Happy Triangle Friday! For me, today doesn’t feel like a Friday (what does a Friday ‘feel’ like anyway?), but looking at this cover for Novum magazine definitely got me in the Tri Fri mood:

Novum is a German Graphic Design magazine which began as ‘Gebrauchsgrafik’ (German for advertising art) back in 1924. As far as I know, it’s not available to buy single issues in the UK (but you can subscribe) which is a shame.

In 2011, Hamburg based studio,ย Paperlux, were commissioned to design the November cover and they went all out. Inspired by Buckminster Fuller’s geodesic dome, not only do these covers look tri-tastic, but they are gymnasts! They can twist and turn and flex thanks to the amazing intricate die-cutting:

There is a fold line along every side of the 1000 brightly coloured triangles which make up the cover’s patterns…

The printing process was even filmed:

Apparently when this idea was being developed Paperlux where told by many that it was โ€œin no way possible,โ€ but obviously they proved everyone wrong and it turned out to be AMAZING! They’ve really pushed the boundaries of magazine design in my opinion. I could probably be kept amused for hours by one of these covers, but the limited edition of 15,000 copies sold out – no surprise there! Maybe I will come across one in the future, but until then I guess I will just have to keep watching the video like the triangle loser I am! ๐Ÿ™‚

It’s great to see that triangles are helping to ‘pave the way’ for new innovative ideas.ย Has something caught your tri-tention recently? Iโ€™d love to see it. Read moreย hereย and donโ€™t forget to join in with #trianglefriday on twitter.


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ยฉ Natasha Nuttall | February 2020

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