Bubble & Speak,
Design Institute of Australia Bubble and Speak 2012 breakfast series
Details to be confirmed
Details to be confirmed
'Back To The Future'
Apple / Infront Present 'Insight #08'
W ednesday 26th October 2011
6.30pm @ Apple Store Sydney
2/367-373 George Street, Sydney
Work that has never
seen the light of day
Where do design concepts
go when they die?
The bottom drawer?
Are they repurposed for another client 3 months later? Or do they go in the back of the folio under the heading, 'They didn't actually go with this option but I still really like it so I keep it in my folio'.
Wherever they end up, we all have them. Rejected concepts.
Work that has never seen
the light of day.
Ideas that you slave over for days, months, weeks only to have it play second fiddle to the 'preferred route.' Ideas that have been shot down.
Join Toko and designers Mark Gowing (Mark Gowing Design), Paul Garbett (Naughtyfish), Ivana Martinovic (Native) as we drown our sorrows to a selection of the unseen, unheard, unrealised and the possibly under-appreciated.
Thursday August 25
The Norfolk on Cleveland
305 Cleveland Street
We are AU.thentic
Part of Sydney Design and
Saturday Indesign, the AU.thentic exhibition will see its launch at TAIT.outdoor in Redfern.
Besides Toko, exhibitors and contributors to this very first Au.thentic event include:
Deanne Cheuck, ContainerMade, Adam Goodrum, Trent Jansen, Ingvar Kenne, one8one7, Nick Rennie, TAIT, Toko, John Warwicker, UniversalDesignStudioLondon, Charles Wilson
In 2011 the world is scattered with people and products of Australian heritage. In turn, Australia is now home to some of the world's most interesting and inspiring creatives.
AU.thentic explores the way that Australia is engaged with the world creatively both here and abroad. Through the changes in technology, travel and lifestyle choices, Australia has become a global force in creativity across all disciplines. We not only export our product but also our talent, and we import the same – making the melting pot that is Australia a new creative force bedded in the roots of Australian traditions. AU.thentic's online presence includes a user-generated map where Australian creatives can add their location, picture and link, showing the groundswell of Australian creative globally and giving the exhibition a life outside the gallery.
As the closing celebration of the veryfirst au.thentic instalment and the annual Saturday In Design event -
join us for a panel discussion, to hear first hand the experiences and stories behind some Australia's leading creatives.
4:30pm August 20
the power of graphics
UTS School of Architecture
Faculty of DAB, UTS.
Toko and Anthony Burke will give a guest lecture in the Masters of Architecture subject "Architectural Practice: Media and Marketing"
Thursday 18th August 2011
10 am - 12 Noon
6.00pm for 6.30 start
Upstairs, Gilbert St Hotel
88 Gilbert St, Adelaide
Tuesday 3 May 9:00 to 17:30
Wednesday 4 May 10:30 to19:30
Thursday 5 May 9:00 to 17:30
Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) Plenary 2,
1 Convention Centre Place,
The Award awards
Toko was one of this years design judges at the hotly contested AWARD awards, celebrating the region's most brilliant creative endeavours. The design panel consisted out of: Chris Doyle, David Ponce De Leon Michael Lugmayr, Mark Gowing, Glen Barry, Mark Moffit, David Grant, Julian Melhuish, Dean Poole and Zoe Pollitt.
We are invited by the Design Institute of Australia to share our thoughts at the 6x6 seminar, which is part of Sydney Design.
6x6 presents 6 leading design practitioners, from 6 different decades. Drawn from a mix of design disciplines they share their invaluable insights in the various creative industries through 6 slides each.
Wednesday 11 August 2010, 630pm
Coles Theatre, Powerhouse Museum
10 x 10 project
Toko is excited to be included
in Creative Sydney's 10x10 project, listing the 100 most inspirational creatives in Sydney.
The 10x10 Project harnesses the power of personal recommendation to support a network of creative talent.
Ten industry icons selected their top ten Sydney-based creative businesses or practitioners. You can view the full list on the dedicated micro-site, hosted by TheLoop.
We are thrilled to say that we were again nominated this year as one of the 3 hottest creatives shops in Australia.
We are excited about becoming Incu's creative partner!
Toko and Incu will work on refreshing the brand and the retail experience.
Watch this space...
Voyeurism at Australian Infront
A couple of studio shots and a short interview on Toko at Australian Infront. Thank you Damien!
The lettering of On Language in the New York Times Magazine
Featuring work, commisioned by the NewYork Times, by Toko and over 200 international contemporary designers, illustrators, artists and typographers.
Thursday April 22, 2010, 7–9 p.m.
The New York Times, 620 eighth Avenue, 7th floor
R.S.V.P. required to: email@example.com
The Cache / Grafik Magazine
Thank you Dave for posting!
Agda young Lions
Seminar Young Lions:
We’ve seen their work celebrated in the pages of numerous awards annuals and glossy magazines, but what are the innermost thoughts of the next wave of creative directors making their way through the scene? How do they perceive the design industry?
Where are they taking design in the future and how do they plan to get their businesses there without sacrificing the quality and creativity of their work? What are the greatest challenges they face and how do they deal with them?
Find out what keeps these designers challenged, inspired and engaged in the industry, and how they plan to reshape it over the course of the next few years.
Monday 19 April, 2010
5.45pm for 6pm start
Surry Hills Neighbourhood Centre
Level 1, 405 Crown Street
Surry Hills NSW 2010
(the new Surry Hills Library building, opposite the Clock Hotel)
For Love and Money
For Love and Money:
Liz Farrelly and Olivia Triggs
Various work, interview
Some of our work is published in Laurence King's publication "For Love and Money" curated by Liz Farrelly and Olivia Triggs.
New Code issue hits Australian shores!
Little interview and lovely review at MagMonday (Magazine Blog).
Lacoste + Stevenson
Hot from the press:
'Lacoste + Stevenson = Book'
This book is a compilation of projects designed by award-winning architects Lacoste + Stevenson over the course of two decades of practice. These projects include built and unbuilt work of varying programmes, complexities and budgets, and range from furniture design to urban master planning, from art installations to large buildings.
With design by renowned creative studio Toko, the emphasis of the book is on process rather than execution or detail, the intention being to highlight the concepts that have guided the design. These concepts have been classified in families ('contrast', 'camouflage', 'formula', 'combination', 'surprise', 'strategy', 'atmosphere'), bringing to light a constant approach to design that is independent of size or type. The book is like the 'Happy Families' card game and the reader is intended to enjoy it in the spirit of a game, comparing illustrations of the different members of the family.
Transcript and publishing by URO
Art & About 2012
Art & About art installation coming soon...
Very excited about our upcoming art installation for Art & About 2012.
Our work is integral part of this years event-style beautifully designed by the City of Sydney design team.
Stay tuned, more on this soon...
Finally we managed to update our website with
some of our recent (and not so recent) projects.
More updates following soon...
New ideas to shape the city.
Multi disciplinary teams of urban designers, architects, landscape architects and artists are invited to participate in a 6 week event to design 15+ concepts for Parramatta's public spaces, streets and lanes in a creative review of the city's CBD. The projects will be combined to create a conceptual master plan and act as a catalyst for transformation of the city's public spaces.
Parramatta aims to encourage collaboration and discourse by running parallel projects and promoting multidisciplinary team work.
Our project, Church Street Mall, a short term makeover/ clean up to improve the mall's appearance, encourage visitation, civic life and city events even whilst the construction work for new buildings and Parramatta Square unfolds over the next 10 -15 years.
Daryl Jackson Robin Dyke Pty Ltd Architects, Lacoste + Stevenson Architects, JMD design, Toko, Pamela Mei-Leng See
The Milk Bar
Our buddies across the street recently moved to redfern to start another adventure, called the Milk Bar by Cafe-ish.
Toko helped out with some interior advise and some graphic all on a micro budget. Go and have a burger.
Identity and campaign
Toko develops new identity and campaign for Urban Walkabout:
the one-stop guide to everything (sub)urban:
fashion, design, food and lifestyle
Urban Walkabout publishes the Urban Walkabout shopping guides in Sydney & Perth- a series of convenient, free pocket guide maps of each city's popular suburbs.
To ensure the guides and displays can compete with busy (mainly retail) surroundings we created a clear and bold identity system based on directional vernacular.
Besides the logo we created a custom made typeface, guide templates, window stickers, posters and bags.
Toko poster exhibition at the HfG — Offenbach, Germany
8 Insights, Toko talk — Apple store, Sydney
2011 Agda poster annual, exhibition — Gaffa Gallery, Sydney
Insight #08, Apple store
'Back To The Future'
Apple / Infront Present 'Insight #08'
The good folks at Australian Infront and Apple invited us for Insight #08.
'Insight' is a series of talks put together by the team at Infront and Apple. Set to inspire and challenge - these talks will feature leading Australian creatives across a number of fields. Open to the general public, these talks are completely free.
Our eighth speaker is Toko speaking on 'Back To The Future'.
"Toko will explore and discuss their 'Future' practice based on examples from past experiences, their move to Australia, scale and immediate impact of advances in technology on print based design."
W ednesday 26th October 2011
6.30pm @ Apple Store Sydney
2/367-373 George Street, Sydney
Venice Architecture Biennale
We are thrilled to announce that our team has emerged as the winning creatives to develop and design the Australian Pavilion at the 2012 Venice Architecture Biennale.
The Australian Institute of Architects have announced Anthony Burke and Gerard Reinmuth, working in close collaboration with TOKO Concept Design, will head the creative team for the Australian Pavilion at the 13th Venice International Architecture Biennale - the world's most important upcoming architectural event.
The team will present 'Formations: New Practices in Australian Architecture'- an exhibition designed to "challenge traditionally held beliefs about what architecture can be, and celebrate new opportunities for architects working in non-traditional ways".
China International Design Competition
Very excited to Head of to Beijing to judge submissions for the China International Design Competition: 2012 Year of the Dragon.
Judging colleagues are: Brian Collins, Alan Chan, Jianping He, Irma Boom, Kan Tai-keung, Lü Jingren, Mehdi Saeedi and Sophie Thomas.
The ultimate Chinese cultural symbol is the dragon. And in anticipation of the auspicious year, AIGA China has partnered with PoloArts to support the first annual China International Design Competition: 2012 Year of the Dragon. The competition aims to promote communication, exchange and interaction between China and the rest of the world by encouraging designers to create innovative work based around the theme of the Chinese dragon.
A panel of judges comprised of well-respected international designers and Chinese celebrities will award significant cash prizes. One hundred winning works will be exhibited at Beijing's Capital Museum in January 2012. (part of: Beijing Design Week 2011)
Sydney Design 2011
We just finished the Identity for Sydney Design 2011.
Sydney Design is an annual event produced by the Powerhouse Museum in association with more than 60 cultural institutions, organisations and individuals across Sydney. With over 100 events, the program includes inspiring exhibitions, workshops, master classes, talks, installations and tours – unpacking design, connecting people and creating meaningful dialogue around design issues.
In answer to this year's theme 'Is Old New Again', we developed a visual identity concept which celebrates paper as an icon through an icon.
The simplification and digitalisation of honest and physical paper for our digital world represents the immense changes we experience and will experience in the future. This little icon represents the connection to the 'old' world and helps us navigate through the 'new'.
Sydney Design 2011
We are living in a world where change is so rapid that our notions of 'normal' are constantly shifting. In all areas of design – such as product design, architecture, fashion and graphic design, practitioners everywhere are mining tradition and marrying cutting edge technology with an artisanal and human sensibility. You can see it in media, food, popular culture and the arts but nowhere is this more pronounced than in the world of design. Consumers want to connect with makers and growers and hear the voice of the average person. Don't be mistaken, this is not about nostalgia – it's a collision between design, tradition, innovation, heritage and experimentation. In lace, for example, practitioners are employing a radical reworking of traditional craft using cutting edge technology and materials – exploding preconceived ideas and stereotypes. Designers everywhere are reworking, recycling, and reconfiguring everything about the way we think, behave, create and consume design. At the core of this is a craving felt by designers and consumers for sincerity, honesty and fairness. Is the past offering a new starting point?
Venice Architecture Biennale
We are delighted to announce our team with Gerard Reinmuth (Terroir Architects) and Anthony Burke (UTS) is 1 of the 5 entrants shortlisted by the Australian Institute of Architects for the coveted role of Creative Director of the Australian exhibition at the 2012 Venice Architecture Biennale - the world's most important architectural forum.
On monday August 8, Toko is heading over to Adelaide as one of the talking heads for the AGDA South Australia Speaker Serie.
6.00pm for 6.30 start
Upstairs, Gilbert St Hotel
88 Gilbert St, Adelaide
Toko one of Top ten forces & faces in design 2011
We are excited to be featured in the DQ Top ten forces & faces in design 2011
and hereby thank Alice Blackwood for the nice article.
Top Ten: Matt Woods, Jeremy Cole, Abby Seymour & Katherine Wheeler, KT Doyle, Jamie McLellan, Toko, Anna Drumond, Jess Scully, Takeshi Iue, Daniel Barbera.
Process Journal: Edition four
We are delighted to be featured in Process Journal: Edition Four.
Make sure you get your hands on this quality publication which furthermore features; Browns Design, Christopher Doyle, Give Up Art, Nice Device, KentLyons, Christian Shwartz, Build, Design Project, Tonatiuh Ambrosetti, Inhouse, Tom Munckton, Marque. As well as design responses from Clinton Duncan and Kate Nielsen.
Synaesthetics on Edge Radio 99.3
On friday evening 25 March Toko will be guest
on Synaesthetics on Edge at Radio 99.3
This afternoon Toko is heading to Tasmania with a crate of Dutch records to play alongside Christopher Norman of 313RGB Soundsystem on Radio 99.3. During the radio show Michael will be presenting a celebration of Dutch Electro, amongst which plently of his favourite Clone Records, so tune in this friday evening at Radio 99.3!
Toko is going Publik!
We are very delighted to announce that as of today Publik will be producing and distributing some of our t-shirt designs. Publik, which is run by the talented Yoshi Kawasaki, is based in Japan and focusses on art and design.
Publik's current list of collaborators include: Geoff McFetridge, Experimental Jetset, Kuntzel+Deygas, Rinzen, Sho Watanabe, Parra, Yu Nagaba and Genevieve Gauckler. The T-shirts will be sold online and in stores internationally, for more information please visit www.publik.jp
The people behind the GRAPHISME... ARCHITECTURE exhibition at The House of architecture in Lille (France) were so friendly to send us some images of the exhibition that featured some of our architecture related projects. From the looks of it these were presented in very good company.
Cap & Design Sweden
Toko feature interview with Per Torberger
Interview with Per Torberger for Swedish magazine Cap&Design. Unfortunately we can not read the magazine (and our interview) but it looks like the magazine features some seriously good content.
Lo-Fi Collective is back! 2011
Toko has been invited by Sydney Collective 'Lo-Fi' to take part in the next Lo-Fi exhibition on thursday february 17th, at what must be the best venue in town.
On display and for sale will be Toko's limited edition
Infographic artwork 'Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill' (edition: 2/5, price: $200)
After the intended 6 month programming of Lo-Fi Collective, The unique attic space is still awaiting some green lights to be transformed into a space that will showcase not only visual arts, but live music & performing arts. Therefore in the mean time Lo-Fi decided to treat sydney with a few more shows.
Thurs 17th Feb 6pm
383 Bourke Street, Darlinghurst
Pudl, Roach, Toko, Dave Foster , Thomas Jackson, Helen Mycroft,
Brent Smith, Damian Dlugolecki & more.
Toko has just returned from thier yearly dose of Euro & Dutchland.
More of a social marathon than a vacation as some like to call it. Nevertheless once again an inspiring and refreshing journey throug the wonders of the good old world, catching up with friends, family and clients a like. To all many thanks for a wonderfull and inspiring time!
Posters seen on the streets of Amsterdam.
'Klapstoel' (folding chair)
- Gielijn escher
'Amsterdam is een wereld dorp' (Amsterdam is a worldly village)
- Michiel Schuurman
Monthly Design, Korea
Toko interview and portfolio special in Korean design magazine 'Monthly Design'.
All set in the visually pleasing but for us completely abstract Korean Script we hereby assume it is al true and fun what's being said, and we would like to give a heads up to interviewer Fritz Park for his challenging and interesting questions!
Cover magazine, UK
A rug with a message;
Toko's 'Infographiti Rug' published in Cover Magazine.
Cover magazine is thé textile industries' magazine showing the latest in textile and rug design from mayor brands, designers and textile houses around the globe, needless to say we are delighted to see our first rug in such good company.
Serie of data visualizations on the topic "the second derivative"
for Business21C, University of technology Sydney
Commisioned by magazine B21C, "The Second Derivative"
is an exploration into how the rate of change is in itself changing.
"The world is changing at an ever increasing rate, in graphical form we show
just how fast the second derivative (the rate of change) has accelerated over
the last century, in almost every field of endeavour."
Detroit Techno Poster
Poster serie curated by Edit
Poster serie Edits by Edit coming of the silk screen press
For the poster serie 'Edits by edit' Toko was commisioned, among a select group of designers around the globe, to visualize and grasp the essence of a musical genre visualized by using just one element and one typeface.
For availability please check the website below:
Ten Days on the Island
Visual identity for art festival 'Ten Days on the Island'
Last tuesday 23 November Ten Days art festival launched it's comprehensive program and visual identity for 2011 in Hobart, Tasmania.
After an extensive period which started in august 2009 when Toko was appointed as the Ten days festival designers, the fruits of our labour are finally coming out of the printers.
More on our work for the Ten Days Festival coming soon!
Marina Bay Sands
We just finished a calendar / poster design for the "The Shoppes" at Marina Bay Sands in Singapore. Featuring beautiful images by the renowned photographers Chuando & Frey, well known for shooting Janet Jackson‚ Discipline‚ album cover.
Oxfam engaged Toko to develop a comprehensive, colourful and exciting event style for Kaleidoscope, a 8 day event held in New Delhi India.
During this event Action Partners will live, learn and work together to deepen relationships, share values and enhance mutual understanding across economic, cultural, thematic and geographic boundaries. Formal and informal workshops and discussions bring about ideas for creating positive futures in communities.
This years location (New Delhi) was chosen as it is a developing context within which many of the issues impacting on young people around the world are being tackled. With a vibrant, youth-oriented civil society and stable democracy, it is an opportunity for India to showcase their active civil society to young people from over 100 countries around the world.
Bruce Stafford Architects
Identity - Website
We just finished a tailor made identity and website for Sydney based architecture practice BSA.
Specializing in residential and hospitality projects, the practice was responsible for the design and construction of over 200 projects in Australia, Africa and the Caribbean. The firm's first eco-boutique hotels, Singita Ebony and Singita Boulders, received critical acclaim and numerous awards including Conde Nast Traveller's 'Best Hotel in the World' and Travel and Leisure magazine's 'Best Hotel in the World' in 2007. In 2001, BSA relocated the office to Australia due to a number of client commissions for private residences along Sydney's waterfront.
Reis Gallery Singapore
Identity and logo design Gallery Reis Singapore.
Gallery Reis is a commercial art gallery founded by Yen and Julian Reis with the vision of creating a new platform showcasing outstanding international art in Singapore. The gallery's exhibition program balances a selection of emerging and mid- career artist who have become fully established in the last 40 years. Works by featured artist such as Raphael Mazzuco, David Amico, Martine Emdur, Robert Greene, Jose Parla and Philippa Blaire will be on display until the end of November 2010.
Besides the identity and logo Toko developed signage, promotional pieces, stationery, invitations and folders. Currently we are working on catalogues and the forthcoming website.
SBS Bi-monthly Magazine
Toko developed a bi-monthly magazine for SBS television. A new platform to learn about the SBS organization, colleagues and their work.
The A3 size magazine, or rather newspaper, features articles about SBS individuals, teams, projects and ideas. Toko developed an editorial concept based on SBS's 'Six billion Stories and counting...' which gives the magazine a distinctive feel. Currently the magazine has no name and employees are invited to come up with a name for their magazine
We are very delighted to be part of the exhibition
Graphic Material at the UTS Gallery, part of Sydney Design 2010.
When invited for the exhibition "Graphic Material" we took the opportunity to further conceptualize and materialize our ever evolving infographics project
Work by Toko on display at the Gallery:
A 2x3 metre rug (many thanks to Designerrugs)
which visualizes and contextualizes the worlds ecological footprint and
A 2x2 metre compilation of 3-dimensional canvasses
visualizing and contradicting the common understanding that money
(National GDP per capita) equals happiness (National Satisfaction with Life).
Graphic Material is an exhibition of new and innovative works by leading local and international graphic designers who question and push the material boundaries of their discipline.
The lines between design disciplines, often conceptualised in terms of their material output, are becoming increasingly blurred.
Traversing contemporary design, art and technology, the exhibition is an exploration of graphic design which, freed from the constraints of ink on paper, challenges this assumption, dissolving traditional boundaries between the graphic, industrial and architectural.
Curated by Aaron Seymour, the exhibition features work by Toko, Collider,
Jürg Lehni, Mark Gowing, Bert Simons, Jeremy Wood, Sabrina Raaf,
Aaron Seymour, Post Spectacular, Frost Design, Ian Stevenson and Trigger.
12-6pm, Monday - Friday, 3 August - 3 September
6-8pm, Tuesday 3 August
6.30-7.30pm, Wednesday 4 August
Lunchtime curator floor talk
1-2pm, Tuesday 10 August
UTS Gallery, Level 4, 702 Harris Street, Ultimo
Agda Act Now
Agda ACT Now is a creative industry event by Toko and Agda ACT held at the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra.
Toko and Agda ACT collaborated on this event, to generate engagement and food for debate amongst peers in the Graphic Design Industry in the Australian Capital Territory.
Creatives were given the opportunity to participate and engage by submitting their thoughts on "Agda Act Now" as posters on the allocated website.
For more information please check: agdaactnow.com
Helvetica Neue Light, 2834 pt
Acrylic on T-shaped Canvas
Fonts are used everywhere, everyday, by everyone, and so it seems the craft behind what was once a hailed art form has now been lost and somewhat taken for granted.
Go Font Ur Self* is dedicated to exploring and pushing the diverse range of techniques employed in type design of past, present and future through original pieces of work from talented typographers worldwide.
Toko's contribution is a handpainted T-shaped canvas. The graphic lines evolve around the central shape of the canvas which is a capital T, Helvetica Ultra Light, type size 2834pt.
Celebrate, Collect, Manifest
Design Hub Barcelona
Laboratory, Centre, Museum, 2009
Design network Infographiti
Barcelona is the host of a new design museum called: Design Hub Barcelona. Their aim is to become the "HUB" where (inter)national creativity and design will meet.
To mark the establishment of DHUB and the opening of the museum Toko was asked, among 35 design professionals around the world, to make a design contribution on the topic DesignHub, and illustrate ideas suggested by the DHUB name or discourse. Participants are; Toko, Ivan Chermayeff, Bureau Mirko Borsche, Ed Fella, Toormix, Vier5, Hort, Dieter Wiechmann, Büro Uebele, Astrid Seme, Werkplaats Typografie, Cobbenhagen Hendriksen, Karlssonwilker Inc., Milton Glaser and more...
Toko's contribution to the museum comprises of a logo and visual identity which is not a finished product, but a materialisation of the vision of the museum's current stage of infancy, a design hub to become.
A Hub obtains importance through developing connections.
In our contribution we stimulate this process for the museum by connecting as many designers / creatives to the museum and each other as we can. The data we collect during this staged networking process forms the museums virtual identity. An organic and dynamic identity which, guided by the incoming data, is in constant development, relating to the actual growth of the museum's design network.
This visual identity jumpstarts the process of network creation, helping the museum to become the Hub they aim for.
Edited by DHUB, with the support of Fundació Comunicació Gràfica, the project is on display at the Arts Santa Mònica centre, within the framework of the first Arts Libris. Fira del Llibre d’Art i Disseny a Barcelona.
Thursday 22 April 2010 at 7 p.m.
Sala Balcó Arts Santa Mònica (La Rambla, 7. 08002 Barcelona)
Wear it with Pride
Celebrities, both gay and straight, gathered yesterday on the steps of the Sydney Opera House to launch the Wear it with Pride campaign for which we contributed a t-shirt and poster design featuring nr 33.
The Power 20 Issue;
Who are Australia and New Zealand’s leading creative minds?
Toko listed in Top 20 leading creative minds in Australia and New Zealand.
Art & About 2012
Art & About festival commissioned Toko to transform Sydney's city lights into
a colourful and vibrant installation. Subsequently these works became integral part of the 2012 visual identity beautifully designed by the City of Sydney
in-house design team.
Commenting on the omni-presence of visual noise lighting up our ever commercial cityscapes, Toko's vibrant city lights installation explore JCDeceaux's potential by re-appropriating them into a non-commercial outlet: "Gallery JCDeceaux'.
The 15 visuals, reflecting on the Festival's theme 'Colour', utilize the highly standardised JCDeceaux measurements and specifics (2:3). Generating a suite of colourful building blocks to be arranged and re-arranged in an immeasurable amount of visuals.
13th Venice Architecture Biennale
2012 Venice Architecture Biennale, Australian pavilion
Many month's of preparations and one week of insane physical labour in 40+ degrees climaxed at the Formations Pavilion at the 2012 Venice Architecture Biennale.
Exhibited works by Healthabitat (Paul Pholeros, Stephan Rainow, Paul Torzillo), Supermanoeuvre (Dave Pigram, Iain Maxwell, Chris Duffield), Richard Goodwin Pty Ltd (Richard Goodwin), 2112 Ai (100YR City) (Tom Kovac, Fleur Watson), The Architects Radio Show (Stuart Harrison, Simon Knott, Christine Philips, Rory Hyde) and Archrival (Claire McCaughan, Lucy Humphrey).
By Design interview presented by Fenella Kernebone
By Design talks to the creative team Gerard Reinmuth, Anthony Burke and Toko about their vision and project, Formations, for the Australian Pavilion, 2012 Venice Architecture Biennale.
Venice Architecture Biennale
Packed and shipped.
We are very excited about our forthcoming trip to Venice, Italy. To actually build the physical exhibition. May all parts arrive.
Identity and website
Re-fresh of the Revolver identity and new website.
The highly awarded film production company Revolver approached us
to re-think and re-fresh their identity.
The individuality of the directors is enhanced by making them integral part
of the identity. The directors are Revolver and Revolver are the directors.
Executed in a minimalist look featuring bold type and the occasional touch of colour.
Cafe-ish, Surry Hills
For our neighbors we created a series of posters inspired by the cafe/restaurants exciting fusion of Native Australian and Japanese dishes. At night Cafe...ish turns into a Izakaya and serves one of Sydney's largest Sake selections.
More posters will follow....
Plakataustellung, Poster exhibition
We are very excited about our upcoming Plakatausstellung (poster exhibition) at the HfG in Offenbach Germany. About 20 of our posters created over the past years will be exhibited as part of an ongoing series of exhibitions called M1:1.
Sascha Lobe, owner of L2M3 which happens to be one of our favorite design practices, invited us for the honorable task of kicking-off the series later this month.
25.10. bis 30.11.2011
M1:1#1: Toko, Sydney
Plakatausstellung Raum 301a
Ein Projekt der Typografieklasse Lobe
Reading Room, 2011 State of Design Festival
Paul Marcus Fuog of Coöp send us some images of the Reading Room project he curated in collaboration with Perimeter books.
An interesting 'small' project for which he invited 8 designers to select 2 books from the Perimeter catalogue that either inspired or informed their practise.
Participating designers: Warren Taylor, Edwards Moore, Lucy McRae, Mark Gowing, Daniel Emma, James Cameron and Toko.
2011 Agda Poster Annual
Our poster was selected for the 2011 AGDA Poster Annual Exhibition, Inspired by Music. In its biggest year to date, the Annual attracted over 500 entries, but just 46 posters have been shortlisted by the international judging panel consisting out of:
Ken Cato, Cato Purnell Partners (Australia)
Kjell Ekhorn and Jon Forss, Non-Format (Norway)
Chen Zhengda, Superdesign Co. (China)
Fanette Mellier (France)
Stephan Bundi, Atelier Bundi (Switzerland)
Eike Koenig, Hort (Germany)
281 Clarence Street, Sydney
Amsterdam, Berlin and Tuscany
Just returned from another exciting trip to Europe. Cycling in Amsterdam, getting inspired in Berlin, finished off with wine and ancient history in Tuscany. Recharged and ready to go...
+81 Magazine, Japan
Just received our complimentary copy of +81 and would like express a big thank you to Nahoko Mori for the inspiring questions and wonderful article on us in Vol. 53.
Love Lace, Powerhouse Museum
Besides the campaign concept, collateral and exhibition Graphics,
we just finished a major publication accompanying this ground-breaking exhibition at the Powerhouse Museum.
For a copy of the Lace Revolution manifest:
please head to the Powerhouse museum shop!
Love Lace, Powerhouse Museum
A Lace revolution is here!
Concept, visual Identity and exhibition graphics
for Powerhouse Museum's ground-breaking exhibition 'Love Lace'.
From a disused farm truck revived by its impressive metal lace body, a sculpture of a female uterus made from delicately knitted human hair, and a replica Ford motor engine created from thin crocheted steel. These are just some of the extraordinary works featured in the ground-breaking exhibition 'Love Lace' at the Powerhouse Museum.
The Museum's need to present a provocative challenge to conventional notions of lace in order to attract new audiences was the key motivator for us to develop a 'Revolutionary' visual identity concept for this extra-ordinary exhibition.
Preconceived opinions on Lace are challenged by a provocatively bold execution of marketing and advertising collateral.
'The Lace revolution' embodied in tag-lines like;
"Make Lace Not War", Not Just a Thread, and "Open Work For Everyone!"
comes to live in a dynamic visual identity representing revolutionary vernacular like protest signs, badges and poster walls.
Toko also developed the exhibition graphics complementing Durbach Block's exciting architectural design.
Part of Sydney Design 2011 program, the Au.thentic exhibition is a celebration of Australian Design shining a light on some of the modern day australian visionaries who's work continues to send waves of antipodean influence throughout the creative world.
Besides Toko, other au.thentic exhibitors include:
Deanne Cheuck, ContainerMade, Adam Goodrum, Trent Jansen, Ingvar Kenne, one8one7, Nick Rennie, TAIT, UniversalDesignStudioLondon, John Warwicker,Charles Wilson
In 2011 the world is scattered with people and products of Australian heritage. In turn, Australia is now home to some of the world's most interesting and inspiring creatives. AU.THENTIC explores the way that Australia is engaged with the world creatively both here and abroad. Through the changes in technology, travel and lifestyle choices, Australia has become a global force in creativity across all disciplines. We not only export our product but also our talent, and we import the same – making the melting pot that is Australia a new creative force bedded in the roots of Australian traditions. AU.THENTIC's online presence includes a user-generated map where Australian creatives can add their location, picture and link, showing the groundswell of Australian creative globally and giving the exhibition a life outside the gallery.
Ten Days on the Island
Friday 25 march, 2 years after being appointed as the designers of this mayor state-wide arts event, the festival finally kicks of for its ten days celebration of the arts and culture across the length and breadth of this fascinating Island, Tasmania.
'Ten Days on the Island' is a bi-annual arts festival in Tasmania.
A unique cultural state wide event, bringing together local and international artists and performers from island cultures around the world exhibiting across the length and breadth of Tasmania. After an extensive pitching process in August 2009 Toko was appointed the festival designers of 2011.
For the festival we developed a versatile and dynamic identity based on the juxtaposition of the arts and nature. We inherited the logo of the previous festival which we altered to match the new visual direction.
Tasmania's unique and pristine nature and the diversity of the festival take centre stage in the colourful and sometimes dramatic collateral, so is the festival logo, always dead centre (representing Tasmania as the centre of the art world for these ten days).
Kingspan & Australian Institute of Architects
As a major sponsor of the Australian Institute of Architects Kingspan took the opportunity to introduce architects to the 'Building Envelope'. A building solution excelling in energy and cost efficiency with unparalled construction simplicity, fast becoming the conceptual focal point in the design and construction of contemporary and sustainable buildings.
We developed the introduction campaign which included; tone of voice, posters, advertising, banners,Tvc's, website and brochures. To enforce the term 'Building Envelope' we developed a very literal but effective concept, namely envelopes as structures.
The building envelope - Addressing energy efficiency.
Agda Extra Bold Extended
This morning Christopher from Agda, Hobart, delighted us with some fresh images of our designed invitation for the upcoming Agda Extra Bold Extended Talk on monday 28 March. Very bold and very extended!
Tom from Untitled send us some of his freshly printed business cards and boy they look awesome.
The cards are letterpress Printed in New York on Crane's Lettra 220lb fluorescent white paper. The logo and identity we developed can be read upside down as well.
International Design week
We are delighted to be invited to share our thoughts as speakers
at the mayor design conference 'agIdeas' in Melbourne this year.
Day 1 Tuesday 3 May 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM
Day 2 Wednesday 4 May 10:30 AM to 7:30 PM
Day 3 Thursday 5 May 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM
Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) Plenary 2, 1 Convention Centre Place, South Wharf
for more info head over to the agIdeas website
agIdeas international design week is one of the largest and most prestigious design festivals in the world. established 20 years ago by ken cato and developed and presented by the design foundation in melbourne, australia. agIdeas offers an extraordinary program of events that celebrate design excellence and promotes the value of design driven innovation.
Throughout the festival there are a series of events for designers who are seeking inspiration, for designers emerging in the industry to explore the possibilities of careers in design, for companies looking to embrace design as an economic driver and for members of the general public interested in design, innovation and creativity.
Each year agIdeas brings 40 internationally acclaimed creative people to Melbourne, those who have pushed the boundaries and excelled in their area of creativity. They present in program such as design conferences, business seminars, workshops, panel discussions and are present at social engagements.
Since its inception 440 of the world's leading designers have presented, 70,000 delegates have attended events, 21,000 have come together at the social gatherings, 40 young designers have benefited from travelling scholarships, 4,000 volunteers have helped organise and stage the events, 200,000 people have visited the Melbourne Museum during the NewStar Exhibition.
new branding for creative agency Story from Melbourne.
Every brand has a story. Every brand tells a story. The 'unfinished' logo takes on this philosophy of story telling and visualizes the agencies' strong belief in collaborations, between the agency and its clients, the brand and its audience. The story of a brand is one that is never finished.
The story continues, more coming soon!
I Love Type series (Vol. 2) I Love Avant Garde
We just received our copy of the publication 'I love Avant Garde.
On display amongst others, is a selection of 'Avant Garde' work by Toko.
Being part of the publishing serie 'I Love Type' the publication focusses on visual communication using 1 particular typeface. This volume gives an overview of international contemporary graphic design utilizing the iconic typeface Avant garde. Besides its well curated and strict selection of internationally accaimed designers,it makes for an excellent read into the history of this characteristic and historic typeface.
About I Love Type Series Publication
Originally established as the masthead to envision the leading-edge editorial attempts of Avant Garde magazine, ITC Avant Garde Gothic was one of gifted communicator, Herb Lubalin's historic creative piece. Its custom-manipulation for individual letters had enabled the type to trademark the publication anywhere on the cover as a block, and radiated the art directors and graphic designers' imagination—who used them with glee.
Beautifully produced in hands with prolific Spanish creative duo, TwoPoints.Net, I Love Type is witness to the fashionable comeback of a selection of time-honored typefaces with focus on one type-family at a time. Capturing a myraid of inventive type treatments, ranging from layout arrangements, special printing and custom variants, the series is a review of how today's graphic designers are breathing new life into classic typesets and timeless aesthetics into modern context. I Love Avant Garde is the second volume of the type collection to hit the stores.
Edited and designed by TwoPoints.net
Los Logos 5, Compass
After Los Logos Volume 1, 2, 3, and 4, an extensive selection of Toko logos is yet again on display in this latest volume 'Los Logos 5'.
About Los Logos 5
Over the years the 'Gestalten' publication 'Los Logos' has become the publishing authority in the area of logo design, 'the yellow pages of Logo Design'.
Like its predecessors, this fifth edition in the Los Logos series offers a definitive overview of current developments and advancements in logo design with the high-quality selection of up-to-the-minute work that readers have come to expect. But with a larger format and more text features, the focus of this book has been further sharpened from a comprehensive documentation to a competent classification of prevailing tendencies in design.
Los Logos 5: Compass aims to be not only an archive of current design, but to educate designers and clients about which approaches make the best fit for a given project–an issue that is especially important in a challenging economy in which innovation and identity are essential.
408 Pages, full color, hardcover
21 x 26 cm
€39,90 | $60,00 | £37,50
The art work we have created for Theo Gennitsakis to illustrate the concept of La Surprise will be shown in the LaSurprise Gallery together with fifty other pieces.
December 20th 2010 to January 29th 2011
(Vernissage on Thursday December 16th)
We just finished the David Amico catalogue for his upcoming exhibition
at Gallery reis in Singapore.
Artwork contribution for the exhibition 'Expo Baetulona'
curated by ' The Brrothers team'.
A massive project (as in size) which took upon the ambition to immortalize the 100 most important moments of the city of Badalona, Spain. The result is a 1.5 meter high and 100 meter long time-line created by 100 national and international creatives.
Toko's topic was THE INAUGURATION OF RADIO CIUTAT DE BADALONA.
Along with Democracy in Badalona came the recovery of mass media.
On the 7th July 1981 Radio Ciutat de Badalona was inaugurated, Television de Baetulona launched taking advantage of the lack of local TV Station legislation, and Newspaper El Punt, founded in Girona in 1979, returned to the city of Badalona as the first daily newspaper.
Our contribution is a visualisation of the first insecure and fragmented radio waves hitting the exciting citizens of Badalona. Obviously we were not there in 1981 but can only imagine the people of Badalona scrambling to find the right frequency.
In 2011 the 'mural' will be touring various cities around the globe.
Kingspan at the 2010 National Architecture Awards
Kingspan approached Toko to come up with a creative and, for industry standards, progressive way of thinking to name and promote their exciting new colour ranges for insulated panels.
Pitched at the design savvy architects, Toko transformed this highly industrial product into four works of abstract art, each representing one of the four colour ranges.
Besides naming the products we developed various brand items like; brochures, canvasses, website, exhibition stand, coasters, t-shirts, animations and presentations.
Stage 2 of the roll-out included a set of 4 coloured notebooks each representing 1 of the 4 colour ranges which was presented as a package at the 2010 National Architecture Awards in Canberra. Other items developed are several multi-page ads for Architecture Australia and Architecture Review and swatch sample sleeves.
Poster for: Edits by Edit
Poster series curated by Edit
Posters are A1 size and very limited.
594 × 841 / Screen Printed / High Quality Paper Stock
Posters by: Bas Koopman, Collective Approach, Duane King, Hey Studio, Manual Creative, Mark Boyce, Leterme Dowling, Nitzan, Sane & Able, Studio Makgill, Toko, This Studio, and Trevor Jackson.
Cover design Code 18
Dutch Fashion Here & Now
Shanghai Fashion Week 2010
Toko developed a dynamic logo and identity for
DUTCH FASHION HERE & NOW at Shanghai Fashion Week.
The NOW of Dutch fashion presented itself in October 2010 at the Shanghai Fashion Week. DUTCH FASHION HERE & NOW was a complete program that included runway shows by academy graduates and presentations by four of the most exciting new Dutch designers—as well as private fittings, a showroom and sourcing trips. DUTCH FASHION HERE & NOW is/was about creating sustainable relationships with all elements of the Chinese fashion industry, including the media, buyers, retailers, manufacturers, sales agents, educational representatives and other fashion professionals. Amsterdam-based fashion-recruitment and consultancy agency HTNK invited us to develop a comprehensive bilingual event style for these exciting events in Shanghai.
We are very excited to be part of the exhibition GRAPHISME... ARCHITECTURE at The House of architecture in Lille (France) curated by Etienne Hervy, director of the International graphic design and poster festival of Chaumont and the critic Vanina Pinter. This years exhibition covers the different relationships that exist between graphic design and architecture. The exhibition is designed by the french designer Guillaume Grall and opens in october. Toko projects at exhibition: Parallax (Architecture conference), UTS School of Architecture and 2008 National Architecture Awards.
du 19 octobre au 23 décembre 2010
La MAV propose une exposition qui met de nouveau en relation l'architecture et les arts appliqués. L'image et l'illustration font aujourd'hui partie intégrante de nos bâtiments : signalétique, dessin de façade, aménagement intérieur… VERNISSAGE LE 19 OCTOBRE À 18H30
4 Clamps, 8 Screws and a hose
Approx. 150 x 150 cm
As part of Sydney Design Toko collaborated with Metalab on the inspiring event Designer Sushi.
Our contribution to the exhibition 'DispHosed' is inspired on the content of our given sushi box; a collection of rubber hoses. The result is a sustainable installation and object where reusability and poetry meets. A discarded water hose turned into makeshift vase. A little idea to help reduce waste and generate a smile. 4 clamps, 8 screws and a hose, simplicity.
Start with a pre-packaged sushi box filled with an eclectic mix of everyday bits and pieces. Add a diverse range of designers from a variety of disciplines. Blend them together to create fresh and original artwork flavoured with the spice of design.
This exhibition – a collaboration between Metalab, Cloth and Germany’s mmmh! Designer-Sushi – will display the boxes alongside the new outcomes throughout August. These beautiful and balanced works create order out of chaos while highlighting how everyday objects can act as inpiration to all types of designers.
11am-6pm Wednesday-Friday; 11am-5pm Saturday, 5-28 August
Metalab, 10b Fitzroy Place, Surry Hills
Music and design – does it get any better?
Designer Disco, part of Sydney Design, is an exhibition by Australian Infront
and Future classics.
The exhibition is the visual counterpart of Future Classic's insanely popular underground clubnight Adult Disco.
During Sydney Design week, the laneway behind the music venue, is illuminated and enlightened by an exhibition of lightbox artworks by an array of designers including Alter, Future Classic, Greedy Hen, Leif Podhajsky, Like Minded Studio, Miricro/Maricar, Sensory, Sopp Collective, String Theory, Toko and We Buy Your Kids.
Toko's contribution "Save the Vinyl" is a tribute to a vanishing music carrier and
a historic versatile artistic canvas for the graphic designer.
We just finished Code 17
'After the most convincing winter in ages, spring has finally come. Looking outside at a sunny and crisp, blue sky we can’t help but feel our world has been fundamentally altered. Recession teared some old structures apart, reinforcing others, and generally accelerated the change that had been in the air for years. Change is hardly ever pleasant. But always exciting'
'The world is going through changes, so is Code... New Order!'
Graphic Design Festival
We are very pleased to be invited to be part of this years Graphic Design Festival in Breda.
Every year the world's only graphic design museum, located in Breda, The Netherlands, curates a leading, international Graphic Design Festival.
For this years edition of the museum's festival Toko was asked, among 48 other internationally renowned designers, to design a poster for the festivals poster project. With decoding as it's main theme, the 49 unique posters form a tour, leading visitors to the various festival venues around the city of Breda.
Toko's poster submission is an ode to genetic code which appeared on Earth with the first cells. Codes of cultural evolution arrived almost 4 billion years later. (Marcello Barbieri)
Our understanding of the mathematical principles behind our physical world is increasing and it provides us with 'tools' to create a new and exciting digital world. Most 'codes' are virtual and a state of mind but some are 'present' and provide systems to generate new forms of architecture and e.g. cures for diseases. The human 'interference' in the natural world is what we visualized through our design by using a cross section of Cedar wood and altering it into a human creation.
Toko was approached by the talented fashion designer Alistair Trung to design his website, long awaited for by his many clients both in Australia and overseas.
The website is a tribute to Trung's elegant and tactile fashion. Besides the fashion the websites allows for a personal encounter and insight in Alistairs world, showing his inspiration and aspirations as a designer.