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Mario Lombardo

Happy New Fear // Typographic Experiments: Interplay between Politics, Advertising, and the Urban Environment
(2-day workshop)
Date: April 2–3, 2012
Time: 10:00–19:00
Location: Gestalten Space, Sophie-Gips-Höfe, Sophienstraße 21, 10178 Berlin
Language: English & German
Limited to 20 participants
Participation Fee:

€599.00 (including 19% VAT) 

Gestalten is returning again this year to host a series of workshops at Gestalten Space with visionary creatives that are shaping our visual language. Headlining the 2012 series is Mario Lombardo, one of Germany's most internationally known and prolific graphic designers. 

Mario Lombardo has designed the comprehensive visual communication for the upcoming 7th Berlin Biannual for Contemporary Art, which focuses on the interrelationship between art and politics. Life in the new millennium has become significantly more political and as a result, designers are increasingly inventing new visual concepts to communicate this upheaval.

Referring to the theme of this year's 7th Berlin Biannul for Contemporary Art, Mario Lombardo will discuss the possibilities of how visual concepts can reflect and set agendas, address questions relating to the role of a graphic designer, and explore the boundaries of politics, advertising, activism, and urban interventions.

This two-day workshop is designed to address these issues with a series of hands on field experiements. For example, what happens when a statement is removed from its original context and juxtaposed against a loaded image or applied in a different environment? How much power do words have in their inherent meaning? What kind of emotional character do typography, materials, and colors possess, what kind of suggestive power do they have and the connotations they trigger?

About the host

Mario Lombardo


Mario Lombardo is one of Germany's most internationally renowned and prolific graphic designers. His characteristic talent for melding emotional intensity with an intelligent design approach makes Lombardo’s work simultaneously some of the most significant being produced today and timeless.

Lombardo’s particular strength lies in his ability to playfully transcend the boundaries of individual styles and creative disciplines. He actively includes clients such as K-Swiss, Sony Music, RedBull, and Audi in the design process to develop sophisticated results with which they can identify. His approach, which successfully melds masterful classical graphic design with experimental concepts, is already influencing anew generation of designers. Lombardo has won numerous awards and has defined innovative magazines such as Liebling and Spex. In 2008, he was honored as Germany’s Visual Leader for the complete body of his work by the Lead Academy. Gestalten has also published the designer's first monograph The Tender Spot: The Graphic Design of Mario Lombardo.

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