Vince Low

An artist who’s been gaining some good coverage in the art world recently.

In my current editorial project on Bruno Monguzzi, I’d hoped to find a manner of illustration that somehow embodied some of Monguzzi’s notions of universal language and gestalt psychology. 

Gestalt brought to mind these ideas of images made up of smaller consecutive parts, outlines created by text and illusory contours. I think I see potential in the work I see here; not only does the line making up the image correspond fantastically with gestalt theories, but the style also offers the opportunity to illustrate emotion and expression on a different level, in a way that could communicate universally in keeping with Moguzzi’s quest for a universal language. 

I’m not proposing that I shall use this style of illustration or infact illustrate my work in this manner at all, but I’ll definitely keep it on record.


Esperanto was mentioned several times by Bruno Monguzzi in his interview with Typeradio, at first I thought it some biblical passage with the context of the conversation, but then after a quick google I discovered otherwise. 

Esperanto is the most widely spoken constructed international auxiliary language. Created in the 1880’s the purpose of which was to be an an easy-to-learn, politically neutral language that transcended nationality and would hopefully unify people through a similar tongue. The estimated number of Esperanto speakers ranges of from 100,000 to 2,000,000 world-wide.

Perhaps Esperanto has a place in my project reflecting Monguzzi’s talk of a “universal language”. But I’ll have to see to what extent the brief has an interest in the written content of the work.


Lino Print Workshop

I have done lino-print ever since primary school, and I shall admit until today I have despised it with all my being, almost as much as monoprint! 

Today however I really enjoyed this task, our job was to create and maquette that represented our given quote, mine was “Rationality and Emotion can live together” by Marian Bantjes. My immediately looked to generate something with emotional/expressive value, which is a favourite drawing subject of mine. So the female figure seemed a good start, then I tried looking at the quote as a whole and tried to give an example of this. A piece of Anti-Nazi Disney propaganda came to mind. So what I tried to illustrate was not only the contrasting nature of Rationality and Emotion with the use of form and shape, but also that the balance of these can only exist in the mind.

I preferred my first print to my second; though with neither did I quite get the anatomical detail or the lighting quite right, I think the second somewhat messy. 

I’ve been opposed to lino-cut in the past, but I was actually quite pleasantly surprised by the crisp outcome the process offered. Especially on some of the other works where people had done type forms or patterns. I’ll definitely consider the technique for use in the future. 


Fantastic illusory design sent to me by ralfmaniego, thanks Ralf! Link Here.

The illusion itself is fantastic, a clever use of paper shading and cropping to give the effect of folds. Definitely a technique I’ll put a pin in for future reference. Elements of this work are relevant in my current editorial project, the parts I am most interested by are actually the type, both the positioning-of the body text and the “missing nature” of the titles, this relates very well to my “psychology over aesthetic” theme of work.

Thanks Ralf! 


Quick Workshop in Paper Format

A short and surprisingly tasking exercise. We were asked to produce a mock; with the way it was unfolded/read reflected our quote.  

Though there was an extensive amount of making it up as I went along involved, what I was hoping to try and do was keep the words Rationality and Emotion separate and then somehow make it so that they may end up together or read as part of a whole. With some experimentation to my delight I managed to end up with exactly this, moreover Rationality and Emotion had to be held in separate hands exaggerating my intension, then with some glue related engineering I managed to make it so that you had to use both your thumbs to lift the next page; (an connotation of working together). Followed by Together acting as a join across both halves of the publication.

I was overly impressed by my own work and even more impressed by the work of others, I was amazed to see that everyone had somehow created a completely different format of work. On feedback tutor said that though the design was overly complicated for the task at hand, the layout and design was very intuitive and definitely “had potential”.


What Am I trying to Achieve?

It’s dawned on me in recent days and was made clear during my last tutorial that I need to fully understand the direction I intend on going in and explain it as well. 

Bruno Monguzzi was the only designer I found myself able to become passionate about out of the choices we had. I enjoy his work, his philosophies and what he generally had to say the interview. 

Now I realise that what I shouldn’t be trying to do is emulate Monguzzi’s work; what I need to produce is an editorial design that reflects the themes of the interview and perhaps Bruno Monguzzi himself. 

So what I am trying to do at the moment is emerse myself in research on Bruno Monguzzi and his mentioned studies and processes, then what I am hoping to create is an editorial design in which I use the assets I have discovered researching Bruno Monguzzi to create my own style of design. In essence I am trying to absorb all of Bruno Monguzzi’s knowledge and then articulate my own style of design using the same elements he did. 

At the moment his dogma of “Gestalt psychology over aesthetic value” really interests me; I’ve taught myself a basic understanding of gestalt design and am looking for ways to utilise it in my work.


One of the resources recommended today, just browsing through their work I’m finding much colourful and delightful inspiration that may come in handy for my current editorial work. What I think most of ISTD’s work really shows, is an investigation of how type could be used differently; not necessarily a challenge or reinvention or type it self.


Expressive Typography Workshop

A quick workshop today with expressive sometimes known as postmodern typography. 

Using ink on newspaper we were given the task/opportunity to translate our quote we received yesterday into some expressive letterforms. My quote was “Rationality and Emotion can Live Together” by Marian Bantjes, I was really looking at first to contrast the two subjects; rationality, would be sharp, calculated and legible, whereas emotion might be uncoordinated, expressive and not necessarily understandable. I wasn’t impressed by my first work, I began to find faith by my second and when it came to my fourth I was very please. The ink and brush medium is very enjoyable to work with, so many different manners of using it. It’s just such a shame I did run a little short on time when I was producing the last piece, as I was very proud of it and really enjoying it too. I found the exercise to be very therapeutic! 

Our hour of work was followed by a short review of some of the works.

This workshop really has made me realise though that I need to consider my type design for the editorial much more thoroughly.




Busy day today for the first years, this morning they had a great talk Matt from GFSmith along with a lot of samples to take away. The rest of the day consists of image making workshops with Mirelle, Hannah and Laura, along with layout workshops with David and Justin

I find myself a tiny bit lost when it comes to choosing paper types, but I know my basics. Today’s lecture was very eye-opening indeed, seeing the printing options that were available to me. All of us came away with an ample supply of paper samples and colour swatches. I’ve stashed them away now.

The company GFSmith presented a variety of sample cooks, all featuring some very well considered elements of design, also some that were not so successful in the field. It can be incredibly enlightening to see a company’s less successful pieces of work, hearing where they tripped up. The presentation was formal and informative and I have taken away a business card so that I might get in touch again, my knowledge of paper and printing obviously requires some further nurture, I shall add it to my list.