Typojanchi 2013
Seoul International Typography Biennale

August 30–October 11
10:00 am– 7:00 pm
Closed every Monday
Free admission

Culture Station Seoul 284
1 Tongil-ro, Jung-gu
Seoul 100-162, Korea
T. 82-2-3407-3500
F. 82-2-3407-3510


Hosted by
Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism

Organized by
Korea Craft & Design Foundation
Korean Society of Typography


Typojanchi 2013
Administration Office
Korea Craft & Design Foundation
5F, 53 Yulgok-no, Jongno-gu
Seoul 110-240, Korea
T. 82-2-398-7945
F. 82-2-398-7999
E. typojanchi@kcdf.kr

Typojanchi 2011

Filmedition Suhrkamp

Courtesy: the artist

Filmedition Suhrkamp

Courtesy: the artist

Filmedition Suhrkamp

Courtesy: the artist

Filmedition Suhrkamp
Mixed media: offset lithography, plastic, saddle-stitched booklet
13.8 x 18.8 cm; thickness varies

Nina Vöge
Born in 1977, Germany


Alexander Stublic
Born in 1967, Germany


Founded in 1950 in Frankfurt, Suhrkamp Verlag is one of the leading European publishers of humanities and literature. Not only for its contribution to the intellectual life of post-war Germany, it is renowned also for the fresh book design and typography, due to the work of Willy Fleckhaus. The Edition Suhrkamp he designed—the so-called “Rainbow Series”—was started in the early 1960s as a series of serious yet affordable paperbacks, and is now regarded as one of the twentieth-century design icons. Each title bears a single color all over the cover, on which clear and essential—not quite “minimalist”—typography in a Garamond is deployed with simple horizontal rules. Title to title, the background color changes gradually from purple to red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and then to purple again. Arranged in order, the Edition Suhrkamp books create full spectrums of rainbow—hence the nickname.

Filmedition Suhrkamp was launched in 2008. “Suhrkamp doesn’t publish books; it publishes authors,” once proclaimed Siegfried Unseld, director of the firm from 1959 until 2000. As if following the credo, Filmedition Suhrkamp publishes work of important filmmakers on DVD. The design system of the series—including the packaging and the interface screens—by Nina Vöge and Alexander Stublic inherits and updates the vocabulary established by Fleckhaus for the Editions Suhrkamp. A similar “rainbow” color system is used. There are rules, too, but here they are semicircular, reflecting the shape and the movement of DVD. Appropriately to the medium, the Garamond type has been replaced by a sans-serif (Corporate S by Kurt Weidemann), but there is still a gentle, humanist touch to it (the slightly open counters, circular dots, two-story g’s). It does not simply mimic the celebrated template: it creates a parallel rainbow, for the medium of light, in dialogue with the predecessor.

Nina Vöge is a multidisciplinary designer with a strong conceptual emphasis. She has worked at Frog Design and TomTom, the leading supplier of in-car navigation systems. Currently she is an independent creative consultant, offering design services to companies including Suhrkamp Verlag. She holds a master’s degree in product design from the Staatliche Hochschule für Gestaltung Karlsruhe. She currently lives and works in Amsterdam. Alexander Stublic is a media artist based in Berlin. With the artists group Mader Stublic Wiermann, he focuses on mechanisms of perception, as well as creating installations in public space. Together they have participated in many international festivals and exhibitions. He teaches at the Hochschule für Musik Karlsruhe and the Hochschule der Bildenden Künste Saar, where he also held a one-year visiting professorship in media arts and design.

© Typojanchi 2013