Magazine icon meets baseline meets infographic
Three exhibitions featured during MCBW at the old congress hall (Alte Kongresshalle)

In cooperation with various partners, tgm will present a total of three exhibitions during this year’s Munich’s Design Week (MCBW), held at the end of February 2016. This edition of QVED, the conference on editorial design, will see the launch of its little sister: QVIG (Quo Vadis Infographics). One of this year’s speakers at QVIG will be renowned Boston expert on infographics Nigel Holmes. Reason enough to present his outstanding oeuvre in the halls of Munich’s old congress hall – infographics at its best!

Unparalleled in variety and consistency, “baseline”, the London-based magazine for typography has been showing “the best” in a very different way since 1979. It is a publishing adventure, which successfully and impressively continues to manage the balancing act of showing outstanding works in a layout that is palatable in the format of magazines. As part of QVEDopen, “baseline” publisher and art director Hans-Dieter Reichert will offer a look behind the scenes of the magazine and its holistic approach.

This year’s third exhibition offers in-depth insights into illustrated magazines of the period between WWI and WWII. As such, it illustrates the iconic turn – the boost in the field of visual information which defined the changes in print media of the time and which to this day makes seemingly innovative design ideas of recent years look like old hat – what an inspiration!

The exhibition “Illustrierten –Ikonen” (lit.: Magazine Icons) is supported by bayern design and the Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs and Media, Energy and Technology.


Highlights of the German Popular Press 1918-1945

On the gallery of the Old Congress Hall
February 22nd until 28th 2016

Exhibiting the „iconic turn” in Weimar Germany: 100 outstanding magazines that caused a stir in their time and qualify as classics of this genre to date.

In 10 topical areas Iconic Magazines illustrates the diversity available at the newsstands back then, including popular periodicals as well as the avant-garde press. Exhibits cover the fields of politics and propaganda, next to fashion, lifestyle, sports, cinema, design and nudist movements of the era. At the same time this panorama of early visual media documents a major asset in German press history.

Graphics that explain.

Visual work by Nigel Holmes

In the corridors of the Old Congress Hall
February 22nd until 28th 2016

This exhibition explores the core of a very special type of graphics: those that are meant to help people understand facts, processes, data and geography. Explanation graphics are visualizations of all sorts of information, and aim to clarify difficult scientific, medical and financial concepts, and generally explain stuff and convey knowledge in the areas of data and data relations, objects and object relations, geospaces and geospatial relations. 

Nigel Holmes has contributed to this field through his rich body of work. His explanation graphics have appeared in countless print and online magazines. Holmes has contributed to many books and magazines, and has written eight books himself. Among these are “Wordless Diagrams” (1995), “The Book of Everything – A Visual Guide to Travel and the World,” from Lonely Planet in 2013. He is currently working on a book for Taschen explaining 100 weird and wonderful events around the world, from throwing dead rats in Spain to cockroach racing in Australia; from the Bolas de Fuego in El Salvador to the hot dog eating contest in New York City. Holmes believes in the power of pictures, and humor, to convey information in an efficient but friendly way. 

Nigel Holmes is one of the major designers in the field with over 50 years’ experience. He has worked for the London Sunday Times as well as Time magazine (he was graphics director for 16 years), and the New York Times (to name a few). He has lectured at Stanford University, Yale University and the Poynter Institute for Media Studies, St. Petersburg.


In the low-rise building of the Old Congress Hall
February 25th until 27th 2016

Baseline sets out to reflect all aspects of type, including its design, history, use, and links to the graphic, art and craft scenes. The magazine’s contents are deliberately eclectic. It publishes historical and new material, from academic as well as journalistic sources. This means that the magazine provides a rich mixture of articles and reference materials. The editorial stance is open, valuing especially originality of thought, while giving due weight to academic research. It has a distinct personality, lending emphasis to humanism. It is neither superficial nor artificially analytical. The magazine is highly regarded for its use of materials and production values.

Baseline’s philosophy is holistic. It stems from a firm belief that design and layout should spring from, and be in balance with, the contents. The design is approached with intellectual vigour. The format and flexible grid structure allow both for the vigorous display of rich graphic material and the appropriate detailing in text-led pages.

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