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11.07.2019

Complex contexts explained through graphic design: novum 08.19 presents studios and designers who specialise in data visualisation and have produced some quite amazing work in this field. For the cover we used a highly pigmented silver ink on a deep-black paper. All this and more awaits you in the new novum!

 

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Design explains the world

Complex contexts explained through graphic design: novum 08.19 presents studios and designers who specialise in data visualisation and have produced some quite amazing work in this field. In the Showroom we again look over the shoulders of creatives ….

In an interview with our correspondent Susanne Schaller, Farmgroup of Thailand tell us about their philosophy and about the design scene in that country. We also bring you Chris Tille, a truly exceptional photographer and artist who takes us to the stars – his fascinating works are mostly based on scientific data and calculations. And – nomen est omen – the Austrian studio Icarus delights us with their high-flying graphics; clipped wings are not for them! Bureau Collective of Switzerland opens up their amazing portfolio for us and illustrator Frau Isa shows us her charming illustrations. Plus: Belgian designer Davy Dooms treats us to some strong typographic solutions.

novum+: Data visualization

Making complex contexts easy to understand, visualising complexity without oversimplifying the content – data visualisation has always been a highly respected design discipline. We talked to Gert Franke, co-founder of Clever°Franke, one of the leading design studios in this genre. What changes do they think are needed in design education? What drives them to tackle so many complex free projects? And, is there anything that is just too complex to present through the medium of graphic design?
No less exciting was the interview with The New York Times, which each day publishes infographics of the highest quality in their print and web editions. This look behind the scenes will astound you.
With a visit to The Visual Agency we commemorate the 500th anniversary of the death of Leonardo da Vinci: The Codex Atlanticus project uses highly modern means to dip into history. These and other articles give you a chance to delve deep into the broad field of data visualization…

The cover

For our cover this month Clever°Franke let us use a detail from one of their data visualisations – even without a context, this excerpt is an aesthetic delight that you can interpret freely. As a brief, we simply stipulated the colour silver – because we were very keen to use the highly pigmented Suprametal® 510 VMP from the French ink specialist Radior. As a perfect material for this we discovered Real Black (James Cropper, sales: Römerturm), which certainly lived up to its name. This deep-black, carbon-free paper (here in 350 gsm) has a superb  feel and a natural-looking surface. The print result has an almost three-dimensional depth, and Vogl printers really drew out the maximum here with paper and ink. For example, the logotype was printed three times in white and the silver part went through the printer twice. More inside this issue on how this cover was produced.

Showroom:

Bauhaus
Frau Isa (GER)
Bureau Collective (SWI)
Chris Tille (GER)
Davy Dooms (BEL)
Farmgroup (THA)
Icarus Creative (AUT)

novum+
Weltkulturatlas
Clever°Franke (NLD)
The visual company (ITA)
Ferdio (DEN)
New York Times (USA)
Market Cafe Magazine (GBR)

 

Cover: Clever°Franke

Papier: Real Black, James Cropper über Römerturm

Offset-Druck: Druckerei Vogl

Sonderfarbe: Suprametal® 510 VMP, radior

Fotografie: Janina Engel

 

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