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Maximage is a Swiss design studio founded in 2009, with offices in Geneva, Zurich and Paris.

Maximage offers a large area of expertise including visual identities, digital solutions, books, posters, typefaces, artworks and color consultancy. In its practice, tools and technology are constantly challenged, introducing a reflection on contemporary production processes. Over the years the studio has collaborated with institutions and clients in Switzerland and abroad. Long-term collaborations include art direction for the Zurich-based publishing house Edition Patrick Frey and the development of campaigns for Arsenic–Contemporary Peforming Arts Center. Its in-house typeface Programme is available as a full font family at Optimo Type Foundry.

Parallel to its work, Maximage offers numerous workshops and lectures at international Universities. Since 2010, the studio regularly teaches at ECAL/University of Art and Design Lausanne where it directed a research project on printing technologies, which led to the creation of Color Library.

The work of Maximage received several awards from the Swiss Federal Office of Culture in recognition to their commitment to the field. In 2020, the studio was honoured the Jan Tschichold Award.

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+41 (0)22 910 47 48

Team

David Keshavjee (Co-Founder)
Julien Tavelli (Co-Founder)
Daniel Haettenschwiller
Guy Meldem

Offices

2nd Floor
Rue Fendt 10
CH-1204 Geneva
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3rd Floor
Geroldstrasse 5
CH-8005 Zurich
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Studio
7 Rue Robert et Sonia Delaunay
F-75011 Paris

Awards

2021

The Most Beautiful Swiss Books

2021

100 Beste Plakate

2020

Jan Tschichold Award

2019

100 Beste Plakate

2018

The Most Beautiful Swiss Books

2016

The Most Beautiful Swiss Books

2014

Swiss Design Awards

2013

The Most Beautiful Swiss Books

2013

Swiss Design Awards

2011

The Most Beautiful Swiss Books

2011

Swiss Design Awards

2009

Swiss Design Awards

Exhibitions

2020

Helmaus, Zurich

2018

Moravká Galerie, Brno

2017

Museum für Gestaltung, Zurich

2017

Tallin Art Hall, Tallinn

2016

Cooper Union, New York

2016

Umlaut, London

2015

Museum für Gestaltung, Zurich

2014

Archiv, Zurich

2014

Samson Paper Gallery, Seoul

2014

Station, Beirut

2014

Weltformat 14 Plakatfestival, Lucern

2014

Istituto svizzero di Roma, Rome

2013

Marbriers 4, Geneva

2013

Galerie Kamm, Berlin

2013

G/P Gallery, Tokyo

2012

Museum für Gestaltung, Zurich

2011

Festival international de l’affiche, Chaumont

2011

Centre d’art contemporain, Geneva

2010

Milieu Galerie, Bern

2010

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston

2009

China International Poster Biennal, Shanghai

2009

EPFL/École polytechnique fédérale, Lausanne

2008

Designhuis, Eindhoven

Lectures

2019

Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, Dundee

2018

International Biennal of Graphic Design, Brno

2018

Museum für Gestaltung, Zurich

2017

La Cambre, Brussels

2017

Fahrenheit 39, Ravenna

2016

Centre Culturel Suisse, Paris

2015

Gerrit Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam

2014

Sitterwerk Kunstbibliothek, St. Gallen

2014

Grafill, Oslo

2014

Zürcher Hochschule der Künste, Zurich

2014

Station, Beirut

2013

Museum Angewandte Kunst, Frankfurt am Main

2013

Festival international de l’affiche, Chaumont

2012

École nationale supérieure des beaux-arts, Lyon

2011

Amsterdam Art Book Fair, Amsterdam

2009

École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne, Lausanne

Workshops

2021

Gerrit Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam

2019

Haute école d'art et de design, Genève

2018

Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst, Leipzig

2018

École européenne supérieure d’art de Bretagne, Rennes

2018

Gerrit Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam

2017

La Cambre, Brussels

2017

Fahrenheit 39, Ravenna

2016

Istituto Svizzero di Roma, Milan

2015

Zürcher Hochschule der Künste, Zurich

2015

Station, Beirut

2014

Power Station of Arts, Shanghai

2012

Swissnex, San Francisco

2010

Staatliche Hochschule für Gestaltung, Karlsruhe

Research Projects

2017

Workflow: Research Project on Printed Matter
ECAL/University of Art and Design Lausanne

2014

Studio Roma: Transdisciplinary Research Program
Istituto Svizzero di Roma

2009

Typographer: New Technologies and Type Design
ECAL/University of Art and Design Lausanne

Employment

There are currently no vacancies for interns or freelancers.
Unfortunately we are not able to respond to emails regarding internships.
Any open position will be communicated here and/or on social networks.

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Photographic reproductions by Daniel Aires. Coding by Tristan Bagot.
Typeface by Alexis Hominal.
© 2020, All rights reserved by Maximage and the authors.

Some Haunted Spaces in Singapore - © Maximage
Some Haunted Spaces in Singapore - © Maximage
Some Haunted Spaces in Singapore - © Maximage
Some Haunted Spaces in Singapore - © Maximage
Some Haunted Spaces in Singapore - © Maximage
Some Haunted Spaces in Singapore - © Maximage
Some Haunted Spaces in Singapore - © Maximage
Some Haunted Spaces in Singapore - © Maximage
Some Haunted Spaces in Singapore - © Maximage
Some Haunted Spaces in Singapore - © Maximage
Some Haunted Spaces in Singapore - © Maximage
Some Haunted Spaces in Singapore - © Maximage
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Some Haunted Spaces in Singapore explores the paradox of modern urban planning and spiritual beliefs in Singapore, proposing a parsing of the island’s town and country planning based on abstract expressions of mysticism. An investigation of the collective imagination, this book examines elements of the built environment believed to be occupied by spirits: haunted spaces. Often dismissed as irrational, this mystical focus digs deeper than religious superstitions or teenage esotericism. In exploring the apparent contradiction between a city-state built up according to a rigid rationale of urban development and robust spiritual practices that endure to this day, this book reveals the resilience of interconnected spaces and memories, as well as forms of social resistance to the changes brought about by fast-paced urban growth and top-down national planning in Singapore. Intrigued by Singapore’s omnipresent ghost stories and fitted out with the tools of architecture and scientific investigation, the authors set off on an obsessive expedition across some of the island’s silent hidden areas, along the fine line between scientific rationality and absurdity.
The photographs of the black cardboard models representing the haunted locations are screen printed with white ink on black paper. The city guide inspired book is protected from humid tropical environments by a plastic dust jacket and a laminated map lists the island’s silent hidden areas.

Project

Some Haunted Spaces in Singapore

Type

Books

Client

Edition Patrick Frey

Editors

Marcel Jäggi, Charlotte Malterre-Barthes, Patrick Frey, Andreas Koller

Authors

Lilian Chee, Charles Goh, Marcel Jäggi, Denise L., Charlotte Malterre-Barthes, Mary-Ann Ray, Jones Tang

Photography

Philipp Aldrup, Marcel Jäggi, Charlotte Malterre-Barthes, Olivier Vogler

Year

2018

Location

Zurich

Larytta – Jura - © Maximage
Larytta – Jura - © Maximage
Larytta – Jura - © Maximage
Larytta – Jura - © Maximage
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A beautifully idiosyncratic world, complete and stand-alone

“Jura”, the sophomore full-length from the Swiss duo Larytta, is a galvanizing synthesis of essential grooves and effervescent melodies. Christain Pahud and Guy Meldem spent this time carefully calibrating their songwriting to achieve what could be called the golden mean, i.e. the perfect balance between a radio friendly sound and club functionality. The result is a collection of songs that are instantly accessible, yet wholly unpredictable. They feel familiar because they were crafted by seasoned musicians who, over the years, have mastered the science of fundamental swing and melody.

Project

Larytta – Jura

Type

Art Direction

Client

Creaked Records

Authors

Christian Pahud, Guy Meldem

Photography

Tiphanie Mall

Team

Mirjam Zimmermann

Year

2014

Location

Lausanne

Edition Patrick Frey - © Maximage
Edition Patrick Frey - © Maximage
Edition Patrick Frey - © Maximage
Edition Patrick Frey - © Maximage
Edition Patrick Frey - © Maximage
Edition Patrick Frey - © Maximage
Edition Patrick Frey - © Maximage
Edition Patrick Frey - © Maximage
Edition Patrick Frey - © Maximage
Edition Patrick Frey - © Maximage
Edition Patrick Frey - © Maximage
Edition Patrick Frey - © Maximage
Edition Patrick Frey - © Maximage
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Since 2011, Marietta Eugster and Maximage have been working with publisher Andreas Koller to revamp and redesign the visual identity of Zurich-based art book publishers Edition Patrick Frey.
The new distribution and presentation strategy aims to combine the experimental graphic character of the design with the functional demands of a digital tool of this kind, thereby making the books, catalogues, magazines, posters, print and digital media output of Edition Patrick Frey available to a large audience.
The barcode is a distinctive and recurring element in the design of the visual identity. It’s a technical detail that plays an important role in the book trade and in book distribution, because the ISBN represents the digital information about a book. The award-winning work employs colour coding and barcodes as a humorous and playful stylistic resource but also one that structures and shapes different formats, such as posters or a magazine featuring contributions by artists. These design tools, which draw heavily on the technical aspect of printing and production, reveal the importance the designers attach to proximity to the book as object.

Awarded by the “Swiss Design Awards 2014”.

Project

Edition Patrick Frey

Type

Books, Identities, Posters

Client

Edition Patrick Frey

Editors

Patrick Frey, Andreas Koller

Collaborators

Marietta Eugster, Andreas Koller

Year

2011–Present

Location

Zurich

Edition Patrick Frey – Catalogs - © Maximage
Edition Patrick Frey – Catalogs - © Maximage
Edition Patrick Frey – Catalogs - © Maximage
Edition Patrick Frey – Catalogs - © Maximage
Edition Patrick Frey – Catalogs - © Maximage
Edition Patrick Frey – Catalogs - © Maximage
Edition Patrick Frey – Catalogs - © Maximage
Edition Patrick Frey – Catalogs - © Maximage
Edition Patrick Frey – Catalogs - © Maximage
Edition Patrick Frey – Catalogs - © Maximage
Edition Patrick Frey – Catalogs - © Maximage
Edition Patrick Frey – Catalogs - © Maximage
Edition Patrick Frey – Catalogs - © Maximage
Edition Patrick Frey – Catalogs - © Maximage
Edition Patrick Frey – Catalogs - © Maximage
Edition Patrick Frey – Catalogs - © Maximage
Edition Patrick Frey – Catalogs - © Maximage
Edition Patrick Frey – Catalogs - © Maximage
Edition Patrick Frey – Catalogs - © Maximage
Edition Patrick Frey – Catalogs - © Maximage
Edition Patrick Frey – Catalogs - © Maximage
Edition Patrick Frey – Catalogs - © Maximage
Edition Patrick Frey – Catalogs - © Maximage
Edition Patrick Frey – Catalogs - © Maximage
Edition Patrick Frey – Catalogs - © Maximage
Edition Patrick Frey – Catalogs - © Maximage
Edition Patrick Frey – Catalogs - © Maximage
Edition Patrick Frey – Catalogs - © Maximage
Edition Patrick Frey – Catalogs - © Maximage
Edition Patrick Frey – Catalogs - © Maximage
Edition Patrick Frey – Catalogs - © Maximage
Edition Patrick Frey – Catalogs - © Maximage
Edition Patrick Frey – Catalogs - © Maximage
Edition Patrick Frey – Catalogs - © Maximage
Edition Patrick Frey – Catalogs - © Maximage
Edition Patrick Frey – Catalogs - © Maximage
Edition Patrick Frey – Catalogs - © Maximage
Edition Patrick Frey – Catalogs - © Maximage
Edition Patrick Frey – Catalogs - © Maximage
Edition Patrick Frey – Catalogs - © Maximage
Edition Patrick Frey – Catalogs - © Maximage
Edition Patrick Frey – Catalogs - © Maximage
Edition Patrick Frey – Catalogs - © Maximage
Edition Patrick Frey – Catalogs - © Maximage
Edition Patrick Frey – Catalogs - © Maximage
Edition Patrick Frey – Catalogs - © Maximage
Edition Patrick Frey – Catalogs - © Maximage
Edition Patrick Frey – Catalogs - © Maximage
Edition Patrick Frey – Catalogs - © Maximage
Edition Patrick Frey – Catalogs - © Maximage
Edition Patrick Frey – Catalogs - © Maximage
Edition Patrick Frey – Catalogs - © Maximage
Edition Patrick Frey – Catalogs - © Maximage
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Since 2011, Marietta Eugster and Maximage have been working with publisher Andreas Koller to revamp and redesign the visual identity of Zurich-based art book publishers Edition Patrick Frey.
The new distribution and presentation strategy aims to combine the experimental graphic character of the design with the functional demands of a digital tool of this kind, thereby making the books, catalogues, magazines, posters, print and digital media output of Edition Patrick Frey available to a large audience.
The barcode is a distinctive and recurring element in the design of the visual identity. It’s a technical detail that plays an important role in the book trade and in book distribution, because the ISBN represents the digital information about a book. The award-winning work employs colour coding and barcodes as a humorous and playful stylistic resource but also one that structures and shapes different formats, such as posters or a magazine featuring contributions by artists. These design tools, which draw heavily on the technical aspect of printing and production, reveal the importance the designers attach to proximity to the book as object.

Project

Edition Patrick Frey – Catalogs

Type

Books, Identities

Client

Edition Patrick Frey

Editor

Andreas Koller

Collaborators

Marietta Eugster, Andreas Koller

Authors

Various

Photography

Various

Year

2012–Present

Location

Zurich

Valentin Carron – Do ré mi fa sol la si do - © Maximage
Valentin Carron – Do ré mi fa sol la si do - © Maximage
Valentin Carron – Do ré mi fa sol la si do - © Maximage
Valentin Carron – Do ré mi fa sol la si do - © Maximage
Valentin Carron – Do ré mi fa sol la si do - © Maximage
Valentin Carron – Do ré mi fa sol la si do - © Maximage
Valentin Carron – Do ré mi fa sol la si do - © Maximage
Valentin Carron – Do ré mi fa sol la si do - © Maximage
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An exhibition catalog for Kunsthalle Bern

This publication, designed and conceived with Marietta Eugster, is the catalog of Valentin Carron’s first all-painting exhibition. While the artist has occasionally made paintings since he started exhibiting in the early ‘2000s, he regarded them essentially as three-dimensional wall objects, comfortably at home within his primarily sculptural production. If the 34-odd works specifically made for “Do ré mi fa so la si do” retain the characteristic objecthood of these earlier pieces, as well as a wry self-awareness of their status as decorative furniture pieces for bourgeois interiors, this new ensemble frontally engages with formal and conceptual considerations specific to the history of painting, such as the erosion of 20th century pictorial languages, or the romanticized figure of the painter.

Published on the occasion of the exhibition “Do ré mi fa sol la si do”, Kunsthalle Bern, from February 1, to March 23, 2014.

Project

Valentin Carron – Do ré mi fa sol la si do

Type

Books

Client

Kunsthalle Bern

Collaborator

Marietta Eugster

Editors

Fabrice Stroun, Géraldine Tedder

Director

Fabrice Stroun

Author

Valentin Carron

Photography

Gunnar Meier

Year

2014

Location

Bern

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