Offshore Studio returns with a mind-boggling lineup of unconventional graphic design projects

Offshore Studio returns with a mind-boggling lineup of unconventional graphic design projects

The studio has much to update us on. One of its recent endeavours, for instance, is a project entitled Not at Your Service: Manifestos for Design, created for Zurich University of the Arts. The project dissects the role of graphic design and the impact it has through the means of a publication, “which is not conceived as a finished project, but as a fluid document of its time,” Christoph tells It’s Nice That. Inspired by old underground magazines, the team opted for a dynamic mix of text and imagery to accompany its sprawling – though highly formulaic – layouts. Not to mention its use “wild combinations” of typefaces and sizes, along with the addition of small, hand-drawn symbols and frames. Isabel continues to explain how they wanted to translate this subversive tone of the underground scene into the editorial format. “So we came up with the idea of four differing layouts for the four main chapters, using different type sizes for each of them, getting smaller by each chapter.” As such, the English texts are printed in red while German is in green at the end of each chapter; colour plays an imperative role as it dissects the difference between the quotes, essays and overall structure.

In other projects, the studio devised a website for the Bauhaus Foundation called Digital Atlas – an interactive map of ideas, objects, styles and persons in relation to the educational side of Bauhaus. Users can deep-dive into the various art and design schools around the world to better understand the impact and migration of the ideas in relation to this prominent design movement. Another example is a publication named Elements, created during the residency at Jan van Eck Academie and edited with Jessica Gysel. Showcasing art and design exhibitions from the year 2021, the work involved addresses the Euregio cross-border region – located between Germany and The Netherlands. “We wanted to do a bit more than an exhibition catalogue and came up with the idea to make use of the four classical elements of water, earth, fire and air as a narrative threat for the publication,” shares Christoph. “These four elements were proposed to ancient cultures as a base to explain the nature and complexity of all matter and we wanted to look at the featured exhibitions through their lens.”

Everything Offshore Studio works towards has this consistent level of cultural impact. Void of surface-deep concepts, the studio’s portfolio is littered with in-depth investigations into topics that really matter – conceived through a playful mix use symbols, software and writing. “It’s all about figuring out how to translate certain ideas, concepts themes and spaces into a visual language that seems thematically appropriate, exciting and is capable of communicating specific information in an impactful and intriguing way.”

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