Client: Self Initiated
Project: Curatour
Featured Artists: Henry Boon & Ramella Isogon

Cura-tour

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Cura-tour has been the collaborative project of British creatives Ben Mottershead and Chris Edwards. It provides a platform for creatives to link up, network and collaborate. Amidst the creative chasm, a bi-weekly zine capturing interviews with a variety of artists across the creative spectrum plays a major part in the Cura-Tour brand, delivering fresh inspiration from students and graduates across the globe.

We originally met each other through The Designers League Facebook group which we also help to run. We were both very aware of the pressures and expectations young creatives, especially students, place onto themselves and after talking we decided that a platform aimed at this demographic, where people talk about their experiences, backgrounds, advice and creative spaces (a tour of their creative environment so to speak) may allow others to realise that they’re not alone in their own struggles and insecurities and it’s natural to feel this way.

Living within two different cities within England, we collaborated via numerous rushed Skype calls and frantic emails. The project consists of a 2 part zine, showcasing two different artists, a bespoke masthead and logotype created using a custom designed typeface & also a website design.

View the entire project here

Logotype & Masthead

When creating the Initial logotype we wanted something that had a natural shape to it, but also something that would work when stacked in a 3×3 grid system and other formations. For this reason we decided that a custom designed typeface would allow us the greatest amount of flexibility.

Zine

The zine was the focal element of the project. We went with a 9 column grid system to allow more flexibility in laying out content, it was important for us to create something which was both aesthetically interesting, but also allowed for engaging content to be displayed. The focus of the zine was the impart information about the featured artists, not just look good on a wall.

Typography

We chose Gravity as our main typeface not only for it’s elegant yet playful appearance, but from what it’s legibility and letterforms have allowed for a clean and accessible typeface reflecting the core values of Cura-Tours brand ethos. 

Reading experience should be fun, and they should be engaging with memorable impact; encouraging the reader to want to carry on. To summaries we chose gravity because of its purpose and function.

Digital

Digital was another really important factor for us when creating the project. With the internet and various platforms so accessible now via mobile and desktop devices we designed an interface that would allow for a clean, minimal dynamic and put the artists work at the forefront of the content. 

While our zine was a creative reaction to the artists individual styles, the website had to be something that didn’t detract from the same artists work, or the other content it would hold. For these reasons we went for a dark interface which really helped to emphasis the imagery used within the content.

Cura-Tour – Digital Design – website
Cura-Tour – Digital Design – I-pad – Breakdown
Cura-Tour – Digital Design – I-pad – Grid

Mobile

With almost 80% of all web traffic being interacted with via mobile devices it was again crucial we also designed the site to be adaptable and work on a standard hand held smart phone.

Cura-Tour – Digital Design – iphone
Cura-Tour – Digital Design – iphone – Breakdown
Cura-Tour – Digital Design – iphone – Grid