10 October 2019

Alliance Graphique Internationale

We are very excited to announce that Emma and Kirsty are now members of Alliance Graphique Internationale.

Established in 1952, the AGI is a prestigious professional association that brings together leading graphic designers and illustrators from around the world. The association offers a forum for debate and dialogue between its members, who are appointed by invitation, and seeks to promote graphic design as a means of communication, information, and education.

Each year, a different city hosts the annual members’ AGI Congress and the AGI Open conference, which is open to the public.



7 August 2019

Windermere Jetty is open

Windermere Jetty is a new museum for the Lake District, housing an internationally significant collection of boats; its copper-clad buildings are some of the first to be built on the shores of Windermere in more than fifty years. The museum, which was designed by architects Carmody Groarke, opened to the public this spring; we’ve been working on the project since 2014, so it’s exciting to see it up and running.

Our identity, signage and wayfinding establishes a cohesive visual language for the lakeside site, including a bespoke steel signage system. We also developed a comprehensive palette of pictograms to communicate with an international audience of visitors. The design of the museum’s distinctive copper-clad buildings was informed by the vernacular architecture of the working countryside.


26 June 2019

New projects on our website

We have just updated our website with a range of new projects and are excited to share what we’ve been working on this year so far. Among them are the exhibition Lee Krasner: Living Colour, which opened at the Barbican Art Gallery earlier this month, and the identity design for two pavilions at La Biennale di Venezia: Eva Rothschild at the Pavilion of Ireland, and Leonor Antunes at the Pavilion of Portugal.

We have also been working on the design of several books this year, for publishers including Sternberg Press, Book Works, Blain|Southern, Marian Goodman Gallery and Tate Publishing. Titles include Sharks, Death, Surfers by Melissa McCarthy, Art and (Bare) Life by Josephine Berry, Deliquescing by Steve Bishop, Heavens and the Earth by Bosco Sodi, Ornament and Crime, The Tempest Society by Bouchra Khalili, Photography, a Wonderfully Inadequate Medium, and Van Gogh and Britain.

We’ve also completed work on an identity for Traklap Foundation, and exhibition design for David Adjaye: Making Memory, at the Design Museum until 4 August 2019.


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.


27 November 2018

Lee Krasner: Living Colour

Barbican Art Gallery has announced its summer exhibition for 2019, ‘Lee Krasner: Living Colour’. We have been commissioned to design the exhibition graphics, in collaboration with David Chipperfield Architects, and will also be working on the design of the accompanying publication.

‘Lee Krasner: Living Colour’ is the first retrospective of Krasner’s work to be held in Europe for over fifty years. It will explore the breadth of her pioneering, inventive practice, exhibiting almost 100 works from across Krasner’s career, including several that have never before been exhibited in the UK. The exhibition seeks to examine and celebrate the importance of Krasner’s work in her own right, as an artist whose contribution to twentieth century art transcends the significance of her marriage to Jackson Pollock.

The exhibition opens on 30 May 2019. For further information, visit the Barbican Press Room.


24 October 2018

Open Ended Now

Last weekend saw the opening of Melanie Manchot’s monographic exhibition at MAC VAL in Paris, ‘Open Ended Now’. The show celebrates the breadth of Manchot’s practice, which encompasses photography, film, sound and installations, and through which she explores notions of community, identity, place, individuality and activity.

We were commissioned to design a catalogue to accompany the new exhibition, which would gather together a selection of Manchot’s key projects from 1998 to the present. The design of the book reflects the way in which Manchot considers her works as being in progress, in the present, and ongoing, regardless of the final outcome – handwritten type is used for page numbers throughout, and the book has a documentary quality emphasised by the smooth-edged, folder-like binding.

‘Open Ended Now’ is at MAC VAL in Paris until 24 February 2019.