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Transcending themes, styles and fields


We believe illustration is a wonderfully adaptable form of expression – it can handle complexity, communicate humour and change minds. »We love the fact that illustration can transcend any theme, style and field,« enthused the London-based creative duo Le.Blue in an interview with them on our novum+ theme.


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A broad spectrum

In this new issue we present a broad spectrum of talented illustrators – some stand out for their use of colour or unusual forms, others for the special techniques or materials they employ. Delight in the charming figures and imagery in children´s books, and discover the story behind how Aiga Rasch came to create the illustrations for the German edition of the 1960s classic »The Three Investigators«. London-based studio Le.Blue contributed some striking black-and-white designs from pop culture and music to this issue. What else awaits? Together with award-winning illustrator Anna Sokolova, we pay a visit to the feudal Netflix headquarters; with Israeli textile designer Noam Noy, we explore three-dimensionality in illustration, and Hamburg-based illustrator Stefan Mosebach answers our questions on life and work – his drawing »Spinning Pencil« was chosen to adorn our cover.

Our world tour of graphic design, in the Showroom section, stops off this month in Brazil (Gringo Cardia), the Netherlands (Mieke Gerritzen) and France and Germany (Freilinger & Feldmann, who have a base in both). And we look in on the jury of the Red Dot Awards. Not forgetting of course our grand prize draw, a firm feature of the December issue.

The cover

Our cover illustrator Stefan Mosebach sees the »Spinning Pencil« as a metaphor for creative brainstorming. He explains: »A pencil stands for writing and sketching. The looping stands for fun, agility, and the fact that it´s often good to look at a thing from different perspectives.«

This striking and highly appropriate motif fits perfectly to our theme of illustration this month. Once again it shows how a truly successful illustration needs no words or lengthy explanation.

For the paper we chose Design Offset in 300 gsm in cream, which is ideal for corporate publishing projects. The range, available from Igepa, includes seven grammages and four colours, and all products are FSC certified.

A strong image on beautiful paper – what more does an attractive magazine cover need?

The content


Anna Sokolova
Die drei ??? & Aiga Rasch
Noam Noy
Stefan Mosebach
The 6th


Freilinger & Feldmann
Gringo Cardia
Mieke Gerritzen
Red Dot