21 May 2019

D&AD Awards 2019: Two APFEL projects shortlisted

The D&AD Awards Shortlist for 2019 has just been announced, and we’re delighted to learn that two of our projects are in the running for an award this year. Lateral Cooking by Niki Segnit, published by Bloomsbury, is shortlisted in the Book Design category, and Yayoi Kusama: Festival of Life, published by David Zwirner Books, is shortlisted in the Cover Design category, both within the Culture, Art & Design Books section.

The winners will be announced this Thursday 23 May – we can’t wait to find out whether we’ll have another couple of pencils to add to the APFEL bookshelf!


14 May 2019

Design for two pavilions at La Biennale di Venezia 2019

We visited Venice last week for the Vernissage of the 58th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia. APFEL has designed the identities for two pavilions this year: ‘a seam, a surface, a hinge, or a knot’ by Leonor Antunes at the Portuguese Pavilion, and ‘The Shrinking Universe’ by Eva Rothschild at the Irish Pavilion. Our work encompassed visual identities, printed items, digital assets and publications for each pavilion.

We worked closely with Antunes and Rothschild to develop a graphic language for each pavilion which evolves from the installations they have created within. APFEL has previously collaborated with both artists on the design of publications, and we have really enjoyed continuing these working relationships. It was exciting to see both beautiful exhibitions in situ, and to enjoy the vibrant energy of Venice in the Biennale’s opening week; this year’s International Exhibition is curated under the title ‘May You Live In Interesting Times’, and runs until November.


13 March 2019

Photography, A Wonderfully Inadequate Medium

A new exhibition of the work of Allan Sekula, curated by Marie Muracciole, opens tonight at Marian Goodman Gallery in London. ‘Photography, A Wonderfully Inadequate Medium’ presents a selection of works by the late American artist, whose practice engaged with processes of economic and social change during his lifetime. Sekula was inspired by critical Marxist theory, and his work recorded elements of the evolution of global capitalism.

We designed a small publication to accompany the show, featuring texts by Muracciole and others. These writings uphold Sekula’s own argument that when presented in isolation, the photographic image is radically insufficient as a mode of communication. The booklet explores the relationship between the visual and the written—a central concern within Sekula’s practice.

The exhibition is open until 18 May 2019, where copies of the booklet will be available.


30 January 2019

New Project: Eva Rothschild and Ireland at Venice 2019

Eva Rothschild has been chosen to represent Ireland at the 58th International Art Exhibition in Venice this year, and we are excited to announce that APFEL has been appointed as the graphic designer for Ireland at Venice 2019.

We designed a monograph for Rothschild in 2010, and are looking forward to working with her again this year together with Mary Cremin, Director of Void Gallery in Derry, who is Commissioner and Curator of Ireland at Venice 2019.

Our work on the project will encompass a visual identity, printed materials, on-site graphics and a publication. Look out for more updates over the coming months.

Top image: Eva Rothschild, Border, 2018. Photo: Robert Glowacki. Copyright the artist. Courtesy Stuart Shave/Modern Art, London.

Bottom image: Eva Rothschild monograph, 2010. Published by Stuart Shave/Modern Art, designed by APFEL.


12 December 2018

Protection: 30 Artists / 30 Prints

We were invited by Riposte and Amnesty International UK to contribute to Protection, an exhibition to mark the 70th anniversary of the Declaration of Human Rights. Thirty female artists and designers from around the world, including Nathalie Du Pasquier, Guerilla Girls and Sonya Dyakova, were invited to design a print in response to the theme of ‘Protection’.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was drawn up in 1948 following the Second World War. We believe that it exists to protect freedom itself, and see protection and freedom as simultaneous partners and opposites. In our design, we explore the balance and tension between these words and their meanings, using the letters to draw a ‘border’ around the poster’s edges which allows it to be read from any viewpoint, as a plea to protect our freedom of movement across Europe. The exhibition is on display at Coal Drops Yard, London, until 16 December. Limited edition prints are available to purchase here, with 100% of the profits donated to Amnesty International.