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“Enquête photographique neuchâteloise”
First photographic study upon the swiss canton of Neuchâtel by Yann Mingard

Opening of the exhibition and presentation of the book at the Museum of Fine Arts in Le Locle.

Opening: 07.11.2014, 6.00 pm.
Marie-Anne-Calame 6
2400 Le Locle

> More informations soon.


After Brussels, the exhibition ‘Le Corbusier-Mastering the Image’ we designed for the Museum of Fine Arts in La Chaux-de-Fonds is moving to India! We worked together with the Swiss Embassy in India on a new version, now travelling across the country until 2016.

The first show was inaugurated in Chandigarh on October 10 at the Chandigarh Government Museum and Art Gallery, built by Le Corbusier.



Feel invited to join us on Saturday, November 15th, 2014, at 6 pm, for the exhibition opening:

With the Swiss novelist and poet Blaise Cendrars the Musée des beaux-arts in La Chaux-de-Fonds is honoring of the city’s most famous sons. Running from November 16th, 2014 to March 1st, 2015, the exhibition is depicting Cendrars’ influence and multiple collaborations within the artistic and intellectual circles at the rise of the 20th century.

Over the last weeks we were busy with the conception and realization of the exhibition architecture and the communication tools, but now we are very much looking forward to celebrate with you the opening of this wonderful exhibition.




Presentation of the new book of Joël Tettamanti at the ABContemporary Gallery in Zürich

Presentation: 08.11.2014, 7.00 pm.
Breitensteinstrasse 45
8037 Zürich

> More informations soon.



It is our pleasure to present the very first copies of during a book launch at the upcoming Frankfurt Book Fair, the most relevant event in the publishing industry. The photographer, the editors and publishers will give a short introduction about the idea and process of the project and are available for a discussion with the audience afterwards.
Please meet us on Thursday, October 9th, at 15:00, at the booth of the Stiftung Buchkunst (hall 4.1, Q17). Link to Event


Interview of Nicolas Bourquin and Thibaud Tissot on the Radio télévision suisse (RTS “La 1ère”), the main Swiss public broadcasting in French.



Nicolas is invited to hold a public lecture and a participate to a workshop about cartography and cartographical representation in the context of the project ‘Planetary Urbanization in a Comparative Perspective’.

The research project consists of an experimental comparison of urbanisation processes in 8 urban mega regions. It investigates the sharp increase in speed, scale and scope of urbanisation as well as the surprising forms of difference, diversity and variation within and between urban areas. (Pearl River Delta, Tokyo, Kolkata, Istanbul, Lagos, Paris, Mexico City and Los Angeles). The major aim of the project is to develop adequate definitions of these processes, which means to capture both global and local dimensions alike.

Cartographic representations are today widely applied in architecture, urban design, planning, and social sciences. However, moments of critical reflection on methodological foundations,and political consequences of mapping are rare. This transdisciplinary symposium has the aim to engage a critical discussion on mapping and cartography, by inviting four specialists in geography, cartography, visual representation, arts and graphic design for a presentation of their experiences in mapping. The lecture and workshop will particularly focus on mapping practice as a device for critical reflection of urbanization processes and investigate the notions of time, clarity and intuitive imprecision in the maps.

– discussion of different forms and means of cartographic representation and their effects.
– possible consequences of producing visibility through mapping exercises
– limits of the cartographic method (cartographic silences, mapping the non-mappable?)
– hierarchies of representation (e.g. center of the map, projection, orientation).
– differentiation between analysis of built environment and analysis of urbanization processes;
– differentiation between temporal and spatial level of interpretation
– legibility of maps and reasonable density of information despite superimposition of different levels of data

Nicolas Bourquin is talking at the first Scottish LongLunch of 2014 on Thursday, March 20.

LongLunch organises informal lectures/talks/events from respected individuals and companies in the design industry. LongLunch has been running talks since January 2003, and arranged over 50 talks in the UK. The events are normally located in Edinburgh, Glasgow and London.



Nicolas Bourquin is invited by the Master Design Communication of the ZHdK Zurich University of the Arts to talk about onlab’s work, working method and professional practice in the field of Editorial Design, Visual Identity, Infographics, Knowledge Transfer and Information Processing.

The conference is taking place on Wednesday April 16th. at 5.30 pm.
at the ZHdK, Zurich University of the Arts, Ausstellungstrasse 60, room SQ504, 5th. floor.

The event is for the Master and Bachelor students of the ZHdK and open to the public.
> Facebook event

Unter der Veranstaltungsreihe SPOT stellen wir interessante und namhafte Designer aus der Praxis ins Rampenlicht und hören gespannt ihren Erfahrungen aus dem Designalltag zu.



onlab is invited to participate to the Graphic Design Festival of Breda.

From 17 to 27 April 2014, the fourth edition of the biennal Graphic Design Festival Breda (GDFB) will be held. The festival explores current developments in the field of graphic visual culture and presents it in the historic centre of Breda. This 2014 edition investigates the role designers play in a process of change and offers the public a guideline to apply this process in a personal context.
The infographics is based on the Article “The Ministry of Shell Affairs” by Marcel Metze, published in De Groene Amsterdammer. As main resource for the article and complementary film documentary “Tegenlicht – Big Data: The Shell Search” Marcel Metze used Wikileaks cables mostly related to political issues. The visualization features persons, organisations and countries that are connected to the British-Dutch oli and gas giant company throughout the 400 leaks.



Nicolas Bourquin and Thibaud Tissot are invited to participate to the “International Design Week” to be held at the School of Design at UQAM in Montreal, Canada.

Nicolas Bourquin is talking at the public conference
on Saturday April 26th. 11:00 am
at UQAM, 200 rue Sherbrooke Ouest amphithéâtre SH -2800

Workshop with Nicolas and Thibaud from April 28th – May 3rd.
Launch on Saturday May 3rd

Follow the process of the Workshops on the design international blog 

Every year the School of Design invites international renowned designers, academics and practitioners, working in different fields of design, to animate a series of intensive workshops. These workshops allow participating students to identify different conditions of both professional and alternative practices in the various design fields.This year, the “International Design” week will begin on Saturday, April 26, ending Saturday, May 3, 201



Lecture at the Chair for Urban Design and Urbanisation, Berlin Institute of Technology (TU), Germany

Der Vortrag ist eine Kooperation zwischen dem Fachgebiet für Städtebau und Urbanisierung, Prof. Jörg Stollmann, und dem Fachgebiet für Städtebau und nachhaltige Stadtentwicklung, Prof. Raoul Bunschoten. Der Vortrag ist organisiert von Anne-Katrin Fenk, Mitbegründerin des MOD Institute Bangalore/Berlin.


Lunchtime talk at the DHBW Ravensburg, Germany <br>

Die Finanzkrise und ihre globalen Auswirkungen haben weltweit eine tiefe Vertrauenskrise hervorgerufen. Die Wissensvermittlung und die Informationsverarbeitung durchleben einen immensen Wandel, der sich auch in der Arbeit des Grafikdesigners niederschlägt. Komplexe Sachverhalte müssen zugänglich und begreifbar gemacht werden, was nur mehr über ihre Visualisierung möglich scheint. Dank Edward Snowden wissen wir inzwischen, dass Big Data auch eine Bedrohung für die Demokratie und die Souveränität von Staaten sowie für die individuelle Freiheit sein kann.. Die Aufgabe eines Designers ist die fundierte Auseinandersetzung mit diesen vielschichtigen Informationen und deren Transformation. Wie aber gehen wir mit den komplexen Inhalten um und welches sind die Kriterien für eine zugängliche Infografik?