Designers often talk about their love of the typeface and layout some even talk with passion about the printed object, the matter. But it's work like this that really shows what can be done to enhance how we value a thing. What you see are 576 printed catalogues for the AIGA Philadelphia inaugural Design Competition/Exhibition featuring the best of Philly design. Designed by gdloft out of Philly and presented to
those lucky bastards who I was not one of.
Discovered at 160over90
The colour spectrum reminds me of a couple of different projects that used colour as an organising principle, both built here in California. The first is a project by local artist Chris Cobb, who with a team of 16 volunteers took over the Adobe Books bookshop in San Francisco and arranged every single one of the 20,000 books by color. The project was called "There is Nothing Wrong in This Whole Wide World" . Chris said of the project "Even though there is so much to be unhappy about in this world, we should try to create something amazing and beautiful and interesting despite all of the problems."
You can view a small video of the making of Here
Finally and possibly a much more surreptitious and seemingly serendipitous project is that of artist Nina Katchadourian along with Steven Matheson and Mark Tribe. 994 from 6am to noon, at Southwestern College’s parking lots (San Diego), a team of 50 professional and volunteer parking attendants directed the arriving cars to predetermined lots according to car color. Each of the fourteen lots was filled with cars of a different color: dark blue, blue, light metallic blue, silver & gray, black, beige, brown, metallic raspberry, yellow, electric blue, white, aqua, green and red.