Space Oddities and Mathematic Quantities: Latest New Talent 2022 Entries

In today’s submissions for our New Talent 2022 Awards competition, futurism takes the forefront of the latest designs with three students capturing all the different ways a work of art can be modernized, ranging from outer space to quadratic formulas. 

In “Space Oddity Magazine Spread” (above, left), Pennsylvania State University student Connor Schwenk reimagines David Bowie’s classic single as a print editorial. Under the guidance of professor Taylor Shipton, Schwenk was able to design every element of the magazine from photography to typography. Although the assignment originally asked to conceptualize a film, Schwenk adapted a song instead since movies already have a visual language of their own. The end result is a futuristic magazine playing on cyberpunk aesthetics to emulate Major Tom’s journey from Earth to the final frontier. With a color palette of steely blues, reds, and purples, Schwenk was able to capture the sci-fi genre’s DNA, and his magazine almost seems like it came straight out of the world of Blade Runner

Likewise, School of Visual Arts student Doah Kwon similarly utilizes futuristic aesthetics to create a magazine cover for the music blog “Stereogum” (above, right). With the help of professor Jon Newman, Kwon’s take on Stereogum’s brand identity is a conceptualized 70’s kaleidoscope take on sci-fi aesthetics. Her design mainly relies on a gradient color palette of oranges, grays, and black, alongside subtle geometric shapes and bold typography. The end result is a captivating work of art that speaks to Stereogum’s identity as a house for music and unconventional creativity.  

On the other hand, student Yong Kai Ting from Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University opts for mathematical formulas as a design tool to embody modernism in “A Cup of Coffee” (above). Under the mentorship of professor Cindy Wang I-Husan, Kai Ting designed a package that marries math with coffee to create a visual language that’s both informative and captivating. According to the student designer, “Mathematics is all around us, in everything we do,” so it was only natural to include fractions, percentages, and formulas in the design to explain all the coffee goodness behind it. Alongside all the numericals are geometric shapes that further emulate the mathematics, with the end result almost harking back to 90’s pop art. “A Cup of Coffee” was further featured in the “ADM Show 2021: In New Light”  exhibit in Singapore, with its unique design being rightfully recognized by the industry. 

To submit your own entries into our New Talent 2022 Annual, visit for more information. 

Author: Graphis

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