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Mit Behinderung in Angola leben by Francis Müller, designed by HAMMER

Hammer wins The Most Beautiful Swiss Books 2016

March 29, 2017

We are extremely happy to announce that Hammer, the Zurich, Switzerland design studio run by VCFA faculty David Schatz and Sereina Rothenberger, has won The Most Beautiful Swiss Books 2016 award!

Mit Behinderung in Angola leben by Francis Müller, designed by HAMMER

Mit Behinderung in Angola leben by Francis Müller, designed by HAMMER

The book “Mit Behinderung in Angola leben”, roughly translated as “How to live with disability in Angola”, was written by Francis Müller and published by transcript.

Mit Behinderung in Angola leben by Francis Müller, designed by HAMMER

Mit Behinderung in Angola leben by Francis Müller, designed by HAMMER

The book is about a research project on disability studies in Luanda, Angola.

Mit Behinderung in Angola leben by Francis Müller, designed by HAMMER

Mit Behinderung in Angola leben by Francis Müller, designed by HAMMER

Hammer commissioned one of the book’s disabled protagonists, Domingos Joao Pecho Bernardo, to contribute a photo series about his immediate surroundings, family, fellow students, food, girlfriend, and everyday life.

Mit Behinderung in Angola leben by Francis Müller, designed by HAMMER

Mit Behinderung in Angola leben by Francis Müller, designed by HAMMER

Bernardo shot all of the photos in the book with a Nokia cellphone and added some filters.

Mit Behinderung in Angola leben by Francis Müller, designed by HAMMER

Mit Behinderung in Angola leben by Francis Müller, designed by HAMMER

Hammer then color-separated his material and reassembled it in the national colors of Angola, mixing the imagery with their own playfully nuanced form-making and typography.

Mit Behinderung in Angola leben by Francis Müller, designed by HAMMER

Mit Behinderung in Angola leben by Francis Müller, designed by HAMMER

Copies of the book are available directly via trascript here and a copy was kindly donated to the VCFA library by Hammer.