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PORTO ROCHA’s identity for Airbnb Tyrus juxtaposes function with luscious illustration


PORTO ROCHA’s identity for Airbnb Tyrus juxtaposes function with luscious illustration
PORTO ROCHA’s identity for Airbnb Tyrus juxtaposes function with luscious illustration
PORTO ROCHA’s identity for Airbnb Tyrus juxtaposes function with luscious illustration
PORTO ROCHA’s identity for Airbnb Tyrus juxtaposes function with luscious illustration

As many creative people will know, actually creating is only half of the job. The other half, which often consists of managing clients, time and budgets, requires an entirely different set of skills which aren’t generally taught within creative education. Recognising this problem from their experience of working with a plethora of freelance illustrators over the years, Airbnb Design has launched Tyrus – a free-to-use digital toolkit that empowers freelance illustrators to build better business skills, enabling them to focus less on admin and more on their beautiful craft. The name itself pays tribute to Tyrus Wong, a Chinese immigrant who overcame a multitude of hurdles before shaping Disney’s Bambi with his remarkable illustration style.

Airbnb Design began by surveying more than 250 illustrators from every corner of the globe to find out exactly which parts of the job they struggle with. The results were extensive and eye-opening; enabling them to create a series of in-depth guides, templates and tools across four areas: ‘Nail the Brief’, ‘Champion Originality’, ‘Outwit Deadlines’ and ‘Demystify Feedback’. Tyrus addresses what is arguably the least talked about yet most time-consuming part of creative practice, and in doing so, encourages illustrators to transform the way they work.

Brought in to design Tyrus’ visual identity, New York-based design studio PORTO ROCHA focused on the contrasting requirements of a creative role by juxtaposing a robust, modular grid reminiscent of spreadsheets, forms, charts and calendars with a series of flowing and lusciously vibrant illustrations.

A distinct combination of function and play, the resulting design system offers a flexibility that allows for an array of illustration styles, content and formats. Utilising the Medium weight of Airbnb’s bespoke sans serif, Airbnb Cereal, alongside Klim Type Foundry’s editorial serif Tiempos, the typography is characterful while ultimately providing the ideal supporting partner for the enticing work of ten female illustrators.

Tyrus

Graphic Design

PORTO ROCHA

Typeface

Airbnb Cereal by Dalton Maag

Illustration

Alexis Franklin
Camily Tsai
Chia-Chi Yu
Kaitlin Chan
Maggie Chiang
Manshen Lo
Marisa Seguin
Molly Mendoza
Sarula Bao
Sophia Foster-Dimino

Photography

Sarah Hopp

Web Development

Brian Harrison

Copywriting

Shoko Wanger

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