The Shelf Journal is a bilingual French English bi-annual review on publishing design and book design. Part place of worship and reflection for paper lovers, part experimental platform for designers, typographers and other graphic designers, the Journal explores the essence of our libraries’ charm: the limitless variations in form of this unique object.
In this issue 3: + Vier5 + Sebastian Carter + Massin + castillo/corrales + Kai von Rabenau + Leslie Mcgrath + Jean-Yves Jouannais
Stockist in Lausanne (Switzerland) : http://sérendipité.ch
Thomas Rousset and Raphaël Verona’s Waska Tatay is fairly ambiguous at first glance. The cover is a simple yellow-to-blue fade with the title placed inconspicuously on the spine; but the content is altogether more arresting. Using a mixture of reportage and staged portraiture the photo book documents the pair’s trip to the Altiplano region of Bolivia and their encounters with witch doctors, spiritual healers and medicine men; uncovering the rites and rituals of these ancient orders and illuminating some of their extraordinary mythologies.
What’s particularly engaging about this study is the counterpoint between traditions that date back millennia and their modern setting. We see a witch doctor up a tree, in ceremonial dress but clutching her cell phone to her face, a pair of women in costumes and masks sat next to a TV/VCR and surrounded by stuffed toys and shoes, and a man dressed head-to-toe as a fish in a modern room that could easily be a theatre green room. This balance between old and new, good and evil, spiritual and physical creates a delicious tension in the book, particularly for a Western reader, whose secularised view of the world will find the unification of these seemingly contradictory worlds fascinating. (It’s Nice That)
All these books, including ‘Nicht versöhnt oder es hilft nut Gewalt herrscht = Non riconiliati o solo violenza aiuta dove violenza regna’ by Andrea Salvino (brown cover with destroyed room) are available at Motto
In the spring of 2009, Samira Bouabana and Angela Tillman Sperandio founded the blog Hall of Femmes, the very starting point of the project. Over the next three years, the readers could follow their meetings with some of the world’s most prominent female designers, as well as exploring some of the lesser known sides of the industry. The blog entries range from the beaches of Coney Island in the 1940’s to contemporary Stockholm – they are humorous, moving and insightful. The personal and initiated tone is always present. When they post the last entry, in February 2013, the circle of readers has grown swiftly alongside with the project.
Sweden : Oyster Press, 2013 8 vol. 23 cm
Photos: ECAL / Leonoor Knulst, assisted by Lena Nyffenegger
The Blind Corner - Fame and Drama - Issue 1 by Lisa Guedel-Dolle
The Blind Corner — Fame and drama, vous immerge au coeur des destins sombres et tragiques de célébrités dont les vies ont pris un mauvais tournant. Jalousie, désir, folie… ont conduit les protagonistes de ces mésaventures dans les abysses de la démence. Trahison, sexe, meurtre… sont monnaies courantes dans ce milieu où les frontières entre réalité et fantasme sont inexistantes. The Blind Corner — Fame and drama, dépoussière le passé en redonnant vie aux histoires marquantes de l’actualité people de ces 50 dernières années, il éclaire des documents d’archives sous un nouveau jour au travers d’enquêtes visuelles denses et y apporte un regard singulier et exclusif. The Blind Corner — Fame and drama, vous propose chaque mois 5 histoires à (re)découvrir. Mystères, rebondissements, intrigues… vous tiendront en haleine jusqu’au dénouement final, qu’il soit heureux ou tragique. Voici leurs histoires.
Travail de diplôme 2014 ECAL, Communication visuelle (Design graphique)
The Blind Corner — Fame and Drama immerses you deep in the dark and tragic fates of celebrities whose lives have taken a turn for the worse. Jealousy, desire, madness… have driven the protagonists of these misadventures into the depths of insanity. Betrayal, sex, murder… are commonplace in this world where the boundaries between fantasy and reality are inexistent. The Blind Corner — Fame and Drama, shakes the dust off the past by reviving remarkable celebrity news stories of the past 50 years, bringing archival documents to new light through dense visual investigations that provide a unique and exclusive vision. The Blind Corner — Fame and Drama, offers monthly 5 stories to (re)discover. Mysteries, twists, intrigue… will keep you breathless until the very end, whether happy or tragic. Here are their stories.
Diploma Project 2014 ECAL, Visual Communication (Graphic Design)
Holidays After The Fall : Seaside Architecture and Urbanism in Bulgaria and Croatia
Editor: Michael Zinganel, Elke Beyer, Anke Hagemann (eds.) Authors: Elke Beyer, Anke Hagemann, Norbert Mappes-Niediek, Maroje Mrduljaš und Michael Zinganel With photographs by Nikola Mihov, ccn-images Zagreb, et al.; Graphic design: Studio Katja Gretzinger
Publisher: Jovis (Berlin, 2013) English 272 Pages 17 x 24 cm
Every summer season, the sun-drenched coasts of Bulgaria and Croatia turn into densely inhabited, intensively exploited tourism industry hotspots. This book traces the various architectural and urban planning strategies pursued there since the mid 1950s, in order first to create then to further develop modern holiday destinations. It portrays (late-) modern tourism architecture and resorts of a remarkable quality and typological diversity, which have persisted both as a playground for the domestic labour force and as a viable product on the international market. Yet the authors focus above all on how, in the wake of political change and the privatization of business, individual resorts and outstanding buildings have been economically and physically restructured, in a myriad of ways, leaving a legacy of deserted ruins, cautious renovations, exorbitant conversions and on-going public protest. (Jovis)
Franco Grignani’s path through Italian visual culture in the twentieth century was like the passage of a meteor. He transformed this culture without being transformed in the process. He began as a futurist and ended up “optical”. Between these two extremes is the creation of one of the most famous of all marks, worldwide – the Woolmark. The year was 1963. Italy was experiencing a period of economic boom. Grignani’s work as a graphic artist was central to the world, just as Milan was central to the system of production both in Italy and Europe. Grignani’s work as a painter was known about, but the art system failed to provide the recognition which he deserved. The community of graphic designers, however, praised him internationally. The struggle against the old bogus distinction between visual and applied arts would provide a stimulus for him in his research, which lasted until his death in Milan in 1999, when the great challenge of sociall-oriented design work also came to an end. His workremains with us. It represents the crystallised part of a greater project and an attempt to provide a demonstration of human perception and its alterations.