Design Finds: Intelligence in Lifestyle

A series devoted to beautifully designed things found in unexpected places.

“A different language is a different vision of life.”

- Federico Fellini

Graphic design is the act of combining images, words, and ideas to convey information to a certain audience — or in a nutshell, the act of visual communication. But what happens when you take away certain parts of the formula? Is it possible to communicate ideas without pictures? Is a message still successful when it has no words? Can ideas still be translated to the viewer even when they’re in an entirely different language?

One look at the pages of Intelligence in Lifestyle, a high-end Italian magazine/newspaper insert, and you’ll see that the answer is unequivocally yes. The covers are consistently laid out with enthralling, straightforward compositions, large type, a “label” of information tinted to match the artwork, and the logo always reversed out to reveal the picture underneath. The infographics within often use a limited color palette and crisp vector illustrations to add interest to otherwise monotonous charts and graphs — often still easy to understand even without knowing Italian. The overall layout of the magazine is very sharp, employing a tight grid system to display a lot of text and information in a clean and organized fashion. Do yourself a favor and check out the spreads below or go to Francesco Franchi’s Flickr page to see more. You may not learn to speak Italian just by looking at the pages, but you’ll certainly be witness to the communication of a different vision of life.

This entry was written by archie, posted on August 22, 2012 at 7:30 am, filed under Design, Offerings, R-blog and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post. Both comments and trackbacks are currently closed.

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