SI Classics: North × Barbican

Apr 29th, 2011
15 Comments

SI Classics: North × Barbican

SI Classics: North × Barbican

SI Classics: North × Barbican

SI Classics: North × Barbican

SI Classics: North × Barbican


Barbican
Various printed items

SI Classics: North × Barbican

SI Classics: North × Barbican

SI Classics: North × Barbican

SI Classics: North × Barbican

SI Classics: North × Barbican

SI Classics: North × Barbican


Barbican Curve Exhibition Graphics & Communications
Gallery guides, invitations, exhibition graphics and flyers for an artgallery which hosts a series of new commissions created for the space by contemporary artists. The identity acts as a visual analogy; the grid representing the permanance of the space in which the artists info and /images are flowed into.

SI Classics: North × Barbican

SI Classics: North × Barbican

SI Classics: North × Barbican

SI Classics: North × Barbican

SI Classics: North × Barbican

SI Classics: North × Barbican

SI Classics: North × Barbican

SI Classics: North × Barbican

SI Classics: North × Barbican


Barbican Identity Guidelines
Digital version available to view here

So I was casually browsing through my image archives the other day (like you do) and I stumbled across a very large set of North related images that readers of this site haven’t seen online before. I spent about 5 minutes considering whether to feature them or not, but in the end I decided to save them for another day – Sorry about that!

Instead, I’ve featured a nice selection of North’s timeless work for the Barbican. These images were previously seen in OK-RM’s portfolio (they designed these pieces at North prior to setting up OK-RM), but they were taken down a few years back to make way for new work and now, their new site (a proper feature will come soon).

Nevertheless, many of you who know North well will see these images a think to yourself: “legendary work, brings back good memories,” but many of you who are either new to SI and/or North will not be familiar with this work at all, and that is one of the reasons why I decided to go ahead with this new series in the first place – design this good needs to be appreciated by all, it shouldn’t stay locked away in a computer folder and admired by a select few.

Enjoy and I hope you all have a great long weekend. If you have any suggestions for future “SI Classics” features, feel free to comment, tweet or send an email.

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15 Comments

  1. PM

    God I love their work for the Barbican. Great use of Futura.

    -PM

  2. Neil

    The Barbican as a whole is a beautiful body of work. If you’re interested check out Cartlidge Levene for their Barbican Centre way finding system.

  3. the barbican identity is just great! probably best use of futura ever …

  4. David

    For those of you wondering, the Barbican ID was originally designed by: http://www.lloydnorthover.com/

  5. I could look at this all day long.

  6. Grez

    Gold. Nuff’ said.

  7. Austin Esmond

    I agree with everyone else here… I’ve never seen Futura look so good!
    Putting the Italic Futura on an angle like that is wonderful.

  8. Proportionally and structurally beautiful. A great example of modernist graphic design.

  9. Still my favourite set of guidelines – wicked work.

  10. Oto

    Iconic!

    My only criticism is that the brand guidelines should be digital.
    Printed guidelines are costly, and hard to distribute.

    The days of the Guideline Monolith are long over.

  11. Lovely stuff. Much prefer the more dynamic slanted / skewed italics used on the posters. And the wide range of posters I’ve seen elsewhere online – really versatile yet consistent throughout. Feel more drawn to this more energetic approach, than the perhaps overly regimental grids of the corporate literature.

  12. @ Oto

    I emailed Barbican and asked them if they had any spare copies of the guidebook. They said they had very few left, but directed me to their website where they have a link to the digital version:

    http://www.barbican.org.uk/about-barbican/contact-us/barbican-branding

  13. Oto

    @ Graeme

    A PDF of the printed guideline spreads, is not quite what I meant.
    I was referring to an Internet-based system that provides guidelines and a brand approval system.

    Beautiful as it is, these guidelines were clearly created for print, and then repurposed as a PDF, which to be honest, is a little hard to use online.

  14. ZZhen

    Lovely work as usual.

    Maybe I am older than most here, but I’ve always seen it as a homage to 8vo’s work for b-vb in the early 90s…

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/20745656@N00/sets/72157606389648934/with/438281241/

  15. Just wrote a bit on Fonts In Use about the specific Futura used at the Barbican.

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