The Year of Being Nowhere

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.










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  1. zulusafari

    October 6, 2010 at 10:15 am

    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?

  2. Flora Okuku

    October 6, 2010 at 11:40 am

    the Lumumba page is crying out to be printed on a shirt

  3. Maina

    October 8, 2010 at 6:07 am

    Lovely design but as Flora says, that Lumumba picture must be put on a tee shirt.

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