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Bold Distraction

With London being so far away and all, it’s a good thing you don’t have to fly all the way over there if you want to catch a glimpse of some of the work to be featured in the upcoming Anti-Design Festival, which runs parallel to the London Design Festival. 

Having spent over a decade in New York and Shanghai, Kiwi Philip Key has returned to our shores to reveal three of his text/type billboards that will be included in the festival. Key’s work consists of original text and typography drawn by the designer that engage with the nature of language, visual communications, and the media infused urban landscape. 

If you want to catch a glimpse of the billboards, you’ll find them on Symonds Street, Pitt Street and New North Road. 

Key’s no stranger to showing off his work, with his original type and art direction having appeared in Rolling Stone Magazine, Paper Magazine, Big Magazine, and the Graphis Design Annuals. His work has been recognised with Cannes Lion, Clios, and Gold Pencil at the One Show. 

The Anti Design Festival (18 -26 September), provides an outlet for new risks and creative exploration in art, image, design, product, film, fashion, performance, 3D, digital and sound through a series of events, publications and venues.

More about Philip Key

Key’s work in visual communications encompasses art direction, graphic design, typography and photography. He spent a decade in New York, joining JWT as Type Director, where he went on to launch thompsondesign. Concurrently, he designed for independent record labels and publishers, including the monograph of acclaimed design studio Socio X for Graphis Books. In 2006 he founded his own studio Pkwy, based in New York and Shanghai.