ewo Lighting, season's greetings, folding poster A2. The poster design shows light as a guide, as a discoverer, as a companion. Only when we have light around us, we become aware of our surroundings. In fact, most of the times, light is around us, but only rarely do we actually perceive it actively. “Most new discoveries are suddenly-seen things that were always there.” – as Susanne K. Langer discovered in the 20th century, is still unreservedly true. It often takes time not only to see but also to perceive our environment, no matter how close.
Black Ink KLG, identity. Shida yako, shida yangu: Kisuhali for your problem, my problem. The collective Black Ink KLG embodies this philosophy and is currently working on the development of a network that will promote the inclusion of all cultures in and around St. Gallen, Switzerland. The design concept is based on the idea of the Adrinka symbols that have been printed on fabrics by the Ashanti people for centuries. Each symbol tells a story about the wearer. The Adinkra symbols and their meanings have survived to the present day. Thus, the Identity for Black Ink plays with the two evolved symbols Ananse Ntotan (symbol of wisdom creativity and the complexities of life) and Denkyem (symbol of adaptability). Both symbolically support the guiding principle Shida yako, shida yangu.
Nomaden auf Zeit – Bilder einer Familie aus Marokko / Nomades en Transit – Photos d'une famille marocaine. A book about one of the last traditionally living nomadic families from the Ait Atta tribe in Morocco. The life of the family in the Atlas Mountains was documented by a team of archaeologists over four years. The focus is on powerful and intimate pictures by the Moroccan photographer Abdellah Azizi. The 320-page publication is published to accompany the exhibition at the Historical and Ethnological Museum in St.Gallen. A project by Thomas Reitmaier and Sarah Leib.
123YOGA, identity. St.Gallen based yoga studio by Dimitrij Itten. Photography by Louis Vaucher
Rosenberg Kollektiv, identity & event communication, ongoing since 2019. The logo as well as the image plays with the two circles and the square. These three shapes emerge from the letterforms – they can be abstracted until only the three forms remain. The illustrations take up these basic forms again. There is always a circle in modified form within a rectangular field. The size of this field is defined by a grid and by the typography in the top line. Meanwhile the logo is made so wide that the poster format is always filled in. Utilising the grid creates an exciting dynamic in its various applications across the design. Tonally simple, making use of the negative space between two bold colours, the series of poster designs are composed according to basic forms and restrained shapes which resonate with one another and are offset by the more unrestrained, eruptive line work.
Kohle? Feuer? Mensch? Die Anfänge der Höhlenforschung in der Ostschweiz, hrsg. von Sarah Leib, Laura Prim, Daniel Weber. ISBN 978-3-7291-1177-6, VGS Verlagsgenossenschaft St.Gallen. Over a hundred years ago, research began into the Wildkirchli, Wildenmannlisloch and Drachenloch caves inhabited by Neanderthals. The pioneers of speleology around Emil Bächler left behind thousands of photographs, drawings and handwritten records. These fascinating documents were the inspiration for layout and typography.
Cafe Mondial St.Gallen, program poster
Mühleggbahn St.Gallen, identity & event communication. The Mühleggbahn connects the old town of St. Gallen with the district of St. Georgen. The Mühleggbahn is known as one of the city’s small landmarks and has been in service since 1893. Besides the capital letters, the hyphen is a central element in the identity. It visualises the route between the two stations. A playful typographic detail is the moving lettering that moves along the track like the train. The lettering M–SG is inspired by the labelling of the wagon from 1950 (then St.G-M). Photos of the train by Seth McBean
Kulturfestival St.Gallen, 2018, collaboration with Aurelia Peter. Every summer, the Kulturfestival takes place in St. Gallen. The festival offers a wide range of music; from world music and electronic music to soul and hip-hop. The hand-drawn form is a composition of the Arabic numerals for the festival date. This visual sign represents all the different cultures represented by the musicians at the festival. The typography awakens a kind of rhythm in the viewer. The strict alignment of the large and small letters on the grid make the typeface look like notes on a leaf of paper.
Series of t-shirts inspired by logos, labels and song titles on the record covers of my father-in-law's Congolese record collection.
Contribution to Soireé graphique No.10, poster F4
Tom Munz Architekt, folded posters A3
Kulturfestival St.Gallen 2017, identity, collaboration with Aurelia Peter
ETH Studio Basel, Territory. On the Development of Landscape and City. 2016 “Territory” is the final publication of the joint teaching chair of Professors Roger Diener and Marcel Meili that follows and comments ETH Studio Basel’s field research across five continents with the question of how do cities and landscapes evolve together on a shared large-scale physical surface. “Territory” means an understanding of the hinterland as the entire natural environment, its resources, manbuilt structures and infrastructures, as well as its historical layers and cultural systems of meaning. Publication: 270 × 240 mm, 228 pages, Park Books
Identity for Kulturfestival St.Gallen, 2015
Historical and ethnological museum St.Gallen, curator: Sarah Leib, «Etwas gefunden? 50 Jahre Kantonsarchäologie St.Gallen», poster and exhibition design
Historical and ethnological museum St.Gallen, curator: Achim Schäfer «Welten sammeln. Entdeckungsreise durch die völkerkundliche Sammlung», poster and exhibition design
Typographic poster Zhdk
Historical and ethnological museum St.Gallen, curator: Isabella Studer-Geisser, «Tina Modotti. Emigrantin, Fotografin, Revolutionärin», poster and exhibition design
Contribution to Saiten, swiss cultural magazin,«Neue Grafik im Osten», postcard