The Palace of Typographic Masonry



This is a dedication to the graphic language/ideology of Richard Niessen, and a guided tour of his vision in graphic design and its several languages. Niessen explores the variety of the design profession within the historical context and pins down 9 stages. Combined printing techniques are applied in the production of this book such as screenprint technique and offset and the application of a 60% extra black on top of 100% black ink to make an extra dark color. The book is ‘technically’ very well put together because of the use of several fluorescend Pantone colors that function as a navigation tool. The content is arranged in blocks that connect, they are the building blocks of the palace. We were unanimous that the overall tone of voice strongly refers to the designer himself. Our debate, however, was whether the design was too loud and dominant or if it was coherent enough to make a strong point whilst treating the topic of language. We ended up selecting it to give credit simply to the existence of such a book functioning within the graphic design context.



  • Ondertitel
    A Guided Tour by Dirk van Weelden
  • Auteur
    Richard Niessen, Dirk van Weelden, Juan Luis Blanco, Tony Côme (ed.)
  • Oplage
    1100
  • Omvang
    348
  • Prijs
    €42.50
  • ISBN
    978 3 95905 203 0
  • Uitgever / Opdrachtgever
    Spector Books, Leipzig (DE)
  • Ontwerper(s)
    Esther de Vries, Amsterdam
  • Drukkerij
    ArtLibro | Coers & Roest, Arnhem
  • Boekbinderij
    Boekbinderij Patist, Den Dolder
  • Materiaal
    90gsm EOS 2.0 (Igepa), 135gsm Maxigloss (Igepa)
  • Bindwijze
    Sewn soft cover with flaps
  • Lettertype
    Courier Prime
  • Technische Bijzonderheden
    Interior printed in black and four fluorescent Pantone colours (805 (red), 3265 (green), 3252 light green, 810 (orange), Cover screen-printed in white, then in offset and finally screen-printed with UV spot varnish (screen-printing by Hoffmans)
  • The Palace of Typographic Masonry

    This is a dedication to the graphic language/ideology of Richard Niessen, and a guided tour of his vision in graphic design and its several languages. Niessen explores the variety of the design profession within the historical context and pins down 9 stages. Combined printing techniques are applied in the production of this book such as screenprint technique and offset and the application of a 60% extra black on top of 100% black ink to make an extra dark color. The book is ‘technically’ very well put together because of the use of several fluorescend Pantone colors that function as a navigation tool. The content is arranged in blocks that connect, they are the building blocks of the palace. We were unanimous that the overall tone of voice strongly refers to the designer himself. Our debate, however, was whether the design was too loud and dominant or if it was coherent enough to make a strong point whilst treating the topic of language. We ended up selecting it to give credit simply to the existence of such a book functioning within the graphic design context.

  • Ondertitel
    A Guided Tour by Dirk van Weelden
  • Auteur
    Richard Niessen, Dirk van Weelden, Juan Luis Blanco, Tony Côme (ed.)
  • Oplage
    1100
  • Omvang
    348
  • Prijs
    €42.50
  • ISBN
    978 3 95905 203 0
  • Uitgever / Opdrachtgever
    Spector Books, Leipzig (DE)
  • Ontwerper(s)
    Esther de Vries, Amsterdam
  • Drukkerij
    ArtLibro | Coers & Roest, Arnhem
  • Boekbinderij
    Boekbinderij Patist, Den Dolder
  • Materiaal
    90gsm EOS 2.0 (Igepa), 135gsm Maxigloss (Igepa)
  • Bindwijze
    Sewn soft cover with flaps
  • Lettertype
    Courier Prime
  • Technische Bijzonderheden
    Interior printed in black and four fluorescent Pantone colours (805 (red), 3265 (green), 3252 light green, 810 (orange), Cover screen-printed in white, then in offset and finally screen-printed with UV spot varnish (screen-printing by Hoffmans)