Parallel-Parallel is a gallery of works by graphic designers that
a) have been postponed indefinitely,
b) will never be realized or published,
c) were published for an event that will never take place because of this damn virus.

We believe that graphic design plays with potential realities and with this current crisis we want to see what has been left, on pause, in your hands.

If you are a graphic designer and have been working on a project that fits this description please reach out to us via:
email@parallel-parallel.com

We are looking forward to hearing from you,
your fellow designers,
Dorothee Dähler & Yeliz Secerli

PS: This website is programmed by Quentin Creuzet!

Parallel-Parallel is a gallery of works by graphic designers that
a) have been postponed indefinitely,
b) will never be realized or published,
c) were published for an event that will never take place because of this damn virus.

We believe that graphic design plays with potential realities and with this current crisis we want to see what has been left, on pause, in your hands.

If you are a graphic designer and have been working on a project that fits this description please reach out to us via:
email@parallel-parallel.com

We are looking forward to hearing from you,
your fellow designers,
Dorothee Dähler & Yeliz Secerli

PS: This website is programmed by Quentin Creuzet!

What The Great Pandemic Novels Teach Us

In this article, Orhan Pamuk demonstrates the remarkably consistent ways that humans throughout history have responded to fear. After extensive research for his new novel, Pamuk takes us on a journey through many of the most enjoyable pandemics in history; both fictional and true.
Read it here

What Are Parallel Universes?

In this unusual interview, Fred Alan Wolf, quantum physics specialist explains the concept of parallel universes so that even the interviewer begins to understand it. Wolf says that quantum physics explains many facts of physical life, but it is still a mystery to most experts which isn’t very reassuring. But maybe they have it all figured out in another universe.
Read it here

Parallel Cards by Ryan Gander & Europa

Ryan Gander isn’t just the joker in the pack.
Look behind the humor of these parallel cards (playing cards where both sides are the front) and you realize there is more depth to the concept. His perception of playing cards has taken on a journey of its own since he was a child and the aesthetics of their usage within this deck opens up a universe of new possibilities.
Get them here

The Third Policeman

In this essay, Ted Gioia explores (and delights in!) The Third Policeman—a novel by Flann O’Brien (the pen name of Irish author Brian O’Nolan). This surrealist crime novel remained unpublished until 1967, one year after his death and is now regarded as a literary classic. “A book that starts out with overtones of Crime and Punishment,” says Giola, “soon takes on a flavor more akin to Alice in Wonderland.” Incidentally, you’ll be hard pushed to find a more enjoyable book cover design!
More here

Kuki Shūzō : Parallel Lines

A joy-read on Iki (粋/いき), a Japanese aesthetical concept which translates roughly as chic or stylish, but means so much more. The word was used in 19th-century Japan to define the endless charm of the geisha. Design is crucial for the manifestation of iki. These lines on parallel lines are drawn from the fourth chapter of Kuki Shūzō’s 1930 book Reflections on Japanese Taste —The Structure of iki (Tokyo: IwanamiShoten, 1930), brought to you by the Serving Library.
Download here

What The Great Pandemic Novels Teach Us

In this article, Orhan Pamuk demonstrates the remarkably consistent ways that humans throughout history have responded to fear. After extensive research for his new novel, Pamuk takes us on a journey through many of the most enjoyable pandemics in history; both fictional and true.
Read it here

What Are Parallel Universes?

In this unusual interview, Fred Alan Wolf, quantum physics specialist explains the concept of parallel universes so that even the interviewer begins to understand it. Wolf says that quantum physics explains many facts of physical life, but it is still a mystery to most experts which isn’t very reassuring. But maybe they have it all figured out in another universe.
Read it here

Parallel Cards by Ryan Gander & Europa

Ryan Gander isn’t just the joker in the pack.
Look behind the humor of these parallel cards (playing cards where both sides are the front) and you realize there is more depth to the concept. His perception of playing cards has taken on a journey of its own since he was a child and the aesthetics of their usage within this deck opens up a universe of new possibilities.
Get them here

The Third Policeman

In this essay, Ted Gioia explores (and delights in!) The Third Policeman—a novel by Flann O’Brien (the pen name of Irish author Brian O’Nolan). This surrealist crime novel remained unpublished until 1967, one year after his death and is now regarded as a literary classic. “A book that starts out with overtones of Crime and Punishment,” says Giola, “soon takes on a flavor more akin to Alice in Wonderland.” Incidentally, you’ll be hard pushed to find a more enjoyable book cover design!
More here

Kuki Shūzō : Parallel Lines

A joy-read on Iki (粋/いき), a Japanese aesthetical concept which translates roughly as chic or stylish, but means so much more. The word was used in 19th-century Japan to define the endless charm of the geisha. Design is crucial for the manifestation of iki. These lines on parallel lines are drawn from the fourth chapter of Kuki Shūzō’s 1930 book Reflections on Japanese Taste —The Structure of iki (Tokyo: IwanamiShoten, 1930), brought to you by the Serving Library.
Download here

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Weefsel (Tissue) was one of those ‘file under meaningful’ projects. It was a publication for Dutch artist, Ine Boermans, who started writing a few years ago because of health challenges. Her personal essays about her relation to art, making art, and (art) philosophy, mainly got published in online magazines and occasionally in print. Weefsel would be her first independent publication and was made possible by The Mondriaan Fund. (a national fund for the arts) It would merge her writing into one personal, new super-essay on art and would appear as a one-off free magazine.

Read more

This low budget endeavour, pushed us towards mass-printing solutions—a full color A4 brochure on generic recycled paper—which shifted all the design-weight onto graphic design choices. As always, an extensive typography exploration is followed by lay-out and color experiments. Feeling the energy of her preliminary essay made it a playful and intuitive process leading quickly to the first proofs. [Img. 1, 2, 3] These focused on visually expressing a layered and personal story, rather than being distracting.

When covid hit the low-lands and an ‘intelligent’ lock-down was installed, a digital (pdf) version became an additional objective. The design was now altered so that it would work both in print, (in its original A4 size) and on screens. (by reducing the width only) [Img. 4, 5].

The family stay-home situation and Boermans’ low energy prevented her from giving the essay the desired attention. After much consideration, she felt her energy should be redirected into something new and that it was best to leave the essay in the past. She cancelled any further development of the project in May.

Her bold decision came at a time when, unsurprisingly, I had also entered a personal and professional existential phase. Working on my online archive publication now felt irrelevant, just like my oeuvre. I admired Ine’s change of direction, but I was disappointed that this exciting and artistically driven project had been canceled. When the BLM movement gained huge global momentum at the end of May, I began to re-appropriate the cancelled design to publicise my own roaring feelings. I am not a fan of emo-share on social media, yet the situation had gotten so real on an elusive personal and global level, that I was momentarily tempted to share my struggles in relation to the creative field’s discomfort. I did not go through with it. [Img. 6]

In the end it made its way into the social sphere. I copied the graphic layers into the instagram announcement for the first radioshow on www.operator-radio.com since lockdown ‘Omnipotence of Wishes, four.’ For each episode I created an image that is based on a visual project I am currently working on; a new version, a glitch, stage or rework or like this case, a discard. [Img. 7, 8]

Ine Boermans recently published her first successful novel and it is yielding amazing reviews. All ended well in the end.

Designer(s):
Nicole Martens, Rotterdam (NL)
Client:
Ine Boermans
The Haifa Independent Film Festival
The Haifa Independent Film Festival

The main inspiration for the branding was the many staircases found in Haifa حيفا and the big shape in the middle is an abstracted form of the letter ح in Arabic.

The Haifa Independent Film Festival aspires to create a cultural crossing between Haifa and the unreachable, prohibited parts of the Arab world - allowing a leap out of our inner and inter-cultural voids that have been prevalent for too long. Within Palestine, there are multiple productions of pictures that are screened annually in front of international audiences. The Haifa Independent Film Festival is the first to host a local stage for these local talents: the prominent, the emerging, and the unacknowledged.

Designer(s):
Turbo, Amman (JO)
The Paradox of Labour

Poster announcing ‘THE PARADOX OF LABOUR’ a talk and event by Adrian Melis at Publics in Helsinki. Inspired by this constant yet futile mobilisation of mass labour and fixation on output Cuban artist Adrian Melis creates absurd production lines formed through a bizarre set of tasks. Shortly after the poster got printed, the event got cancelled due to Covid19.

Designer(s):
Julia, Rome (IT), Paris (FR)
Client:
Publics, Helsinki (FL)
Open Window
Open Window

The website Open Window was meant to be an online solution (pandemic safe) for a week-long program of activities that evolve around design graduation works at the HDK-Valand institution in Sweden. Unfortunately, the activities had to be cancelled during the week of programming, due to complications with the virus. 

Designer(s):
Studio Hanna Bergman, Copenhagen (DK)
Client:
HDK-Valand (SE)
Palace

The poster was scheduled to print in the morning of March 13th. We had to wait for the Swiss federal council to announce their corona measures that afternoon. They introduced the “Ausserordentliche Lage” (extraordinary situation) and the poster was obsolete.

Designer(s):
Studio Nüssli+Nuessli, Zurich (CH), Glasgow (SC)
Client:
Palace, St. Gallen (CH)
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am Richtigen Fleck

“Weinverkostung” was a daily wine-tasting event that never happened in a pop-up wine bar that never opened, thanks to the second nationwide lockdown in Germany. The illustrations, were created during a workshop given by Christoph Niemann on creating mundane instruction-manuals – the topic chosen was “How To Taste Wine.” Before the lockdown, dozen of posters were printed and hundreds of glass-coasters were made for the event that will probably never happen at all. 

Designer(s):
João Telmo, Mainz (DE)
Client:
am Richtigen Fleck, Mainz-Altstadt (DE)
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In early January of 2020 we got approached by the cultural department of the city of Stuttgart to design an identity for the cultural brand for “Weltgeister”, a combination of literary events that were supposed to happen throughout the year in 2020 celebrating the 250th anniversary of Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel and Friedrich Hölderlin, who both spent a meaningful amount of their lifetime in Stuttgart. Quite an honourful task, not only because we were given creative freedom in execution, but also, because we were able to put the clever wordmark, that Ina Bauer designed, into play.

Read more
Besides the large format posters, we worked on a program booklet and animations for the city’s social media channels and public spaces. Early March we got the news that most of the events that were supposed to kick off in April were cancelled and the others untill July; only for the city to pick up some events maintaining safer conditions in August and September before the year long program was over. We were really lucky that the client decided to still produce and hang the posters all around town! So besides being able to self-quarantine at home, we were able to see them during our weekly walks to the grocery store.
Designer(s):
Studio Tillack Knöll, Stuttgart (DE)
Client:
Cultural Department of the city of Stuttgart, Stuttgart (DE)
Les Urbaines
Les Urbaines
Les Urbaines
Les Urbaines
Les Urbaines
Les Urbaines
Les Urbaines

Every December, Les Urbaines Festival explores emerging aesthetics over the course of a single weekend. By encouraging the experimentation of alternatives to previously established forms, the festival provides an indispensable — and totally free — opportunity to discover propositions that open the way for new artistic languages. ‘Fluidity’ and ‘Emergence’ were the key words of this year’s visual identity. We focussed on the surface, thinking of it as a living tissue shaped by multiple interacting processes. Due to the COVID-19 regulations, Les Urbaines could not be the convivial festival, where one can capture the discordant voices of a new generation of artists. However, all of this must continue and there will be another time.

Designer(s):
Eilean Friis-Lund, Lausanne (CH)
Alice Vodoz, Lausanne (CH)
Client:
Les Urbaines, Lausanne (CH)
Parallel-Parallel
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Weefsel (Tissue) was one of those ‘file under meaningful’ projects. It was a publication for Dutch artist, Ine Boermans, who started writing a few years ago because of health challenges. Her personal essays about her relation to art, making art, and (art) philosophy, mainly got published in online magazines and occasionally in print. Weefsel would be her first independent publication and was made possible by The Mondriaan Fund. (a national fund for the arts) It would merge her writing into one personal, new super-essay on art and would appear as a one-off free magazine.

Read more

This low budget endeavour, pushed us towards mass-printing solutions—a full color A4 brochure on generic recycled paper—which shifted all the design-weight onto graphic design choices. As always, an extensive typography exploration is followed by lay-out and color experiments. Feeling the energy of her preliminary essay made it a playful and intuitive process leading quickly to the first proofs. [Img. 1, 2, 3] These focused on visually expressing a layered and personal story, rather than being distracting.

When covid hit the low-lands and an ‘intelligent’ lock-down was installed, a digital (pdf) version became an additional objective. The design was now altered so that it would work both in print, (in its original A4 size) and on screens. (by reducing the width only) [Img. 4, 5].

The family stay-home situation and Boermans’ low energy prevented her from giving the essay the desired attention. After much consideration, she felt her energy should be redirected into something new and that it was best to leave the essay in the past. She cancelled any further development of the project in May.

Her bold decision came at a time when, unsurprisingly, I had also entered a personal and professional existential phase. Working on my online archive publication now felt irrelevant, just like my oeuvre. I admired Ine’s change of direction, but I was disappointed that this exciting and artistically driven project had been canceled. When the BLM movement gained huge global momentum at the end of May, I began to re-appropriate the cancelled design to publicise my own roaring feelings. I am not a fan of emo-share on social media, yet the situation had gotten so real on an elusive personal and global level, that I was momentarily tempted to share my struggles in relation to the creative field’s discomfort. I did not go through with it. [Img. 6]

In the end it made its way into the social sphere. I copied the graphic layers into the instagram announcement for the first radioshow on www.operator-radio.com since lockdown ‘Omnipotence of Wishes, four.’ For each episode I created an image that is based on a visual project I am currently working on; a new version, a glitch, stage or rework or like this case, a discard. [Img. 7, 8]

Ine Boermans recently published her first successful novel and it is yielding amazing reviews. All ended well in the end.

Designer(s):
Nicole Martens, Rotterdam (NL)
Client:
Ine Boermans
The Haifa Independent Film Festival
The Haifa Independent Film Festival

The main inspiration for the branding was the many staircases found in Haifa حيفا and the big shape in the middle is an abstracted form of the letter ح in Arabic.

The Haifa Independent Film Festival aspires to create a cultural crossing between Haifa and the unreachable, prohibited parts of the Arab world - allowing a leap out of our inner and inter-cultural voids that have been prevalent for too long. Within Palestine, there are multiple productions of pictures that are screened annually in front of international audiences. The Haifa Independent Film Festival is the first to host a local stage for these local talents: the prominent, the emerging, and the unacknowledged.

Designer(s):
Turbo, Amman (JO)
The Paradox of Labour

Poster announcing ‘THE PARADOX OF LABOUR’ a talk and event by Adrian Melis at Publics in Helsinki. Inspired by this constant yet futile mobilisation of mass labour and fixation on output Cuban artist Adrian Melis creates absurd production lines formed through a bizarre set of tasks. Shortly after the poster got printed, the event got cancelled due to Covid19.

Designer(s):
Julia, Rome (IT), Paris (FR)
Client:
Publics, Helsinki (FL)
Open Window
Open Window

The website Open Window was meant to be an online solution (pandemic safe) for a week-long program of activities that evolve around design graduation works at the HDK-Valand institution in Sweden. Unfortunately, the activities had to be cancelled during the week of programming, due to complications with the virus. 

Designer(s):
Studio Hanna Bergman, Copenhagen (DK)
Client:
HDK-Valand (SE)
Palace

The poster was scheduled to print in the morning of March 13th. We had to wait for the Swiss federal council to announce their corona measures that afternoon. They introduced the “Ausserordentliche Lage” (extraordinary situation) and the poster was obsolete.

Designer(s):
Studio Nüssli+Nuessli, Zurich (CH), Glasgow (SC)
Client:
Palace, St. Gallen (CH)
am Richtigen Fleck
am Richtigen Fleck
am Richtigen Fleck
am Richtigen Fleck
am Richtigen Fleck

“Weinverkostung” was a daily wine-tasting event that never happened in a pop-up wine bar that never opened, thanks to the second nationwide lockdown in Germany. The illustrations, were created during a workshop given by Christoph Niemann on creating mundane instruction-manuals – the topic chosen was “How To Taste Wine.” Before the lockdown, dozen of posters were printed and hundreds of glass-coasters were made for the event that will probably never happen at all. 

Designer(s):
João Telmo, Mainz (DE)
Client:
am Richtigen Fleck, Mainz-Altstadt (DE)
STK
STK
STK
STK
STK
STK
STK

In early January of 2020 we got approached by the cultural department of the city of Stuttgart to design an identity for the cultural brand for “Weltgeister”, a combination of literary events that were supposed to happen throughout the year in 2020 celebrating the 250th anniversary of Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel and Friedrich Hölderlin, who both spent a meaningful amount of their lifetime in Stuttgart. Quite an honourful task, not only because we were given creative freedom in execution, but also, because we were able to put the clever wordmark, that Ina Bauer designed, into play.

Read more
Besides the large format posters, we worked on a program booklet and animations for the city’s social media channels and public spaces. Early March we got the news that most of the events that were supposed to kick off in April were cancelled and the others untill July; only for the city to pick up some events maintaining safer conditions in August and September before the year long program was over. We were really lucky that the client decided to still produce and hang the posters all around town! So besides being able to self-quarantine at home, we were able to see them during our weekly walks to the grocery store.
Designer(s):
Studio Tillack Knöll, Stuttgart (DE)
Client:
Cultural Department of the city of Stuttgart, Stuttgart (DE)
Les Urbaines
Les Urbaines
Les Urbaines
Les Urbaines
Les Urbaines
Les Urbaines
Les Urbaines

Every December, Les Urbaines Festival explores emerging aesthetics over the course of a single weekend. By encouraging the experimentation of alternatives to previously established forms, the festival provides an indispensable — and totally free — opportunity to discover propositions that open the way for new artistic languages. ‘Fluidity’ and ‘Emergence’ were the key words of this year’s visual identity. We focussed on the surface, thinking of it as a living tissue shaped by multiple interacting processes. Due to the COVID-19 regulations, Les Urbaines could not be the convivial festival, where one can capture the discordant voices of a new generation of artists. However, all of this must continue and there will be another time.

Designer(s):
Eilean Friis-Lund, Lausanne (CH)
Alice Vodoz, Lausanne (CH)
Client:
Les Urbaines, Lausanne (CH)