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Tekla Inari

Siniset vuodet - Blue Years

Published by Kustannusosakeyhtiö Kosmos

Printed and bound by KOPA

Reproduced by Petri Kuokka / Aarnipaja Ky

Graphic design Tekla Inari, Jaakko Suomalainen

Photography Tekla Inari

Paper Munken Polar 120g, Arjowiggins Particles Moonlight 300g

Typeface freiheit (Jaakko Suomalainen)

This genre-challenging book is interesting and current, extending into fields of poetry, photography and that of a journal. Aesthetics is impressively plain. Measured use of space, pictorial, and limited typography carry a voice both quiet and strong.

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Emmi Jormalainen

Atlas Part 1: Islands

Published by Emmi Jormalainen

Printed and bound by Eura Print Oy

Graphic design and illustration Emmi Jormalainen

Paper Cocoon Offset 140g

Typeface Hand lettering

Inside greenish cover hides a pencil-drawn pondering world. No typeset breaks the intimate entity, every letter is hand-written. Book brings us greetings from the silent, where the time and place are only defined through the whispering sound of a pencil.

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Tiina Penttilä (toim.)

Ernst Mether-Borgström

Published by EMMA - Espoo Museum of Modern Art

Printed and bound by Bookwell Oy

Reproduced by Asko Rokala / Bee2 Oy

Graphic design Milla Rissanen

Photography Yehia Eweis / EMMA

Paper Arctic Volume High White 130g

Typeface Lyon Text, Lasiver, Noe Display

Strict layout of the exhibition catalogue is softened with pink headlines, quotes and backgrounds. Design is timeless, modern and true to the art it represents. Photographs are bright and suit the matte-coated paper. Typesetting in the cover combines graphic clarity and playfulness successfully.

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Päivi Talasmaa - Esa Takala - Milla Rissanen - Suvi Sivulainen (toim.)

Olafur Eliasson - Pentagonal Landscapes

Published by EMMA - Espoo Museum of Modern Art

Printed and bound by Lönnberg Print & Promo

Reproduced by Asko Rokala / Bee2 Oy

Graphic design Tony Eräpuro / Kuudes Kerros

Photography Ari Karttunen / EMMA

Paper Cocoon Offset, Rainbow Grey, Cyclus Offset, GalerieArt gloss

Typeface LL Circular, GT Sectra

Brave typography brings out interpretations in this exhibition catalogue. Embossed titles of the front cover, endpage pastedown mirror foil, empty outlined spaces and other inventive ideas in book construction both accentuate and extend the world of exhibitions. Refreshing insights!

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Ilona Valkonen

Between Science and Melancholia

Published by Ilona Valkonen

Printed and bound by Livonia Print

Graphic design Jenni Rope, Ilona Valkonen

Photography Yehia Eweis, Kati Rapia

Paper G-Print 200g & 115g

Typeface Myriad Pro light

This book replaces the conventions of bookishness with unashamed selfhood, and relies instead on colour and image. Type is hidden inside a dust cover that opens into a poster form. Uncompromising design extends to the raw cardboard cover bound with orange thread. Design consists of odd-colour pages setting the pace for photographs: the result is a fine symphony.

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