LAY-OUT no. 11 - Ben Tousley

SEEN Studio


LAY-OUT no. 11 - Ben Tousley / 44 pages, 5 x 8 inches, 3 color risograph printing on light blue paper, 3 color silkscreened cover / First edition 2024

LAY-OUT is a project of Rob Carmichael of SEEN Studio


Ben Tousley is a Brooklyn-based designer and art director whose work nimbly jumps from iconic record sleeves (for artists such as Grizzly Bear and Fleet Foxes) to magazine and editorial design (the fantastic Buds Digest) to fashion campaigns and on-screen graphics. He is a designer in the best sense of the word: his visual style varies from project to project — always hitting the mark in terms of feeling ideal for the project at hand — but upon closer inspection his personality shines through in elegant typographical moments or striking photographic manipulations.

For his contribution to the LAY—OUT series, Ben delivers an achingly idyllic set of images, a suite of enveloping nostalgia, culled from photographs taken on trips to Big Sur, Morocco, France, Denmark, Amsterdam and Portugal. Ben has filtered, combined and manipulated these photos and bits of found ephemera into a deeply personal — yet absolutely universal — collection of images. Presented in three over-printed colors, the hazy Risograph reproduction only amplifies the sense of dreamy remembrance, the longing for the warmth of the past.

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