Curating the best monochromatic graphic design from around the world.
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About // Topswatch is the only blog dedicated to discovering the best monochromatic design from around the world and sharing it with you. The blog is run by four graduates of Tyler School of Art.

Max Amato never loses his temper, unless he loses a game of ping-pong. Though many designers try to follow in his footsteps, they simply can’t because he has too many shoes. Favorite swatch: PMS 572C. Portfolio: www.maxamato.com

Nicholas Lomboy’s bedhead has inspired many a designer to throw away their conditioner and comb. Preferring the road less traveled, he aspires to skate switch. Favorite swatch: PMS 485C. Portfolio: www.nicholaslomboy.com

Brendan Mcauliffe is our rep from the Pacific Northwest. A world explorer, his favorite method of transportation is his bike, Josie (like the Blink song). Favorite swatch: PMS 651C.Portfolio: http://www.brendanmcauliffe.com/

Justin Nowak spends his free time playing first-person shooters while cuddling with his hamster, Snuggles. An aspiring egg chef, he still has Dominoes on his speed dial. Favorite swatch: PMS 7494C. Portfolio: www.nowakcreative.com

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Madre Napoli

// Designed by LeftLoft

We've had a bunch of red-ish projects lately so I thought it was time for a healthy dose of yellow, brought to you buy the wonderful folks at LeftLoft. They were tasked with rebranding the Contemporary Art Museum of the city of Naples: Madre. Here are some of their particularly eloquent musings on the use of yellow:

"The color, more than any other type of symbol or word, is able to synthesize an aesthetic idea and a formal connection, and yellow is the true ambassador of Madre-Napoli, the signal able to underline the Mediterranean roots and represent univocally the southern soul."

I particularly enjoy the minimal yet quirky use of typography, and juxtaposition of black and white photography with the bold, flat color. I also think sometimes art museums have a tendency to try and outdo the art with their identities but in this case, refined taste and timeless design were most fitting.

 

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