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Sikkens Prize 2017 invitation

by Thijs Verbeek grafisch ontwerp

Sikkens Prize 2017
Hella Jongerius is the winner of the Sikkens Prize 2017. Starting in 1960, The Sikkens Foundation has been awarding The Sikkens Prize to artists, designers, architects, as well as cultural institutions and companies producing important work with regard to the use of colors and color application. Past Sikkens Prize laureates include Gerrit Rietveld, Theo van Doesburg, Bridget Riley, and Johannes Itten. 
Hella Jongerius
Hella Jongerius aims to create products with a singular character by infusing industrial production processes with elements of artisanal craftsmanship. For years she has been doing researching on color pigments and the relation between color, material, and light. 
Invitation design
The invitation design for this year’s Sikkens Prize award ceremony is a color test sheet containing three pantone colors, printed single sided on 60 gram paper stock.
The envelope is cut out from a second test sheet containing two pantone colors and every possible mixing color they can produce. 
As a result the invitation has become a visual representation of the design process while not working within the idiom of Jongerius’ own color research. This test print sheet also illustrates the limits of a certain industrial process, in this case offset printing. Stretching the technical limits of a production process will yield imperfect results. This imperfection is central to Hella Jongerius’ work.    

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