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Neshan 31

Summer 2014

Poster Design Issue

With the contributions of Majid Abbasi, Pouya Ahmadi, Mano Ahn, Ali Bakhtiari, Pierre Bernard, Stephan Bundi, Fang Chen, Jianping He, Steven Heller, Fons Hickmann, Mohammad Izadi, Aria Kasaei, Majid Kashani, Manuel Kreps, Uwe Loesch, Alejandro Magallanes, Shin Matsunaga, Jens Mueller, Stefan Sagmeister, Olga Severina and Frédéric Teschner

Halcyon Days Far Away

Majid Abbasi

Posters are still considered to be the most important format for presenting artistic and professional thoughts in graphic design and visual communication. They were printed and published during the 18th and 19th centuries as the most original and oldest form of public visual communication in city streets, and they were significant when released in large circulation. Poster visualization through lithography gradually supplanted written posters, and eventually they turned into a combination of image and writing. Printing and publishing poster... > more


The Contemporary Poster and Its Future

Contemporary Graphic Designers

The poster speaks a universal language. It is an important part of contemporary man’s history of visual communication, is universally comprehensible, and communicates a message in a specific form. Posters are not just vertical and horizontal sheets of paper hung on walls; they are wise reflections of human life at any given period. They are brilliant yet influential, at the very least, for poster designers and their enthusiasts. The poster of the future will keep up with technological progress, although it may appear in the form of animation,... > more

Iranian Contemporary Design

The Past Has Not Even Past*; A Review of Iman Raad’s Graphic Designs

Mohammad Izadi

Despite the imagination we have for the past, time moves along. Every single moment creates individual value for itself, yet somehow brings the regret and nostalgia of the past to our present. After the Renaissance and Modernism, Europe conceived the impression that Greek and other older civilizations were more prosperous. The apex of this thinking was the eternal return to decadence in art discussed in German neoclassicism, Winckermann’s art theory, and Nietzsche’s philosophy. Later, Heidegger challenged contemporary art decadence in... > more


Posters That Work: Posterro and Persianissimo

Piotr Motyka

Life in the bustle of the city is in constant motion. A good poster can grab people’s attention through this chaos, with memorable messages that stand out from the crowd. Further, it is important for today’s messages to be gleaned by people in a short period of time. After all, who likes to spend hours on the Internet to find out what’s happening in town? Trawling through endless (lists of) search results, links, comments and ratings? If you don’t, then the new app Posterro is for you – it’s as simple and direct as a poster... > more

Design Today

Post Poster

Pouya Ahmadi

Contemporary poster design, especially in recent decades, has gone through a number of transitional phases. In the 1990’s the design profession witnessed an unprecedented democratization of tools made possible these developments resulted in increasingly more affordable methods of producing printed design ephemera. Furthermore, our ability to instantaneously access seemingly unlimited amounts of information via the internet has significantly altered our relationship to print media, and more specifically, the poster... > more

Face to Face

Think in Metaphors; Face to Face with Andrey Logvin

Olga Severina

In kindergarten, after I unsuccessfully tried to cut a circle out of paper using scissors, the teacher told me firmly: “Logvin, you’ll never be an artist!”… Now I tell my students: “It does not matter how well you can cut out a circle, the most important thing is a well thought out concept…”   Andrey Logvin is a graphic designer, professor at the Higher Academic School of Graphic Design, and a member of the Alliance Graphique International (AGI). He is the winner of over 30 domestic and international advertising awards and design competition... > more


Images Made to Stick In People’s Heads; Posters by Gunter Rambow

Jens Mueller

If you take a look at the history of the poster in Germany, there is one name you will cross sooner or later: Gunter Rambow. Since the 1960s, this name is synonymous with surprising, groundbreaking posters. As is the case with many famous poster designers, there are a few that have become “classics,” repeatedly shown and pictured alongside the man. Those who are familiar with his posters might already have corresponding visual associations. However, this man has created over 3000 posters in the past 50 years; it is interesting to consider this... > more


Assurbanipal Babilla in Seven Acts & One Prologue

Aria Kasaei

Assurbanipal Babilla was born in Tehran, Iran in 1944. Bani, as he was known to family and friends, grew up in an Assyrian-Presbyterian household in Tehran. He attended college at the American University and the Near Eastern School of Theology, both in Beirut. Babilla gained his first theatrical experiences in experimental workshops in Beirut. Upon the outbreak of civil wars in Lebanon, he returned to Iran and started to write and direct plays including The Maids by Jean Genet.  Bani’s belief in liberation theology led to his excommunication... > more


Korean Graphic Design Now in Production

Mano Ahn

One who might expect artfully composed calligraphic strokes, scattered black ink, and representations of Yin and Yang philosophy might be disappointed when confronted with contemporary Korean graphic design. Although there are those who still produce such work, like any other country’s design scene, the contemporary design landscape in Korea is composed of a multitude of rich contexts, from the traditional to fresh, local to international, kitsch to high-end, and commercial to cultural. In addition to one of the youngest alphabets in the world... > more