Experimental and unique graphic design and art direction by Balmer Hählen for Rendez-vous des créateurs 2017.

Balmer Hählen is a Lausanne, Switzerland based creative studio focusing on Graphic Design and Art Direction. For the Rendez-vous des créateurs 2017 invitations, the studio has created a series of printed matters based on unique typography and surprising forms that push the limits of current printing technology. The creative people of Balmer Hählen have created the invitation with the idea in mind: “What’s going on if the impression took over the graphic design?”

They have designed some printed matters using extraordinary cut-outs, textures, and glossy varnish to modify the typography. In addition, they used a range of opposing materials in order to create the perfect alchemy. Just have a look at the images below. Full credits can be found at the end of the article. The project has been awarded with the TDC Prize at Tokyo Type Directors Club 2018. Feel free to find more of Balmer Hählen’s work on their website.

Rendez-vous des créateurs 2017 invitation.
Rendez-vous des créateurs 2017 invitation.
A set of printed collateral.
A set of printed collateral.
Close up.
Close up.
Cut-outs, textures, glossy varnish, and hot printed matter modify the typography.
Cut-outs, textures, glossy varnish, and hot-printed matter modify the typography.
Detail view.
Detail view.
Experimental typography.
Experimental Typography.
Shiny effects on matte papers.
Shiny effects on matte papers.
Graphic design and art direction by Balmer Hählen for Rendez-vous des créateurs 2017.
Graphic design and art direction by Balmer Hählen for Rendez-vous des créateurs 2017.

All images © by Balmer Hählen
Art direction and graphic design: Balmer Hählen
Production: Sonderegger AG, Kurz AG, Printlack, h+m
Printing techniques: 3D varnish, selective varnish, embossing, cutting, offset
Size: 216 x 307 mm
Paper: Papyrus, Winter&Company
Year: 2017

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