Postcards Trilogy
Book and flyers for an exhibition of artist
and performer Eleonora Marzani.
Postcards Trilogy
Book and flyers for the exhibition Postcards Trilogy of artist and performer Eleonora Marzani.
eleonora marzani postcards trilogy
Postcards Trilogy
Book, 23.5×16.5 cm
144 pages

Ph. © Nicola-Matteo Munari
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A detail from the opening spread
page of the first chapter.

Ph. © Nicola-Matteo Munari
eleonora marzani postcards trilogy
Black and white have been chosen
as a sign of understatement,
in order to enhance the artworks.

2018 © Nicola-Matteo Munari
griglia tipografica modulare
The typographic modular grid
designed for the book.

2018 © Nicola-Matteo Munari
The Art Project

Postcards Trilogy is a video-art project conceived by Italian artist and performer Eleonora Marzani (1982). Produced between 2013 and 2016, the project explores the sensations provoked by the waiting and the influence of clothing.

Each performer who took part in the project was brought in an isolated place and left alone waiting, without knowing what. Once completed the shooting, the artist interviewed the participants, who described the thoughts and the emotions that they had during the waiting.

The project is divided in three parts consisting of 42 videos, 42 texts, and 42 postcards. The book—which has been published on the occasion of an homonymous exhibition at Galleria Biffi in Piacenza—is a collection of all the interviews and the postcards.
eleonora marzani postcards trilogy
2018 © Nicola-Matteo Munari
eleonora marzani postcards trilogy
2018 © Nicola-Matteo Munari
eleonora marzani postcards trilogy
2018 © Nicola-Matteo Munari
eleonora marzani postcards trilogy
2018 © Nicola-Matteo Munari
The Layout

The layout grid was structured after the size of the postcards, that are actually a series of still-frames of the videos.

The artist made a serie of pictures that are so elegant and balanced that there was no need to crop any image.

While the need to match every image with two block of texts determined the structure of the layout, made of three elements combined together on each double-page spread.
eleonora marzani postcards trilogy
Ph. © Nicola-Matteo Munari
eleonora marzani postcards trilogy
The book is entirely set with one typeface only, specifically redesigned for this project.

Ph. © Nicola-Matteo Munari
 The design effectively supported the project
of the artist by enhancing both the
aesthetic and intellectual quality of her work,
through restrained and elegant graphics.
 The design effectively supported the project of the artist by enhancing both the aesthetic and intellectual quality of her work, through a restrained and elegant graphics.
Structural Dynamics

Considering that the same scheme—image+text+text—is repeated in the book, page after page, the graphic layout is characterised by an articulated composition that gave dynamism and rhythm to all the pages.

By intentionally not aligning the contents, texts and images seem to slowly move on the space, allowing the pages to look fresh and airy.

At the same time, the multiple alignments trace a visual path on the pages, establishing a relationship between texts and photographs.
eleonora marzani postcards trilogy
2018 © Nicola-Matteo Munari
eleonora marzani postcards trilogy
2018 © Nicola-Matteo Munari
eleonora marzani postcards trilogy
2018 © Nicola-Matteo Munari
eleonora marzani postcards trilogy
2018 © Nicola-Matteo Munari
Colour and Typography

Black and white were chosen as a sign of understatement, in order to enhance the images, which are all very subtle and restrained in their aesthetic expression.

Also, the custom typeface—which is used in two weights, two styles and four sizes fo titles, subtitles, texts, and captions—was purposely designed in order to enhance clarity and discretion.
eleonora marzani postcards trilogy
Ph. © Nicola-Matteo Munari
The Flyers

More solutions have been designed for the flyers, each one produced in both positive and negative versions.

It was with the flyers—that were actually designed before the book—that the concept of a tripartite structure was introduced through the division of the surface in three areas.
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One of the flyers designed to
promote the exhibition, in both
positive and negative versions.

2018 © Nicola-Matteo Munari
A Graphic Identity

Considering the fact that the design was to be conceived for a travelling exhibition that changes every time (see Postcards: Part 1,2,3), the graphic design was conceived in order to meet the need of producing a unique identity for this specific occasion.

The design of the book effectively supported the project of the artist by enhancing both the aesthetic and intellectual quality of her work through a restrained and elegant graphics.

—Nicola-Matteo Munari

Client
Eleonora Marzani

Design+Layout
Nicola-Matteo Munari

Project Date
2018