Close Encounter: Meetings with Remarkable Buildings


Designed by David Smith and Oran Day at Atelier David Smith

Client / Editor: Nathalie Weadick

Curator: Grafton Architects

Photography (Glucksman exhibition): Jed Niezgoda

Printer: Impress Printing Works

Categories: Print

Industry: Cultural

Tags: Typography / Architecture

Close Encounter: Meetings with Remarkable Buildings grew out of the Venice Mentoring Initiative as a special project of Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara, Curators of Freespace, the 16th International Architecture Exhibition, Venice. 

The aim of the initiative was to enable sixteen Irish architects to develop skills in presenting and communicating their work to a public audience in Venice. The exhibition tour (of The Glucksman in Cork and VISUAL in Carlow) gave Irish audiences an opportunity to engage with this unique exhibition.

Taking a literal cue from the exhibition title, we referenced the scale and density/proximity of the built environment and the viewers’ experience of the exhibition. The bold, tightly-spaced, condensed typeface on the cover is a visual/literal pun (on the title) but also suggests the skyward reach of architectural forms.

The large-format interior pages (approx. A3 tabloid) feature a bold and rigorous ’oversized’ text-setting with overprinted architectural illustrations in fluorescent ink.

The cover and interior pages are all loose (unbound) – this allowed us to produce two different covers for the Glucksman (Red and Silver inks) and VISUAL (Blue and Silver inks) legs of the exhibition tour.