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Manchester University – Publication Design

About this project

Manchester University – Triennial City: Localising Asian Art – Publication Design

Working in collaboration with Manchester Metropolitan University, we were tasked with producing the new Asia Triennial Manchester retrospective publication, Triennial City: Localising Asian Art.

The Brief:

To produce a publication that would work on both an academic and artistic basis
Inform, educate and present the content in a clear and concise manner while maintaining visual curiosity.

Our first step was to consider what this new collection of writing represented. Previously Reform had produced an eye-catching coffee table book, featuring a versatile grid system and expressive typography. Triennial City, a collection of writing, presented as an academic reference is a critical analysis of the previous eight years and required a different approach.

Using a limited grid structure, clear and legible typography and a simple dividing structure, we designed this publication to work on the reference shelves of a library and also in the art section of a bookshop.

The book was designed as an academic piece for Cornerhouse publications, however that didn’t limit the visual aesthetic. We utilised the stunning photography to it’s full potential, creating a visual feast that has the power to inform and delight. Never is the publication boring, nor does the creative flare overpower the information on the page.

Date Published

11th January 2015



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