Editorial and graphic design with a strong conceptual and typographical bias.
Our designs set out from the assignment’s individual characteristics. Each new project poses a new question that demands a novel answer. Our approach is critical and exploratory, which leads to distinctive results that are highly diverse. No single design is the same.
Coppens Alberts is an Amsterdam-based design studio established by Christine Alberts (CH) and Patrick Coppens (NL).
Clients include MVRDV, PostNL, WBooks, Trancity, Uitgeverij d'jonge Hond, Museum De Paviljoens, Studio Piet Paris, Arnhem Mode Biennale, the Kröller-Müller Museum, SUN Publishers, NAi Publishers, Terra Lannoo, Kunsthal Rotterdam, Scholten & Baijings, Oomen Architecten, SUB office, de Architecten Cie, ArtEZ Institute of the Arts and Meeuwig & Zn.
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Artist monograph presenting work by Christiaan Bastiaans: sculptures and drawings alongside photographs and video stills of battlefields and the sites of atrocities in Sierra Leone, Thailand and New Guinea. ‘(...) In this way Hurt Models not only shows us Bastiaans’s work, it is also part of it. This trick is achieved through the right choice of format, paper (uncoated offset to reinforce the documentary mood), typeface (Franklin Gothic, used like this, recalls the conceptual art of Lawrence Wiener) and colour (predominantly white, with black accents and pale grey sections for the ‘travel accounts’). All in all this produces a sophisticated serenity which can ultimately be traced back to the work of Walter Nikkels, whom we can now see as the primogenitor of something like humanist modernism: a design idiom that combines the tautness and abstraction of modernism and the desire for harmony and monumentality of classical humanism.’ (Wigger Bierma in ‘The Best Dutch Bookdesigns 2003’)
Book, bound, 128 pages, 205x270x12mm Commissioned by Christiaan Bastiaans, 2003 Nomination ‘De best verzorgde boeken 2003’
time is ticking How to design a book reflecting on time and temporal planning? Coppens & Alberts chose for an uncompromised control of quire, which, despite content, leaps from colour to colour. For instance, halfway through an argument, suddenly the font colour changes from black to red, simply because a new quire starts. Thin sheets separate the quires drawing attention to the absolute, numeric passing of time, starting from 00.00 after the title page.
Book, 128 pages, 170x240mmCommissioned by DeBalie, Amsterdam, 2004