Onomatopee is a platform and publisher focusing on art projects reflecting on communication. The foundation aims to question the context of our designed culture through research and presentations. Onomatopee asked us to design a series of small books for the ongoing series ‘Nest’, that spotlights emerging talent in art and design. Every publication represents one artist, that is also featured in an exhibition at the Onomatopee project space.
With this approach in mind we tried to translate this into a design, that creates a complete image as a series, but is at the same time able to highlight each artists quality. Each booklets cover is folded oblique on the book block. It can be seen as a mismatching cover, in a way referring to the unadapted way of working of the featured artists. It exposes bits of the inside content of the book. This factor changes in colour and position during the series. The inside attempts a nice mixture of full color and PMS printed pages. The work of the specific artist is enhanced by the text from different authors and a specific chosen lettertype.
For Nest#3 ‘Conceivably the object is what it seems’ we designed a book for Lucas Maassen. His work is playing with the context of what is real and what is not. Utilising exclusive materials and technologies, a secondary layer of tension of conceiving objects arises, in highly playful manner. For the book of the designer Lucas Maassen we chose for a golden foil embossing on the cover, since he made a small chair casted from 1 kg of pure gold. In this case the sections are a combination of full colour and PMS based sections. The cover is positioned in a different angle and printed in a different colour combination than the Nest#2 edition.