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!

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NaMiMa
NaMiMa
NaMiMa
NaMiMa
NaMiMa
NaMiMa
NaMiMa

Post-Scriptum : Ep.01
Poster exhibition, Nancy (France)
[From] March 12 to [April 2], 2020.

This poster series was originally designed for the exhibition Post-Scriptum : Ep.01 at the NaMiMa gallery of the National School of Art and Design in Nancy and initiated by Valentin Garcia, Galaad Gonzales, Paul Bergès and Jules Durand. The exhibition was scheduled to open on March 12 2020, unfortunately, the same day the lockdown was announced in France. Only those present during the few opening hours were able to visit it before it closed definitively that evening. Post-Scriptum : Ep.01 therefore only existed for the duration of a vernissage.

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For this exhibition in partnership with Le Signe in Chaumont, we acted as curators “investigators” and we revealed and told stories that were hidden behind curious graphic objects. This is the reason why the exhibition’s communication hides the signs specific to the world of French graphic design inside the posters. The vertical lines and the color code are borrowed from the Macintosh “mail” interface, there is a brush typography (the ‘Pantera Black’) drawn by Jean-Marc Ballée, one of the exhibited graphic designers. We can also find, here and there, a Mickey Mouse, a figure already used by the emblematic graphic designers Grapus, who plays an investigator which is a metaphor for our role as curator in this exhibition. *In the Post-Scriptum : Ep.01* exhibition and images were presented by officeabc (Catherine Guiral and Brice Domingues) with Marie Clément-Welles and Romain Grateau, Christophe Gaudard, Jean-Marc Ballée, S-y-n-d-i-c-a-t (François Havegeer and Sacha Léopold) with inmates from the Bois d’Arcy, Chaumont and Baumettes prisons, Christophe Jacquet, Xavier Meurice and Christophe Sauvageot, Étienne Hervy, Thierry Chancogne, Alexandru Balgiu and Olivier Lebrun.

This event was organized in partnership with ENSAD Nancy and Le Signe in Chaumont.

Designer(s):
Paul Bergès, Nancy, FR
Lets Talk
Lets Talk
Lets Talk
Lets Talk

Let’s Talk – meeting, conference and stories about experiences, tries to take up the challenge of discovering untold stories about the ways we experience the world around us. This should have been the second conference in the Let’s Talk-series. We designed the identity and a book about the designers’ experiences.

Designer(s):
Punkt Widzenia (Point of View), Łódź (PL)
Luminale
Luminale
Luminale
Luminale
Luminale
Luminale
Luminale
Luminale
Luminale
Luminale

The Luminale – Biennial for Light Art and Urban Design is one of the largest cultural events in the Rhine-Main region. The colour reduction to black and white, as well as the Favorit typeface by abcdimano, form the basis of the new look. The clear appearance should provide a high recognition value, yet at the same time not visually compete with the light art of the participants. The Luminale should have taken place in March 2020 and got cancelled at short notice on the day of the vernissage.

Designer(s):
Bureau Sandra Doeller, Frankfurt (DE)
Client:
Luminale, Frankfurt (DE)
Cinémathèque
Cinémathèque
Cinémathèque
Cinémathèque
Cinémathèque
Cinémathèque
Cinémathèque
Cinémathèque
Cinémathèque
Cinémathèque

Cinémathèque is a small art-house cinema in Leipzig. It shows current films in original language with subtitles, curated film programs and experimental formats. Last year we designed a visual identity, which also includes a monthly booklet. The program for April went to press only the week before the lockdown in Germany, and cinemas had to close temporarily. Unfortunately the printed booklets were never distributed in the city.

Designer(s):
Bureau Est, Paris (FR), Leipzig (DE)
Client:
Cinémathèque Leipzig, Leipzig (DE)
Looping
Looping

This poster was an early sketch for the 2020 edition of the Looping Festival, which takes place in Montreuil, in the outskirts of Paris in France. Based around an innovative electronic music line-up, Looping is a friendly festival on mixed territories. The festival was unfortunately cancelled due to Covid, and we’re hoping it will happen next year. The design plays off of the “looping” idea and repetition, while using candy-like and retro colors.

Designer(s):
Éliese Rigollet, Paris (FR)
Client:
Looping Festival, Montreuil (FR)
Charlotte Rhode
Charlotte Rhode
Charlotte Rhode
Charlotte Rhode
Charlotte Rhode
Charlotte Rhode
Charlotte Rhode

defrag_zine points out speculative and diverse perspectives on (pop-)culture and identity. defrag is a selfpublished magazine that connects artistic and scientific positions with an intersectional feminist ideology. Illustrations, essays and photographs go hand in hand with cultural analysis. The zine offers a platform to marginalised voices.
Due to covid19, we had to postpone the printing date and we never had a launch :( but the quarantine also gave us more time to treat the project in dept. We are going to work on a second issue soon!

Designer(s):
Studio Charlotte Rohde, Amsterdam (NL)
Client:
defrag
Unfair 20
Unfair 20
Unfair 20
Unfair 20
Unfair 20

Unfair is an artfair/event that was ment to be held in April this year. This edition was cancelled and later this summer we revamped the fair in a totally different way. The campaign evolved around the idea of unfolding. Like a present or a folder you have a vague idea of what is inside, but you cannot fully enjoy it before it is completely unfolded. This campaign was never really released. One poster was in the street in Amsterdam and everything was printed. But the event never happened as intended.

Designer(s):
Studio Bas Koopmans, Amsterdam (NL)
Client:
Unfair Amsterdam, Amsterdam (NL)
Gamut

Chosen Family X – Édition Ghost is the final poster for the first season of events at La Station Gare des Mines in Aubervilliers, Paris. Chosen Family is the music and nocturnal initiative by fashion collective GAMUT who we’ve been working closely with since 2018. The poster acts as a phantom of the event which never took place due to the pandemic.

Designer(s):
Europium, Paris (FR)
Client:
GAMUT, Paris (FR)
Korifej
Korifej
Korifej
Korifej

This is a visual identity for the 7th edition of Korifej, an alternative theater festival held every summer in Kolašin, a small town in the north of Montenegro. The title and the theme of this edition was ”Summer Under Masks”. Organizers gave up on international guests, and focused on Montenegrin theater production. Unfortunately, despite all the measures, this edition was cancelled. Maybe it will happen in autumn or winter. Maybe it won’t happen at all. One thing is certain: it will never be ”Summer Under Masks.”

Designer(s):
Srdja Dragovic, Podgorica (ME)
Client:
Korifej, Kolašin (ME)
Central Saint Martins
Central Saint Martins
Central Saint Martins

This visual identity is designed for Central Saint Martins Degree Show 2020, which should be a three-exhibition celebration for graduating students at CSM in this summer. It is a progressing imitation of ongoing energy and resilience of everyone at the building; with graduation being that shifting moment where everyone comes together to bring unknown possibilities into existence and the beautiful chaos of students clears around the void. Originally, all the physical print-outs from last event, from brochures to window vinyls, will be ‘overprinted’ for the next event which was something we were quite excited to do. Most creations were adapted to digital format and the best one, the overprinting machine we created, was still sleeping somewhere. Everything was released online and online only, so we decide to archive our mistakes and corrections made in the shifting process and you can access via here.

Designer(s):
Scene Peng & Julia Luckmann, London (UK)
Diagonale 20
Diagonale 20
Diagonale 20
Diagonale 20
Diagonale 20
Diagonale 20
Diagonale 20
Diagonale 20
Diagonale 20

In this year’s D’20 Festival Identity we transformed moving pictures into moving shapes. Most of the printed matter was already produced and delivered just before the nation-wide lockdown was issued. Adapting to the crisis some of the program’s highlights were made available online.

Video:
Diagonale20

Designer(s):
Studio Es, Vienna (AU)
Client:
Diagonale
Birsong Mainframe
Birsong Mainframe

Birsong Mainframe: This poster for an exhibition at Plan B Projects has never got printed because – due to circumstances – the event happened in a different form: the exhibition was reduced to a screen in a window which could be viewed from the street. Because of this change of plans and because all the places where Plan B posters are usually displayed were closed, the design never left the computer. It was posted online, but ‘the event of the printed poster’ never happened. For us, in this particular case, the work doesn’t exist.

Designer(s):
Our Polite Society, Amsterdam (NL) & Stockholm (SE)
Client:
Plan B Projects, Amsterdam (NL)
Jazz Festival
Jazz Festival
Jazz Festival

This visual identity was designed for the Jazz Festival Willisau 2020. The poster is printed in rose, black and chrome that is reflecting in silkscreen. The identity includes also the design of the stage. It used to be a one day music festival with international musicians, but this year it was planned with mostly Swiss musicians, because of Covid-19. Unfortunately the festival will not take place. The music of the clip is by Gregor Hilbe.

Designer(s):
Annik Troxler,
Riehen (CH)
Brooklyn Museum Gala
Brooklyn Museum Gala

Printed invitation to the 2020 Brooklyn Artists Ball that never got to be this past April.

Main invitation component: folded black paper, printed 1/1-color silver × 2 hits + tipped-on photo panel, printed 1-color black on reflective chrome board. Tipped-on image: “Pat Cleveland on the dance floor during Halston’s disco bash at Studio 54, 1977,” by Guy Marineau. Interior panel image: “Stroke of Midnight at Studio (detail), 1978–79,” by Dustin Pittman.

Designer(s):
Topos Graphics, New York (US)
Client:
Brooklyn Museum, New York (US)
European Cultural Summer Festival
European Cultural Summer Festival

This visual identity was designed for the Europäischer Kultursommer Fellbach (European Cultural Summer Festival Fellbach). Which is a three month festival about cultural exchange within Europe and its countries. Every third year the city of Fellbach is inviting artists, musicians and actors of one country to take part at this festival. This years invitee was France. The design is playing with daily-life photography. Two images face each other and in this way they interact with each other to tell a story.

Designer(s):
Studio Terhedebruegge, Berlin (DE)
Migrating Objects
Migrating Objects
Migrating Objects
Migrating Objects

Migrating Objects: Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas in the Peggy Guggenheim Collection. The exhibition catalogue focuses on an obscure and crucial episode of Peggy Guggenheim’s collecting as she turned towards arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas. Thirty-five artworks are presented for the first time as a cohesive whole, accompanied by essays offering a critical stance on the violence of theft and misappropriation of such works, especially in the context of modern art collecting. Edited by curator Vivien Greene, and designed with Neil Donnelly. Published by PGC and Marsilio Editori, 2020. 156 pages, 8.5 × 11.25 in.

Designer(s):
Ben Fehrman-Lee, New York (US)
Neil Donnelly, New York (US)
Client:
Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice (IT)
IndieLisboa

IndieLisboa was postponed from the end of April to the end of August (fingers crossed). IndieLisboa is a Portuguese film festival focusing on the exhibition of works that fill the void of film circulation shaped by the mainstream production and exhibition dominating the market.

Designer(s):
, Porto (PRT)
Face Filter
Face Filter

We try to reflect on the topic of the digital age and respond to the context of the time in which we live through social networks. Platforms like instagram have become powerful tools for self-expression and sharing.

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We live in the post-internet age. Most of what we are presented takes place through social networks and provides us with unlimited possibilities of added value For example through face filters and endless “improvement”, seeking the ideal through these various methods. We lose the main meaning // message // we don’t perceive the content, only empty icons and a purely visual perception remain. We are interested in the fabrication and balance of what works in cyberspace vs offline in the real world. People spend so much time in front of a digital device that the identity we create online becomes an integral part of us. We add a virtual layer to our physical existence. Digital fashion on Instagram and other social networks is worn by real-life personalities or characters who connect and mix the live image with the digital image. Strongly colored graphics, created by mixing emptied icons that surround us and form a pattern of knitting. (The collection is an exaggeration and complemented by a face filter which I created, whose pattern blends into the knitting)

This project was supposed to be exhibited at Salone del Mobile in Milano and also at MBPFW – Mercedes-Benz Prague Fashion WEEK but unfortunately due to corona virus it was cancelled.

Designer(s):
Cindy Kutíková, Prague (CZE)
Natálie Nepovímová, Prague (CZE)
Iurii Ladutko, Prague (CZE) (Photo and 3D)
Client:
self-initiated
Hezin
Hezin

Originally this summer, I planned to go to Rotterdam and attend a residency in TTHQ, run by Team Thursday and Koen Taselaar. There, I wanted to further develop my A4 drawing work, which I started last year. I reserved a place to stay and started planning my stay at the end of last year, but the pandemic happened and delayed my residency. Since then, it has become impossible to send mail from Korea to any place overseas. It felt unreal that the physical exchange method was suddenly blocked while I was living in an era in which everything is still possible. Is it possible to have a residency when travel is limited? It was an opportunity to think about the meaning of the residency of the “New Normal” era.

Designer(s):
Hezin O, Seoul (KR)
Client:
self-initiated
Nomaden Book
Nomaden Book
Nomaden Book
Nomaden Book
Nomaden Book
Nomaden Book
Nomaden Book
Nomaden Book

Nomaden auf Zeit – Bilder einer Familie aus Marokko / Nomades en Transit – Photos d’une famille marocaine.
A book about one of the last traditionally living nomadic families from the Ait Atta tribe in Morocco. The life of the family in the Atlas Mountains was documented by a team of archaeologists over four years. The focus is on powerful and intimate pictures by the Moroccan photographer Abdellah Azizi. The 320-page publication is published to accompany the exhibition at the Historical and Ethnological Museum in St.Gallen, which is open now.

Designer(s):
Laura Prim, St.Gallen (CH)
Client:
Thomas Reitmaier, Historisches und Völkerkundemuseum St.Gallen, St.Gallen (CH)
Nomaden Poster

A family with five children, plus 200 sheep and goats, all their belongings on the back of a couple of dromedaries and mules. The whole year round on the way from pasture to pasture between two mountain ranges at altitudes up to 3000m. This is the everyday life of one of the last traditionally living nomadic families from the Ait Atta tribe in Morocco. The exhibition “Nomaden auf Zeit” shows their way of life and culture.

Designer(s):
Laura Prim, St.Gallen (CH)
Client:
Thomas Reitmaier, Historisches und Völkerkundemuseum St.Gallen, St.Gallen (CH)
Felipe Zitecias Labyrinths
Felipe Zitecias Labyrinths

This series of labyrinths are works by Felipe Zitecias, an architect who suffered recurrent dreams where he was unable to read, draw, and calculate. The problem affected his career until his work changed completely; from precise blueprints to abstract and incomprehensible works that were impossible to construct in reality. Through the development of a fictional character, this project is inspired by a psychological phenomenon which describes the apparent human inability to read in dreams. Part of this project has already been presented as an unfolding map, but the extensive publication is indefinitely postponed.

Designer(s):
Iván Martínez, Mexico City (MX)
Client:
Self Initiated
The Night Circus
The Night Circus
The Night Circus

This is my latest work which has been paused from being published. These are poster-ticket variations made as a part of a student’s graduation project. The poster is about a novel from the 1880s called The Night Circus, and the graduate’s project involves making an animated movie for this novel alongside this poster representation.  

Designer(s):
Maram Al Refaei,Cairo (EGP)
Client:
Self-initiated
DMZ Peace Train Music Festival
DMZ Peace Train Music Festival
DMZ Peace Train Music Festival

The DMZ Peace Train Music Festival is designed to provide an opportunity to experience freedom and peace.
This would have been the third year of the festival and it was going to be held in Cheorwon, Korea. The design concept focuses on overcoming and spirit. It shows wild grass growing with strong vitality among wire mesh that symbolizes division. However, the festival was postponed due to Covid-19. As the lineup was changed to only domestic artists, the lineup posters could not be used.

Designer(s):
Kisung Jang, Triangle-Studio, Seoul (KR)
Client:
Peace Train Inc.
Jazzdor Strasbourg
Jazzdor Strasbourg
Jazzdor Strasbourg
Jazzdor Strasbourg
Jazzdor Strasbourg
Jazzdor Strasbourg
Jazzdor Strasbourg
Jazzdor Strasbourg
Jazzdor Strasbourg
Jazzdor Strasbourg
Jazzdor Strasbourg
Jazzdor Strasbourg
Jazzdor Strasbourg
Jazzdor Strasbourg

Jazzdor (Improvised music Festivals in Strasbourg in November and Berlin in June) is our oldest client. We have been working with them since 2002. Once a year, we design a new poster for the festival, trying to do it as if we were designing it for the first time. This is not particularly easy since we have been designing it for 18 years, but according to the programmed music and personal graphic research of the year, it’s like our free (jazz) improvisation room. The exercise is also difficult because the festival puts together a lot of different musical approaches: contemporary music, free jazz, chamber music, sometimes classic jazz, slam and New Orleans jazz, noise… Our posters can’t be too specific in terms of genre, it’s about inventing images of what Jazz is and its larger contemporary meaning.

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Since 2015, Jazzdor has also a program of concerts (a season) in Strasbourg during the year, like a club. We have designed a specific font for its identity. For this 2019/2020 season, we decided with Jazzdor to design a poster for each concert. The work is really different from designing for a festival: it’s about designing something for a specific musician/band with a specific project. That allows us to work close to graphic translation, close to genres and specific aesthetics, using sometimes documents (stills from films or titles for Live cinéma concerts), text excerpts, photos or drawing made in other contexts that resonate with the musical project.

These 5 ending season concerts didn’t happen due to this f****g virus.

Designer(s):
Helmo, Montreuil sous Bois (FR)
Client:
Jazzdor, Strasbourg (FR)

Helsinki and Puma were organizing a music festival in Madrid in March. They invited us to create the visual identity and animated visuals for the stage show. We reinterpreted the featured show and created animated cartoon heads for the performing artists. One day before the festival, the event got canceled due to the coronavirus. In order not to let the campaign go to waste we recycled everything as a social media campaign.

Designer(s):
Mark Bohle, Barcelona (ESP)
Nam Huynh, Stuttgart (DE)
Helsinki, Barcelona (ESP)
Client:
Puma
Jazzdor Berlin
Jazzdor Berlin
Jazzdor Berlin
Jazzdor Berlin

Jazzdor Strasbourg-Berlin Festival is the little brother of Jazzdor Strasbourg Festival. For 14 years, it has brought the French improvised music scene to Berlin; building bridges between German and French scenes as well as it builds bridges between German and French scenes. We have been designing the posters since the very beginning, always as a variation of the Strasbourg November ones. We often design a series of 4, considering the way posters in Berlin are displayed side by side by numbers, to create surfaces which are more than mechanic repetition. This year the design introduced a bold coloured geometric variation of the word JAZZ, crossed by tiny free black lines by hand. These are only noticed and appreciated from a close distance and represent the struggle of graphic languages and scales.

The posters were about to be screenprinted by Lézard Graphique in April when Jazzdor finally decided to cancel the festival because of Covid 19.

Designer(s):
Helmo, Montreuil sous Bois (FR)
Flugurances
Flugurances
Flugurances

Fulgurances are friends running restaurants and food events in Paris. We have been working with them since 2012. Their main idea is to put rising culinary talent into the spotlight through their chef residency programs, magazine and events. In March, they asked us to design posters for their regular special events. On a basic layout, as a speed exercise (1/2 day), we came up with this duotone trio name / date / image-document from our archives. These 3 riso printed posters are the only ones we’ve designed so far: everything has been cancelled since the lockdown of the restaurants in France.

Designer(s):
Helmo, Montreuil sous Bois (FR)
Client:
Fulgurances, Paris (FR)
National French Theater
National French Theater
National French Theater

Here is a collection of posters designed for the National French Theater “TheatredelaCité.” I have been in charge of the visual identity of the theater for 3 years now. The main graphic idea of its identity consists in inviting illustrators, artists, professionals or amateurs to contribute with a silhouette, in a way that reflects the diversity of the creations programmed by the ThéâtredelaCité. Christophe Jacquet dit Toffe contributed with a “Chérie” for La Dame aux Camélias. We introduced a papercut from Luise Duttenhoffer (1776-1829) for the last Joël Pommerat play named Contes et légendes. And we found a dog silhouette, anonymous (apparently linked to a Guns’n’Roses tour) for Léonce et Léna the last creation of Galin Stoev, the artist-director of the ThéâtredelaCité.

Designer(s):
Pierre Vanni, Paris (FR)
Client:
TheatredelaCité, Toulouse (FR)
ECAL Milano 2020
ECAL Milano 2020

This flyer (and it’s derivatives including brochure, poster, banners, t-shirts, etc.) was designed for ECAL’s various exhibitions taking place in Milan during the Design Week. This was initially scheduled to take place from 21st to 26th of April 2020. The different exhibitions present the work of students and alumni from ECAL in collaboration with different brands and collaborators from around the world. After initially being postponed, the event has now been cancelled indefinitely because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Designer(s):
Bilal Sebei, Lausanne (CH)
Client:
ECAL, Lausanne (CH)
Pod’ring

The culture and music festival “Pod’ring” takes place annually in Biel. This poster should actually be hanging on the streets at the moment, but unfortunately this year’s edition of the festival couldn’t take place as planned. We are currently working on a poster campaign that will take a different route throughout the city, so that the festival can still happen in some form. More information soon.

Designer(s):
Enjoy Stratford, Bern and Lucerne (CH)
Client:
Pod’ring, Biel (CH)
Rijksmuseum
Rijksmuseum
Rijksmuseum

Sleeping Dogs (Masterpiece)
Dessin created for the Rijksmuseum on the occasion of the Rijksstudio Design Award 2020, ‘Sleeping Dogs’ is a pattern design based on, and featuring every dog sleeping peacefully through the Rijksmuseum collection for all eternity. Every year, an invitation to ‘Create my own Masterpiece’ and win €7.500 appears in my inbox.

Designer(s):
Susan van Veen, Amsterdam (NL)
Client:
Self-initiated
FINALE 2020
FINALE 2020

This poster promotes the graduation ceremony 2020, an exhibition that was titled “Finale.” The sad story is, that it would be my graduation ceremony. I was the winner of the competition. The brief was as follows: “The term “finale” describes the last part of a musical work, a final sprint in sports or generally the climax or glamorous completion of something. So let‘s consider “finale” as the end point a previous action. A colorful program poster must be designed. The primary design elements are font and color. The term “finale” has to be prioritized.”

Poster: F4
Flyer: A2 foldable to A5

Designer(s):
Tim Buser, Basel (CH)
Client:
The School of Basel, Basel (CH)
Antwerp Art Week
Antwerp Art Week
Antwerp Art Week
Antwerp Art Week

Antwerp Art is a non-profit organization that connects the most relevant actors in the contemporary art scene of Antwerp, from established galleries and museums to upcoming initiatives. The identity is based on dynamic lines that make the words AA (Antwerp Art) and AAW (Antwerp Art Weekend). These lines are used to build a dynamic system that scales to different sizes and forms. This serves to emphasise the supportive quality that Antwerp Art provides towards these institutes.

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Antwerp Art Weekend is a yearly event that combines exciting programmes, talks, performances, book presentations and parties.
Designer(s):
Vrints-Klosteren, Antwerp (BEL)
Client:
Antwerp Art Week, Antwerp (BEL)
Meta Marathon
Meta Marathon

Meta Marathon’s 2020 edition revolved around “Cyborgs.” Visitors would have been able to experience an array of cultural performances, lectures, installations and workshops for 42 hours, non-stop. The festival at NRW Forum Düsseldorf, scheduled for May 22–24 was cancelled.

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The essence of the identity is one of the crucial differences between machine and human. While human beings emit heat naturally, the temperature of metallic machines heavily depends on their surroundings. By utiliting the style of thermal imaging devices the union of human and machine as cyborg could be visualised in different ways, from slight body modifications to whole external limbs…

Both festival branding and the website were finished (programmed by ungroup group, Berlin (DE)) and the digital countdown had started as well.

Videos:
Speaker-Animation
Website

Designer(s):
Studio Es, Vienna (AU)
RKC

The RKC (Rocking Chair Vevey) was hoping to re-open their concert room after a month and half of the coronavirus pandemic. But unfortunately, all the concerts had to be canceled. The posters have been printed at Uldry, and hung on the streets. Because of that, the RKC organized a small competition in which they offered one of the posters to anyone who photographed it in town.

Designer(s):
Giliane Cachin, Zurich (CH)
#Mygration

This is a poster for #Mygration Germany Festival. This event was scheduled for mid March 2020 and was postponed because of the corona virus. The goal of this project was to create more spaces for people with migration backgrounds to openly discuss, exchange and tell their own narratives – raising awareness both online and offline. The 2-day festival was going to bring individuals from different races, generations, classes, beliefs, and genders together to share stories. #Mygration aims to empower through the shared feeling of “the other” and to replace it with a sense of belonging; creating a space where diversity unites.

Designer(s):
Jihee Lee
Client:
#Mygration Germany Festival
Cully Jazz
Cully Jazz

The identity of the Cully Jazz 2020 is based on the perspective of a concert room which, ironically, is empty. The rooms at Cully Jazz were indeed deserted, after the cancellation of the festival, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The posters were printed at Lézard Graphique and hung in the streets before the pandemic reached us.

Designer(s):
Giliane Cachin, Zurich (CH)
Alice Franchetti, Geneva (CH)
2 Turven Hoog Festival 2020
2 Turven Hoog Festival 2020
2 Turven Hoog Festival 2020
2 Turven Hoog Festival 2020

Arts festival is for the young, for the very young, for the very very young and for grown-ups. Oh, well, for everyone! Young children have the right to experience good art. That is why 2turvenhoog has been creating spaces to research, produce and present performances and art installations for over 20 years; for the young children (0-6 years) and for the people around them.

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But, after 20 years, it was time for a fresh bold daring visual language. This would be launched at the festival in April in the streets of Almere, Haarlem and Amsterdam. We formulated the following starting point as a basis for the design of the new identity: a visual language for all the elements of the many headed platform, for now and for the future, from the festival to professionals, for artists and for business partners. Fully adaptable, unambiguous, recognizable, strong, visible and cheerful. Due to the coronavirus, the festival has been postponed until the end of the year. Hopefully it will then carry on into 2021 and we can continue explore this visual language.
Designer(s):
Bureau Merkwaardig
Client:
2turvenhoog
B-Sides
B-Sides
B-Sides
B-Sides

This is the visual identity for the 15th edition of the B–Sides Festival that would have happened in mid June 2020. Although it won’t ever happen now we had a lot of fun working on it. With photography by Kim Pham and a slick typeface by Fabio Furlani!

Designer(s):
Alan Romano, Luzern (CH)
Jaron Gyger, Bern (CH)
Client:
B–Sides Festival, Luzern (CH)
ShinShin
ShinShin
ShinShin
ShinShin
ShinShin
ShinShin

Calibration marks, crop marks, alignment marks, dots, color bars—all of these graphics disappear when they have fulfilled their duties to create the printed objects on display at the bookstore. If you revive these elements and fold them back into space, what does the landscape unfold?

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The MMCA Art Bookstore, founded in 2019, is located in the Art Zone on the first floor of the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MMCA), Korea in Seoul. We were invited at the end of 2019 to create a spatial graphic work and to collaborate on a publication. The project went smoothly. Recalling that the bookstore handled the physical prints as well as the books, we installed all of the printer’s marks into the space: on glass windows, the walls, and the floor.

Photographer Park Sungsoo documented the various printer’s marks, which, now taking on the form of re-flattened images, could be reincorporated into the publication. In other words, the marks placed in space were returned to their original homes/roles on the page. Production for the publication, however, was postponed due to the spread of COVID-19, and the entire museum has been closed tentatively for the time being.

Designer(s):
Shin Shin, Seoul (KR)
Client:
The MMCAl Art Bookstore, Seoul (KR)
Fundação Marques da Silva
Fundação Marques da Silva
Fundação Marques da Silva
Fundação Marques da Silva

Fundação Marques da Silva (FMS) is a research institution based in Porto, focusing on architectural and artistic culture. Over the years, it has been acquiring the archives of some of the most relevant Portuguese architects. FMS was about to open its doors to the city for the first time, by starting a program of exhibitions and parallel activities. The opening was scheduled for the 13th of March but has been postponed indefinitely.

Designer(s):
Ana Resende, Porto (PT)
Joana Sobral, Berlin (DE)
Client:
Fundação Marques da Silva, Porto (PT)
SfBGG
SfBGG
SfBGG

We are two students from the School of Design Bern Biel (SfGBB). This year is was our final year, and we had all submitted a final project. We had designed the flyers and posters, as well as the external signage and the curation for the exhibition. The opening day would have taken place on March 18th but the virus, unfortunately, prevented that. The main theme was smell, and we used the green cult fragrance tree as a key visual. Our class was very disappointed that we could not celebrate our four-year formation.

Designer(s):
Emma Leuthold, Biel (CH)
Fabian Luginbühl, Biel (CH)
Columbia Books
Columbia Books
Columbia Books

“Kenneth Frampton: Conversations with Daniel Talesnik” is a book that I was commissioned to design in late 2019. It was scheduled to be published by Columbia Books on Architecture and the City on the occasion of Kenneth Frampton’s 90th birthday and retirement from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation.

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A design direction and a printer (who produced a beautiful book dummy) were selected for the project, and all was moving smoothly forward. However, Columbia was among the first NYC schools to close/move online. Alas, our disparate locations slowed momentum, complicated communication, and ultimately the project was halted (unfortunately) indefinitely.
Designer(s):
Scott Vander Zee, New York (US)
Rude Strategies
Rude Strategies
Rude Strategies

Rude Strategies
GLOSS: The Beauty Tour of Amsterdam
We got funded to work on a publication in early 2020, we have been collaborating for a year prior and this would be our first work as a duo. Our publication was focused on studying digital beauty trends and looking at how the requirement of instagrammabilty transforms the environment around us. Based in the Netherlands, we decided to work on a location-based project situated in Amsterdam. We would develop the publication by working as observers; simply gazing, pretending to be a tourist, or pretending to be a local – depending on our moods, outfits and the role each of us decided to play on a given day.

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Looking for how digital beauty campaigns translate in shiny surfaces of shop windows, we also visited European headquarters of fashion brands, such as Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger. We are fascinated by how Instagram has the power to request the offline world to gloss up, smoothen out and hide its sharp edges. As women, we have always faced the demand of being smooth; a certain softness of our skin and our character. Gazing at shiny and smooth surfaces, we wanted to create our own world which blends multiple realities together and welcomes an outsider.
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Obviously, we cannot go on tour at the moment, so we are working on adjusting our research methods and talking about taking the step to publish digitally. It is very clear that the publication we have envisioned will not be realized, simply because the environment we aimed to observe is different and will never be the same again. And so are we.
Client:
Self-initiated
KW

Pickle Bar | Your Slavic Aperitivo
At the art collective Slavs and Tatars the plan was to open a new cultural space, the so called Pickle Bar. Everything for that was set to open during the summer in collaboration with KW. The Pickle Bar’s opening has been postponed and we really had to rethink how to make this (small) space function in a post-Corona time. Anyway the flyer was done, and an ad was published in a brochure.

Designer(s):
Stan de Natris, Berlin (DE)
Nam June Paik
Nam June Paik
Nam June Paik
Nam June Paik
Nam June Paik
Nam June Paik

Although Nam June Paik’s show at Stedelijk Museum was put into sleep mode (the museum had to close its doors the day the exhibition was due to open), we were unable to prevent the spread of its campaign in the streets of Amsterdam. The posters show an interpretation of a television test signal (an element often used by Nam June Paik) with the exhibition title THE FUTURE IS NOW in the subtitles. For weeks now the city is covered with these images, symbolizing an empty channel without programs being broadcasted. With no other campaign in line to replace this one, the sun has been doing some editing by making the bright colors more pale every day.

Designer(s):
Ines Cox, Antwerp (BE)
Client:
Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (NL)
CCC Precariat
CCC Precariat

Creatives of all kind, labeled previously in “The Rise of the Creative Class” by urban theorist Richard Florida as the driving force behind inner city regeneration, are thrown into precarious situations. Especially now, our situation as (freelance-precarious workers) designers, the loss of work, the dark clouds looming over the cultural field. The Tee approaches this misère with a wink to luxury brands and alma mater branding via our cognitive worker mascotte serving its knowledge on a “plat du jour”, aka the day labourer.

Designer(s):
Stan de Natris, Berlin (DE)
Client:
Self-initiated
Aprege
Aprege
Aprege

Our record label is called ARPEGE and we are from Nantes, located on the west coast of France. For the moment, two of our events are cancelled:

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Arpège x Input Selector invite Onirik at Macadam: For our first collaboration, Arpège Records and the electronic webzine Input Selector invited Onirik, a French producer based in Berlin. He is the founder of the Garage Hermétique label, to which he contributes as a producer. He is part of a collaborative project Oni-Ki, co-founder of Finest Hour and the owner of Off The Grid Records.

Arpège invited Robbenspierre at Le Lieu Unique: Robbenspierre has amazed us with his latest releases at Alphaville Records and the mysterious label Threads for a long time now. In addition to being a big producer of the UK Garage / Breakbeat sauce House, there is no hiding his addiction to rare records, thus he offers us a wide and exquisite selection during his sets.

Designer(s):
Corentin Billot, Paris (FR)
Quentin Coulombier, Paris (FR)
Sella Graphic, Nantes (FR)
Client:
Arpège, Nantes (FR)
Sporadic Schooling
Sporadic Schooling
Sporadic Schooling

The Experimental Type Design Workshop was supposed to take place on March 12th 2020. The 3-day workshop invited participants to look at the components and anatomy of type – both Arabic and Latin – and work with shape, rhythm, impressions and associations (both cultural and visual) to create a bilingual alphabet. The workshop was to be run by a local type designer, Najla Badran and a Swiss graphic/type designer, Florian Jakober. Florian was already in Cairo when we had to cancel everything!

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This workshop was going to be the launch of Sporadic Schooling, which is a 12 to 18 months program of workshops, exhibitions, talks and public discussions focusing on visual culture. Events were planned to start in March and run until the end of the year with a brief break in the Spring. All scheduled events are currently on hold. The Experimental Type Design Workshop was already publicly announced and participation was at full capacity. The workshop was in collaboration with the host space, Cairopolitan and was supported by ProHelvetia Cairo.

Sporadic Schooling is currently Cairo-based and is expected to organically grow and change with time and experience. It is flexible, nomadic and always sporadic! It is a chance to build a network and a community and to activate it in the public space. Although the word ‘schooling’ is used in our title, this project is not about top down education or learning. It is about finding a form to communally explore pertinent, exciting and very precise topics with highly qualified protagonists. Once we are able to make plans again, the schedule will be restructured and relaunched!

Designer(s):
Engy Aly, Cairo (EG)
Client:
Sporadic Scholing and Cairopolitan with the support of ProHelvetia Cairo, Cairo (EG)
Open Ateliers Jordaan
Open Ateliers Jordaan

This is a poster for a group exhibition called “5×7×2.5“ which was curated by Christel Harms and Roswitha Witten. 75 artists responded to the call with artwork that measured 5×7×2.5 cm in size. The group exhibition was planned as a touring exhibition so this specific size allowed for flexibility in moving the exhibition from one place to another.

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The exhibition would have been open to the public for the first time on the occasion of the “Open Ateliers Jordaan” in Amsterdam from 29th of May till 1st of June 2020. Right now we are working on some ideas to make the exhibition accessible for a vernissage through a website or printed matter. The size restriction of the artwork inspired the graphic elements used for the poster. This took the form of visual instructions for folding and unfolding a matchbox. I created a still image version and an animated version.
Designer(s):
Moriz Oberberger, Amsterdam (NL)
Client:
Open Ateliers Jordaan, Amsterdam (NL)
Sommerfest
Sommerfest
Sommerfest

Every summer the Zurich’s department for culture hosts free outdoor concerts with local artists for a few days. Each year the visual identity for this popular music event is designed by a different local graphic designer or illustrator. For the 2020 edition the organizers approached us and we started working on it around the time the lockdown came into effect in Switzerland.

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With the hope and intention to still host this annual summer event in the city, we wanted to create something vibrant and energetic. Something that sets the mood for a carefree social event, outdoors (away from your home and screen), full of summer sunset vibes and music. Well, it didn’t quite work out that way.
Designer(s):
Offshore Studio, Zürich (CH)
Client:
Stadt Zürich Kultur, Zürich (CH)
Creative Week

This is one of 10 poster variations we made for the Art Directors Club Switzerland’s Creative Week 2020. Only one of them made it into print before the event, which should have taken place at the end of March, was postponed indefinitely due to the Covid-19 pandemic. This years motto was “The Creative Take-over”, so we created individual flags for each participant through a modular system of code, based on their personal information. The key visual shows an adaptation of the time code, which gives information about the date of the individual talks.

Designer(s):
Katharina Shafiei-Nasab, Zürich (CH)
Noam Benatar, Zürich (CH)
Mathias Manner, Zürich (CH)
Daryl Schiltknecht, Zürich (CH)
Client:
ADC Switzerland, ZHdK, Zürich (CH)
Into The Great Wide Open
Into The Great Wide Open

This year we are the designers-in-residence for the music and art festival: “Into The Great Wide Open” which takes place every year on the Dutch island Vlieland. The festival is split into two sections: “Here Comes The Summer” in May followed by “Into The Great Wide Open” in late August.

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This year they focused on the theme of ‘the critical mass’. Namely, what or who makes the difference? Is the mass a frightening concept that robs us of our own free choice to be who we want to be? We investigated patterns of growth and shrinkage; how fungi and trees talk to each other. We also explored what micro and macro behavior looks like using examples such as the study by Thomas Schelling, and the chemical basis of morphogenesis (also known as the Turing method after the mathematician Alan Turing)

Unfortunately, this year, both festivals were cancelled. Now, instead of taking place on location, they will appear through online broadcasts and printed publications. *Additional coding assisted by: Vera van de Seyp.

Designer(s):
Loes Claessens, Roosje Klap, Amsterdam (NL)
Client:
Into The Great Wide Open, Vlieland (NL)
Solothurn
Solothurn

This year’s visuality for the Solothurn Literary Days is based on two “actors” representing literature: a pencil and a book. With very sober drawings in strong colors we created situations that tell simple humorous stories. The viewer can enter a tale through a door, immerse into it through in swimmingpool or let pencils lead him the way. The goal was to create a different illustration for every media carrier – but unfortunately the festival was canceled before most of the products got realized.

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The Solothurn Literary Days is the most renowned festival for literature in Switzerland. Every spring it presents the latest literary work in each of Switzerland’s four national languages. It is a meeting place for authors, publishers and a literature-loving audience. The festival was supposed to take place on May 22nd to 24th 2020, but was canceled in March.

We created the new visual identity in 2016. Addressed to the readers, the festivals name is written out in four languages. This word mark and the corporate typeface Universe are basically the only visual elements which remain constant throughout the years. Everything else can vary, allowing a completely new visual appearance for every edition of the festival.

Designer(s):
Andrea Stebler, Bern (CH)
Thomas Hirter, Bern (CH)
David Nydegger, Bern (CH)
Thomas Berger, Zürich (CH)
Corpoäomy
Corpoäomy
Corpoäomy

This poster series was originally intended to be seen all over the city of Frankfurt am Main. It was designed (or rather it was still in the design process when the project was cut off) for Künstlerhaus Mousonturm, a cultural institution for contemporary dance and choreography, performance and innovative formats. “corponomy – Politics of the Body” was the thematic focus in the remaining months of this season and would have created a forum that illuminates the entanglements of ethics, aesthetics and politics in the field of bodies and their movements.

Designer(s):
Anne Büttner, Berlin (DE)
Client:
Künstlerhaus Mousonturm, Frankfurt am Main (DE)
Spector Books

Flyer for book vernissage «Die wesentliche Eigenart aber liegt in der Blüte», at the book fair in Leipzig (DE).

Designer(s):
Krispin Hée, Zurich (CH)
Client:
Spector Books, Leipzig (DE)
Sandberg Instituut
Sandberg Instituut
Sandberg Instituut
Sandberg Instituut
Sandberg Instituut
Sandberg Instituut

PUB Printing Services is a radical laboratory for instant publications within PUB. The project, started in 2019 within the framework of Sandberg Instituut Graduation Shows, consists in a nomadic printing studio set up in a rented van. Printer, Radio, Paper, Mics and a team of 5 designer and artists, travelling through Amsterdam collecting interviews from the various participant in the different exhibitions. Printing instantly on the spot the results of every interview translated with Google Voice Recognition. PUB Printing Services adapt itself to the ever changing environment.

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PUB is an interdepartmental initiative founded and led by students from the Sandberg Instituut in Amsterdam. By establishing a publishing practice at the university, PUB functions as a HUB and a platform to identify interdisciplinary connections and accelerate collaborations between students, alumni, and external agents. PUB channels include radio, TV, PUBcast, web, Type Lab, Journal, PUB Printing Services and sessions around publishing. PUB is funded by the Sandberg Instituut.
Designer(s):
PUB, Amsterdam (NL)
Client:
Sandberg Instituut, Amsterdam (NL)
Korean Underground Concert

I’d like to introduce the poster that was intended for an underground Korean music concert. The goal of this project was to reveal and reflect on the ideology of the currently unsung musicians. The graphic element on the poster illustrates fickle waves as representing ideals and beliefs. The lack of a grid system gives the viewer an anxiety and yet the relationship with the negative space gives an ironic sense of stability. The poster draws the viewer’s attention through ironic visual language, while celebrating and taking comfort in the artist’s ideas.

Designer(s):
Phillip Kim, NY (US)
Client:
Teleport, Seoul (KR)
Royal Academy of Fine Arts (KASK)
Royal Academy of Fine Arts (KASK)
Royal Academy of Fine Arts (KASK)
Royal Academy of Fine Arts (KASK)
Royal Academy of Fine Arts (KASK)

We imagined the Comic Books’ Designs Archive (part 1) on an invitation of Julie Peeters to organise a workshop for the graphic design students of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of Gent (KASK), Belgium.

The workshop aimed to look at the representation of graphic design through the lens of the comic book genre. We were interested in the way printed matters are represented, drawn, scaled, and abstracted down to few signifying elements. Each student was given a piece of comic strip and the following instructions:

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“There is a recognisable graphic design element in the comic book panel you were given. Reproduce its layout by hand, as accurately as possible, on an A5 format. The typography should also be a precise reproduction of the original and its details. The imperfections of the drawing’s lines and the coarseness of certain shapes should also be preserved. Think your reproduction of this design as a flat print file or a scanned document (it should not take into account the perspective or distortion occurring in certain cases). If some graphical elements are hidden by a speech bubble, hands, or due to the crop of the comic book panel, it is up to you to decide whether you want to complete the layout or not.”

The workshop was supposed to take place in l’espace Ness, our workspace in Paris. In a one-day production marathon, the students were to riso print and bind the publication archiving their drawings. Fate was not on our side, as the old riso printer got stuck only a week before and the paper delivery got lost and never found, so we had to fix up the machine and came up with a plan B for paper. Ultimately the students’ trip got cancelled and the day the workshop was planned, Tuesday the 17th of March, was the official date of the beginning of France’s lockdown. Either way, the students produced very nice contributions and the publication should be produced when the circumstances allow it.

Designer(s):
Espace Ness, Paris (FR)
Hors Lits Suisse
Hors Lits Suisse

Hors Lits Suisse, as a loose network of artists, organizes events in the form of exclusive performances for a small audience directly from the most private of all institutions: the bed. The idea, born in France, has also taken root in Switzerland and now takes place for four consecutive days in Bern, Vevey, Nyon and Biel. For this event series, 7er Studio designed flyers, posters, pins and a website. In order to graphically implement intimacy of the project, 7er Studio chose two simple elements and carefully put them together: small illustrations of surreal assembled components of beds, houses and balconies and the font “Labil Grotesk”, which is characterized by playfully tilted letters.

Designer(s):
7er Studio, Bern (CH)
The Korean Cultural Center in Berlin
The Korean Cultural Center in Berlin

Celebes, the old name of Sulawesi in Indonesia, was also a title of the exhibition which was about to be held in Korea Cultural Center in Berlin by a Korean artist. Due to the crisis, it was canceled with a happening that we can’t just laugh at: an officer from Korea, who was required to quarantine himself, visited the venue on a business trip. Therefore, the Korean Cultural House was entirely closed to prevent possible cases. Luckily after the trip, he tested negative for Covid 19. (otherwise, it would have been a tremendous disaster to many people, especially for the Asian immigrants in Berlin.) Now I’m just wondering how long it will take to be able to visit either Seoul or Celebes.

Designer(s):
Dokho Shin, Berlin (DE)
Client:
The Korean Cultural Center, Berlin (DE)
Institut Français de la Mode
Institut Français de la Mode
Institut Français de la Mode
Institut Français de la Mode
Institut Français de la Mode
Institut Français de la Mode
Institut Français de la Mode
Institut Français de la Mode
Institut Français de la Mode

Last semester we planned an exhibition in the Spring for our MA Fashion Design students at the Institut Français de la Mode in Paris, where we teach image-making and visual direction. We designed 11 posters for our students which were initially meant to be printed on fluorescent yellow paper and hung in the gallery, alongside their publications, 3 dimensional pieces, and a series of image and video projections in the space. A digital invitation was designed to be sent out via email. Unfortunately the physical exhibition was cancelled so we decided to adapt and publish it online instead.

Designer(s):
Ghazaal Vojdani, Julia Andréone, Paris (FR)
F+F School of Art and Design
F+F School of Art and Design
F+F School of Art and Design
F+F School of Art and Design
F+F School of Art and Design

Twice a year the F+F School of Art and Design opens its doors and invites students to get to know the school. For the first Open House in March we designed posters, an animation and a series of invitation cards. Due to the Coronavirus crisis the event was cancelled and the information evening took place virtually instead. The posters were shown throughout the city of Zurich and are still hanging today – one month after the planned event.

Designer(s):
Büro 146, Zürich (CH)
Client:
F+F School of Art and Design, Zürich (CH)
Likeminds Camp
Likeminds Camp

Likeminds is a weekend conference held every year at a summer camp in upstate New York filled with speakers, workshops, swimming, music, food, and drink. The 5th iteration of this event was ventured around the theme of ‘movement’ and was to be held on March 27 at a new location on the west coast outside of Los Angeles. We cancelled mid February with heavy hearts still unsure about how serious Covid-19 would be and decided to focus our efforts back to New York.

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Over the years the Likeminds project has evolved from being a single graphic identity into a more expansive approach including branding, art direction, signage / way-finding, stage design and apparel. We will not be rescheduling the west coast Likeminds but are cautiosly hopeful to pick up where we left off for our New York Likeminds in September.
Designer(s):
Joel Fear, New York (US)
Client:
Likeminds Camp, New York (US)
Hong Kong Design Institute
Hong Kong Design Institute
Hong Kong Design Institute
Hong Kong Design Institute
Hong Kong Design Institute

Storytelling, an exhibition of new metalwork and jewellery from Sheffield Hallam University, was scheduled to be on display at the Hong Kong Design Institute. We designed a visual identity and catalogue, as well as a model for displaying objects together with Edward Crooks. Bi-lingual headline lettering for the occasion. Catalogue cover (actually) printed in PMS Silver and Black, with an emboss.

Designer(s):
Regular Practice, London (GB)
Client:
Hong Kong Design Institute, Hong Kong
The Shed
The Shed

HELP, the first show of The Shed’s spring 2020 season, had just begun previews before New York shut down. We were working on the art direction for a number of other performances and programs, and with their in-house team, on designing all the other things needed for a season of programming. We’re still working on some of those things, hopeful that once the city (and the world) opens back up that the museums will too.

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Along with other cultural institutions, The Shed has also made a push to deliver art and music directly to audiences via social media, so we’re working on that too. And, with a bit more time on our hands we’re finally finishing the style guide for the visual identity we developed back in 2018. Working with the identity for a year without strict rules has been a bit like biking with your hands off the handlebars, which is exactly how we like it.

Designer(s):
Other Means, New York (US)
Client:
The Shed, New York (US)
Strelka Institute
Strelka Institute
Strelka Institute

This is a poster for the regular bi-weekly party at Strelka Bar. This time it was with CABLE TOY, a DJ and producer based in Saint-Petersburg. I usually don’t have a lot of time for these posters, so I try to make them bold, simple and bright.

Designer(s):
Anna Kulachek, New York, (US)
Client:
Strelka Institute, Moscow, (RU)
Paradiso
Paradiso

First a disclaimer – the poster shown above is not designed by us. We created the template for it, a couple of years ago. In fact, we designed the first templates for Paradiso already in 1996; and throughout the years, we revised these templates a couple of times – until 2016, when we turned it into a full graphic identity (or graphic language, as we prefer to call it). In other words, this particular poster was produced by the in-house graphic design team of Paradiso (Sander Puhl, Ilse Solleveld – who are always doing a wonderful job) – and whenever we see these posters in the streets, we still feel very connected to it.

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This poster is hanging in the streets of Amsterdam right now, together with loads of other posters from other venues, theatres and cinemas – all announcing concerts and festivals that will never take place. Together, these posters form a utopian web of impressions, sketching a future that never happened. There’s a certain beauty in that – to us, it shows the resilience of printed matter in times of crises, even when it seems to be failing.

Here’s a street artist we recently came across, who actually feels less positive about this current notion of ‘cancel culture.’

And yet – we feel there’s a utopian power to be found in these outdated posters.
Let us explain:

Every day, we walk to the studio.
This is perhaps a stupid thing to do, during these lockdown days – we know we should stay home.
But we do need the walk (as vegans, a daily dose of sunshine is the only way to get our intake of Vitamin D – that is our feeble excuse) – and in the studio there’s only us three, and we’re basically family, so we feel it still counts as isolation….

So we’re walking to the studio, every day, through the ghost town of Amsterdam…

And while walking, we’re always really aware of the ecosystem of posters in the streets:

On the one hand, there are all the posters of events (mostly concerts) that are cancelled.
They appear as strange notes from a future that never took place – a surreal glimpse into an utopian parallel universe:
Dreamy, idealistic visions of tomorrow.

On the other hand, there is a whole infrastructure of urgent notes and flyers, taped and tacked to shop windows and restaurant doors…
Dystopian notes that say ‘Closed’, ‘Take-out only’, ‘Delivery only’, ‘Keep your distance’, etc..

And somehow these two infrastructures of posters (the utopian and dystopian) bleed into each other – they shift alongside each other, like two alternating rhythms, creating a sort of third rhythm… like a moiré of two different patterns.

This whole clash of rhythms generate a vibrant experience in the city – walking through the streets feels like surfing these printed, paper waves.

It also presents two different models of what graphic design can be:
It can be about envisioning better futures, in a utopian way. It can also be about the urgency and dystopia of the present.
Both models are valid – they feed into each other, and need each other, like yin and yang.

Utopia and dystopia crashing into each other, like paper waves on a concrete shore.

Designer(s):
Experimental Jetset, Amsterdam (NL)
Sander Puhl, Amsterdam (NL)
Ilse Solleveld, Amsterdam (NL)
Client:
Paradiso, Amsterdam (NL)
Les Sieste
Les Sieste
Les Sieste
Les Sieste
Les Sieste
Les Sieste
Les Sieste
Les Sieste
Les Sieste
Les Sieste

A visual identity for the French underground music festival, les Siestes, which is based on super simple visuals (less is more… fun) and later hand «printed» by students. Like that they gave the work a graphic interpretation. 120 posters were produced in 4 days, which would have been used in the public advertising network of the city of Toulouse – 120 original artworks… Les Siestes is a free music festival and therefore belongs to everyone, and so does its visual identity. In exchange for the students work, they would have had their own artistic public event during the OFF of Les Siestes – unfortunately it wont happen this year.

Designer(s):
Pierre Vanni, Paris (FR)
Client:
Les Siestes, Toulouse (FR)
Empty House
Empty House
Empty House
Empty House

The Graphic Design department of The Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp (where I used to teach) had an exhibition planned for the school’s — cancelled — Open House. They wanted to leave their campus and relocate the exhibition to the main building of the Academy. Since people could still visit the (empty) campus, Bas Rogiers (head Graphic Design) invited me to design a flag for the façade of their “Empty House”. In the end I designed two flags; one for the façade, picturing an empty shell, and one for inside the exhibition, picturing the word FINE. Both flags carry a label with an accompanying story. These satin labels were printed in a bulk and were meant to be distributed as flyers.

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The Academy’s Open House was cancelled, so the relocated exhibition never took place. They are now trying to show the exhibition online. Meanwhile my flag with the empty shell is still waving upon their façade… Even though it is not designed for this situation, it still works with the absence of the teachers and students.

The text that is printed on the label:
“This is the story of a sea snail that always carried the most fine ideas on the tip of its tongue. Doubting its way through life, the snail was never able to let go of these thoughts. No words were suitable, no shapes ever fitting… The constant longing for a decision made the snail grow longer and longer. One day, while tirelessly trying to spit out a tangible concept, the snail spew so hard that it flew out of its own house. From this new point of view, the now naked creature suddenly noticed the most phenomenal sight of all—the exact thing it was looking for all its life. Simultaneous to the snail’s permanent state of longing and its fickle existence of tossing and turning, an exceptional entity had been growing with and around it: a fine piece of design. An image built whorl by whorl, echoing all accumulated doubts into eternity…”

Designer(s):
Ines Cox, Antwerp (BE)
Client:
The Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Antwerp (BE)
RAPS (Temporary Culture)

RAPS (Temporary Culture) is a biannual event that connects music with visual culture through a contemporary perspective on hip hop. The discussion is held visually: artists and designers combine rap with cross-genre moving images in search of a contemporary audio-visual culture. Each time the main subject of the poster is a kind of a glass-labyrinth, its glass-walls are filled with works by artists and designers, as well as ephemera and photography from rap-culture.

Designer(s):
Kasper-Florio, St.Gallen (CH)
Client:
Palace, St.Gallen (CH)
Loss

My interrupted work is the result of a potentially failed eBay delivery.

I can’t claim with absolute certainty that the delivery did not take place because of the virus but it feels safe to say there’s a good chance that the virus had an influence on the process. In any case almost two months have passed and I have no clue on my parcel’s whereabouts.

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Shortly before the first signs of an international crisis started to become apparent, still oblivious to what was about to unfold, I began working on a new series of cut-up LA Times newspapers. Among the eight copies I ordered online, seven managed to reach their destination: one deals with the Bush v. Gore case, two with Lady Diana’s death, one with Y2K, and three with 9/11.

Copy #8—the missing copy, which also happens to be the one I care about the most—is dated Sunday, July 18, 1999. Its cover features a portrait of Carolyn Bessette and her husband, caught while walking arm in arm somewhere in Italy the previous summer. The headline reads: “JFK Jr., His Wife Feared Dead”.

A missing newspaper is, after all, quite an acceptable loss in the face of a terrifying pandemic. At the same time, given that a double loss was already at play in the series, in this specific case the loss is triple.

Designer(s):
Andrea Salerno, Arnhem (NL)
Client:
self-initiated
Parallel-Parallel
NaMiMa
NaMiMa
NaMiMa
NaMiMa
NaMiMa
NaMiMa
NaMiMa

Post-Scriptum : Ep.01
Poster exhibition, Nancy (France)
[From] March 12 to [April 2], 2020.

This poster series was originally designed for the exhibition Post-Scriptum : Ep.01 at the NaMiMa gallery of the National School of Art and Design in Nancy and initiated by Valentin Garcia, Galaad Gonzales, Paul Bergès and Jules Durand. The exhibition was scheduled to open on March 12 2020, unfortunately, the same day the lockdown was announced in France. Only those present during the few opening hours were able to visit it before it closed definitively that evening. Post-Scriptum : Ep.01 therefore only existed for the duration of a vernissage.

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For this exhibition in partnership with Le Signe in Chaumont, we acted as curators “investigators” and we revealed and told stories that were hidden behind curious graphic objects. This is the reason why the exhibition’s communication hides the signs specific to the world of French graphic design inside the posters. The vertical lines and the color code are borrowed from the Macintosh “mail” interface, there is a brush typography (the ‘Pantera Black’) drawn by Jean-Marc Ballée, one of the exhibited graphic designers. We can also find, here and there, a Mickey Mouse, a figure already used by the emblematic graphic designers Grapus, who plays an investigator which is a metaphor for our role as curator in this exhibition. *In the Post-Scriptum : Ep.01* exhibition and images were presented by officeabc (Catherine Guiral and Brice Domingues) with Marie Clément-Welles and Romain Grateau, Christophe Gaudard, Jean-Marc Ballée, S-y-n-d-i-c-a-t (François Havegeer and Sacha Léopold) with inmates from the Bois d’Arcy, Chaumont and Baumettes prisons, Christophe Jacquet, Xavier Meurice and Christophe Sauvageot, Étienne Hervy, Thierry Chancogne, Alexandru Balgiu and Olivier Lebrun.

This event was organized in partnership with ENSAD Nancy and Le Signe in Chaumont.

Designer(s):
Paul Bergès, Nancy, FR
Lets Talk
Lets Talk
Lets Talk
Lets Talk

Let’s Talk – meeting, conference and stories about experiences, tries to take up the challenge of discovering untold stories about the ways we experience the world around us. This should have been the second conference in the Let’s Talk-series. We designed the identity and a book about the designers’ experiences.

Designer(s):
Punkt Widzenia (Point of View), Łódź (PL)
Luminale
Luminale
Luminale
Luminale
Luminale
Luminale
Luminale
Luminale
Luminale
Luminale

The Luminale – Biennial for Light Art and Urban Design is one of the largest cultural events in the Rhine-Main region. The colour reduction to black and white, as well as the Favorit typeface by abcdimano, form the basis of the new look. The clear appearance should provide a high recognition value, yet at the same time not visually compete with the light art of the participants. The Luminale should have taken place in March 2020 and got cancelled at short notice on the day of the vernissage.

Designer(s):
Bureau Sandra Doeller, Frankfurt (DE)
Client:
Luminale, Frankfurt (DE)
Cinémathèque
Cinémathèque
Cinémathèque
Cinémathèque
Cinémathèque
Cinémathèque
Cinémathèque
Cinémathèque
Cinémathèque
Cinémathèque

Cinémathèque is a small art-house cinema in Leipzig. It shows current films in original language with subtitles, curated film programs and experimental formats. Last year we designed a visual identity, which also includes a monthly booklet. The program for April went to press only the week before the lockdown in Germany, and cinemas had to close temporarily. Unfortunately the printed booklets were never distributed in the city.

Designer(s):
Bureau Est, Paris (FR), Leipzig (DE)
Client:
Cinémathèque Leipzig, Leipzig (DE)
Looping
Looping

This poster was an early sketch for the 2020 edition of the Looping Festival, which takes place in Montreuil, in the outskirts of Paris in France. Based around an innovative electronic music line-up, Looping is a friendly festival on mixed territories. The festival was unfortunately cancelled due to Covid, and we’re hoping it will happen next year. The design plays off of the “looping” idea and repetition, while using candy-like and retro colors.

Designer(s):
Éliese Rigollet, Paris (FR)
Client:
Looping Festival, Montreuil (FR)
Charlotte Rhode
Charlotte Rhode
Charlotte Rhode
Charlotte Rhode
Charlotte Rhode
Charlotte Rhode
Charlotte Rhode

defrag_zine points out speculative and diverse perspectives on (pop-)culture and identity. defrag is a selfpublished magazine that connects artistic and scientific positions with an intersectional feminist ideology. Illustrations, essays and photographs go hand in hand with cultural analysis. The zine offers a platform to marginalised voices.
Due to covid19, we had to postpone the printing date and we never had a launch :( but the quarantine also gave us more time to treat the project in dept. We are going to work on a second issue soon!

Designer(s):
Studio Charlotte Rohde, Amsterdam (NL)
Client:
defrag
Unfair 20
Unfair 20
Unfair 20
Unfair 20
Unfair 20

Unfair is an artfair/event that was ment to be held in April this year. This edition was cancelled and later this summer we revamped the fair in a totally different way. The campaign evolved around the idea of unfolding. Like a present or a folder you have a vague idea of what is inside, but you cannot fully enjoy it before it is completely unfolded. This campaign was never really released. One poster was in the street in Amsterdam and everything was printed. But the event never happened as intended.

Designer(s):
Studio Bas Koopmans, Amsterdam (NL)
Client:
Unfair Amsterdam, Amsterdam (NL)
Gamut

Chosen Family X – Édition Ghost is the final poster for the first season of events at La Station Gare des Mines in Aubervilliers, Paris. Chosen Family is the music and nocturnal initiative by fashion collective GAMUT who we’ve been working closely with since 2018. The poster acts as a phantom of the event which never took place due to the pandemic.

Designer(s):
Europium, Paris (FR)
Client:
GAMUT, Paris (FR)
Korifej
Korifej
Korifej
Korifej

This is a visual identity for the 7th edition of Korifej, an alternative theater festival held every summer in Kolašin, a small town in the north of Montenegro. The title and the theme of this edition was ”Summer Under Masks”. Organizers gave up on international guests, and focused on Montenegrin theater production. Unfortunately, despite all the measures, this edition was cancelled. Maybe it will happen in autumn or winter. Maybe it won’t happen at all. One thing is certain: it will never be ”Summer Under Masks.”

Designer(s):
Srdja Dragovic, Podgorica (ME)
Client:
Korifej, Kolašin (ME)
Central Saint Martins
Central Saint Martins
Central Saint Martins

This visual identity is designed for Central Saint Martins Degree Show 2020, which should be a three-exhibition celebration for graduating students at CSM in this summer. It is a progressing imitation of ongoing energy and resilience of everyone at the building; with graduation being that shifting moment where everyone comes together to bring unknown possibilities into existence and the beautiful chaos of students clears around the void. Originally, all the physical print-outs from last event, from brochures to window vinyls, will be ‘overprinted’ for the next event which was something we were quite excited to do. Most creations were adapted to digital format and the best one, the overprinting machine we created, was still sleeping somewhere. Everything was released online and online only, so we decide to archive our mistakes and corrections made in the shifting process and you can access via here.

Designer(s):
Scene Peng & Julia Luckmann, London (UK)
Diagonale 20
Diagonale 20
Diagonale 20
Diagonale 20
Diagonale 20
Diagonale 20
Diagonale 20
Diagonale 20
Diagonale 20

In this year’s D’20 Festival Identity we transformed moving pictures into moving shapes. Most of the printed matter was already produced and delivered just before the nation-wide lockdown was issued. Adapting to the crisis some of the program’s highlights were made available online.

Video:
Diagonale20

Designer(s):
Studio Es, Vienna (AU)
Client:
Diagonale
Birsong Mainframe
Birsong Mainframe

Birsong Mainframe: This poster for an exhibition at Plan B Projects has never got printed because – due to circumstances – the event happened in a different form: the exhibition was reduced to a screen in a window which could be viewed from the street. Because of this change of plans and because all the places where Plan B posters are usually displayed were closed, the design never left the computer. It was posted online, but ‘the event of the printed poster’ never happened. For us, in this particular case, the work doesn’t exist.

Designer(s):
Our Polite Society, Amsterdam (NL) & Stockholm (SE)
Client:
Plan B Projects, Amsterdam (NL)
Jazz Festival
Jazz Festival
Jazz Festival

This visual identity was designed for the Jazz Festival Willisau 2020. The poster is printed in rose, black and chrome that is reflecting in silkscreen. The identity includes also the design of the stage. It used to be a one day music festival with international musicians, but this year it was planned with mostly Swiss musicians, because of Covid-19. Unfortunately the festival will not take place. The music of the clip is by Gregor Hilbe.

Designer(s):
Annik Troxler,
Riehen (CH)
Brooklyn Museum Gala
Brooklyn Museum Gala

Printed invitation to the 2020 Brooklyn Artists Ball that never got to be this past April.

Main invitation component: folded black paper, printed 1/1-color silver × 2 hits + tipped-on photo panel, printed 1-color black on reflective chrome board. Tipped-on image: “Pat Cleveland on the dance floor during Halston’s disco bash at Studio 54, 1977,” by Guy Marineau. Interior panel image: “Stroke of Midnight at Studio (detail), 1978–79,” by Dustin Pittman.

Designer(s):
Topos Graphics, New York (US)
Client:
Brooklyn Museum, New York (US)
European Cultural Summer Festival
European Cultural Summer Festival

This visual identity was designed for the Europäischer Kultursommer Fellbach (European Cultural Summer Festival Fellbach). Which is a three month festival about cultural exchange within Europe and its countries. Every third year the city of Fellbach is inviting artists, musicians and actors of one country to take part at this festival. This years invitee was France. The design is playing with daily-life photography. Two images face each other and in this way they interact with each other to tell a story.

Designer(s):
Studio Terhedebruegge, Berlin (DE)
Migrating Objects
Migrating Objects
Migrating Objects
Migrating Objects

Migrating Objects: Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas in the Peggy Guggenheim Collection. The exhibition catalogue focuses on an obscure and crucial episode of Peggy Guggenheim’s collecting as she turned towards arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas. Thirty-five artworks are presented for the first time as a cohesive whole, accompanied by essays offering a critical stance on the violence of theft and misappropriation of such works, especially in the context of modern art collecting. Edited by curator Vivien Greene, and designed with Neil Donnelly. Published by PGC and Marsilio Editori, 2020. 156 pages, 8.5 × 11.25 in.

Designer(s):
Ben Fehrman-Lee, New York (US)
Neil Donnelly, New York (US)
Client:
Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice (IT)
IndieLisboa

IndieLisboa was postponed from the end of April to the end of August (fingers crossed). IndieLisboa is a Portuguese film festival focusing on the exhibition of works that fill the void of film circulation shaped by the mainstream production and exhibition dominating the market.

Designer(s):
, Porto (PRT)
Face Filter
Face Filter

We try to reflect on the topic of the digital age and respond to the context of the time in which we live through social networks. Platforms like instagram have become powerful tools for self-expression and sharing.

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We live in the post-internet age. Most of what we are presented takes place through social networks and provides us with unlimited possibilities of added value For example through face filters and endless “improvement”, seeking the ideal through these various methods. We lose the main meaning // message // we don’t perceive the content, only empty icons and a purely visual perception remain. We are interested in the fabrication and balance of what works in cyberspace vs offline in the real world. People spend so much time in front of a digital device that the identity we create online becomes an integral part of us. We add a virtual layer to our physical existence. Digital fashion on Instagram and other social networks is worn by real-life personalities or characters who connect and mix the live image with the digital image. Strongly colored graphics, created by mixing emptied icons that surround us and form a pattern of knitting. (The collection is an exaggeration and complemented by a face filter which I created, whose pattern blends into the knitting)

This project was supposed to be exhibited at Salone del Mobile in Milano and also at MBPFW – Mercedes-Benz Prague Fashion WEEK but unfortunately due to corona virus it was cancelled.

Designer(s):
Cindy Kutíková, Prague (CZE)
Natálie Nepovímová, Prague (CZE)
Iurii Ladutko, Prague (CZE) (Photo and 3D)
Client:
self-initiated
Hezin
Hezin

Originally this summer, I planned to go to Rotterdam and attend a residency in TTHQ, run by Team Thursday and Koen Taselaar. There, I wanted to further develop my A4 drawing work, which I started last year. I reserved a place to stay and started planning my stay at the end of last year, but the pandemic happened and delayed my residency. Since then, it has become impossible to send mail from Korea to any place overseas. It felt unreal that the physical exchange method was suddenly blocked while I was living in an era in which everything is still possible. Is it possible to have a residency when travel is limited? It was an opportunity to think about the meaning of the residency of the “New Normal” era.

Designer(s):
Hezin O, Seoul (KR)
Client:
self-initiated
Nomaden Book
Nomaden Book
Nomaden Book
Nomaden Book
Nomaden Book
Nomaden Book
Nomaden Book
Nomaden Book

Nomaden auf Zeit – Bilder einer Familie aus Marokko / Nomades en Transit – Photos d’une famille marocaine.
A book about one of the last traditionally living nomadic families from the Ait Atta tribe in Morocco. The life of the family in the Atlas Mountains was documented by a team of archaeologists over four years. The focus is on powerful and intimate pictures by the Moroccan photographer Abdellah Azizi. The 320-page publication is published to accompany the exhibition at the Historical and Ethnological Museum in St.Gallen, which is open now.

Designer(s):
Laura Prim, St.Gallen (CH)
Client:
Thomas Reitmaier, Historisches und Völkerkundemuseum St.Gallen, St.Gallen (CH)
Nomaden Poster

A family with five children, plus 200 sheep and goats, all their belongings on the back of a couple of dromedaries and mules. The whole year round on the way from pasture to pasture between two mountain ranges at altitudes up to 3000m. This is the everyday life of one of the last traditionally living nomadic families from the Ait Atta tribe in Morocco. The exhibition “Nomaden auf Zeit” shows their way of life and culture.

Designer(s):
Laura Prim, St.Gallen (CH)
Client:
Thomas Reitmaier, Historisches und Völkerkundemuseum St.Gallen, St.Gallen (CH)
Felipe Zitecias Labyrinths
Felipe Zitecias Labyrinths

This series of labyrinths are works by Felipe Zitecias, an architect who suffered recurrent dreams where he was unable to read, draw, and calculate. The problem affected his career until his work changed completely; from precise blueprints to abstract and incomprehensible works that were impossible to construct in reality. Through the development of a fictional character, this project is inspired by a psychological phenomenon which describes the apparent human inability to read in dreams. Part of this project has already been presented as an unfolding map, but the extensive publication is indefinitely postponed.

Designer(s):
Iván Martínez, Mexico City (MX)
Client:
Self Initiated
The Night Circus
The Night Circus
The Night Circus

This is my latest work which has been paused from being published. These are poster-ticket variations made as a part of a student’s graduation project. The poster is about a novel from the 1880s called The Night Circus, and the graduate’s project involves making an animated movie for this novel alongside this poster representation.  

Designer(s):
Maram Al Refaei,Cairo (EGP)
Client:
Self-initiated
DMZ Peace Train Music Festival
DMZ Peace Train Music Festival
DMZ Peace Train Music Festival

The DMZ Peace Train Music Festival is designed to provide an opportunity to experience freedom and peace.
This would have been the third year of the festival and it was going to be held in Cheorwon, Korea. The design concept focuses on overcoming and spirit. It shows wild grass growing with strong vitality among wire mesh that symbolizes division. However, the festival was postponed due to Covid-19. As the lineup was changed to only domestic artists, the lineup posters could not be used.

Designer(s):
Kisung Jang, Triangle-Studio, Seoul (KR)
Client:
Peace Train Inc.
Jazzdor Strasbourg
Jazzdor Strasbourg
Jazzdor Strasbourg
Jazzdor Strasbourg
Jazzdor Strasbourg
Jazzdor Strasbourg
Jazzdor Strasbourg
Jazzdor Strasbourg
Jazzdor Strasbourg
Jazzdor Strasbourg
Jazzdor Strasbourg
Jazzdor Strasbourg
Jazzdor Strasbourg
Jazzdor Strasbourg

Jazzdor (Improvised music Festivals in Strasbourg in November and Berlin in June) is our oldest client. We have been working with them since 2002. Once a year, we design a new poster for the festival, trying to do it as if we were designing it for the first time. This is not particularly easy since we have been designing it for 18 years, but according to the programmed music and personal graphic research of the year, it’s like our free (jazz) improvisation room. The exercise is also difficult because the festival puts together a lot of different musical approaches: contemporary music, free jazz, chamber music, sometimes classic jazz, slam and New Orleans jazz, noise… Our posters can’t be too specific in terms of genre, it’s about inventing images of what Jazz is and its larger contemporary meaning.

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Since 2015, Jazzdor has also a program of concerts (a season) in Strasbourg during the year, like a club. We have designed a specific font for its identity. For this 2019/2020 season, we decided with Jazzdor to design a poster for each concert. The work is really different from designing for a festival: it’s about designing something for a specific musician/band with a specific project. That allows us to work close to graphic translation, close to genres and specific aesthetics, using sometimes documents (stills from films or titles for Live cinéma concerts), text excerpts, photos or drawing made in other contexts that resonate with the musical project.

These 5 ending season concerts didn’t happen due to this f****g virus.

Designer(s):
Helmo, Montreuil sous Bois (FR)
Client:
Jazzdor, Strasbourg (FR)

Helsinki and Puma were organizing a music festival in Madrid in March. They invited us to create the visual identity and animated visuals for the stage show. We reinterpreted the featured show and created animated cartoon heads for the performing artists. One day before the festival, the event got canceled due to the coronavirus. In order not to let the campaign go to waste we recycled everything as a social media campaign.

Designer(s):
Mark Bohle, Barcelona (ESP)
Nam Huynh, Stuttgart (DE)
Helsinki, Barcelona (ESP)
Client:
Puma
Jazzdor Berlin
Jazzdor Berlin
Jazzdor Berlin
Jazzdor Berlin

Jazzdor Strasbourg-Berlin Festival is the little brother of Jazzdor Strasbourg Festival. For 14 years, it has brought the French improvised music scene to Berlin; building bridges between German and French scenes as well as it builds bridges between German and French scenes. We have been designing the posters since the very beginning, always as a variation of the Strasbourg November ones. We often design a series of 4, considering the way posters in Berlin are displayed side by side by numbers, to create surfaces which are more than mechanic repetition. This year the design introduced a bold coloured geometric variation of the word JAZZ, crossed by tiny free black lines by hand. These are only noticed and appreciated from a close distance and represent the struggle of graphic languages and scales.

The posters were about to be screenprinted by Lézard Graphique in April when Jazzdor finally decided to cancel the festival because of Covid 19.

Designer(s):
Helmo, Montreuil sous Bois (FR)
Flugurances
Flugurances
Flugurances

Fulgurances are friends running restaurants and food events in Paris. We have been working with them since 2012. Their main idea is to put rising culinary talent into the spotlight through their chef residency programs, magazine and events. In March, they asked us to design posters for their regular special events. On a basic layout, as a speed exercise (1/2 day), we came up with this duotone trio name / date / image-document from our archives. These 3 riso printed posters are the only ones we’ve designed so far: everything has been cancelled since the lockdown of the restaurants in France.

Designer(s):
Helmo, Montreuil sous Bois (FR)
Client:
Fulgurances, Paris (FR)
National French Theater
National French Theater
National French Theater

Here is a collection of posters designed for the National French Theater “TheatredelaCité.” I have been in charge of the visual identity of the theater for 3 years now. The main graphic idea of its identity consists in inviting illustrators, artists, professionals or amateurs to contribute with a silhouette, in a way that reflects the diversity of the creations programmed by the ThéâtredelaCité. Christophe Jacquet dit Toffe contributed with a “Chérie” for La Dame aux Camélias. We introduced a papercut from Luise Duttenhoffer (1776-1829) for the last Joël Pommerat play named Contes et légendes. And we found a dog silhouette, anonymous (apparently linked to a Guns’n’Roses tour) for Léonce et Léna the last creation of Galin Stoev, the artist-director of the ThéâtredelaCité.

Designer(s):
Pierre Vanni, Paris (FR)
Client:
TheatredelaCité, Toulouse (FR)
ECAL Milano 2020
ECAL Milano 2020

This flyer (and it’s derivatives including brochure, poster, banners, t-shirts, etc.) was designed for ECAL’s various exhibitions taking place in Milan during the Design Week. This was initially scheduled to take place from 21st to 26th of April 2020. The different exhibitions present the work of students and alumni from ECAL in collaboration with different brands and collaborators from around the world. After initially being postponed, the event has now been cancelled indefinitely because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Designer(s):
Bilal Sebei, Lausanne (CH)
Client:
ECAL, Lausanne (CH)
Pod’ring

The culture and music festival “Pod’ring” takes place annually in Biel. This poster should actually be hanging on the streets at the moment, but unfortunately this year’s edition of the festival couldn’t take place as planned. We are currently working on a poster campaign that will take a different route throughout the city, so that the festival can still happen in some form. More information soon.

Designer(s):
Enjoy Stratford, Bern and Lucerne (CH)
Client:
Pod’ring, Biel (CH)
Rijksmuseum
Rijksmuseum
Rijksmuseum

Sleeping Dogs (Masterpiece)
Dessin created for the Rijksmuseum on the occasion of the Rijksstudio Design Award 2020, ‘Sleeping Dogs’ is a pattern design based on, and featuring every dog sleeping peacefully through the Rijksmuseum collection for all eternity. Every year, an invitation to ‘Create my own Masterpiece’ and win €7.500 appears in my inbox.

Designer(s):
Susan van Veen, Amsterdam (NL)
Client:
Self-initiated
FINALE 2020
FINALE 2020

This poster promotes the graduation ceremony 2020, an exhibition that was titled “Finale.” The sad story is, that it would be my graduation ceremony. I was the winner of the competition. The brief was as follows: “The term “finale” describes the last part of a musical work, a final sprint in sports or generally the climax or glamorous completion of something. So let‘s consider “finale” as the end point a previous action. A colorful program poster must be designed. The primary design elements are font and color. The term “finale” has to be prioritized.”

Poster: F4
Flyer: A2 foldable to A5

Designer(s):
Tim Buser, Basel (CH)
Client:
The School of Basel, Basel (CH)
Antwerp Art Week
Antwerp Art Week
Antwerp Art Week
Antwerp Art Week

Antwerp Art is a non-profit organization that connects the most relevant actors in the contemporary art scene of Antwerp, from established galleries and museums to upcoming initiatives. The identity is based on dynamic lines that make the words AA (Antwerp Art) and AAW (Antwerp Art Weekend). These lines are used to build a dynamic system that scales to different sizes and forms. This serves to emphasise the supportive quality that Antwerp Art provides towards these institutes.

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Antwerp Art Weekend is a yearly event that combines exciting programmes, talks, performances, book presentations and parties.
Designer(s):
Vrints-Klosteren, Antwerp (BEL)
Client:
Antwerp Art Week, Antwerp (BEL)
Meta Marathon
Meta Marathon

Meta Marathon’s 2020 edition revolved around “Cyborgs.” Visitors would have been able to experience an array of cultural performances, lectures, installations and workshops for 42 hours, non-stop. The festival at NRW Forum Düsseldorf, scheduled for May 22–24 was cancelled.

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The essence of the identity is one of the crucial differences between machine and human. While human beings emit heat naturally, the temperature of metallic machines heavily depends on their surroundings. By utiliting the style of thermal imaging devices the union of human and machine as cyborg could be visualised in different ways, from slight body modifications to whole external limbs…

Both festival branding and the website were finished (programmed by ungroup group, Berlin (DE)) and the digital countdown had started as well.

Videos:
Speaker-Animation
Website

Designer(s):
Studio Es, Vienna (AU)
RKC

The RKC (Rocking Chair Vevey) was hoping to re-open their concert room after a month and half of the coronavirus pandemic. But unfortunately, all the concerts had to be canceled. The posters have been printed at Uldry, and hung on the streets. Because of that, the RKC organized a small competition in which they offered one of the posters to anyone who photographed it in town.

Designer(s):
Giliane Cachin, Zurich (CH)
#Mygration

This is a poster for #Mygration Germany Festival. This event was scheduled for mid March 2020 and was postponed because of the corona virus. The goal of this project was to create more spaces for people with migration backgrounds to openly discuss, exchange and tell their own narratives – raising awareness both online and offline. The 2-day festival was going to bring individuals from different races, generations, classes, beliefs, and genders together to share stories. #Mygration aims to empower through the shared feeling of “the other” and to replace it with a sense of belonging; creating a space where diversity unites.

Designer(s):
Jihee Lee
Client:
#Mygration Germany Festival
Cully Jazz
Cully Jazz

The identity of the Cully Jazz 2020 is based on the perspective of a concert room which, ironically, is empty. The rooms at Cully Jazz were indeed deserted, after the cancellation of the festival, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The posters were printed at Lézard Graphique and hung in the streets before the pandemic reached us.

Designer(s):
Giliane Cachin, Zurich (CH)
Alice Franchetti, Geneva (CH)
2 Turven Hoog Festival 2020
2 Turven Hoog Festival 2020
2 Turven Hoog Festival 2020
2 Turven Hoog Festival 2020

Arts festival is for the young, for the very young, for the very very young and for grown-ups. Oh, well, for everyone! Young children have the right to experience good art. That is why 2turvenhoog has been creating spaces to research, produce and present performances and art installations for over 20 years; for the young children (0-6 years) and for the people around them.

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But, after 20 years, it was time for a fresh bold daring visual language. This would be launched at the festival in April in the streets of Almere, Haarlem and Amsterdam. We formulated the following starting point as a basis for the design of the new identity: a visual language for all the elements of the many headed platform, for now and for the future, from the festival to professionals, for artists and for business partners. Fully adaptable, unambiguous, recognizable, strong, visible and cheerful. Due to the coronavirus, the festival has been postponed until the end of the year. Hopefully it will then carry on into 2021 and we can continue explore this visual language.
Designer(s):
Bureau Merkwaardig
Client:
2turvenhoog
B-Sides
B-Sides
B-Sides
B-Sides

This is the visual identity for the 15th edition of the B–Sides Festival that would have happened in mid June 2020. Although it won’t ever happen now we had a lot of fun working on it. With photography by Kim Pham and a slick typeface by Fabio Furlani!

Designer(s):
Alan Romano, Luzern (CH)
Jaron Gyger, Bern (CH)
Client:
B–Sides Festival, Luzern (CH)
ShinShin
ShinShin
ShinShin
ShinShin
ShinShin
ShinShin

Calibration marks, crop marks, alignment marks, dots, color bars—all of these graphics disappear when they have fulfilled their duties to create the printed objects on display at the bookstore. If you revive these elements and fold them back into space, what does the landscape unfold?

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The MMCA Art Bookstore, founded in 2019, is located in the Art Zone on the first floor of the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MMCA), Korea in Seoul. We were invited at the end of 2019 to create a spatial graphic work and to collaborate on a publication. The project went smoothly. Recalling that the bookstore handled the physical prints as well as the books, we installed all of the printer’s marks into the space: on glass windows, the walls, and the floor.

Photographer Park Sungsoo documented the various printer’s marks, which, now taking on the form of re-flattened images, could be reincorporated into the publication. In other words, the marks placed in space were returned to their original homes/roles on the page. Production for the publication, however, was postponed due to the spread of COVID-19, and the entire museum has been closed tentatively for the time being.

Designer(s):
Shin Shin, Seoul (KR)
Client:
The MMCAl Art Bookstore, Seoul (KR)
Fundação Marques da Silva
Fundação Marques da Silva
Fundação Marques da Silva
Fundação Marques da Silva

Fundação Marques da Silva (FMS) is a research institution based in Porto, focusing on architectural and artistic culture. Over the years, it has been acquiring the archives of some of the most relevant Portuguese architects. FMS was about to open its doors to the city for the first time, by starting a program of exhibitions and parallel activities. The opening was scheduled for the 13th of March but has been postponed indefinitely.

Designer(s):
Ana Resende, Porto (PT)
Joana Sobral, Berlin (DE)
Client:
Fundação Marques da Silva, Porto (PT)
SfBGG
SfBGG
SfBGG

We are two students from the School of Design Bern Biel (SfGBB). This year is was our final year, and we had all submitted a final project. We had designed the flyers and posters, as well as the external signage and the curation for the exhibition. The opening day would have taken place on March 18th but the virus, unfortunately, prevented that. The main theme was smell, and we used the green cult fragrance tree as a key visual. Our class was very disappointed that we could not celebrate our four-year formation.

Designer(s):
Emma Leuthold, Biel (CH)
Fabian Luginbühl, Biel (CH)
Columbia Books
Columbia Books
Columbia Books

“Kenneth Frampton: Conversations with Daniel Talesnik” is a book that I was commissioned to design in late 2019. It was scheduled to be published by Columbia Books on Architecture and the City on the occasion of Kenneth Frampton’s 90th birthday and retirement from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation.

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A design direction and a printer (who produced a beautiful book dummy) were selected for the project, and all was moving smoothly forward. However, Columbia was among the first NYC schools to close/move online. Alas, our disparate locations slowed momentum, complicated communication, and ultimately the project was halted (unfortunately) indefinitely.
Designer(s):
Scott Vander Zee, New York (US)
Rude Strategies
Rude Strategies
Rude Strategies

Rude Strategies
GLOSS: The Beauty Tour of Amsterdam
We got funded to work on a publication in early 2020, we have been collaborating for a year prior and this would be our first work as a duo. Our publication was focused on studying digital beauty trends and looking at how the requirement of instagrammabilty transforms the environment around us. Based in the Netherlands, we decided to work on a location-based project situated in Amsterdam. We would develop the publication by working as observers; simply gazing, pretending to be a tourist, or pretending to be a local – depending on our moods, outfits and the role each of us decided to play on a given day.

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Looking for how digital beauty campaigns translate in shiny surfaces of shop windows, we also visited European headquarters of fashion brands, such as Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger. We are fascinated by how Instagram has the power to request the offline world to gloss up, smoothen out and hide its sharp edges. As women, we have always faced the demand of being smooth; a certain softness of our skin and our character. Gazing at shiny and smooth surfaces, we wanted to create our own world which blends multiple realities together and welcomes an outsider.
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Obviously, we cannot go on tour at the moment, so we are working on adjusting our research methods and talking about taking the step to publish digitally. It is very clear that the publication we have envisioned will not be realized, simply because the environment we aimed to observe is different and will never be the same again. And so are we.
Client:
Self-initiated
KW

Pickle Bar | Your Slavic Aperitivo
At the art collective Slavs and Tatars the plan was to open a new cultural space, the so called Pickle Bar. Everything for that was set to open during the summer in collaboration with KW. The Pickle Bar’s opening has been postponed and we really had to rethink how to make this (small) space function in a post-Corona time. Anyway the flyer was done, and an ad was published in a brochure.

Designer(s):
Stan de Natris, Berlin (DE)
Nam June Paik
Nam June Paik
Nam June Paik
Nam June Paik
Nam June Paik
Nam June Paik

Although Nam June Paik’s show at Stedelijk Museum was put into sleep mode (the museum had to close its doors the day the exhibition was due to open), we were unable to prevent the spread of its campaign in the streets of Amsterdam. The posters show an interpretation of a television test signal (an element often used by Nam June Paik) with the exhibition title THE FUTURE IS NOW in the subtitles. For weeks now the city is covered with these images, symbolizing an empty channel without programs being broadcasted. With no other campaign in line to replace this one, the sun has been doing some editing by making the bright colors more pale every day.

Designer(s):
Ines Cox, Antwerp (BE)
Client:
Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (NL)
CCC Precariat
CCC Precariat

Creatives of all kind, labeled previously in “The Rise of the Creative Class” by urban theorist Richard Florida as the driving force behind inner city regeneration, are thrown into precarious situations. Especially now, our situation as (freelance-precarious workers) designers, the loss of work, the dark clouds looming over the cultural field. The Tee approaches this misère with a wink to luxury brands and alma mater branding via our cognitive worker mascotte serving its knowledge on a “plat du jour”, aka the day labourer.

Designer(s):
Stan de Natris, Berlin (DE)
Client:
Self-initiated
Aprege
Aprege
Aprege

Our record label is called ARPEGE and we are from Nantes, located on the west coast of France. For the moment, two of our events are cancelled:

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Arpège x Input Selector invite Onirik at Macadam: For our first collaboration, Arpège Records and the electronic webzine Input Selector invited Onirik, a French producer based in Berlin. He is the founder of the Garage Hermétique label, to which he contributes as a producer. He is part of a collaborative project Oni-Ki, co-founder of Finest Hour and the owner of Off The Grid Records.

Arpège invited Robbenspierre at Le Lieu Unique: Robbenspierre has amazed us with his latest releases at Alphaville Records and the mysterious label Threads for a long time now. In addition to being a big producer of the UK Garage / Breakbeat sauce House, there is no hiding his addiction to rare records, thus he offers us a wide and exquisite selection during his sets.

Designer(s):
Corentin Billot, Paris (FR)
Quentin Coulombier, Paris (FR)
Sella Graphic, Nantes (FR)
Client:
Arpège, Nantes (FR)
Sporadic Schooling
Sporadic Schooling
Sporadic Schooling

The Experimental Type Design Workshop was supposed to take place on March 12th 2020. The 3-day workshop invited participants to look at the components and anatomy of type – both Arabic and Latin – and work with shape, rhythm, impressions and associations (both cultural and visual) to create a bilingual alphabet. The workshop was to be run by a local type designer, Najla Badran and a Swiss graphic/type designer, Florian Jakober. Florian was already in Cairo when we had to cancel everything!

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This workshop was going to be the launch of Sporadic Schooling, which is a 12 to 18 months program of workshops, exhibitions, talks and public discussions focusing on visual culture. Events were planned to start in March and run until the end of the year with a brief break in the Spring. All scheduled events are currently on hold. The Experimental Type Design Workshop was already publicly announced and participation was at full capacity. The workshop was in collaboration with the host space, Cairopolitan and was supported by ProHelvetia Cairo.

Sporadic Schooling is currently Cairo-based and is expected to organically grow and change with time and experience. It is flexible, nomadic and always sporadic! It is a chance to build a network and a community and to activate it in the public space. Although the word ‘schooling’ is used in our title, this project is not about top down education or learning. It is about finding a form to communally explore pertinent, exciting and very precise topics with highly qualified protagonists. Once we are able to make plans again, the schedule will be restructured and relaunched!

Designer(s):
Engy Aly, Cairo (EG)
Client:
Sporadic Scholing and Cairopolitan with the support of ProHelvetia Cairo, Cairo (EG)
Open Ateliers Jordaan
Open Ateliers Jordaan

This is a poster for a group exhibition called “5×7×2.5“ which was curated by Christel Harms and Roswitha Witten. 75 artists responded to the call with artwork that measured 5×7×2.5 cm in size. The group exhibition was planned as a touring exhibition so this specific size allowed for flexibility in moving the exhibition from one place to another.

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The exhibition would have been open to the public for the first time on the occasion of the “Open Ateliers Jordaan” in Amsterdam from 29th of May till 1st of June 2020. Right now we are working on some ideas to make the exhibition accessible for a vernissage through a website or printed matter. The size restriction of the artwork inspired the graphic elements used for the poster. This took the form of visual instructions for folding and unfolding a matchbox. I created a still image version and an animated version.
Designer(s):
Moriz Oberberger, Amsterdam (NL)
Client:
Open Ateliers Jordaan, Amsterdam (NL)
Sommerfest
Sommerfest
Sommerfest

Every summer the Zurich’s department for culture hosts free outdoor concerts with local artists for a few days. Each year the visual identity for this popular music event is designed by a different local graphic designer or illustrator. For the 2020 edition the organizers approached us and we started working on it around the time the lockdown came into effect in Switzerland.

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With the hope and intention to still host this annual summer event in the city, we wanted to create something vibrant and energetic. Something that sets the mood for a carefree social event, outdoors (away from your home and screen), full of summer sunset vibes and music. Well, it didn’t quite work out that way.
Designer(s):
Offshore Studio, Zürich (CH)
Client:
Stadt Zürich Kultur, Zürich (CH)
Creative Week

This is one of 10 poster variations we made for the Art Directors Club Switzerland’s Creative Week 2020. Only one of them made it into print before the event, which should have taken place at the end of March, was postponed indefinitely due to the Covid-19 pandemic. This years motto was “The Creative Take-over”, so we created individual flags for each participant through a modular system of code, based on their personal information. The key visual shows an adaptation of the time code, which gives information about the date of the individual talks.

Designer(s):
Katharina Shafiei-Nasab, Zürich (CH)
Noam Benatar, Zürich (CH)
Mathias Manner, Zürich (CH)
Daryl Schiltknecht, Zürich (CH)
Client:
ADC Switzerland, ZHdK, Zürich (CH)
Into The Great Wide Open
Into The Great Wide Open

This year we are the designers-in-residence for the music and art festival: “Into The Great Wide Open” which takes place every year on the Dutch island Vlieland. The festival is split into two sections: “Here Comes The Summer” in May followed by “Into The Great Wide Open” in late August.

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This year they focused on the theme of ‘the critical mass’. Namely, what or who makes the difference? Is the mass a frightening concept that robs us of our own free choice to be who we want to be? We investigated patterns of growth and shrinkage; how fungi and trees talk to each other. We also explored what micro and macro behavior looks like using examples such as the study by Thomas Schelling, and the chemical basis of morphogenesis (also known as the Turing method after the mathematician Alan Turing)

Unfortunately, this year, both festivals were cancelled. Now, instead of taking place on location, they will appear through online broadcasts and printed publications. *Additional coding assisted by: Vera van de Seyp.

Designer(s):
Loes Claessens, Roosje Klap, Amsterdam (NL)
Client:
Into The Great Wide Open, Vlieland (NL)
Solothurn
Solothurn

This year’s visuality for the Solothurn Literary Days is based on two “actors” representing literature: a pencil and a book. With very sober drawings in strong colors we created situations that tell simple humorous stories. The viewer can enter a tale through a door, immerse into it through in swimmingpool or let pencils lead him the way. The goal was to create a different illustration for every media carrier – but unfortunately the festival was canceled before most of the products got realized.

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The Solothurn Literary Days is the most renowned festival for literature in Switzerland. Every spring it presents the latest literary work in each of Switzerland’s four national languages. It is a meeting place for authors, publishers and a literature-loving audience. The festival was supposed to take place on May 22nd to 24th 2020, but was canceled in March.

We created the new visual identity in 2016. Addressed to the readers, the festivals name is written out in four languages. This word mark and the corporate typeface Universe are basically the only visual elements which remain constant throughout the years. Everything else can vary, allowing a completely new visual appearance for every edition of the festival.

Designer(s):
Andrea Stebler, Bern (CH)
Thomas Hirter, Bern (CH)
David Nydegger, Bern (CH)
Thomas Berger, Zürich (CH)
Corpoäomy
Corpoäomy
Corpoäomy

This poster series was originally intended to be seen all over the city of Frankfurt am Main. It was designed (or rather it was still in the design process when the project was cut off) for Künstlerhaus Mousonturm, a cultural institution for contemporary dance and choreography, performance and innovative formats. “corponomy – Politics of the Body” was the thematic focus in the remaining months of this season and would have created a forum that illuminates the entanglements of ethics, aesthetics and politics in the field of bodies and their movements.

Designer(s):
Anne Büttner, Berlin (DE)
Client:
Künstlerhaus Mousonturm, Frankfurt am Main (DE)
Spector Books

Flyer for book vernissage «Die wesentliche Eigenart aber liegt in der Blüte», at the book fair in Leipzig (DE).

Designer(s):
Krispin Hée, Zurich (CH)
Client:
Spector Books, Leipzig (DE)
Sandberg Instituut
Sandberg Instituut
Sandberg Instituut
Sandberg Instituut
Sandberg Instituut
Sandberg Instituut

PUB Printing Services is a radical laboratory for instant publications within PUB. The project, started in 2019 within the framework of Sandberg Instituut Graduation Shows, consists in a nomadic printing studio set up in a rented van. Printer, Radio, Paper, Mics and a team of 5 designer and artists, travelling through Amsterdam collecting interviews from the various participant in the different exhibitions. Printing instantly on the spot the results of every interview translated with Google Voice Recognition. PUB Printing Services adapt itself to the ever changing environment.

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PUB is an interdepartmental initiative founded and led by students from the Sandberg Instituut in Amsterdam. By establishing a publishing practice at the university, PUB functions as a HUB and a platform to identify interdisciplinary connections and accelerate collaborations between students, alumni, and external agents. PUB channels include radio, TV, PUBcast, web, Type Lab, Journal, PUB Printing Services and sessions around publishing. PUB is funded by the Sandberg Instituut.
Designer(s):
PUB, Amsterdam (NL)
Client:
Sandberg Instituut, Amsterdam (NL)
Korean Underground Concert

I’d like to introduce the poster that was intended for an underground Korean music concert. The goal of this project was to reveal and reflect on the ideology of the currently unsung musicians. The graphic element on the poster illustrates fickle waves as representing ideals and beliefs. The lack of a grid system gives the viewer an anxiety and yet the relationship with the negative space gives an ironic sense of stability. The poster draws the viewer’s attention through ironic visual language, while celebrating and taking comfort in the artist’s ideas.

Designer(s):
Phillip Kim, NY (US)
Client:
Teleport, Seoul (KR)
Royal Academy of Fine Arts (KASK)
Royal Academy of Fine Arts (KASK)
Royal Academy of Fine Arts (KASK)
Royal Academy of Fine Arts (KASK)
Royal Academy of Fine Arts (KASK)

We imagined the Comic Books’ Designs Archive (part 1) on an invitation of Julie Peeters to organise a workshop for the graphic design students of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of Gent (KASK), Belgium.

The workshop aimed to look at the representation of graphic design through the lens of the comic book genre. We were interested in the way printed matters are represented, drawn, scaled, and abstracted down to few signifying elements. Each student was given a piece of comic strip and the following instructions:

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“There is a recognisable graphic design element in the comic book panel you were given. Reproduce its layout by hand, as accurately as possible, on an A5 format. The typography should also be a precise reproduction of the original and its details. The imperfections of the drawing’s lines and the coarseness of certain shapes should also be preserved. Think your reproduction of this design as a flat print file or a scanned document (it should not take into account the perspective or distortion occurring in certain cases). If some graphical elements are hidden by a speech bubble, hands, or due to the crop of the comic book panel, it is up to you to decide whether you want to complete the layout or not.”

The workshop was supposed to take place in l’espace Ness, our workspace in Paris. In a one-day production marathon, the students were to riso print and bind the publication archiving their drawings. Fate was not on our side, as the old riso printer got stuck only a week before and the paper delivery got lost and never found, so we had to fix up the machine and came up with a plan B for paper. Ultimately the students’ trip got cancelled and the day the workshop was planned, Tuesday the 17th of March, was the official date of the beginning of France’s lockdown. Either way, the students produced very nice contributions and the publication should be produced when the circumstances allow it.

Designer(s):
Espace Ness, Paris (FR)
Hors Lits Suisse
Hors Lits Suisse

Hors Lits Suisse, as a loose network of artists, organizes events in the form of exclusive performances for a small audience directly from the most private of all institutions: the bed. The idea, born in France, has also taken root in Switzerland and now takes place for four consecutive days in Bern, Vevey, Nyon and Biel. For this event series, 7er Studio designed flyers, posters, pins and a website. In order to graphically implement intimacy of the project, 7er Studio chose two simple elements and carefully put them together: small illustrations of surreal assembled components of beds, houses and balconies and the font “Labil Grotesk”, which is characterized by playfully tilted letters.

Designer(s):
7er Studio, Bern (CH)
The Korean Cultural Center in Berlin
The Korean Cultural Center in Berlin

Celebes, the old name of Sulawesi in Indonesia, was also a title of the exhibition which was about to be held in Korea Cultural Center in Berlin by a Korean artist. Due to the crisis, it was canceled with a happening that we can’t just laugh at: an officer from Korea, who was required to quarantine himself, visited the venue on a business trip. Therefore, the Korean Cultural House was entirely closed to prevent possible cases. Luckily after the trip, he tested negative for Covid 19. (otherwise, it would have been a tremendous disaster to many people, especially for the Asian immigrants in Berlin.) Now I’m just wondering how long it will take to be able to visit either Seoul or Celebes.

Designer(s):
Dokho Shin, Berlin (DE)
Client:
The Korean Cultural Center, Berlin (DE)
Institut Français de la Mode
Institut Français de la Mode
Institut Français de la Mode
Institut Français de la Mode
Institut Français de la Mode
Institut Français de la Mode
Institut Français de la Mode
Institut Français de la Mode
Institut Français de la Mode

Last semester we planned an exhibition in the Spring for our MA Fashion Design students at the Institut Français de la Mode in Paris, where we teach image-making and visual direction. We designed 11 posters for our students which were initially meant to be printed on fluorescent yellow paper and hung in the gallery, alongside their publications, 3 dimensional pieces, and a series of image and video projections in the space. A digital invitation was designed to be sent out via email. Unfortunately the physical exhibition was cancelled so we decided to adapt and publish it online instead.

Designer(s):
Ghazaal Vojdani, Julia Andréone, Paris (FR)
F+F School of Art and Design
F+F School of Art and Design
F+F School of Art and Design
F+F School of Art and Design
F+F School of Art and Design

Twice a year the F+F School of Art and Design opens its doors and invites students to get to know the school. For the first Open House in March we designed posters, an animation and a series of invitation cards. Due to the Coronavirus crisis the event was cancelled and the information evening took place virtually instead. The posters were shown throughout the city of Zurich and are still hanging today – one month after the planned event.

Designer(s):
Büro 146, Zürich (CH)
Client:
F+F School of Art and Design, Zürich (CH)
Likeminds Camp
Likeminds Camp

Likeminds is a weekend conference held every year at a summer camp in upstate New York filled with speakers, workshops, swimming, music, food, and drink. The 5th iteration of this event was ventured around the theme of ‘movement’ and was to be held on March 27 at a new location on the west coast outside of Los Angeles. We cancelled mid February with heavy hearts still unsure about how serious Covid-19 would be and decided to focus our efforts back to New York.

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Over the years the Likeminds project has evolved from being a single graphic identity into a more expansive approach including branding, art direction, signage / way-finding, stage design and apparel. We will not be rescheduling the west coast Likeminds but are cautiosly hopeful to pick up where we left off for our New York Likeminds in September.
Designer(s):
Joel Fear, New York (US)
Client:
Likeminds Camp, New York (US)
Hong Kong Design Institute
Hong Kong Design Institute
Hong Kong Design Institute
Hong Kong Design Institute
Hong Kong Design Institute

Storytelling, an exhibition of new metalwork and jewellery from Sheffield Hallam University, was scheduled to be on display at the Hong Kong Design Institute. We designed a visual identity and catalogue, as well as a model for displaying objects together with Edward Crooks. Bi-lingual headline lettering for the occasion. Catalogue cover (actually) printed in PMS Silver and Black, with an emboss.

Designer(s):
Regular Practice, London (GB)
Client:
Hong Kong Design Institute, Hong Kong
The Shed
The Shed

HELP, the first show of The Shed’s spring 2020 season, had just begun previews before New York shut down. We were working on the art direction for a number of other performances and programs, and with their in-house team, on designing all the other things needed for a season of programming. We’re still working on some of those things, hopeful that once the city (and the world) opens back up that the museums will too.

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Along with other cultural institutions, The Shed has also made a push to deliver art and music directly to audiences via social media, so we’re working on that too. And, with a bit more time on our hands we’re finally finishing the style guide for the visual identity we developed back in 2018. Working with the identity for a year without strict rules has been a bit like biking with your hands off the handlebars, which is exactly how we like it.

Designer(s):
Other Means, New York (US)
Client:
The Shed, New York (US)
Strelka Institute
Strelka Institute
Strelka Institute

This is a poster for the regular bi-weekly party at Strelka Bar. This time it was with CABLE TOY, a DJ and producer based in Saint-Petersburg. I usually don’t have a lot of time for these posters, so I try to make them bold, simple and bright.

Designer(s):
Anna Kulachek, New York, (US)
Client:
Strelka Institute, Moscow, (RU)
Paradiso
Paradiso

First a disclaimer – the poster shown above is not designed by us. We created the template for it, a couple of years ago. In fact, we designed the first templates for Paradiso already in 1996; and throughout the years, we revised these templates a couple of times – until 2016, when we turned it into a full graphic identity (or graphic language, as we prefer to call it). In other words, this particular poster was produced by the in-house graphic design team of Paradiso (Sander Puhl, Ilse Solleveld – who are always doing a wonderful job) – and whenever we see these posters in the streets, we still feel very connected to it.

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This poster is hanging in the streets of Amsterdam right now, together with loads of other posters from other venues, theatres and cinemas – all announcing concerts and festivals that will never take place. Together, these posters form a utopian web of impressions, sketching a future that never happened. There’s a certain beauty in that – to us, it shows the resilience of printed matter in times of crises, even when it seems to be failing.

Here’s a street artist we recently came across, who actually feels less positive about this current notion of ‘cancel culture.’

And yet – we feel there’s a utopian power to be found in these outdated posters.
Let us explain:

Every day, we walk to the studio.
This is perhaps a stupid thing to do, during these lockdown days – we know we should stay home.
But we do need the walk (as vegans, a daily dose of sunshine is the only way to get our intake of Vitamin D – that is our feeble excuse) – and in the studio there’s only us three, and we’re basically family, so we feel it still counts as isolation….

So we’re walking to the studio, every day, through the ghost town of Amsterdam…

And while walking, we’re always really aware of the ecosystem of posters in the streets:

On the one hand, there are all the posters of events (mostly concerts) that are cancelled.
They appear as strange notes from a future that never took place – a surreal glimpse into an utopian parallel universe:
Dreamy, idealistic visions of tomorrow.

On the other hand, there is a whole infrastructure of urgent notes and flyers, taped and tacked to shop windows and restaurant doors…
Dystopian notes that say ‘Closed’, ‘Take-out only’, ‘Delivery only’, ‘Keep your distance’, etc..

And somehow these two infrastructures of posters (the utopian and dystopian) bleed into each other – they shift alongside each other, like two alternating rhythms, creating a sort of third rhythm… like a moiré of two different patterns.

This whole clash of rhythms generate a vibrant experience in the city – walking through the streets feels like surfing these printed, paper waves.

It also presents two different models of what graphic design can be:
It can be about envisioning better futures, in a utopian way. It can also be about the urgency and dystopia of the present.
Both models are valid – they feed into each other, and need each other, like yin and yang.

Utopia and dystopia crashing into each other, like paper waves on a concrete shore.

Designer(s):
Experimental Jetset, Amsterdam (NL)
Sander Puhl, Amsterdam (NL)
Ilse Solleveld, Amsterdam (NL)
Client:
Paradiso, Amsterdam (NL)
Les Sieste
Les Sieste
Les Sieste
Les Sieste
Les Sieste
Les Sieste
Les Sieste
Les Sieste
Les Sieste
Les Sieste

A visual identity for the French underground music festival, les Siestes, which is based on super simple visuals (less is more… fun) and later hand «printed» by students. Like that they gave the work a graphic interpretation. 120 posters were produced in 4 days, which would have been used in the public advertising network of the city of Toulouse – 120 original artworks… Les Siestes is a free music festival and therefore belongs to everyone, and so does its visual identity. In exchange for the students work, they would have had their own artistic public event during the OFF of Les Siestes – unfortunately it wont happen this year.

Designer(s):
Pierre Vanni, Paris (FR)
Client:
Les Siestes, Toulouse (FR)
Empty House
Empty House
Empty House
Empty House

The Graphic Design department of The Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp (where I used to teach) had an exhibition planned for the school’s — cancelled — Open House. They wanted to leave their campus and relocate the exhibition to the main building of the Academy. Since people could still visit the (empty) campus, Bas Rogiers (head Graphic Design) invited me to design a flag for the façade of their “Empty House”. In the end I designed two flags; one for the façade, picturing an empty shell, and one for inside the exhibition, picturing the word FINE. Both flags carry a label with an accompanying story. These satin labels were printed in a bulk and were meant to be distributed as flyers.

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The Academy’s Open House was cancelled, so the relocated exhibition never took place. They are now trying to show the exhibition online. Meanwhile my flag with the empty shell is still waving upon their façade… Even though it is not designed for this situation, it still works with the absence of the teachers and students.

The text that is printed on the label:
“This is the story of a sea snail that always carried the most fine ideas on the tip of its tongue. Doubting its way through life, the snail was never able to let go of these thoughts. No words were suitable, no shapes ever fitting… The constant longing for a decision made the snail grow longer and longer. One day, while tirelessly trying to spit out a tangible concept, the snail spew so hard that it flew out of its own house. From this new point of view, the now naked creature suddenly noticed the most phenomenal sight of all—the exact thing it was looking for all its life. Simultaneous to the snail’s permanent state of longing and its fickle existence of tossing and turning, an exceptional entity had been growing with and around it: a fine piece of design. An image built whorl by whorl, echoing all accumulated doubts into eternity…”

Designer(s):
Ines Cox, Antwerp (BE)
Client:
The Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Antwerp (BE)
RAPS (Temporary Culture)

RAPS (Temporary Culture) is a biannual event that connects music with visual culture through a contemporary perspective on hip hop. The discussion is held visually: artists and designers combine rap with cross-genre moving images in search of a contemporary audio-visual culture. Each time the main subject of the poster is a kind of a glass-labyrinth, its glass-walls are filled with works by artists and designers, as well as ephemera and photography from rap-culture.

Designer(s):
Kasper-Florio, St.Gallen (CH)
Client:
Palace, St.Gallen (CH)
Loss

My interrupted work is the result of a potentially failed eBay delivery.

I can’t claim with absolute certainty that the delivery did not take place because of the virus but it feels safe to say there’s a good chance that the virus had an influence on the process. In any case almost two months have passed and I have no clue on my parcel’s whereabouts.

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Shortly before the first signs of an international crisis started to become apparent, still oblivious to what was about to unfold, I began working on a new series of cut-up LA Times newspapers. Among the eight copies I ordered online, seven managed to reach their destination: one deals with the Bush v. Gore case, two with Lady Diana’s death, one with Y2K, and three with 9/11.

Copy #8—the missing copy, which also happens to be the one I care about the most—is dated Sunday, July 18, 1999. Its cover features a portrait of Carolyn Bessette and her husband, caught while walking arm in arm somewhere in Italy the previous summer. The headline reads: “JFK Jr., His Wife Feared Dead”.

A missing newspaper is, after all, quite an acceptable loss in the face of a terrifying pandemic. At the same time, given that a double loss was already at play in the series, in this specific case the loss is triple.

Designer(s):
Andrea Salerno, Arnhem (NL)
Client:
self-initiated