FORTY FIVE SYMBOLS—From the Disc of Phaistos to global visual language

TYPO Berlin 2016 Beyond Design | Friday, 13 May | 3:00 pm | Stage | German

FORTY FIVE SYMBOLS is a collaborative exploration of visual language that unites students, teachers, scholars, and ideas from across the globe. Inspired the cryptic yet powerful character of Disc of Phaistos—a milestone in the history of visual language and typography—students develop collections of 45 unique symbols to represent the essence of their identity, or the spirit of a culture that is relevant to them. Their mission is not to create additions to the endless repertoire of functional pictograms. Instead, they are driven by personal storytelling and creating ethnographic visual anecdotes that are subjective, stimulating and inviting. The project was initiates through simultaneous typography classes in Beirut, Bogotá, Cologne, Falmouth, Hong Kong and New York. It has become a transdisciplinary global platform that invites for participation through open calls for entries on a regular basis.

Oliver Arcioli

Olivier Arcioli

Book Designer / Editorial Designer / Founder (Cologne)

Olivier Arcioli is a book designer, editorial designer and founder of the studio ateliergrün. He holds an MFA in Media Arts/Media Design from the Academy of Media Arts Cologne and a BFA in Communication Design from the University of Applied Sciences Duesseldorf and the Ecole Cantonal d'art de Lausanne (internship).…
Pascal Glissmann

Pascal Glissmann

Media Designer (New York)

Pascal Glissmann is a media designer, artist, scholar and founder of the studio subcologne. He is currently Assistant Professor of Art, Media and Technology at Parsons The New School for Design. Pascal holds an MFA in Media Arts/Media Design from the Academy of Media Arts Cologne and a BFA in…

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