Collective Farming for Creatives | IdN v22n2: Collective Studios

There is a growing trend away from the formal, hierarchical design studio towards loosely amalgamated peer groups often called collectives. We talk to nine such entities about the advantages of working this way.

Feature: Collective Studios.
Collective Farming for Creatives

The formal design studio, with its all-powerful director and a hierarchically structured staff, seems to be giving way to more loosely organised groupings of creative talent, pooling their resources in what are often termed “collectives”.

IdN has taken a look at nine such entities, from the US to Australia via Portugal, the UK and The Netherlands. The reasons for their formation range from the irresistible rise of the Internet or political and environmental necessity, to the pressures of the economic downturn and the benefits of a mutually shouldered financial burden. But the uniting bond is that of the social element, the desire and enthusiasm for collaborating with like-minded peers.

Johnny Two Tone | Kopij | Letterproeftuin | Onomatopee | Print Club London | Puck | The Patternbase | Tomato


Motion Gallery: Animated Type
Typography in Motion

You can run but you can never hide from typography, no matter what design field you are in. How to achieve just the right balance between pulling their informative weight and adding to, rather than distracting from, the animated elements? That is the big challenge for motion-graphic designers, often compounded by making the words themselves move.

Animography | Fernando Lazzari | TienMin Liao and more!


Creative Country: Netherlands
Drunk on yesterday’s fine art, today’s Dutch designers are sobering up.

A country boasting the largest number of museums and art galleries per square kilometre in the world – and one of the richest of fine-art heritages. But what is life like for today’s cutting-edge Dutch designers?

Cooee | Fabian de Lange | Lienki Raben | Loulou & Tummie | Milan van de Goor | Thonik



Farm Design | The Bakery Design Studio | Socio Design | Saana Hellsten | Dario Gracceve


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Pick of the Month
Cocolia | José Jiménez Lara | Iván Navarro | Kenn Lam | r1. | Vicente García Morillo | Sockying Wong | Tetsuya Toshima


Motion Gallery: Animated Type
Feature: Collective Studios
Creative Country: The Netherlands
Et cetera/Pick of the Month

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ISSN (English Edition): 1029 4805
ISSN (Chinese Edition): 1029 4813

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Maria Papaefstathiou

VISUAL DESIGNER since 1996 and blogger since 2010. Living in Athens, Greece. She has been focusing her research on poster design and particularly on social poster design and portrait design. Her main poster project is a series of posters celebrating great personalities of traditional and popular culture in Greece and Jamaica. These include actors, singers, musicians, poets etc. This is an ongoing project. “I believe that design is a powerful tool that we designers can use to spark enthusiasm, change mindsets and bring positive actions to our world and our culture”. FOUNDER AND EDITOR OF GRAPHICART-NEWS.COM BLOG. She carefully curates high-quality designs, illustrations, and art, from all over the world that will teach and provoke other designers. Many consider her blog to be an exceptional educational tool. CO-FOUNDER OF THE INTERNATIONAL REGGAE POSTER CONTEST which was launched on December 2011, partnering, the creative activist Michael Thompson aka Freestylee. (