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All things bright and beautiful


Cold and grey outside? Well, we´ve got just the right thing for you: In the new issue of novum, we bring you lots of inspiring projects and creative ideas, plus a fireworks display of a cover. Featuring an expressive motif by Spanish illustrator Agnés Ricart and a fire-red Chromolux card, the cover of novum 01.20 will definitely inject life into the grey days of winter. Inside, too, there is much to explore – we present designers and studios from Hong Kong to Peru, and in the novum+ section, we take a close look at customer magazines.


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While many established magazines are suffering a drop in sales, customer magazines are ever more popular. They continue to be a wonderful communication tool for transporting values and raising brand allegiance. It´s a strategy that works, thanks also to the high level of creativity demonstrated in the design of these magazines. In our novum+ section we present a selection of notable customer magazines. From big brands that impress with courage and innovation, to the small local bookstore which wins over customers with its passion and good content, customer magazines are a tremendous playground for graphic designers.

In the Showroom section of our January issue we visit Ruth Chao in Hong Kong. For her being a designer is a dream come true and now she successfully combines Asian elegance with Western clarity. Richard Vijgen from the Netherlands uses Big Data to visualise through design and research the stories that lie behind the data. VM& Estudio Gráfico fuse Peruvian influences with klassical graphic design and Yulia Popova from Berlin designs with great energy and a deep love of typography. Semiotik Design from Greece merge minimalist aesthetics with strong concepts and last, but not least we present the powerful illustrations of Agnés Ricart from Spain, a young creative who is also responsible for the cover of this issue. 


In our novum+ section we take a closer look at various customer magazines and show how different they can be. From classical and refined to edgy and colourful – anything goes and big brands prove just as innovative as small entrepreneurs.



The cover

The cover motif for this issue, illustrated by Agnés Ricart, shows the non-binary artist Arca, who resists pigeonholing and conventions. We took up this idea in the design, too, and simply turned the Chromolux card used in this January issue around, so that the shiny bright red surface is now seen on the inside of the cover. It shows how effective it can be to sometimes depart from the familiar.

The content

Richard Vijgen (NLD)
Ruth Chao (HKG)
VM& Estúdio Gráfico (PER)
Agnés Ricart (ESP)
Yulia Popova (GER)
Semiotik Design (GRC)
Foscarini (ITA)
Carhartt (USA)
Iittala (FIN)
Groothuis (GER)
Audi (GER)
Mariana Alen (ARG)
Rosenthal (GER)
Schmitzkatze (GER)

Paper: Chromolux, red, 300 g/qm
Offset printing: F&W Druck- und Mediencenter
Design: Agnés Ricart (ESP)
Photograpy: Janina Engel