Reviewed Feb. 20, 2015 by Armin
Plenty of patterns and cool production techniques in this week’s selection with work from Austin, Mérida, and Singapore.
Chavez by FÖDA
Nestled inside the Radisson hotel in downtown Austin, TX, Chavez is a Mexican restaurant that welcomes you through a hallway featuring a Mezo-American motif made out of the six letters in the restaurant’s name, each in six weights, creating a wonderful texture that then reappears throughout the rest of the materials and space. Designed by local firm FÖDA, the abstract CHAVEZ glyphs are arranged in blocks and circles, it’s printed on menus and business cards, and it’s etched on tabletops and lit from underneath. It’s groovy and hypnotic and manages to convey “Interior Mexican” quite deliciously. See full project here.
Not Monday by Bienal
Not Monday is a small store of design goods in Mérida, Mexico — a place known more for its Mayan ruins and folk art than availability of contemporary design objects. Adding to the fish-out-of-water sentiment is a quirky, typewriter logo that plays off its name in a clever way, turning the “o” into a prohibition sign. This identity by local firm Bienal isn’t as visually explosive as other Friday Likes entries but it has a charm and warmth to it that others sometimes lack. My favorite element is the clock-like “Design Everyday” graphic that works just as well rubber stamped on a bag as it does in signage behind the cash register. See full project here
A Design Film Festival 2014 by Anonymous
This past July, Singapore-based design firm Anonymous held its fourth A Design Film Festival, which is exactly what the title suggests. For 2014, Anonymous went full noir with a range of patterns foil stamped black on black stock for the tickets and another set of patterns playing off the theme — “On a Scale of Art to Design” — adorn the tote bags and program guides. It’s design-y, it’s film-y. It’s just right for the audience. See full project.