“I want to do things that are not on the same sort of path as others. You’ve got to stretch that brain because
as designers we are dealing with so many different types
of people and problems every day. ” Eddie Opara
Elaine Ramos began work as a graphic designer
in 1999. From 2004 to 2015, as art director of visual-arts
publisher Cosac Naify, she designed hundreds of books.
She dedicated three years to a single book (shown): Linha do
tempo do design gráfico no Brasil (Brazilian Graphic
Design Timeline). As design objects, she says, “books have
inexhaustible potential.” In 2016, she and two friends
established Ubu, a new publishing house.
London-born Pentagram partner Eddie Opara uses
technology to bring social statements to life in his designs.
He has developed interactive installations, environments
and an interactive content management system, and has
worked with Prada, Morgan Stanley and Jazz at Lincoln Center.
Stealth (shown) is similarly multifaceted: Using paper and type,
with elements of origami and optical illusion, it comments
on racial identity and invisibility.
Illustrations from ( 1) Ramos’
O livro amarelo do terminal,
( 2) Opara’s High Yield,
Future Tense, ( 3) Young’s
1-9 rug for Jiu Jiu, and
( 4) Walsh’s Forty Days of
Dating: An Experiment