Index Studio

Index publications
From left to right:
Portraits of my feet (September 2012); Explorations in Indexing, published by Index Press (June 2012); River~Road: Journeys Through Ecology, Authored by David Cook, Wiremu Puke, Jonty Valentine, offset printed, published by Rim Books & Photo Forum (November 2011); Points of Departure (our section, written designed and printed by Index), published by o-s-x-x (April 2012)
Amy Yalland
Amy is co-founder of the design studio: Index. Her practice focuses around publication design and graphic design largely for the artists and cultural institutions.

I work at Index, a graphic design studio and publishing imprint, together with Jonty Valentine. We started working together in later 2011 as an experiment and in February this year we moved our studio to a dedicated warehouse space in Henderson. Over the last three years we’ve built up a small group of clients for whom we do regular work, most of whom are art-based and are public institutions (we’ve done Artspace’s design for about two years now).

Being a small and independent studio, we can be selective about the work we take on; and we enjoy being involved in thoughtful or subversive projects. Broadly, our studio has an exploratory, observational, or documentary approach. We like to see it as a way to cultivate our understanding of (and emphasis on) the material qualities of production.

We have an RP 3700 risograph stencil printer, which allows us to publish and closely control (or play with) print production. We call this part of the business the Index Print Research Unit, or Index Press for short. Risograph printing has become popular in the last few years, but we choose to use it for its unique colours, for its immediacy, and for how it changes our design-print process. Some recent projects we’ve used it for are a new series of publications for Artspace NZ: Critical Texts; their publication Hermes’ lack of words; ST PAUL St’s 2014 Curatorial Symposium; and THE FLORAL SHOW 3-colour risograph prints of blooms (our first time doing proper colour separations, which we really enjoyed) for SFA (Monique Redmond & Tanya Eccleston) at Fresh Gallery Otara.

ST PAUL St Gallery 2014 Curatorial Symposium. Offset printed A1 poster. Edition of 100.
ST PAUL St Gallery 2014 Curatorial Symposium. Offset printed A1 poster. Edition of 100.
Suburban Floral Association. 3-colour risograph prints for THE FLORAL SHOW | LOCAL EXOTIC. Suburban Floral Association, Fresh Gallery Otara. Edition of 8 posters, 420 x 297mm, 200 of each.
Suburban Floral Association. 3-colour risograph prints for THE FLORAL SHOW | LOCAL EXOTIC. Suburban Floral Association, Fresh Gallery Otara. Edition of 8 posters, 420 x 297mm, 200 of each.

In August we launched two new books; The Lab and Mark Cleverley: Designer. Both are substantial publications that documented projects where our involvement was more collaborative and authorial than the standard designer/client relationship. The Lab documents our project at The 5th Auckland Triennial, where we operated in the Auckland Art Gallery as designers-on-demand: implementing the Triennial Lab signage system, printing event sheets, and manually updating the wall panels (almost daily). I photographed all activity in the space, as well as our time there. We considered The Lab an ongoing design performance; we moved our printer into the gallery and were challenged by the role of ‘serving’ the gallery, the five projects, and relating to the public. Some of the printed outcomes of this experience are reproduced in the publication as fragments of our documentary role.2 Mark Cleverley: Designer, written, edited and designed by Jonty, was launched at Objectspace at the August 2014 opening of the exhibition ‘Mark Cleverley: Objectspace Master of Craft’. Jonty also curated this exhibition. The book features a visual catalogue of Cleverley’s designs for the New Zealand Post Office, Crown Lynn ceramics, textiles, and stationery. Jonty’s interview with Mark discusses working as a designer in New Zealand.

Index Studio. Heremai St, Sunnyvale, Henderson, Auckland.
Index Studio. Heremai St, Sunnyvale, Henderson, Auckland.
The Lab. Edited by Kathy Waghorn. Published June 2014 by the School of Architecture and Planning, NICAI, the University of Auckland, and Auckland Art Gallery. Documenting The Lab at The 5th Auckland Triennial, If you were to live here... at the Auckland Art Gallery, curated by Hou Hanru. Offset printed book, screen printed cover, risograph printed insert, perfect bound, 80pp, 210 x 297, edition of 500.
The Lab. Edited by Kathy Waghorn. Published June 2014 by the School of Architecture and Planning, NICAI, the University of Auckland, and Auckland Art Gallery. Documenting The Lab at The 5th Auckland Triennial, If you were to live here... at the Auckland Art Gallery, curated by Hou Hanru. Offset printed book, screen printed cover, risograph printed insert, perfect bound, 80pp, 210 x 297, edition of 500.