Our starting material was „liner notes“, published 2009 by ‚spector books‘, Leipzig. It deals with the many content and aesthetic regarding thoughts, problems and attitudes a graphic designer faces while working on a book. The question is: how to deal objectively with a topic that you are deeply involved in yourself? We got inspired by german poet Bertholt Brecht and his theories of epic theatre, dealing with similar problems.
We analyzed „liner notes“, chose the chapters „typography“ and „attitudes“ and split this present data aside to new generated material by us into three simultaneously readable „acts“. We built „stages“ for the content, included theater-like breaks for the reader, commented inside the script by hand and found other play-inspirated ways to deal with text and image.
By playing around with the variety of the formats and formattings we want to point at the complexity and the „unfinished condition“ that characterizes the process of designing books. The used type was especially designed for this project and is called “JB Heureka!”. Project done together with Larissa Kasper.
Johannes Breyer, Larissa Kasper