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

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

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

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

PS: This website is programmed by Quentin Creuzet!

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

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

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

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

PS: This website is programmed by Quentin Creuzet!

What The Great Pandemic Novels Teach Us

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

What Are Parallel Universes?

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

Parallel Cards by Ryan Gander & Europa

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

The Third Policeman

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

Kuki Shūzō : Parallel Lines

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

What The Great Pandemic Novels Teach Us

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

What Are Parallel Universes?

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

Parallel Cards by Ryan Gander & Europa

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

The Third Policeman

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

Kuki Shūzō : Parallel Lines

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

Parallel-Parallel
Pillar
Pillar
Pillar
Pillar
Pillar

Pilar Asap is a semi-annual, multidisciplinary festival organized by Pilar in Brussels. This year’s edition was centered around the theme of identity. What does identity mean in music, art, performance and culture in our current times? The festival’s program had a long list of concerts, debats, lectures and performances. Unfortunately the festival was cancelled because of the second covid lockdown. Pilar is now trying to bring the Asap program in a digital revive, by the name of Pilar Asap Sessions. Keep an eye on their socials for more about this. You could still find the poster’s aftermath in the streets of Brussels in 2020.

Read more

The series of these festivals is made in the unique identity of Pilar itself. For the identity of Pilar we wanted to find a font that visualized a dual association. On the one hand, we tried to find an association with the historical approach of the university and its old generation, which the art center is located on. And on the other hand, we wanted a rebellious and punk approach for the youth. These associations fitted perfectly with Max Bill’s typeface Bill (1950), named after himself. The typeface is based on the ancient cuneiform writing and is associated with ancient temples and the knowledge passed from ancient reading stones. Pilar, pronounced like “pillar” (meaning column) fitted perfectly with the idea of ancient temples. Apart from this ancient remembrance, we also thought the aggressive sharp lines felt like graffiti tags. A typical rebellious typographical expression of the youth throughout the years, mixing the visual language of the ancients perfectly with the contemporary of the youth. The content of the identity is always centered, leading to a stack of graphical form. This graphical form represents a pillar of content. Every edition Corbin & Lennart create a theme-based image and animation and select a connected color.

Designer(s):
Corbin Mahieu & Lennart Van den Bossche, Ghent (BE)
Client:
Pilar, Brussels (BE)
Palace 2
Palace 2

On the one hand, in the hope that as many events as possible could be held, but with the ulterior motive that some might have to be cancelled, I wanted the poster to be able to be used sensibly in any case. So I designed it in such a way that the poster could be cut into 4 parts and thus at least the valid events could still be advertised with it… The poster was printed with two pantone colors—blue and overprinted with silver—nevertheless, optimism unfortunately did not pay off in this case: all four events had to be cancelled.

Designer(s):
Anna Haas, Zurich (CH)
Client:
Palace, St.Gallen (CH)
Audace(s)
Audace(s)
Audace(s)
Audace(s)

Last April the second edition of the Audace(s) festival—dedicated to performing arts through the prism of emerging and student scenes in Arras—was supposed to take place before this you-know-what19 mess happened.
This year edition was based on a visual fragile balance as a metaphor for the risk-taking of experimental artistic practices. Sadly, we couldn’t be more right and it seems everything fell apart.

Designer(s):
Surfaces Studio (Nicolas Millot & Jane Secret), Lille (FR)
Deep Black

Second one of a poster series for the Deep Black events that take place in Fri-Son (Fribourg), which are organized by Lausanne-based DJ’s Askemwhy and Septentrio. The parties are described as follows: “No Light, No VJ, Just Bass.” The theme is represented through this heavy and bold typographic composition, in which I tried to achieve a black ink on letterpress effect. The event was firstly planned for April, then was postponed to November, and will obviously be moved again.

Designer(s):
Nathan Meyer, Zurich (CH)
Client:
Fri-Son, Fribourg (CH)
Beer
Beer

Posters to promote Slosh Berlin, Berlin’s annual homebrew competition organised by The Mash Pit Brewery. It is an amazing opportunity for all homebrewers in Berlin and beyond to showcase what they do best, brew beer. Thankfully the event still went ahead but on a much smaller scale than previous years due to Covid. This meant these posters were never printed and never saw the light of day.

The posters are designed to be tiled side by side and create a constant sloshing wave graphic. The posters were to be printed in a metallic gold with a vibrant pink/red. The saying ‘to get sloshed’ is slang for getting drunk, and also the movement of liquid.

Long live the Mash Pit!

Designer(s):
Callin Mackintosh, London (UK)
Client:
Mash Pit Brewery, Berlin (DE)
Palace
Palace

There is not much to say about these posters, except that they are probably the first ones in a long series of cancelled concerts.
My predecessor as designer for Palace was Christoph Nüssli, he had used many different Pantone colours for the monthly programmes. For the series of single posters I therefore I decided to use his leftover colours to pre-print the paper in offset rainbow printing process. This resulted in about 24 different gradients. On top of that the respective subject is printed in black using digital printing.

Designer(s):
Anna Haas, Zurich (CH)
Client:
Palace, St. Gallen (CH)
Wang

People can only see that they know the content, and the more they know, the more confused they are. Environmental pollution is a global problem. Although people have read a lot of reports on public welfare undertakings, they are still wasteful and unrestrained in their daily life, just like the disorder in the page.

Designer(s):
Wang Xiao-Shuai, Bei Jing (CHN)
Client:
KENMORI
Astronomical Observatory Belgrade

This is a poster announcing an exhibition about asteroids and the history of asteroid observation in Serbia. Unfortunately the exhibition was canceled. The idea was to screen print hundreds of them in various colors and spread them all over Novi Sad. This is where the exhibition supposed to take place.

While working on it more and more sponsor logos were arriving. Gosh! There were so many, keeping them small wouldn’t help! So I decided to make the logos part of the design instead of hiding them. A fatal NO GO: placing the sponsor logos on a white stripe at the bottom of a poster!

Designer(s):
Aleksandar Todorović, Bijeljina (B&H)
Parallel-Parallel
Pillar
Pillar
Pillar
Pillar
Pillar

Pilar Asap is a semi-annual, multidisciplinary festival organized by Pilar in Brussels. This year’s edition was centered around the theme of identity. What does identity mean in music, art, performance and culture in our current times? The festival’s program had a long list of concerts, debats, lectures and performances. Unfortunately the festival was cancelled because of the second covid lockdown. Pilar is now trying to bring the Asap program in a digital revive, by the name of Pilar Asap Sessions. Keep an eye on their socials for more about this. You could still find the poster’s aftermath in the streets of Brussels in 2020.

Read more

The series of these festivals is made in the unique identity of Pilar itself. For the identity of Pilar we wanted to find a font that visualized a dual association. On the one hand, we tried to find an association with the historical approach of the university and its old generation, which the art center is located on. And on the other hand, we wanted a rebellious and punk approach for the youth. These associations fitted perfectly with Max Bill’s typeface Bill (1950), named after himself. The typeface is based on the ancient cuneiform writing and is associated with ancient temples and the knowledge passed from ancient reading stones. Pilar, pronounced like “pillar” (meaning column) fitted perfectly with the idea of ancient temples. Apart from this ancient remembrance, we also thought the aggressive sharp lines felt like graffiti tags. A typical rebellious typographical expression of the youth throughout the years, mixing the visual language of the ancients perfectly with the contemporary of the youth. The content of the identity is always centered, leading to a stack of graphical form. This graphical form represents a pillar of content. Every edition Corbin & Lennart create a theme-based image and animation and select a connected color.

Designer(s):
Corbin Mahieu & Lennart Van den Bossche, Ghent (BE)
Client:
Pilar, Brussels (BE)
Palace 2
Palace 2

On the one hand, in the hope that as many events as possible could be held, but with the ulterior motive that some might have to be cancelled, I wanted the poster to be able to be used sensibly in any case. So I designed it in such a way that the poster could be cut into 4 parts and thus at least the valid events could still be advertised with it… The poster was printed with two pantone colors—blue and overprinted with silver—nevertheless, optimism unfortunately did not pay off in this case: all four events had to be cancelled.

Designer(s):
Anna Haas, Zurich (CH)
Client:
Palace, St.Gallen (CH)
Audace(s)
Audace(s)
Audace(s)
Audace(s)

Last April the second edition of the Audace(s) festival—dedicated to performing arts through the prism of emerging and student scenes in Arras—was supposed to take place before this you-know-what19 mess happened.
This year edition was based on a visual fragile balance as a metaphor for the risk-taking of experimental artistic practices. Sadly, we couldn’t be more right and it seems everything fell apart.

Designer(s):
Surfaces Studio (Nicolas Millot & Jane Secret), Lille (FR)
Deep Black

Second one of a poster series for the Deep Black events that take place in Fri-Son (Fribourg), which are organized by Lausanne-based DJ’s Askemwhy and Septentrio. The parties are described as follows: “No Light, No VJ, Just Bass.” The theme is represented through this heavy and bold typographic composition, in which I tried to achieve a black ink on letterpress effect. The event was firstly planned for April, then was postponed to November, and will obviously be moved again.

Designer(s):
Nathan Meyer, Zurich (CH)
Client:
Fri-Son, Fribourg (CH)
Beer
Beer

Posters to promote Slosh Berlin, Berlin’s annual homebrew competition organised by The Mash Pit Brewery. It is an amazing opportunity for all homebrewers in Berlin and beyond to showcase what they do best, brew beer. Thankfully the event still went ahead but on a much smaller scale than previous years due to Covid. This meant these posters were never printed and never saw the light of day.

The posters are designed to be tiled side by side and create a constant sloshing wave graphic. The posters were to be printed in a metallic gold with a vibrant pink/red. The saying ‘to get sloshed’ is slang for getting drunk, and also the movement of liquid.

Long live the Mash Pit!

Designer(s):
Callin Mackintosh, London (UK)
Client:
Mash Pit Brewery, Berlin (DE)
Palace
Palace

There is not much to say about these posters, except that they are probably the first ones in a long series of cancelled concerts.
My predecessor as designer for Palace was Christoph Nüssli, he had used many different Pantone colours for the monthly programmes. For the series of single posters I therefore I decided to use his leftover colours to pre-print the paper in offset rainbow printing process. This resulted in about 24 different gradients. On top of that the respective subject is printed in black using digital printing.

Designer(s):
Anna Haas, Zurich (CH)
Client:
Palace, St. Gallen (CH)
Wang

People can only see that they know the content, and the more they know, the more confused they are. Environmental pollution is a global problem. Although people have read a lot of reports on public welfare undertakings, they are still wasteful and unrestrained in their daily life, just like the disorder in the page.

Designer(s):
Wang Xiao-Shuai, Bei Jing (CHN)
Client:
KENMORI
Astronomical Observatory Belgrade

This is a poster announcing an exhibition about asteroids and the history of asteroid observation in Serbia. Unfortunately the exhibition was canceled. The idea was to screen print hundreds of them in various colors and spread them all over Novi Sad. This is where the exhibition supposed to take place.

While working on it more and more sponsor logos were arriving. Gosh! There were so many, keeping them small wouldn’t help! So I decided to make the logos part of the design instead of hiding them. A fatal NO GO: placing the sponsor logos on a white stripe at the bottom of a poster!

Designer(s):
Aleksandar Todorović, Bijeljina (B&H)