Kaj Lehmann
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© Kaj Lehmann, 2019. All rights reserved. No part of these pages, either text or images, may be used for any purpose other than personal use, unless written, explicit authorization is given by Kaj Lehmann. English translations by N. Cyril Fischer. This website is using cookies, btw.
The City of Zurich Art Grants Exhibition is a group exhibition of 40 positions with one common denominator: its artists living in Zurich. Part of the briefing was to work with the names of the artists. The design-process was mainly experiments on how to structure lists of names, resulting in the decision to work with the word «und» (and) to separate, yet bring together each name in ultimately one single sentence. By silkscreen-printing one name on each poster, the list of names was then spread geographically and randomly throughout the city.
Year:
2019
ISBN:
978-3-906396-77-4
Collaboration:
For its 19th edition, zweikommasieben presents a view on ambiguity as a hallmark of contemporary art and music, especially within its scene and culture. After all, one would be hard-pressed to classify the work of its artists in terms of a singular activity, style, scene, or context.
There is no doubt that ambiguity, uncertainty, tension, and conflict lead to friction, but at the same time ambivalence, complexity, and multiplicity generate enormous aesthetic potential.
Year:
2019
Issue:
#19
Publisher:
Präsens Editionen
ISBN:
978-3-906282-16-9
Collaboration:
Photography:
Size:
200 × 270 mm
Order:
CHF 12.– Buy
By looking at human-nature relationships from a number of different perspectives, ZOOOF develops a number of (counter-) proposals for the non-human habitats in the contemporary zoo. The website serves as a documentation-space and visual library for the collective.
Year:
2019
Communication and catalogue for the exhibition AD MENSAM, a collectible-design exhibition held at Schloss Hollenegg, Graz. It explored the table as a place where people come together, share food, behave, fight and reunite. The table as the setting for human interactions, a place where rituals play an important role in determining with whom we sit and how, instinctively and traditionally, the rules of sharing food get made. Twenty designers presented works, some of them especially commissioned for the exhibition, next to the historical objects of the castle.
Year:
2019
Publisher:
Schloss Hollenegg for Design
Collaboration:
Photography:
Size:
170 × 240 mm
Rungli is a friendly serif typeface based on a straightforward vector drawing. It provides a smooth reading experience in small text-sizes, while at big sizes its quirky features become apparent. The circular serifs are beneficial when using Rungli with CNC or foil cutters. Rungli is historically rooted in the Century Oldstyle family which was developed by Morris Fuller Benton in the beginning of the 20th century. Rungli further develops the sanguine character of the original typeface by adding a variety of features like circular or expanding letter-shapes.
Year:
2019
Publisher:
ECAL Typefaces
Collaboration:
écal (Simon Mager, Leonardo Azzolini, Radim Peško, Chi-Long Trieu), Igino Marini, Dorothee Dähler, Ondrej Bachor & Davide Tomatis.
Order:
CHF 100.– Buy
In Auf Nordlandfahrt, the historian Sandra Walser tells the story of Hans Beat Wieland, a Swiss painter that joins the first touristic journey to the Arctic on a ship chartered by Wilhelm Bade in 1896. The reader follows this journey with its many stops, stories and curiosities. One of the highlights is the visit at Salomon August Andrée’s camp in the north of Spitzbergen, who is in the midst of preparing for the discovery of the North Pole with a hydrogen balloon.
Year:
2018
Publisher:
NZZ Libro
ISBN:
978-3-03810-367-7
Size:
167 x 248mm
Order:
CHF 32.– Buy
The exhibition Character Roots was part of the Weltformat Festival held in Lucerne in 2018. The festival featured current Czech designers and showcased a selection of typographic posters. By comparing contemporary posters with editorial designs from previous generations, the curators invited visitors to search for and find links between the past and the present. The exhibition was complemented by a video installation by Daniela and Linda Dostálková. The exhibition included works by 20yydesigners, adela&pauline, Ondřej Báchor, Zuzana Burgrová, Tomáš Celizna, Martin Groch, Heavyweight, Jan Horčík, Cindy Kutíková, Laborator, Adam Macháček, Štěpán Marko, Jiří Mocek, Marek Nedelka, Jan Novák, Parallel Practice, Radim Peško, Martin Vácha, Daniel Vojtíšek and Nikola Wilde.
Year:
2018
Collaboration:
Ondřej Báchor, Xavier Erni, Thuy-An Hoang
Photography:
Hu Jung-Ting
The initial theme for the design of issue 17 of zweikommasieben Magazin was that of speed, but ultimately turned into an engagement with the nature of motion, acceleration and deceleration. I completed the design as part of my Master in Type Design at ECAL in Lausanne.
Year:
2018
Issue:
#17
Publisher:
Präsens Editionen
ISBN:
978-3-906282-13-8
Size:
240 × 312 mm
Order:
CHF 12.– Buy
Synt is a typeface originally designed for zweikommasieben Magazine #17, as part of my Master at ECAL. The typeface has two main features: Rhythmic spaces inside and in between the letters, and an exaggerated slant angle. The typeface is cross-compatible across three axes, of which six cuts were used in the magazine. Synt is currently being re-developed.
Year:
2018
Publisher:
Ecal
Präsens Editionen hosted the interdisciplinary symposium Ebbing Sounds accompanied by concerts investigating new ways of music production, music listening and music critique. As music access today is dominated by streaming formats mediated by industry distributors and algorithm curation, Ebbing Sounds explores how streaming shapes the spheres of music production, music listening and music distribution. A typeface inspired by cassette tapes was developed. The design plays with (de-)cyphering written text. This is especially visible in on the website.
Year:
2018
Collaboration:
Photography:
Andreas Tagger
Custom lettering for a scarf for Präsens Editionen. The source of the type was found in a specimen of Schelter & Gieseke.
Year:
2017
Publisher:
Präsens Editionen
Photography:
Robert Świerczyński
Size:
1750 × 250 mm
Order:
Sold out
Barcode lettering was designed during a workshop "tools make shapes" at ECAL with Prof. Kai Bernau. Each letter is printed with a thermal printer and can be read with a barcode-scanner.
Year:
2017
Collaboration:
Poster for the conference Unruly Landscapes: Producing, Picturing, and Embodying nature in Early Modernit, organized by Christine Göttler, Ivo Raband, Michèle Seehafer, and Steffen Zierholz at the Institute of Art History at the University of Bern.
An organic lettering was constructed after a model by Richard Nebbiolo (Lady Carole). Printed in offset with back and silver.
Year:
2019
Redesign of the corporate identity for the foundation Akku Emmen curated by Lena Friedli.
Year:
2017
Collaboration:
Dorothee Dähler, Simon Rüegg, Raphael Schoen
Spektra is a research journal, color reference tool and art object released by Präsens Editionen and Sic! Raum für Kunst. The publication is printed using invisible offset-colors that glow under UV light, offering different reading experiences under exposure to light of different wavelengths. The publication was released at sic!-Elephanthouse in Lucerne, accompanied by a great mix by Leisure Options.
Year:
2016
Publisher:
Präsens Editionen, sic! Raum für Kunst
ISBN:
978-3-906282-06-0
Collaboration:
Dorothee Dähler
Photography:
Nicolas Polli
Size:
210 × 267 mm
Order:
CHF 20.– Buy
Usually magazines engage the reader's attention by interrupting body-text with quotes, images, large titles and white space. In this issue of zweikommasieben magazine we did the opposite, splitting the magazine into four sections: images, quotes, texts and ads. The contents of each section are linked to each other through a numeric system. This allows for the direct comparison of, for example, quotes by artists taken from different interviews.
Year:
2015
Issue:
#12, Winter 2015
Publisher:
Präsens Editionen
ISBN:
978-3-906282-04-6
Collaboration:
Simon Rüegg and Raphael Schoen
Size:
210 × 328 mm
NACHT was a series of club nights held at Südpol Lucerne. For the 15th issue, we had invited Terre Thaemlitz aka DJ Sprinkles. The poster was designed during and inspired by a residency in Porto, Portugal.
Year:
2015
Issue:
#15
Size:
DIN A2
Gravity is at stake in this issue of zweikommasieben: While the main texts "stands" at the bottom of the page, images, titles and quotes float above and push each other downwards, ultimately creating a quite unexpected layout.
Year:
2014
Issue:
#10
Publisher:
Präsens Editionen
Collaboration:
Simon Rüegg and Raphael Schoen
This book tells the century-long process of the exploration and mapping of the largest cave in Switzerland. It was published on the occasion of completing the cartographic representation of 200 kilometers of the cave system. The book is edited by Kaj Lehmann and Angela Meier with much help from the scientists at the AGH. The book contains a complex map – developed by Raphael Schoen – which is cross-referenced with the contents of the book. It was awarded as one of the Most Beautiful Swiss Books in 2015.
Year:
2015
Publisher:
ISBN:
978-3-03919-365-3
Collaboration:
Simon Rüegg
Size:
185 × 280 mm
For these posters we superimposed long-time exposure photographs of dance moves onto a set of record covers. Each month a new resident DJ curated the cover.
Year:
2015
Collaboration:
Dorothee Dähler
Size:
DIN A2
zweikommasieben is a Swiss magazine that has been devoted to the documentation of contemporary music and sound since the summer of 2011. The magazine features artist interviews, essays and columns as well as photography, illustrations and graphics.
Year:
2014
Issue:
#9, June 2014
Publisher:
Präsens Editionen
ISBN:
978-3-906282-00-8
Collaboration:
Simon Rüegg and Raphael Schoen
Size:
180 × 275 mm
Following an invitation by Nadine Wietlisbach, Remo Bitzi and Kaj Lehmann hosted a series of cocktail nights at the art-space Sic!-Elephanthouse in Lucerne. A documentation of the research with interviews, essays and a neat selection of cocktail-recipes was created in collaboration with Dorothee Dähler (printing with neon-colors).
Year:
2013
Issue:
Released together with zweikommasieben Magazine #8
Publisher:
Präsens Editionen
Collaboration:
Dorothee Dähler
Photography:
Pablo Stettler
Size:
200 × 290 mm
Order:
CHF 8.– Buy
NACHT were club nights organized between 2012 and 2014 at Südpol Lucerne. The landscapes on the posters were generated using a customised version of the CubicVR 3D Engine. We combined renderings with photographic elements and printed them with a Riso.
Year:
2013
Issue:
#2 – #12
Collaboration:
Simon Rüegg
Size:
Din A3