Presented by British Council, Museum of Contemporary Art and Design & Design Dept., Designer Talks was held at the TeamManila Graphic Design Studio headquarters last July 24, Monday. With attendance from event partners and design aficionados in the city, this event discussed what it’s like to run a successful design studio.
London-based graphic designer Fraser Muggeridge discussed about his typography process—from doing the type, printing it out, photocopying, then blowing it up until rescanning it in an old book’s page. He does typography this way to make it look historical, more quirky and less perfect as he tries to make things look old, belonging from a certain period of time despite how technology has affected today’ s method in designing.
In his signature typography style, he often breaks the rules in typography by using different, when combined, results to creating something interesting.
Since 2011, Muggeridge started his namesake design studio that is based in Clerkenwell, London and he works with fellow designers Luke Hall, Jules Estèves, Rachel Treliving and Elena Papassissa. He is also the founder and tutor of Typography Summer School that is intended for design graduates and professionals who wants to learn more about typography.
Another talk was given by TeamManila Graphic Design Studio Creative Director Jowee Alviar who co-founded the studio in 2001, along with Raymund Punzalan.
Alviar talked about how TeamManila has started from being a lone design studio and store in a garage in Makati. Now TM they are more popularly known in its merchandise collection around the malls in the metro plus it has opened its newest concept store Design Dept. He also shared a piece of advice in accepting the challenge when one works on a project for the first time as a helpful experience.
TeamManila continuously builds an impressive portfolio of works in graphic design and branding. Their notable accomplishments range from the David Bowie International Outside Art competition in Paris to various publication features in the Philippines and abroad.
“Not everyone can appreciate graphic design especially in our country,” Alviar said. That is why they are aiming to show and make the public appreciate the Filipino culture through its contemporary graphic design works by using Filipino elements such as baybayin, ethnic patterns, among others.
As an interactive forum, members of the audience got the chance to ask questions to the speakers by the end of the talk and they brought home a thing or two about the design industry.