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  • Signe presents the genius of Ralph Schraivogel in 65 iconic posters

    The iconic Swiss designer Ralph Schraivogel, one of the pure masters of poster design who has been "accused" of spoiling the Swiss grid, is the star in France's National Centre for Graphic Design new exhibition.  
    Unconventional and inspired by Japan, Schraivogel, the graphic designer from Switzerland, is considered as one of the greatest poster designers since the 1990s. Three times laureate of the Chaumont International Posters Competition (1996, 2010, 2017), his posters are part of permanent collections of museums such as MoMA, New York and the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam.

    Ralph Schraivogel has designed books, logos and visual identities, but since his early career he started devellopping designs for cultural events and institutions.

    He has been in charge of visual communication of the Filmpodium cinema since 1983, and he has regularly produced posters for the Museum für Gestaltung of Zürich since 1984.

    "The characteristics of Schraivogel’s work is the observation, the study and the exhaustion of a subject, translated and reinterpreted through image, transforming precision in a great visual power. The graphic work of Ralph Schraivogel is consistent and singular and rare : his annual production is limited to two or three posters which he works through a long process of research and sketches".

    The exhibition presents 65 posters from the contemporary posters collection of le Signe, enriched with loans from the author's personal archives: preparatory works that show the process of creation and the intermediate phases of the creation of a poster.

    Ralph Schraivogel was born in 1960 in Lucerne, Switzerland. He studied graphic design at the Schule für Gestaltung Zürich from 1977 to 1982. After receiving his diploma, he opened his own graphic design studio in Zurich. He designs print media and devotes himself above all to poster design. His posters are part of numerous collections around the world including the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

    The exhibition is produced by le Signe National Centre for Graphic Design, and will run from November 10, 2017 — February 4, 2018.


  • Alan Long's life-saving book for the designer you love to hate

    "Christmas is a time of compassion and forgiveness, so why not give the gift of seething acceptance this year?" Alan Long's life-saving book ‘How to Live With a Designer Without Killing Them’ has arrived just in time for the office 'Secret Santa’ you completely forgot about.

    Long’s second publication after his debut ‘An A-Z guide to being a freelance designer’ is an ideal addition to the stocking of your beloved "whether you are the designer in question, or their friend/partner gently and passive-aggressively trying to point out what a pain in the bum they are 99.9% of the time".

    "Does noticing colour discrepancies between menus and tablecloths in a restaurant make you want to scratch your eyeballs out of their eyeholes? Does noticing uneven kerning in signage typeface, or a rogue apostrophe, make you do a little sick? When you see a wonky picture on someone’s wall, is the desire to straighten it so strong you stop listening to what they are saying entirely and hear ringing in your ears? No? Then you’re probably not a designer. But you might be unfortunate enough to know one".

    ‘How to Live With a Designer Without Killing Them’ is the perfect antidote to all those moments arguing about the right way to organise the book shelf (by spine colour or author surname or genre), whether the aloe vera really tones in properly with the cheese plant, and whatever other seemingly tedious nonsense you put up with living with a designer - you poor thing.


  • From Switzerland to Japan:YamanoteYamanote praises Tokyo's metro

    As if we needed another reason to move our existence to Tokyo the YamanoteYamanote poster project welcomes us on a typographic ride all through the downtown Tokyo by train.

    The brainchild of Julien Wulff and Julien Mercier aims to explore all the 29 stations of the Yamanote line that loops through downtown Tokyo by creating two posters for each station presenting two different visions that translate in poster format the culture of each local neighbourhood. 

    Then Wulff and Mercier, these two Tokyo-based Swiss graphic designers who fell in love with Tokyo carefully select a venue in close vicinity to each station to showcase their one-time small-scale exhibition.

    The project is still running and YamanoteYamanote has already presented the 10 double visions of Tokyo line of dreams.

  • This short film tells the epic story of how sans serif took over the world


    "Sans serif fonts are everywhere" says Michael Thomas aka "InsatiableFox" who started a company, then sold it and now he is telling stories that capture the typophiles online. "A lot of viewers will be familiar with the most famous sans serif, Helvetica. It’s been said by some that its the perfect typeface, the pinnacle of modern design. It’s so famous and its cult following is so evangelical that it got a whole feature length documentary dedicated to it 10 years ago. But sans serifs weren’t always so popular. In fact, up until the 20th century they were not only ridiculed and reserved for uncultured writing, they were barely existent. Most presses simply wouldn’t print in anything but serif. This is the story about how that changed". Let him guide you through this epic journey of how sans-serif fonts took over the world and thank us later. Now just press play.

  • Types of Type: the best way to start your typographic week

    It all began when Amanda Lui, the Los Angeles-based graphic designer who, when not playing with shapes is an Information Designer at Walt Disney Imagineering - the birthplace of Disneyland - realised she could combine her love for cultural comparisons and graphic design in one place. 

    "Types of Type,  a guide to typography with character, has recently been published online (Nov 2017) and we’d love to share it with the Typeroom community" says Lui of ToT, this free, interactive resource for beginners and type enthusiasts alike which she urges us to experience ourselves ASAP. 

    "Typography is introduced as not only a form of communication but as an art form across two languages, English and Korean. The two languages are more similar than you may think. No knowledge of the Korean language is needed as a brief history and overview of the letters is included. Other topics include principles of typography and ways of translating type visually between the two alphabets" says Lui who partnered with developers Jeremiah Montoya and Nathan Specht to bring Types of Type to life.

    Types of Type is a guide to typography with character. It mentors through the fundamentals of type by comparing English and Korean."Types Of Type has taken many forms during my studies and has stayed with me since. I learned a lot from putting this guide together, and hope you enjoy it" says Lui. Will do!