A catalogue produced for Whitecliffe MFA graduate Alan Thomas. Alan Thomas’ practice explores the boundaries of matter and materiality. Questioning our understanding of these concepts, Thomas, who comes from a scientific background, aims to capture matter in states of transition and chance. In his words, his works "seek to deny themselves" by challenging our intuitive beliefs and material understandings.
This catalogue containing his thesis In Denial aims to communicate the essence of his work in its “unadorned” design approach. This approach informs the typesetting, layout, and sequencing of the document. The essay text has been formatted in a manner reminiscent of Muriel Coopers 1969 book Bauhaus. Its paragraph styling emphasises the form of the book with its flush, uninterrupted left–alignment.
A catalogue produced for Wellington artist Glenn Burrell, published by Aigantighe Art Gallery on the occasion of the exhibition Reinventing the Peel. This catalogue was designed alongside Tyrone Ohia at Extended Whānau. Released as a limited run with hand placed stickers and an additional sheet.
The documents white cover and black interior designated for the artworks mirrors the journey through the physical exhibition space. The peeled skins characteristic of Burrell’s works are reflected in the treatment of the images as a second layer that can be peeled back by the reader.
Contribution to the Faxed: Posters for Yemen campaign. Faxed is a poster campaign and exhibition raising funds in response to the ongoing humanitarian crisis in the country. Deeply embedded into the fabric of Yemen is a recorded history of foreign interventions. The poster draws on this methaphor using digital processes utilised in embroidery.
The British Empire’s strategic and economic interests in Yemen led them to the occupation of Aden in the 19th century. Today, Britains elite benefit in enabling a relentless foreign military campaign against one of the poorest countries in the world. A man-made “humanitarian crisis” fuelled by the military–industrial complex.
Poster design for Ultra Sound vol. 5, the fifth instalment of the bi-monthly dance party held in Auckland’s CBD.
Event branding for Ultra Sound, a series of Auckland dance party’s hosted by local DJ duo Eleventh Realm. I worked on the visuals for the fourth iteration of the event, developing posters and a series of designed posts for social media and online promotion leading up to the event.
Branding for Black Vista Projects, a building and renovations startup in Tahunanui, Nelson. They attempt to break the mold of traditional building companies by offering economic design services that are unique to each client. I developed a wordmark and an accompanying logo that can be scaled, transformed, and applied as an asset across the brand.
Heat Rockers Records is an emerging independent electronic label based in Tāmaki Makaurau. Online they host various guest mixes from local New Zealand DJ’s as well as independent releases showcasing Auckland city House, Disco, and Techno. I developed a logomark and a set of distinct branded templates for each category of release.
The architectural historian Charles Jencks famously declared July 15, 1972 as “the day modern architecture died” in reference to the demolition of the Pruitt-Igoe housing projects. This publication looks at the cycle of destruction and decay realized in the wake of 20th century modernization and the high modernist vision of the utopian city.
The production of electronic music and its history has for a while been a fascination of mine. The earliest form of electronic music was born in the early 20th century with "musique concrète"–a movement of experimental music composers who utilised tape loops and field recordings to create melody’s, chords, and “symphonies of noise”.
"Concrete music" refers to the process and characteristics of the genre. The process of musique concrète has been described as ‘plastifying music’ and of rendering audio ‘like sculpture’. Sampling in physical form is explored in this project through the creation of 3d sculptures based on the samples of the influential TR-909 drum machine.