Praline creates Digital Revolution catalogue for the Barbican

Praline has designed the catalogue for the Barbican’s new Digital Revolution exhibition, creating five different covers using key images from the show.

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Digital Revolution catalogue cover 1/5

The exhibition explores the impact of digital technologies on design, visual art, music and film; and Praline’s catalogue design aims to ‘reflect the interactive and revolutionary nature of the exhibition’, according to the consultancy.

Artist Neil Harbisson has spent the last 10 years wearing an antenna on his head that allows him to hear colour
Artist Neil Harbisson has spent the last 10 years wearing an antenna on his head that allows him to hear colour

Praline has previously worked with the Barbican on the design of the exhibition graphics and the catalogue for Designing 007: Fifty years of Bond Style. It was appointed to the Digital Revolution project on the strength of this work in November last year.

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Digital Revolution catalogue cover 2/5

The catalogue is printed in a limited run of 3000 copies, each with a uniquely printed digital cover. Cover images alternate between five different images and each is numbered and marked with the location, as the show will travel after its tenure at the Barbican.

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Digital Revolution catalogue cover 3/5

Praline creative director David Tanguy says, ‘We were looking at different ways of producing a catalogue that would communicate what Digital Revolution was about, and thinking about what digital printing can bring to the world of book design and publishing.’

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Digital Revolution catalogue cover 4/5

He adds that the project was  ‘very inspired
 by the history of digital typography’, and the book further references the digital world through translating the title into the main programming languages on the inside of the four pages cover.

‘It uses the language of coding without being too clichéd’, he says.

‘We wanted to let [the designs] flow a bit from that digital coding, on-screen feel with the book but inside it lets the work speak for itself. There’s a lot of diverse visuals so it has to be quite free, but something quite dynamic. The book layout changes a lot’.

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Digital Revolution catalogue cover 5/5

The cover is pearlescent with a gloss laminate, and the book is printed in a smaller format around the size of an iPad, according to Tanguy.

Digital Revolution catalogue inside cover
Digital Revolution catalogue inside cover

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