Pushing Digital Boundaries

The Year of Being Nowhere


For your design inspiration some print design done by Markus Abts. The Year of Being Nowhere won the 2008 red dot communication design awards.

This book with the subject “signsystem of a crisis” portrays the story of Africa by using the example of the Congo and its neighbouring countries. It deals with the geopolitical conflicts of the Cold War, the situation that led to Cuba´s intervention 1965, Che Guevara´s tragicomical time in the african jungle and the difficult happenings thereafter. On the basis of texts, photos, illustrations and a graphical system of symbols on 13 levels, the content gets communicated to the viewer. Together with a banner that combines all symbols, the book printed on customary brown wrapping paper is placed in a wooden slipcase.










Jepchumba is an AFRICAN DIGITAL ARTIST and DIGITAL ENTHUSIAST who works hard to combine her two passions: Digital Media and Africa. Originally from Kenya, she has lived around the world developing her interest in philosophy, art and technology. An African digital artist, Jepchumba loves experimenting with motion, sound and various digital effects and techniques and has an extensive background in digital art, web design and development, audio/visual production and social media strategies.

Comments to The Year of Being Nowhere

  • Wow, that’s impressive. It looks a lot like the design work found in GOOD magazine. Wish it had an English version. but still tempted to purchase for art/design sake. Where can I find in Nairobi?

    zulusafari October 6, 2010 10:15 am Reply
  • the Lumumba page is crying out to be printed on a shirt

    Flora Okuku October 6, 2010 11:40 am Reply
  • Lovely design but as Flora says, that Lumumba picture must be put on a tee shirt.

    Maina October 8, 2010 6:07 am Reply

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