IdN v18n4: Mono Graphics


Colour Toning
It is not nostalgia-design, though some of it has a decidedly old-fashioned feel to it, and it is not minimalist design as such, except when it comes to the use of colour. It is what has become known as mono-graphics — where because of budgetary restraints or a self-imposed restriction, the design is printed in only one or two colours. Mono-graphics doesn’t have to mean monotonous. Less colour often makes for more context. We got 9 experts in this issue to demonstrate the incredible visual strength that can be created by using just one or two hues.

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Mono-Graphics Issue
Neither “nostalgia” nor “minimalist” — though it has a lot in common with both styles — mono-graphic design is best defined by its attitude to colour, which is very much that of “less is more”. Utilising very few colours — sometimes even just one — it turns this apparent limitation into a virtue by concentrating more intensely on the design itself and the impact it can make with a reduced number of hues.

Stripping away the non-essentials and making what’s left work harder is never easy. There is always a temptation to go on adding and “improving”, despite the obvious risk that this entails of gilding the lily. Where mono-graphics are concerned, that option is just not available, so the designer is forced to become more resourceful, more efficient or simply cleverer.

Alexander Lis | Andre Gallo | Fifty And Fifty | Heath Killen | Hello Poster | Luke Insect Studio | Marius Roosendaal | Raw Color | Stephen Kelleher

Motion Gallery: Infographics
Mono-Graphics: Speaking in a mono tone
Creative City: Stockholm
Studio: Cody Haltom, IWant, Quadrado, The Consult, Unit Editions
Pick of the Month

102 pages
6 varying paper stocks
4C process + spot UV + vanish
110 minutes DVD Video included

Additional information

Weight 480 g

Chinese, English