Designing for Plečnik always begins with the question of the most famous Slovenian architect’s still perceptible charism, that creates omnipresent tensions between his worshipers and opponents. Let’s put it simply: he is an exceptional architect, whose creations impress and inspire, but a professional distance to his work needs to be maintained throughout the design process.
Noah Charney’s study explores Plečnik’s spiritual dimension. Author’s idea of an „eternal architect“ is presented through a monograph without quoting Plečnik’s literally, but with a vivid verticality, a yellow color, a humanist typeface of his era, a free rhythm of archive and actual photos.
The custom lettering for the cover is a contemporary interpretation of Plečnik’s guidelines for geometric letterforms he used to tagging the blueprints. It comes in Slovenian and English version and has two optical sizes: display for the cover and text for the spine of the book.
To reduce printing costs, monograph’s language versions are carefully planned from the very beginning. Four-color images are printed in full print run and the corresponding text layer in black is overprinted separately.