires. Broglio’s illustrations are inclusive in their depiction of sunbathing bodies – multiracial nude and semi-nude figures have body hair and curves and represent genders across the spectrum.

A selection of elements from the ‘Amor de Verano’ campaign at Centro Cultural Recoleta, designed by Elda Broglio. Art direction: Luis Gimelli and Ariel Chiesa. 

CCR’s art directors Luis Gimelli and Ariel Chiesa outline the centre’s mission to address the social concerns of younger generations. Broglio’s campaign continues a discussion around feminism, body positivity and abortion rights (and more), initiated in a CCR passageway curated by Irana Douer, which is plastered with imagery by Argentinian illustrators and photographers.

(This campaign follows ‘Soy Yo’ and ‘No Va Mas’; see ‘(Typographic) Noted #95’ on the Eye blog.)

Elda Broglio’s ‘Amor de Verano’ mural on an exterior wall of Centro Cultural Recoleta, Buenos Aires, Argentina. 

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Yuri Suzuki’s interactive sound installation The Welcome Chorus is on display in the English seaside town of Margate until 23 February 2020. The AI installation consists of twelve horns, each of which represents a district in the county of Kent. The horns ‘sing’ lyrics derived from workshops at Kent Libraries where locals reflected upon their experiences of the county. Further input comes from visitors who contribute to the soundscape in real time, and whose words become part of a machine-learning process.

Yuri Suzuki’s The Welcome Chorus, commissioned by Turner Contemporary for Margate NOW festival.

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Illustrator Justyna Green’s podcast On Design will be posting its fiftieth episode next week. Green’s 49 guests to date have included Camille Walala (see ‘Colouring in the city’ in Eye 91); Suzanne Livingston, curator of the Barbican Centre’s 2019 exhibition ‘AI: More Than Human’ (see ‘Thinking machine’ in Eye 99); Marcus Fairs (founder and editor of Dezeen); and Morag Myerscough (see ‘In the thick of it’ in Eye 79), among many others.

See ‘The designer as podcaster’ in Eye 98 to read more about design podcasts. 

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Type foundry Production Type (see ‘The business of type’ in Eye 98) recently completed Memorial, a new typeface for the Wall of Names at the Shoah Memorial in Paris. The font is designed to accommodate the sandblasting process used to inscribe letterforms in the wall’s masonry. The updated memorial now includes 80,000 names of Jews who were deported from France (with the Vichy government’s help) as part of the Nazi plan to destroy the Jewish population of Europe.

Details of the renovation of the Wall of Names for the Shoah Memorial in Paris, featuring Production Type’s Memorial typeface. 

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