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novum 03.17 – every copy is unique


For the March issue of novum, which focuses on the theme on illustration, we have once again pulled out all the stops to produce over 12,500 absolutely unique and different covers!

How did we do it? Find out more about this unusual issue …


novum 03.17 is also available as a PDF for 8,99 Euro

To buy the printed issue, please visit our Shop

Taking inspiration from lithographic printing

How did we produce this unusual issue? Well, it’s all down to Swiss creative Marcus Kraft and his hands-on skill. He drew four different motifs and, actually during the printing process itself, continued to work on these motifs – changing the colours, ink flow and quantities, spraying with water drops and making scratches on the printing plate. The resulted in lots of intriguing variants on geometric forms.



For this production we at novum and Marcus Kraft took inspiration from classical lithographic printing. We also used this technique for a limited edition of art prints of the cover motif, and here, too, Wolfensberger AG was our expert partner.


Some of these numbered lithographic prints (only 50 have been produced) are going to be given away in a draw to lucky novum readers. To enter, readers simply photograph their own personal copy of the March issue of novum, post it at #novum-magazine and send the editors ( the link by 10 March 2017. Then their names will automatically go forward to the prize draw. 


Inside the cover novum readers can look forward to an international line-up of exceptional illustration talent, plus a world tour of graphic design taking them to Japan (Studio Ouwn), to Edgar Bąk in Poland, Violaine & Jérémy (France), Rosendahl (Germany) and PFP Disseny (Spain).



Irma Gruenholz (ESP)

Bohem Verlag (GER)

Olivia Knapp (USA)

Lola Dupre (ESP)

Sara Ciprandi (ITA)

Pavel Mishkin (RUS)

Florian Bayer (GER)

Lennart Foppe (GER)

Die Erde und ich / The earth and I (GBR)



Ouwn (JAP)

Rosendahl (GER)

Edgar Bąk (POL)

PFP Disseny (ESP)

Violaine & Jérémy (FRA)


Cover design: Marcus Kraft (SWI)

Paper: Funktional Weiß in 350 g/qm (Cover) und BFK Rives Weiß in 270 g/qm (art print) von Römerturm

Offset printing (Cover) + lithographic printing (art prints): J.E. Wolfensberger AG

Offset printing (inside pages): F&W Druck- und Mediencenter GmbH


Photographs of novum 03.17: Dominic Brighton

Photographs of the printing process: Studio Marcus Kraft