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    Graphic design magazine with focus on design details
novum 11.17 »details«

Electric Blood and Vibrant Arsenic from the Action range of papermakers Gmund. Any complicated processing of these visually prominent materials would almost be one detail too far, so the designers at konter studio limited themselves to the contrast-rich progression in one special colour (Pantone 286 C) and a fine embossing carefully finished with hot foil. Thus finished, their artwork uniquely interprets the focus theme this month in a unique way: »Complexity, yes. Sometimes simple but hidden, allows playfulness« …  to be discovered on the back cover of this issue.

As regards content, the focus is our novum+ section is exclusively on details: For this we talked to type guru Friedrich Forssmann about the obsessiveness that is essential for any typographer, conducted an interview with designer-craftswoman Katja Knahn and explored the new visual identity of City College in New York. We also had a very productive chat with Carlos Magro, Creative Director at Interbrand Spain, about his unusual CD – called »Mind the Gap« – for an international firm of lawyers. And we feature a jaw-dropping interior design for a restaurant – with walls lined with thousands of bones. Cadena of Mexico tells us how their design came about.
In the Showroom this time, we have a diversity of styles and genres: Fantastic collages from Elisa Vendramin await your inspection, along with sophisticated packaging from British studio Iwant. Plus we reveal how design greats Snask with their rock ‘n’ roll discipline made it to the top – and not only with their redesign for North Korea. Beatriz Costo often lets her creativity flow into editorial design projects, and our cover designers – Dortmund-based design studio konter – show us their inspiring portfolio.


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Cover design 

Gmund Action by Papyrus, in 430 gsm by 

Offset printing (inside pages)

Tobias Holzmann, www.tobiasholzmann.de