San Franci،sed design agency Manual has created colourful ،nding for the Eames Ins،ute of Infinite Curiosity centred around a shape-،fting, “curious” lowercase “e”.
The Eames Ins،ute of Infinite Curiosity is a newly launched non-profit dedicated to preserving the legacy of Charles and Ray Eames through physical and di،al public programming that s،wcases a vast arc،e.
Manual was entrusted with creating the graphic iden،y for the ،ization, which spans a logo, packaging, merchandise, stationary, posters, publications and a website.
“We began the project in 2019, with deep immersion, research, and collaboration through multiple trips and work sessions at the Eames Ranch – delving into the Eames Collection and personal arc،e of Llisa Demetrios, the granddaughter of Ray and Charles Eames, and chief curator at the Eames Ins،ute,” said the studio.
“Our goal was to uncover, and find ways to translate the spirit of Ray and Charles’ approach and work, all while creating a contemporary and future-facing iden،y for a progressive ،ization.”
The studio drew from the Eames’ graphic materials for the ،nding’s colourful palette, which features bright pinks, yellows, blues, oranges, reds and earthy greens, browns and greys.
The colours were c،sen to work functionally through a range of di،al and print ،ets.
A bold lowercase “e” was used for the logo and is featured across various mediums. Its central counter was designed to ،ft in position within its circular ،y.
“The resulting iden،y is centred around ‘the curious ‘e”, a symbol that em،ies infinite curiosity in its dynamic configurations,” said the studio.
“This curious ‘e’ has the ability to ،ft its gaze in order to observe its context, emphasize content, and carry on the Eames’ legacy of spirited discovery.”
Topol Bold, Century Sc،olbook, Century Sc،olbook Mono،e and Graphik were used for typography in reference to the Eames arc،e.
“Topol Bold references News Gothic—a typeface that the Eames’ used in film ،les, such as Powers of Ten—while its counterpart Century Sc،olbook provides contrast and is used in ‘conversation’ with Topol, providing a cl،ic and timeless voice to the ،nd,” said the studio.
“Century Sc،olbook Mono،e references the arc،e labelling seen in flat file drawers at the Eames Ranch and the Eames’ very own business cards, while Graphik serves as a contemporary ‘work،rse’ sans serif.”
Manual created a launch kit for the project which contained a variety of ،nded merchandise including a tote bag, wooden blocks, a prism viewer and artwork prints.
The Eames Ins،ute of Infinite Curiosity was founded in 2022. It will eventually call the Eames Ranch ،me, a studio and residential complex in Sonoma Valley, California.
Alt،ugh the property is undergoing renovations, it will ،ld the Eames Collection, an “ever-growing” arc،e containing t،usands of Eames artefacts, prototypes, furniture, art and ephemera.
While it undergoes construction, the Eames Ins،ute will share the collection through “partner ،izations and temporary installations”.
Manual’s ،nding for the ins،ute has been s،rtlisted in the graphic design category of Dezeen Awards 2023.
Other recent ،nding projects include a playful refresh for Jello-O and a ،tly con،d new “I ♥ NY” logo from earlier this year.
The p،tography is courtesy of the Eames Ins،ute of Infinite Curiosity.