Helsinki (Slanted 29)
Slanted shines a spotlight on the graphic design scene in Finland's capital
Finland boasts many superlatives: there are more saunas than cars; it has the most heavy metal bands per capita; any Finnish noun can have over 200 different forms; Finns are the most avid readers of books and newspapers globally and world leaders in the use of libraries … The list goes on forever.
In the summer of 2016 the Slanted editors embarked on a trip to Helsinki to take a close-up look at the contemporary design scene. What they found was a rich creative community with a deeply rooted culture – people who do much more than just love design, they live it.
This volume—with interviews, essays, illustrations, and photographs—captures the vibrancy of Helsinki's contemporary design culture.
The list of designers Slanted met with includes legends such as Erik Bruun as well as younger designers who are creating exciting new work. Figures from Helsinki’s contemporary design community—including Jesse Auersalo, Bond Agency, Double Happiness, GRMMXI, Helsinki Type Studio, Kokoro & Moi, Kuudes, Linda Linko, Martin Martonen, N2, Tino Nyman, Prakt Design Agency, Schick Toikka, Tsto, and Werklig—allow a glimpse into their world.
With contributions by Aarikka, Agency Leroy, Aivan, Andbros, ANKI Rugs, artek, Melanie Dower, Everyday Design, Fjord, Laura Iisalo, Jalo Helsinki, Arja Karhumaa, Marianna Kellokoski, Leena Kisonen, Matilda Kivelä, Hanna Konola, Ida Kukkapuro, Riikka Laakso, Eero Lampinen, Heini Lehtinen, LUK, Ian Lynam, Dermot Mac Cormack, Sac Magique, Marika Maijala, Sanna Mander, Marimekko, Merkitys, Nide, Rami Niemi, Nikari, Plantui, Lauri Ilmari Puustjärvi, Samuli Saarinen, Enni Sahlman, Saint Vacant, Ville Savimaa, Tikari & Maininki, Tulva, and Wevolve.
A copy of the booklet, Contemporary Typefaces, presents a selection of recently released high-quality typefaces from around the world. A special section of the booklet features Finnish typefaces from Cloud9 Type Dept, Typolar, Optimo, FontFont, Helsinki Type Studio, Tiny Type Co., Monokrom, Tightype, Fenotype, Suomi Type Foundry, and more.
Designed by Julia Kahl
Published by Slanted Publishers
First edition, 2017
Softcover, 256 pages + 48-page booklet, 6.3 × 9.45 inches