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A bright spot: the new issue of novum


With our new issue of novum we bring a bit of color to these grey autumn days. A shimmering Pantone color on the cover of this issue designed by Des Signes draws attention to our novum+ topic: Wayfinding. Inside readers will find a lot of interesting orientation and wayfinding systems as well as great design studios from all around the world. And don't miss our Christmas prize draw with fantastic gifts – for yourself or your loved ones. 

novum 12.16 is also available for 8,99 Euro as PDF

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In our current issue readers will find a feature on the winners of this years Red Dot Award, as well as great editorial design projects by Raquel Rei from Portugal. We present Onogrit from Cologne, the Polish creatives of Punkt Widzenia and the German studio Frau. Our readers can also look forward to our Christmas prize draw with lots of nice and useful gifts for designers.


This months novum+ focuses on »way-finding«. Find out more about small and large orientation systems that teach a lot about flexibility and creativity. The studios we present are: Greco Design (BRA), Makebardo (NLZ), das Mainstudio (NLD), 22Quadrat (GER), Holmes Wood (GBR) sowie Des Signes (FRA).

The paper

For the cover of this issue we used the uncoated paper Pergraphica Rough in High ­White, 300 gsm. Paper samples available at Papier Union (



The design of the cover

Sometimes you can't see the wood for the trees – unfortunately that quite often applies to way-finding systems too. Hundreds of signs, arrows and markings, the only thing you can't find is the thing you are looking for. The French design studio Des Signes interpreted this nuisance in a humorous way and uses bold colors and a shimmering silver (Pantone 877) to create a strong design.




Greco Design (BRA)

Makebardo (NZL)

Mainstudio (NDL)

22Quadrat (GER)

Holmes Wood (GBR)

Des Signes (FRA)




Red Dot Award 

Onogrit (GER)

Raquel Rei (POR)

Punkt Widzenia (POL) 

Studio Frau (GER)



Cover design: Des Signes (FRA)

Paper: Pergraphica High White, 300 gsm von Mondi, available at Papier Union

Printfinishing: Pantone 877

Offset printing: F&W Druck- und Mediencenter GmbH