This weekend, graphic designers from all corners of Switzerland (and the world) converged onto the Maag event space in Zürich for Grafik 13. A couple hours of time was barely enough to make the rounds once, as almost every piece on display deserved to be studied, examined and interpreted.
Switzerland has a long history of visual design: The Helvetica font was invented here, and the move towards simplicity thanks to Swiss Design has left a lasting mark on an industry.
Grafik 13 provided an in-depth look at today's trends among young Swiss graphic designers, illustrators, typographers and visual artists.
Graphics came in all flavors, including woven into carpets:
On a gigantic wall, a collaborative piece of art was evolving. Visitors of all ages were encouraged to contribute a spark of color:
Viewing beautiful and intriguing visual art is one thing for a design lover like me. Capturing these impressions with a fine camera is quite another.
So I was happy to test drive a retro-looking Olympus OM-D during Grafik 13... The camera's shutter is blazing fast, and the touch-screen display came in handy as the focal point can be determined by simply tipping the screen!
I also visited the Grafik13. It’s great to see the very different work of so many artists in one place.