SALU
Michael Salu is an award-winning Creative Director, Art Editor, Designer, Brand Strategist, Writer, Artist and Illustrator. Concept driven, his approach straddles both the machinations of the art world and the language of design. He has collaborated with and published many established artists including The Chapman Brothers, Sir Paul Smith, Yinka Shonibare, Nadav Kander and the 2013 Deutsche Börse winners Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin as well as providing a platform for emerging artists and designers to showcase their work.

Salu operates as a creative hub, developing concepts for a range of clients from interior
design, to photography, working with a wide network of creatives. He is also in the process of setting up a multidisciplinary creative agency - SALU.

He speaks regularly on art and visual culture at educational institutions such as the Royal
College of Art and The Photographer’s Gallery and as a cultural spokesperson, often moderates and participates in public events and discussions.

Salu is also currently writing a collection of short stories and his art, fiction, nonfiction and essays, have been published in magazines such as Eye, Under the Influence, Grey Magazine, Varoom and Granta.com

This blog is mostly snippets of work from SALU.
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Some old #pixelart experimenting whilst we were creating the #coverart for Granta magazines #travel issue. #glitch #glitchart #pixels #colours #spectrum #rainbow #graphicart #graphicdesign #rgb #abstract #painting #digitalart
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Detail of a #tentacle / #wave #generative #illustration for a project. It went unused eventually, but was fun to build. #graphicart #vectorart #vector #graphicdesign #waves #sea #sealife #drawing #circles #colours #water #gravity #SALUarchive
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Fictitious #album #art for #fashion and art #Magazine ‘Grey’ in 2012 #water #symmetry #music #vinylart #vinyl #glitchart #pixels #pixelart #albumart #albumcover #graphicart #illustration #graphicdesign #photography #swimmers #mirror #abstract #blue #swimmingpool #artist #SALUarchive #coverart #music
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The #Pakistan issue of Granta #magazine which we art directed and curated a #showcase of #contemporary #Pakistani #art for,  including works from Rashid Rana & Iftikar Dadi amongst others. We wanted an actual truck #artist from Pakistan to create the cover and we were lucky to find Islam Gul from #Karachi Three weeks after we sent some #sketches via an #Urdu translator we received beautifully crafted boards one meter in size for use on both the front and the back if the #magazine. An all round rewarding project. #pakistaniart #truckart #busart #magazine #magazinedesign #artdirection #international #design #contemporaryart #southeastasianart #artmagazine #painting #colours #colourful #curator #creative #SALUarchive
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#Rituals. A detail from a #typographic series we created for novelist Cees Nooteboom and @maclehosepress we like our #design spare precise and narrative #typography #letterpress #blue #ritual #colours #graphicdesign #graphicart
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A detail from our #art #soapopera created for #GreyMagazine. Loosely based on Roland #Barthes A #Lovers Discourse (#fragments), ‘He’ll Be Back’ by Michael Salu is a personal rumination on loss, #identity, #love and the shifting tectonic #plates of #society. #digitalart #fashionmagazine #essay #glitchart #SALU
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We like playfulness as well as #function in #design. Here’s a #lift #sign from the #brand #identity we created for Curzon Cinemas a few years ago. The brand was subsequently featured in a book on the principles of #branding: Brand Identity Essentials published by Rockport Publishers. #signage #elevator #pantone #typography #graphics #graphicdesign #brandidentity #logo #logodesign #wayfinding #signs
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A sample from our #DIY #womens #magazine for Granta’s #feminism issue in 2011. We asked why the magazine formula is never challenged or changed… #illustration #mouth #lips #pout #fashionmagazine #female #magazinecover #culture #books #booklovers #literature #womensmagazines #artdirection #graphicdesign #SALU #SALUarchive
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Our d&ad winning #magazine #design in 2011. Printed on a #rubber like #paper stock also, it was a #tactile critique of the formulas for our #libidinal #consumer #culture. #photography by Billie Segal #granta #sex issue #sexsells #sexandmoney #thisisnotapurse #purse #pinkpurse #surrealism #designaward #artdirection #graphicdesign #magazines #books #booklover #stories #shortstories #colour #pink #gold #expensive #fashion #body #bodyparts #hot #photography #fashionphotography #oldestprofession #advertising
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A look back at Ian Teh’s expansive long term project  #Traces - on changing #China and the #effects of #industrial growth on the #environment which we published in the Going Back issue of #Granta in 2010. #landscape #photography #landscape photography #china #miners #mining #coal #minerals #naturalresource #landscapephotography #magazine #magazineart #art #photographicart #mediumformat