Aotearoa designers at San Francisco Design Week

CommUNITY International Exhibition + Live Auction

San Francisco Design Week : June 20–28, 2019

Nell May / Offline (unity) is Nicer / poster, 24″ x 36″ on Hahnemuhle Photo Rag 308gsm

Leading San Francisco and international designers — including three independent practitioners and four studios from Aotearoa New Zealand (one resides in Berlin) — celebrate the 2019 CommUNITY theme by showcasing original artifacts produced specifically for the exhibition at San Francisco Design Week (SFDW).

The original works will be sold in a silent auction during the opening night party on June 20th with proceeds benefiting SFDW to enable its mission to bring together the local Bay Area and international design community. The 2019 theme is a collaboration with Mucho.

23 June update: with the auction now over, each poster is an edition of 15, and available from Plotnet Prints — take a look.

Tim Donaldson, Amanda Gaskin / Seachange Studio / object, L 22.5″ x W 0.2″ x H 32.5″, acrylic
Osborne Shiwan / poster, 24″ x 36″ on Hahnemuhle Photo Rag 308gsm
Narrow Gauge, et al. / poster, 24″ x 36″ on Hahnemuhle Photo Rag 308gsm

A collaboration between Narrow Gauge (designer Layla Tweedie-Cullen) and artist collective et al., whose site-specific installations commonly reflect an interest in utopia/dystopia, altruism and charitable institutions. The cream coloured page is torn from a found copy of “Maharishi’s Programme to Create World Peace” and pictures a person levitating under the heading “World Peace Global Inauguration”. Originally collected, scanned and annotated by etal. as part of a newspaper project designed by Narrow Gauge, the page has been further recontextualised in response to the San Francisco Design Week 2019 theme of ‘CommUNITY’. Narrow Gauge and et al. have added the text ‘common good’ as circular form to reference the global ecosystem, energy flows and recycling of matter. The poster is part of an ongoing inquiry that hinges on use of the document, sourced as journals and publications, that are continually reused, modified, redacted, added to and revised over time to create new versions, and editions.

Unity, 2019 / Sons & Co. / object, 194mm x 34mm x 203mm, UV resin, automotive paint
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Catherine Griffiths / Singular, Plural, Possessive / poster, 24″ x 36″ on Hahnemuhle Photo Rag 308gsm

Limited edition prints for sale

With the auction now over, each poster is an edition of 15, and available from Plotnet Prints — check them out.


Poster by Nell May, ʻOffline (unity) is Nicer’ is communicated via three typefaces:

1. Evan (2011), a typeface based on samples of children’s handwriting – a creative learning process only possible without a ‘correcting’ digital device.

2. Nola. (2015), a typeface based on a hand-drawn formwork plan by Maurice K. Smith & Len Hoogerbrug for the Firth Concrete offices (Hastings, Aotearoa New Zealand, 1958).

3. Maison Neue (Milieu Grotesque).


New Zealand
Catherine Griffiths
Narrow Gauge
Nell May
Osborne Shiwan
Sons & Co

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