The Playground Project

The Playground Project


An ex­hi­bi­tion at the Kun­sthalle Zürich ex­am­ined de­signs, equip­ment and mod­u­lar sys­tems for chil­dren's play­grounds from the 1950s to 1980s. The medium-sized white hard­cover cat­a­logue com­bines a large amount of at­trac­tive pic­to­r­ial ma­te­r­ial with in­for­ma­tive texts on de­sign­ers and sci­en­tists, mak­ing it ap­peal­ing both to leaf through and to read in depth. The de­sign draws on the play­ground theme by prob­ing es­tab­lished re­stric­tions and ex­plor­ing new free­doms. The strik­ing red cover font with in­di­vid­ual bold let­ters re­turns in­side the book as a title font, in a smaller size and black and white. To­gether with the nar­row lead­ing and large page num­bers that al­ter­nate be­tween two po­si­tions, it dom­i­nates the dis­tinc­tive ty­po­graph­i­cal ap­pear­ance. The par­al­lel texts in columns of dif­fer­ent width - the Ger­man is uni­formly wider than the Eng­lish - cre­ate ef­fects that are some­times dis­con­cert­ing but also sur­pris­ing.

Autor(en)/Auteur(s)/Author(s)
Various
Herausgeber/Editeur(s)/Editor(s)
Gabriela Burkhalter, Basel
Gestaltung/Graphisme/Design
Dan Solbach, Basel / Berlin (DE), with Philip Reinartz, Berlin (DE)
Druck/Impression/Printing
Musumeci S.p.A., Quart (IT)
Verlag/Publication/Publisher
JRP|Ringier Kunstverlag AG, Zürich
ISBN
978-3-03764-454-6
Format
266 × 207 × 19