Idea, conceptual design, text and layout —— in cooperation with Steffi Schnuck, Sema Köse, Fiona Oehler, Nicole Lichtner, Camilla Schroer / komma magazine
The 20th anniversary issue of komma magazine is about the topic “blue”. Blue does somehow exist and it somehow doesn’t. Blue is reflexion, blue is energetic, blue is rare. But on the other hand blue is the colour of designers. Blue is everywhere and ubiquitous. We asked ourselves: Which parts of our surrounding are blue? What does the colour blue mean to designers in different countries? And how would the world look like, if there wasn’t the colour blue?
We show posters created by designers from diverse countries, foto series and illustrations from students, guest contributions and our own contributions according to the topic “blue”. On the one hand they deal with the colour blue in general,on the other hand they deal with the topic in an interpretative way. The second part of the magazine shows degree theses and student works of the Faculty for Design of the University of Applied Sciences Mannheim.
The design concept reminds of a document collection which contains various formats. Why should one declare something undone as something finished? Design continuously changes. So why should one not use this elementary character of design to create a concept for a magazine?
The staple binding allows to take out the separate parts, pages and posters. Each of the 500 specimens was bound and stamped by the editors. This is why every single specimen is an unicum. As an anniversary special former editors created birthday postcards for komma magazine.