5 design things to look out for in August

Written by: Sarah Dawood
Published on: 28 Jul 2016

This coming month you can read a new book on typography tips, go to an academic design festival in Copenhagen via Edinburgh Airport, where you’ll find a Scottish design exhibition…

Book: The Typography Idea Book: Inspiration from 50 Masters


What: Steven Heller and Gail Anderson’s new book on typography follows on from The Graphic Design Idea Book, which they released last year. This book promises to be a “jargon-free” guide to typography, and includes examples and inspiration from the likes of Neville Brody, Milton Glaser and Eric Gill. Heller was previously the art director of the New York Times, while Anderson is a design writer and lecturer, and the book has been published by Laurence King.

When: Released in August 2016.

Info: The book is £12.95 and will be available to buy online here.

Exhibition: Summer Screen Prints


Bram Stoker’s Dracula, by Cassandra Yap

What: Somerset House’s annual alternative film poster exhibition returns this month, and will see the gallery’s East Wing taken over by wacky print design interpretations. Print Club London has commissioned artists and illustrators to recreate posters designed for films shown at Film4 Summer Screen, which this year includes the likes of Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Robocop, Trainspotting and the Best of Ten by Kubrick.

When: 28 July – 17 August 2016.

Where: East Wing, Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 1LA.

Info: Admission is free. The exhibition is open daily from 10am – 6pm, and additionally from 6.30pm – 9pm for Film4 Summer Screen ticket holders. See more info here.

Exhibition: Local Heroes


Instrmnt D-01 X Risotto composite © Instrmnt and Future Positive Studio

What: Unsuspecting travellers passing through Edinburgh Airport will experience an array of Scottish design this month. Local Heroes will present the work of nine contemporary designers spanning textiles, tech and product design, who have explored the concept of the souvenir. By placing it within the multicultural hub that is an airport, the exhibition director Stacey Hunter hopes to give Scottish design a “global presence”, and expects it will be accessible to 1.2 million passengers spanning 120 international destinations. The event has been supported by Creative Dundee and Creative Edinburgh.

When: 1 – 31 August 2016.

Where: East Terminal Plaza, Edinburgh Airport, Edinburgh, Midlothian EH12 9DN.

Info: Admission is free. See more info here.

Festival: Post Design Festival and Conference


What: With its beautiful architecture and renowned Design Museum, Copenhagen is known as a city of design. Post is a design festival which takes a more academic stance – it brings international illustrators, designers and academics together for talks, debates and workshops focusing on the ethics of design and work environments. The festival hopes to “encourage and inspire students, practitioners and educators”, and this year will see workshops from artists such as Supermundane and talks from academics including Lawrence Zeegen, the dean of the School of Design at Ravensbourne, London. At less than £50 for four days of talks, the festival will be a budget-friendly, intellectually stimulating addition to the summer.

When: 17 – 20 August 2016.

Where: Space 10, Flæsketorvet 10, 1711 Copenhagen, Denmark.

Info: Tickets cost 415 DKK (£47) with a booking fee, or 260 DKK (£29.50) for students. The full line-up is yet to be announced. See more info here.

Branding: Rio Olympics and Paralympics visual identities


The sculptural version of the Rio 2016 identity. © ISMAR INGBER/AFP/Getty Images

What: With Brazil’s Olympic games set to kick off in August, we’ll see the full roll-out of the Rio 2016 Olympic branding too, which was first revealed in 2014. Designed by Brazilian consultancy Tátil, the visual identity is based around a 3D logo of three human figures holding hands – a “sculptural logo to represent a sculptural city”, says Tátil creative director Fred Gelli. The Paralympics logo adopts a similar style, but also incorporates an infinity symbol to represent the athletes’ infinite energy and strength says Gelli, and has multi-sensory elements when in its physical 3D form. Read more here.

When: 5 – 21 August 2016.

Where: Various venues across Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Info: See more info on the Rio 2016 Olympics here.