Waste Age

28 Feb 2022

Waste Age: What Can Design Do?

The exhibition puts our relationship with waste into the spotlight, first drawing attention to the role it performs in the economic systems destroying the planet, before highlighting the work of a new generation of visionary designers who are reimagining our ways of living.

The exhibition includes work by notable figures and groups including Stella McCartney, Formafantasma, Studio Drift, Lacaton & Vassal, Fernando Laposse, Bethany Williams, Phoebe English, Natsai Audrey Chieza and the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, as well as a large-scale art installation by Ibrahim Mahama.

SPIN have provided a range of work for Waste Age, from the exhibition identity and monumental typographic animations to the design of the wall texts and captions, a suite of animated information graphics and the outdoor campaign and retail products promoting the exhibition. A vivid colour palette – from toxic yellow through to warm pink – and bold graphic elements give a striking feel to the exhibition. The overall design is stripped-back, and therefore informative and visually impactful in a way that conveys the urgency of the message behind Waste Age.

The campaign also features a typeface constructed from found materials, demonstrating how waste material can be imaginatively repurposed to both functional and aesthetically powerful ends – an ideal representation of the exhibition’s themes.

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