Covers for German Verband

Ukrainischer Deutschlehrer – und Germanistenverband
Ivan Franko National University of Lviv
Print Design
July 07th, 2009

During 2008 - 2011, I worked with the German association - UDGV, at the LNU University, in particular, I made covers for annual stupids, this happened for 4 years, numbers 20-24. My cooperation with UDGV began with my participation in the 2008 congress of Germanists at the Faculty of Foreign Languages, then I made a photo report on the event, and as a result, these photos became the basis for the cover design.


It was a big collage with more than 100 photos and it was my first design order, at that time I was working on a Toshiba laptop, with 250MB of RAM and 10GB of disk space, on Photoshop 7.0, I remember that the work took a long time, as it required was to place the photos in the skin and a much better tool would be indesign or illustrator, but I only had photoshop. Each photo that I moved hung the program for 2-3 minutes and it was necessary to move very clearly and hit the joints, otherwise there were a total of 10 twists and turns for one photo... I still implemented the following covers on the same system, but they were already less cumbersome solutions. Cover for the year 2009 issue was a collage of three photos of Kafka, Schiller and Mozart - three anniversaries in one year and an abstract collage of their signatures and photos. Actually, the quality of the photo of Kafka and Schiller is obviously very low, the cover photos are taken from public sources and I added a light sepia treatment to hide the lack of quality.
There were attempts to create covers with a living collage by placing various objects on the pages and photographing them together, an echo of this technique is present in the projects of 2022, for example, Ukrainian Corridors.
The covers of the last magazines of 2011 with a bomb explosion and a train have already been partly made in vector techniques. With a special edition in collaboration with the OeAD, Austria’s Agency for Education and Internationalisation and with Andres Weninger, I took a photo of an old train, which is located in the railway museum in Lviv, and processed this photo with additional effects.