How can typesetting or a grid have such a strong and long-time impact on a global community and emotionalize it to such a degree? Which stories are hiding behind the success and failure of a design manifesto? How can cultural exchange bring new value to the field of graphic design? At the end of the day, is the contemporary scene still truly innovative or simply basking in past glories?
The concept of this one-week long artistic research project which raised these and many other related questions, was to hold conversations to discuss discuss anecdotes, stories, scandals and jealousies with typographers, graphic designers, artists, curators, and writers in a project space. Each guest was also asked to bring a design artefact that represents the diverse interactions of Swiss typography with the international design scene, all of which are presented in this volume. This builds a bridge between the typographic traditions and practices of the two countries, celebrating dialog and collaboration without ignoring divergence and conflicts.
Study on the ongoing authority of the Swiss Style ;
Comparison between graphic design approaches?
Exchanges with different specialists?
Typographic pieces by all guests ;
The world's first official postage stamp was issued in May 1840: the legendary ""One Penny Black"" with the profile of the Queen of England. The new payment system in the field of logistics by Sir Rowland Hill quickly gained hold all around the world. For the first time, this publication discusses the significance and functions of postage stamps as prominently visible elements of communication design.
The expressiveness inherent in the small-sized images and the very peculiar and heterogeneous mage vocabulary of this medium of mass culture is analyzed based on more than 40 designs by Hans Günter Schmitz. The book also presents concepts that were not implemented, in addition to sketches, studies, and variations - from Adenauer to the film festival Berlinale, from a mathematicians' congress to the famous Wuppertal suspension railway.
La collection Toms est l'une des plus grandes collections de tapisseries anciennes constituées de manière privée durant la deuxième moitié du XXe siècle. Elle comprend plus de cent oeuvres, tissées entre le XVIe et le XIXe siècle dans les ateliers des Flandres, de France, d'Italie et d'Angleterre, et se caractérise tant par sa diversité géographique, chronologique et thématique que par son remarquable état de conservation.
Ce patrimoine a été légué en 1993 au Canton de Vaud (Suisse) par Mary Toms, veuve de Reginald. Le couple de collectionneurs était établi depuis 1958 au Château de Coinsins, entre Lausanne et Genève. En créant la Fondation Toms Pauli en 2000, l'Etat de Vaud a regroupé en une seule institution cette collection prestigieuse et celle d'art textile contemporain (1961-1992), reçue également en donation.
La présente publication documente toutes les oeuvres tissées de la collection Toms et en fait l'analyse historique et artistique. Les auteurs, Guy Delmarcel, Nicole de Reyniès et Wendy Hefford, font chacun autorité dans leurs domaines respectifs : ceux de la tapisserie flamande, française et anglaise. Ce catalogue permet de découvrir un large éventail de pièces issues d'une des grandes traditions artistiques européennes. Acquises sur le marché de l'art dans les années i960, ces tapisseries avaient disparu de la vue du public et des chercheurs depuis près d'un demi-siècle.
A leur époque, les tapisseries étaient bien plus onéreuses que les peintures. Mais au-delà de leur valeur, leur système complexe de production et de distribution en fait des témoins éloquents des sociétés qui les appréciaient. Richement illustré, l'ouvrage s'adresse autant aux spécialistes qu'aux lecteurs néophytes.
Airports are places with multi-layered identities that millions of people pass through and where cultures meet: On the one hand, the history and the design heritage of the particular country can be identified and local characteristics are intensified and reinforced almost stereotypically. On the other hand, airports represent hypermodern functional environments in which processes are internationally standardized and maximally efficient, with a strong emphasis on entertainment and consumption.
Guidance systems navigate people through airports. The graphic language creates an image in the viewer's head carrying the respective identity in its own compact form through color, fonts, and pictograms. The authors, both specialists in the field, decipher this identity and trace its emergence and evolution over the decades. From the perspective of information design, they examine and analyze the wayfinding systems of approximately 70 airports by aligning their identities and functions.
Analysis of wayfinding concepts at airports ;
Examples from the past and present ;
Harmonizing identity and functionality ;
Authors are specialists in the field ;
Japanese culture and architecture has always fascinated the Western world. Within this context, the Japanese teahouse is a very special traditional, architecturally complex building type involving multiple currents of Japanese philosophy, art and esthetics.
The author presents the philosophical and religious background as well as the esthetic and spatial principles of the Japanese teahouse. He takes the reader on a cultural, historical and architectural journey through time, from the origins in the 15th century, when the art of the tea ceremony as well as the space in which it took place were recorded for the first time, to the present day, when the construction of a teahouse is still considered a great challenge for designers and architects in Japan.
Throughout history, a wide variety of rooms have been used for the tea ceremony: from the magnificent, large shoin reception rooms in the palaces of the ruling shoguns and rich samurai to the simple, grass-covered sôan hut modeled on the hermit's mountain hermitage. After many changes, the sôan teahouse was found to be the most suitable architectural form.
Quite literally single-handedly, eschewing cranes and heavy machinery, the trained sculptor Hermann Rosa used concrete to construct studio spaces as accessible large-scale sculptures. His innovative works combined open and ingeniously composed surfaces with commonplace dense materials. Decades before today's hugely celebrated concrete minimalism, Rosa created a masterful oeuvre whose powerful and moving spatial asceticism will continue to outlive today's and tomorrow's trends. This volume sheds light on how Rosa's sculpting power and architectural concepts merge to generate his unique formal language. Incorporating both his sculptures and the self-designed furniture in his apartment, this book presents and examines through new and original photographs, sketches, plans and texts Rosa's exceptional body of work.
Cette oeuvre dont la première édition, depuis longtemps épuisée, remonte à 1965, se présente dans une version nouvelle entièrement revue. Au moment de sa parution, ce livre pouvait être considéré comme un essai fondamentalement neuf de traiter méthodiquement les problèmes posés par la création de l'image et de la forme. Son objectif est de progresser pas à pas en partant du plus simple pour aller aux principes, au différencié jusqu'au compliqué. Les éléments de l'image et de la forme sont analysés et étudiés dans leur légitimité. Les connaissances obtenues par l'étude logique de la matière peuvent s'apprendre. Elles appartiennent à l'arsenal de tout graphiste et de tout typographe. L'enseignement méthodique de la création trouve aujourd'hui un emploi également dans la création au petit écran. Le traitement automatique des textes au moyen de l'ordinateur personnel se répand de plus en plus. Le procédé dit "Desktop Publishing" (composition automatique pour le bureau) exige conceptualisation et méthode. Cet (ouvrage ordonné selon une systématique adaptée à l'ordinateur rendra ainsi de précieux services comme manuel d'introduction pour ce nouveau groupe d'utilisateurs.
Once an architectural project has emerged from the perfect atmosphere of the computer, the drawings and the 3D models, it inevitably comes up against the logic of the real world. In most cases, the encounter is painless. But sometimes things go wrong!
This volume features a selection of 25 more or less notorious archiflops scattered over the globe, which are grouped in various thematic sections. Entries, an illustrated map, a half-serious glossary and a wealth of photographic documentation help readers to make some sense of the ghost towns in China, eco-monsters in the south of Italy and grotesque remains of American amusement parks.
We don't see this as a list of errors to be denounced but rather as an invitation to reflect on the fact that a project can't design its future. Then again, practice makes perfect.
La collaboration que Trix et Robert Haussmann ont initié en 1979 avec la fabricant de meubles Röthlisberger a résulté en un grand nombre de meubles expérimentaux de haute qualité tant artistique qu'artisanale. Ces réalisations d'exception, fabriquées en séries limitées de quinze pièces et définies comme des "objets" dans le manifeste artistique Manierismo Critico publié par les designers, ne sont comparables à aucun meuble disponible dans le commerce. Il s'agit d'armoires en forme de colonnes, de commodes en forme de murs et de bureaux en forme de ponts, tous ces "objets" particulièrement innovants étant disponibles en finition laquée ou bois de frêne. Intégrant des détails sophistiqués, ils se caractérisent par l'excellence de leur réalisation qui associe tradition artisanale et technologie de pointe, le produit fini étant le résultat de l'étroite collaboration entre les designers et le fabricant. Le présent ouvrage est entièrement consacré aux meubles conçus par Trix et Robert Haussmann qui font aujourd'hui partie de la collection Röthlisberger.
This volume discusses the world's first building equipped with an algae bioreactor façade. It is the first comprehensive study about this type of innovative architecture that could serve as a model for the future. Together with three other "Smart Material Houses", this prototypical building forms part of the International Building Exhibition (IBA) Hamburg.
Microalgae are cultivated in glass photobioreactors to generate energy and, at the same time, to control light and shade. The publication features recent as well as detailed plans and visuals from the first hand-drawn sketches, floor plans, cross-sections and details to a photo documentation.
First building with an algae bioreactor façade .
Presented at the 14th Venice International Architecture Biennale .
Detailed plans and sketches plus extensive photo documentation .
Supplementary essays and texts.
The book presents the discussed covers in their original dimension. This edition is limited to 200 numbered and personally signed copies.
A "good book" and whatever it is that makes a book beautiful are not easy to define - the details of a design may well suit one book to perfection, but be very much out of place with another publication. With this in mind the author and designer Bernd Kuchenbeiser launched his website "A good book", where publications of many different genres are presented and discussed especially in the context of their creative design.
He was quick to notice how many of these fine books had a simple design combination of black text on a white background. This observation is why "61 books with black type on white cover" came into being as an "analog" selection from the website: each book here is presented with the cover, a bibliography and a short text, anecdote, or even a quotation to initiate discussion.
Study of book cover that are only black and white .
Selection compiled by the author of the blog "A good book" .
Short presentation of each title .
Facts for further discussions.
In recent years, design has grown in importance for economic and technical development projects. This increase is in turn associated with very topical social issues.Yet, how can this dimension of design, i.e. "social design", be researched and made visible? This was the question that was tackled by the authors of this book to shed light on the specific rationalities of the processes and methods of design.
Based on eight selected projects of applied design at the Zurich University of the Arts, from the areas of Industrial design, Interaction design and Game design, various networks of heterogeneous actors are described and discussed from various academic perspectives. The investigated design productions represent an intrinsic logic than can neither be limited to standardized sets of methods within the discipline nor to established methods outside it. At the same time, decoding the complexity of singular design processes contributes to the advancement of the formulation of design theory.
-Analysis of a new societal significance of design.
-Contribution to research into design methods and design theory.
-Examination of the rationales underlying various methods and procedures.
-Investigation of the development of eight projects .
Overlap presents a comprehensive overview of information regarding typography on the Web for a more conscious, more sensitive and technically versed handling of fonts on screens.
The combination of established print typography rules with the peculiarities of web design allows readers to successfully embark on web typography.
The contents, ranging from basic information to analytical font selection criteria, offer hands-on assistance for the optimized application of fonts in web design.
From the late 1940s at the inception of the oil exporting industry, via political independence in 1961, through to the late 1980s when Kuwait was invaded, the city-state experienced an extraordinary social and civic transformation, deeply inscribed in its built environment. The old coastal town was radically transformed through architecture and urban planning in the process of gaining wealth and autonomy. Important foreign and local architects found here the possibility to expand their professional horizons and the challenge to compose an entire city, creating important examples of Late Modern Architecture during these four decades.
This publication is based on several years of multidisciplinary research, featuring a repertoire of more than 150 buildings, all fully illustrated and analyzed in order to understand the dynamics of change and innovation they represent. By reading the presence of the building in the urban context at the architectural level, this volume examines a wide range of buildings selected for their specific qualitative aspects, as examples of particular design methodologies or typologies, or else for the various forms of adaptation to the peculiarities of local environmental conditions.
-First systematic analysis of Modern Architecture in Kuwait.
-All projects from important international and local designers.
-Chronological organization of the buildings into four chapters.
-Biographical section listing designers, planners and contractors.
-Timeline relating to the regional context.