James Brook / Design

Proofs of Platform: 2016 Leaflet




This is a proof of the leaflet that I designed for Platform: 2016, an Edinburgh Art Festival initiative dedicated to providing greater opportunities for artists at the early stages of their career. The artists – The Brownlee Brothers, Dorian Jose Braun, Paloma Proudfoot & Aniela Piasecka, and Jack Saunders – were selected from an open call by artists Ross Sinclair and Rachel Maclean working with Edinburgh Art Festival Director Sorcha Carey and Mary Watson, Programme Assistant.

This is the second year that I have designed the leaflet, using the logo and identity that I developed in 2015. This iteration has a different arrangement of the cover elements and introduces a colour, selected from a range of similar colours, that may appear on future iterations of the leaflet.

Platform: 2016 runs from 28 July – 28 August and can be found at the Festival Kiosk, 9-11 Blair Street, Edinburgh EH1 1QR.

More information can be found here.



Proof of 'More Lasting than Bronze' Book




It's been a busy six months since I last posted on this blog and I have a backlog of projects to share. Amongst other things, I've been working on a third publication for the Edinburgh Art Festival for their 2016 commissions programme, More Lasting than Bronze. ‘Featuring new work by 7 artists working in Scotland and internationally, More Lasting than Bronze explores what or how we choose to publicly commemorate, through a diverse series of interventions and propositions, whether exploring new forms of monument, or reflecting on those things which we choose to forget (or forget to remember).’

Here's the proof of the cover, featuring an ‘eraser drawing’ by Jonathan Owen, which, I think, perfectly encapsulates the themes running through the commissions programme. The book is currently at the printers; I am looking forward to seeing the finished result, which should be ready for the opening of the Art Festival on 28 July. Fingers crossed!

More information about the EAF commissions programme can be found here



Below another sky Book



This is Below another sky, the book that I have been designing for the British Council. Below another sky is a book that documents a set of international residencies, which resulted in a collection of prints by twenty artists, including prints by Turner Prize nominees Jim Lambie, David Shrigley, and Janice Kerbel. Curated by Alexia Holt, on behalf of the Scottish Print Network, the project was supported by Creative Scotland and was included in the Glasgow 2014 programme coinciding with the Commonwealth Games. Below another sky was exhibited across Scotland in 2014-15 and the prints have now been acquired by the British Council Collection and will become part of the British Council’s international touring exhibition programme.

The book is bound with a Rexel metal fastener that will allow translations and other local information to be inserted as the exhibition tours the world. It was printed by Allander, Edinburgh, on Oxygen Offset 100% Recycled paper.

More information here: http://belowanothersky.org/



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