A Stopgap as Design Curiosities becomes Curiosity and Curiosities


In an effort to bring more unique and thoughtful content to our site we’ve been discussing and working on what changes we need to make. As those changes are taking place behind the scenes, and to let you know that we are still here, you can find us at Curiosity and Curiosities. We are sharing visual content as a stopgap for this transition.





Design Curiosities: Book Covers by Daniel Benneworth-Gray

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I love it when designers focus, but Daniel Benneworth-Gray is honing an aesthetic that really inspires me. He has figured out how to imbue the most minimalist of compositions with warmth and surprise. In addition to his prolific book cover output, he also writes regularly for Creative Review and his own newsletter, Meanwhile.

Observed: Faculty Department







A personal photography project by Justin Chung, Faculty Department documents homes and workspaces of creatives. They are not just tours of spaces however, they are something more. Chung, inspired by the work, was most intrigued by how spaces and people’s daily lives contributed to productivity and happiness. The preface of the book contains the details of development, from photographs of Chung’s workspace to typeface choice. It is something that is atypical, but is very fitting given the book’s subject. They have recently released the overrun copies of the limited edition book, you can find them at Faculty Department.

※ The photographs of Faculty Department were taken by Nicole Shultz for Design Curiosities.

Curiosities: Cercle Magazine




Cercle Magazine (French/English) puts out a thematic annual, and this year’s subject is Insects. The typeface chosen for this issue was Olympe, which was inspired by a 60s german typewriter and Art Nouveau. Its creator Sylvia Ugga designed an alternative set of glyphs for Cercle that brings curves to its industrial look. The rest of the design for the magazine is just as sophisticated, and it is filled with illustrators, artists, designers, and scientists that I have put on my list to look up. The artist I first noticed when paging through this issue was Alma Haser. She has a series titled Cosmic which are distorted portraits created with origami. It was through this set of photographs that Clark commissioned Haser for a couple of album covers. It was a real full circle moment for me.

※ The photographs of Cercle were taken by Nicole Shultz for Design Curiosities.

Observed: A Century of Artifice






Constantly, I’m drawn to the work of designers who are also artists. Michael Cina (Art | Design) sits in this overlap, also finding himself in a collaboration with Ghostly International, a long-term partnership that is not often common in design. You can see Cina in his work at Ghostly, but the converse is just as true. Recently, in conjunction with VSCO, Cina has produced a limited edition book to document 100 album covers and concept art, titled A Century of Artifice. “My hope is that it will give the viewer a unique glimpse into the diverse work I have done in the last six years with Ghostly. It is really a special thing when an artist and company can work hand in hand… I feel that the sum is greater than the parts, and this book will show the thought that I put into each project.”

※ The photographs of A Century of Artifice were taken by Nicole Shultz for Design Curiosities.