Photo Credit : Buro North
Design institute of Australia 6 x 6 Speaker Night
Graphic Design - Illustration and Type
The Top 10x10 series is a fast paced, informative, showroom-based forum that attracts over 200 professional designers each year. Top 6x6 was held at Space Furniture's spectacular showroom in Richmond, facilitating both the social and educational aspects of the event. The theme for Top 6x6 was 'Design Icons'. Six of Australia's leading designers presented a personal selection of six of their favourite designs and the reasons for their choice. They could be environments, objects, graphics or experiences.
Design Institute of Australia
Soren Luckins, David Williamson, Tim Dow
We were engaged by the Design Institute of Australia (DIA) to develop the identity and suite of graphic material for the annual speaker series. Given the strong reference to 6 for the event, we developed the logotype based on a 6x6 grid, with intersecting lines creating the shapes of the letterforms. The shapes have been separated onto 6 different coloured stocks, and lasercut to produce the layered image, creating a depth of graphic that is relevant to the audience of interior designers and architects.
Project Innovation / Need
The theory of semiotics was a driving force in the development of our concept; 6 speakers, 6 designs, 6 layers for one invitation. This idea was communicated through the material and cutting technique used to reveal the layered coloured stocks, and through exploration of this process we created a unique custom typeface and logo mark for the event.
The concept was the defining driver in this design and demanded a high level of precision in the delivery of information. This was reinforced by the requirement for a significant amount of information in a limited amount of space. To achieve this level of precision we required a production method that would rely heavily on digital fabrication.
We set out to deliver a design solution that was not reliant on the conventional production method of printing which involves the use of toners, inks, dyes and solvents. Through experimentation with different paper stocks, we produced a design outcome solely through the use of the material and cutting techniques.