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Contemporary book design panel discussion

  • Date recorded: 13 May 2015

  • Duration: 53:04

'For us, it is not the medium that is always of greatest import, but the message'

– Gracia and Louise

About this video

Watch our panel of experts as they discuss the most interesting and challenging aspects of contemporary book design, and the multitude of messages that a design can convey.

Coinciding with our Inspiration by Design: Word and Image from the Victoria and Albert Museum exhibition, and held during Melbourne International Design Week 2015, this compelling discussion looks at contemporary book art, graphics, typography and illustration from the viewpoint of designers, artists and collaborators.

Chaired by illustrator and cartoonist Oslo Davis, the panellists include:

  • award-winning Slovenian graphic designer, illustrator and professor Radovan Jenko, who helped found Slovenia’s Brumen Foundation for promoting visual communications
  • Melbourne artists Gracia and Louise, who collaborate to create whimsical collage, paper art and artists’ books
  • Swiss designer Flavia Cocchi, who worked with design greats Werner Jeker and Benetton’s Massimo Vignelli early in her career and has gone on to design for artists, architects and cultural institutions across Europe, including the Louvre
  • designer and academic Stuart Geddes, who ran the Melbourne design studio Chase & Galley and has an impressive reputation for his unique design and font work in print publications