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

Maximage offers a large area of expertise ranging from editorial design to visual identity and typography to 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–Centre d’art scénique contemporain. Its in-house typeface, Programme, is available as a full font family at Optimo Type Foundry.

Parallel to their commission 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 2013 the studio had the honour of conceiving the catalogue for the Most Beautiful Swiss books, a prestigious prize initiated in 1943 by Jan Tschichold.

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+41 (0)22 910 47 48

Team

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

Offices

2nd Floor
Rue Fendt 10
CH-1204 Geneva
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Capital House
42 Weston St
UK-SE 13QD London
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3rd Floor
Geroldstrasse 5
CH-8005 Zurich
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Awards

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

2018

Moravká Galerie, Brno (CZ)

2017

Museum für Gestaltung, Zurich (CH)

2017

Tallin Art Hall, Tallinn (EE)

2016

Cooper Union, New York (US)

2016

Umlaut, London (UK)

2015

Museum für Gestaltung, Zurich (CH)

2014

Station, Beirut (LB)

2014

Archiv, Zurich (CH)

2014

Samson Paper Gallery, Seoul (KR)

2014

Weltformat 14 Plakatfestival, Lucern (CH)

2014

Istituto svizzero di Roma, Rome (IT)

2013

Galerie Kamm, Berlin (DE)

2013

Marbriers 4, Geneva (CH)

2013

G/P Gallery, Tokyo (JP)

2012

Museum für Gestaltung, Zurich (CH)

2011

Festival international de l’affiche, Chaumont (FR)

2011

Centre d’art contemporain, Geneva (CH)

2010

Milieu Galerie, Bern (CH)

2010

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston (US)

2009

China International Poster Biennal, Shanghai (CN)

2009

École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne, Lausanne (CH)

2008

Designhuis, Eindhoven (NL)

Lectures

2018

International Biennal of Graphic Design, Brno (CZ)

2018

Museum für Gestaltung, Zurich (CH)

2017

La Cambre, Brussels (BE)

2017

Fahrenheit 39, Ravenna (IT)

2016

Centre Culturel Suisse, Paris (FR)

2015

Gerrit Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam (NL)

2014

Sitterwerk Kunstbibliothek, St. Gallen (CH)

2014

Grafill, Oslo (NO)

2014

Zürcher Hochschule der Künste, Zurich (CH)

2014

Station, Beirut (LB)

2013

Museum Angewandte Kunst, Frankfurt am Main (DE)

2013

Festival international de l’affiche, Chaumont (FR)

2012

École nationale supérieure des beaux-arts, Lyon (FR)

2011

Amsterdam Art Book Fair, Amsterdam (NL)

2009

École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne, Lausanne (CH)

Workshops

2018

Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst, Leipzig (DE)

2018

École européenne supérieure d’art de Bretagne, Rennes (FR)

2018

Gerrit Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam (NL)

2017

La Cambre, Brussels (BE)

2017

Fahrenheit 39, Ravenna (IT)

2016

Istituto Svizzero di Roma, Milan (IT)

2015

Zürcher Hochschule der Künste, Zurich (CH)

2015

Station, Beirut (LB)

2014

Power Station of Arts, Shanghai (CN)

2012

Swissnex, San Francisco (US)

2010

Staatliche Hochschule für Gestaltung, Karlsruhe (DE)

Research Projects

2017

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

2014

Studio Roma: Transdisciplinary Research Program
Istituto Svizzero di Roma (IT)

2009

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

Employment

There are currently no vacancies for interns or freelancers.
Any open position will be communicated here and/or on social networks.

Credits

Photographic Reproduction by Daniel Aires
Website by Tristan Bagot
Typeface by Alexis Hominal
© 2019, All rights reserved by Maximage and the authors.

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Color Library – Automated Color Separation - © Maximage
Color Library – Automated Color Separation - © Maximage
Color Library – Automated Color Separation - © Maximage
Color Library – Automated Color Separation - © Maximage
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Color Library is a database of color profiles for artists, designers, photographers, and printers

Color Library is a database of color profiles for artists, designers, photographers, and printers. It aims to widen the possibilities of color printing, and reflects on our contemporary perception of color as it is shaped by the recent developments in print production. The platform offers a large variety of color combinations, from basic colors to metallics, neons, and pastels. With Color Library, your images can easily be printed in offset, flexography, silkscreen, risograph or any other printing technology that uses spot colors.
Color Library was initiated during a workshop held at ECAL/University of Art and Design Lausanne with Franz Sigg (RIT/Rochester Institute of Technology) and Maximage. Originally developed for experimental purposes, the project was extended in order to create an online platform for development and distribution. Color Library is a registered non-profit organization, all income is reinvested in research and development.
Color Library is part of the research project Workflow (2014–2018), an inquiry in printing technologies, carried out at ECAL/University of Art and Design Lausanne by David Keshavjee, Guy Meldem, Tatiana Rihs, Julien Tavelli, and supported by the HES-SO/University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland.

Project

Color Library – Automated Color Separation

Type

Research and Development

Authors

Guy Meldem, David Keshavjee, Julien Tavelli

Photography

Shirana Shahbazi

Team

Maxime Schoeni, Chi-Long Trieu, Daniel Haettenschwiller

Year

2018–Present

Location

Lausanne

Les Urbaines – Edition 2013 - © Maximage
Les Urbaines – Edition 2013 - © Maximage
Les Urbaines – Edition 2013 - © Maximage
Les Urbaines – Edition 2013 - © Maximage
Les Urbaines – Edition 2013 - © Maximage
Les Urbaines – Edition 2013 - © Maximage
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A snapshot of emerging artistic practices – drifting identity

Between 2012 and 2015, Maximage designs Les Urbaines’ evolving identity as a laboratory for experimentations with different means of production generating new aesthetics. Les Urbaines festival takes place each year for a week-end dedicated to emerging artistic practices, with some forty-odd projects happening free of charge between Lausanne and Renens.

Project

Les Urbaines – Edition 2013

Type

Visual Identities, Posters, Web and Digital

Client

Fondation Les Urbaines

Director

Patrick de Rham

Photography

Nelly Rodriguez, David Wohlschlag, Greg Clément

Team

Ana-Belen Torreblanca, Thibault Brevet

Year

2012–2015

Location

Lausanne

Les Urbaines – Edition 2012 - © Maximage
Les Urbaines – Edition 2012 - © Maximage
Les Urbaines – Edition 2012 - © Maximage
Les Urbaines – Edition 2012 - © Maximage
Les Urbaines – Edition 2012 - © Maximage
Les Urbaines – Edition 2012 - © Maximage
Les Urbaines – Edition 2012 - © Maximage
Les Urbaines – Edition 2012 - © Maximage
Les Urbaines – Edition 2012 - © Maximage
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A snapshot of emerging artistic practices – drifting identity

Between 2012 and 2015, Maximage designs Les Urbaines’ evolving identity as a laboratory for experimentations with different means of production generating new aesthetics. Les Urbaines festival takes place each year for a week-end dedicated to emerging artistic practices, with some forty-odd projects happening free of charge between Lausanne and Renens.

Project

Les Urbaines – Edition 2012

Type

Visual Identities, Posters

Client

Fondation Les Urbaines

Director

Patrick de Rham

Photography

Nelly Rodriguez, David Wohlschlag, Greg Clément

Team

Ana-Belen Torreblanca, Thibault Brevet

Year

2012–2015

Location

Lausanne

Experience in Offset Printing - © Maximage
Experience in Offset Printing - © Maximage
Experience in Offset Printing - © Maximage
Experience in Offset Printing - © Maximage
Experience in Offset Printing - © Maximage
Experience in Offset Printing - © Maximage
Experience in Offset Printing - © Maximage
Experience in Offset Printing - © Maximage
Experience in Offset Printing - © Maximage
Experience in Offset Printing - © Maximage
Experience in Offset Printing - © Maximage
Experience in Offset Printing - © Maximage
Experience in Offset Printing - © Maximage
Experience in Offset Printing - © Maximage
Experience in Offset Printing - © Maximage
Experience in Offset Printing - © Maximage
Experience in Offset Printing - © Maximage
Experience in Offset Printing - © Maximage
Experience in Offset Printing - © Maximage
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Experience in Offset Printing

In collaboration with artists, Maximage has been deconstructing the offset printing technology by combining high and low tech. Offset printing is now typically based on the “computer to plate” process, whereby the printing plates are generated directly on the basis of the draft in the computer. Maximage is taking a hands-on approach to the printing plates: they combine computer drafts with manual interventions straight on the printing plate where they use chemical developers, engraving, photo compositions or heat marking. The contrast between digital technology and analog intervention gives rise to a singular language. Since no step in the drafting process could be reversed, chance played a decisive role. They greatly benefit from their research on manual printing processes and play skilfully with the contrast between the precision of the draft on the computer and the crudeness of manual intervention.

Awarded by the “Swiss Design Awards 2011”.

Project

Experience in Offset Printing

Type

Books, Posters

Authors

Jean-Michel Wicker, Philippe Därendinger

Year

2008–2013

Location

Various

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