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OSMOS

Capturing the subtleties of Julije Knifer’s work.

Initiated in 1997 in Berlin, OSMOS is a project space for curatorial and editorial activities. Through exhibitions, quarterly print magazines, and artists' monographs, they explore and present the art world to a broader audience. OSMOS worked with Generous to design and produce their most recent book on Julije Knifer, a Croatian abstract painter and a founding member of the Gorgona art collective.

The design process of this project consisted of close collaboration with OSMOS in order to curate a selection of relevant work, design a grid system and image hierarchy for the varying content of the book, and coordinate the production process with the printer.

With the meander, for the meander.

The challenge of the assignment was to do justice to the artist’s works without downplaying the content of the written texts. By creating a system for image hierarchy, the design is able to combine different narratives and allow them to exist within the same spread. Similarly, the use of a rigid grid system echoes the characteristic blockiness of Julije Knifer’s paintings and collages and brings the two elements - image and text - together.

With a combination of two types of paper - an open uncoated paper for the prints of the collages and a coated glossy paper for the texts - and hardcover, the printed book does justice to the intricacies of Julije Knifer’s work.

Learn more about the OSMOS case.

    What is the process of working on a book?

    At Generous, we closely study the material for the book to come up with a conceptual editorial design. We work hand in hand with your chosen printing company to arrange paper samples, test prints, image proofing, and cover details.

Wondering what we could do for you? Contact us or let us contact you.

Luuk DisveldDesign DirectorAmsterdamluuk@generous.studio
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Luuk Disveld

Wondering what we could do for you? Contact us or let us contact you.

Luuk DisveldDesign DirectorAmsterdamluuk@generous.studio
We will contact you within 24 hours by email

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