DUMMY, Issue 66
The 66th issue of the monothematic magazine DUMMY addresses the subject of suicide. The design sensibility was thus particularly essential: How can suicide be reflected in design without becoming too explicit? We worked with very thin typefaces, so fine that they seemed almost near dissolving. With strong contrasts of thick and thin, we subtly captured the existential ambivalence of decisions on life or death. Areas with lots of breathing room and white space alternate with coloured and sometimes empowering statement pages. For the art direction, it was our credo to not become too direct. Therefore, we mainly illustrated the issue by means of drawings and comics as well as art photography—in collaboration with the magazine’s photo editor Trine Skraastad. Amy Dicke’s art, for example, explores the desire to dissolve through painterly, poetic photographs: The faces in the photographs are scratched out with white paint. This guided us in our choice of font. For Eva Lindner's poignant story of her ex-boyfriend’s suicide, we composed collages from portrait photos of her combined with strange landscape scenes in order to make her roller-coaster ride of emotions tangible. We accompanied Kevin Junk’s borderline article I will survive with pictures from his personal archive, which we traced and superimposed with bright areas of colour.
Year • 2020
Client • DUMMY Verlag
Media • Magazine (22,2 × 28,7 cm, 116 pages)