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

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

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

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

PS: This website is programmed by Quentin Creuzet!

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

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

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

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

PS: This website is programmed by Quentin Creuzet!

What The Great Pandemic Novels Teach Us

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

What Are Parallel Universes?

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

Parallel Cards by Ryan Gander & Europa

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

The Third Policeman

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

Kuki Shūzō : Parallel Lines

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

What The Great Pandemic Novels Teach Us

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

What Are Parallel Universes?

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

Parallel Cards by Ryan Gander & Europa

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

The Third Policeman

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

Kuki Shūzō : Parallel Lines

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

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

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

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

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

Book design for Oslo based artist Georg Óskar Giannakoudakis.Fundamentally, his practice is regarded as a visual diary of his personal observations of the mundane, specifically in nature and people. His works are composed in a unique manner to allow multiple entry points for viewers, prompting them to reflect on the complexities of contemporary life. This was supposed to be publish in fall 2020. The project got postponed and we still don’t know when it will be published.

Designer(s):
Siyu Mao, Berlin (DE)
Photography: Nora Heinisch, Berlin (DE)
Client:
Migrant Bird Space, Berlin (DE)
Ludwig Leo
Ludwig Leo
Ludwig Leo
Ludwig Leo

The Circulation Tank 2 (Umlauftank 2 1967–1974) is a heritage protected Berlin landmark built by German architect Ludwig Leo (1924–2012). The iconic building is a laboratory—a testing ground for flow experiments, for modes of architectural expression and now since its restoration for how to deal with recent monuments. The utopian planning approach of the Umlauftank 2 constitutes a synthesis of form and function, of creative collaboration and minimalist structure, of scientific research and expressive appearance.

The book design represents the architecture’s spirit. It aims at communicating the social relevance of heritage protection to a broader public. Re-interpreting design elements from the original building, the book brings together historic and poetic, documentary and critical perspectives on a rare architecture design approach. There was supposed to be a book launch in March 2020. Because of Covid it was canceled. But luckily we could publish this book later 2021.

Designer(s):
Siyu Mao, Berlin (DE)
Photography: Nora Heinisch, Berlin (DE)
Client:
Wuestenrot Foundation, Ludwigsburg (DE)
Berner Design Stiftung
Berner Design Stiftung

The poster announces the annual exhibition of funded design projects of the Canton of Bern. The exhibition had to be cancelled very shortly before the opening. The posters were printed but never used.
The grey poster was used to communicate the cancellation.

Designer(s):
Johnson / Kingston, Bern / Luzern (CH)
Client:
Berner Design Stiftung, Bern (CH)
Kino Xenix

Poster for the monothematic monthly programme of Zurich-based arthouse cinema Xenix. The films were selected and compiled by Xenix co-programme director Jenny Billeter on the topic “Flucht nach vorn” (escaping ahead).

Designer(s):
Studio Marlon Ilg, Zurich (CH)
Client:
Xenix, Zurich (CH)
Kunsthalle Düsseldorf
Kunsthalle Düsseldorf
Kunsthalle Düsseldorf
Kunsthalle Düsseldorf
Kunsthalle Düsseldorf
Kunsthalle Düsseldorf
Kunsthalle Düsseldorf
Kunsthalle Düsseldorf

The retrospective at the Kunsthalle Düsseldorf introduces Lutz Mommartz’s multilayered film oeuvre and reveals thematic and associative connections between the films. In addition, Mommartz undertakes a revision of his films in two large-scale installations and, from his current perspective, develops a presentation that uses cinematic processes such as montage, loops, slow motion, acceleration, and fragmentation. The exhibition is thus both a retrospective of Mommartz’s oeuvre from the past 50 years and its premiere. The opening of the exhibition was scheduled for November 21, 2020, but was postponed until further notice. The images shown here are excerpts from various ephemera and the two-volume exhibition catalog.

Designer(s):
Studio Thomas Spallek, Duesseldorf (DE) and Porto (PT)
Client:
Kunsthalle Duesseldorf, Duesseldorf (DE)
Fulgrances 2
Fulgrances 2
Fulgrances 2
Fulgrances 2
Fulgrances 2

Fulgurances is a collective in the field of contemporary cuisine (restaurants, events, publications, etc.). We have been working with them since 2011. In 2020, they were in charge of the restaurant in l’Entrepôt which is a cultural place that brought cinemas, a restaurant, a bar and radio stations together. In September 2020, they came up with a cinema—cooking series, “Le Goût du Cinéma”, by inviting chefs to choose a film and compose a dinner for the audience after the screening. We designed the first 5 posters of this series, before the second lockdown in France put an end to this project (the last event was canceled).

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

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

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

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

Book design for Oslo based artist Georg Óskar Giannakoudakis.Fundamentally, his practice is regarded as a visual diary of his personal observations of the mundane, specifically in nature and people. His works are composed in a unique manner to allow multiple entry points for viewers, prompting them to reflect on the complexities of contemporary life. This was supposed to be publish in fall 2020. The project got postponed and we still don’t know when it will be published.

Designer(s):
Siyu Mao, Berlin (DE)
Photography: Nora Heinisch, Berlin (DE)
Client:
Migrant Bird Space, Berlin (DE)
Ludwig Leo
Ludwig Leo
Ludwig Leo
Ludwig Leo

The Circulation Tank 2 (Umlauftank 2 1967–1974) is a heritage protected Berlin landmark built by German architect Ludwig Leo (1924–2012). The iconic building is a laboratory—a testing ground for flow experiments, for modes of architectural expression and now since its restoration for how to deal with recent monuments. The utopian planning approach of the Umlauftank 2 constitutes a synthesis of form and function, of creative collaboration and minimalist structure, of scientific research and expressive appearance.

The book design represents the architecture’s spirit. It aims at communicating the social relevance of heritage protection to a broader public. Re-interpreting design elements from the original building, the book brings together historic and poetic, documentary and critical perspectives on a rare architecture design approach. There was supposed to be a book launch in March 2020. Because of Covid it was canceled. But luckily we could publish this book later 2021.

Designer(s):
Siyu Mao, Berlin (DE)
Photography: Nora Heinisch, Berlin (DE)
Client:
Wuestenrot Foundation, Ludwigsburg (DE)
Berner Design Stiftung
Berner Design Stiftung

The poster announces the annual exhibition of funded design projects of the Canton of Bern. The exhibition had to be cancelled very shortly before the opening. The posters were printed but never used.
The grey poster was used to communicate the cancellation.

Designer(s):
Johnson / Kingston, Bern / Luzern (CH)
Client:
Berner Design Stiftung, Bern (CH)
Kino Xenix

Poster for the monothematic monthly programme of Zurich-based arthouse cinema Xenix. The films were selected and compiled by Xenix co-programme director Jenny Billeter on the topic “Flucht nach vorn” (escaping ahead).

Designer(s):
Studio Marlon Ilg, Zurich (CH)
Client:
Xenix, Zurich (CH)
Kunsthalle Düsseldorf
Kunsthalle Düsseldorf
Kunsthalle Düsseldorf
Kunsthalle Düsseldorf
Kunsthalle Düsseldorf
Kunsthalle Düsseldorf
Kunsthalle Düsseldorf
Kunsthalle Düsseldorf

The retrospective at the Kunsthalle Düsseldorf introduces Lutz Mommartz’s multilayered film oeuvre and reveals thematic and associative connections between the films. In addition, Mommartz undertakes a revision of his films in two large-scale installations and, from his current perspective, develops a presentation that uses cinematic processes such as montage, loops, slow motion, acceleration, and fragmentation. The exhibition is thus both a retrospective of Mommartz’s oeuvre from the past 50 years and its premiere. The opening of the exhibition was scheduled for November 21, 2020, but was postponed until further notice. The images shown here are excerpts from various ephemera and the two-volume exhibition catalog.

Designer(s):
Studio Thomas Spallek, Duesseldorf (DE) and Porto (PT)
Client:
Kunsthalle Duesseldorf, Duesseldorf (DE)
Fulgrances 2
Fulgrances 2
Fulgrances 2
Fulgrances 2
Fulgrances 2

Fulgurances is a collective in the field of contemporary cuisine (restaurants, events, publications, etc.). We have been working with them since 2011. In 2020, they were in charge of the restaurant in l’Entrepôt which is a cultural place that brought cinemas, a restaurant, a bar and radio stations together. In September 2020, they came up with a cinema—cooking series, “Le Goût du Cinéma”, by inviting chefs to choose a film and compose a dinner for the audience after the screening. We designed the first 5 posters of this series, before the second lockdown in France put an end to this project (the last event was canceled).

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