Hwabyeong

Hwabyeong

Composing Narrative

Ko­rean-born Swiss-French artist Kim Seob Bonin­segni pub­lishes a very light black-and-white book of text that makes the most of a small bud­get and basic de­sign re­sources. Nu­mer­ous short texts be­tween half a page and six pages in length – in­clud­ing eight guest con­tri­bu­tions – are linked by their con­tent into three over­ar­ch­ing nar­ra­tives. The idio­syn­cratic text com­po­si­tion is un­der­scored by sim­ple de­sign de­ci­sions: each of the texts be­gins on a right-hand page, so that the reader can dip into the book at any point. Iso­lated sen­tences oc­ca­sion­ally placed to the left act as con­nect­ing el­e­ments es­tab­lish­ing nar­ra­tive co­her­ence, while the three nar­ra­tives are sep­a­rated from each other by black dou­ble pages. The sym­met­ri­cal type area runs close to the edge of the book, leav­ing space to­wards the bind­ing for the page num­bers and ti­tles, which are ro­tated 90 de­grees. The grey soft­cover car­ries the book’s title in large Ko­rean and Latin script. It is pro­duced using black foil stamp­ing and makes a very en­gag­ing and el­e­gant im­pres­sion.

Autor(en)/Auteur(s)/Author(s)
Kim Seob Boninsegni
Herausgeber/Editeur(s)/Editor(s)
Mélanie Borès, Roxane Bovet, Lucas Cantori, Genève
Gestaltung/Graphisme/Design
Chi-Long Trieu, Office For Typography, Lausanne
Druck/Impression/Printing
Noir sur Noir, Les Acacias
Verlag/Publication/Publisher
Éditions Clinamen, Genève
ISBN
978-2-9700908-3-0
Format
133 × 200 mm