République Studio designed the annual report 2021 of the Centre National des Arts Plastiques (Cnap). Each year, the Cnap ask a different French graphic design studio to take care of the design. It’s a very free subject. Cnap hands the contents to the studio which has then complete freedom to chose format, paper, printer, the organization, and, above all, how to create the design and especially the data visualization part. The latter is really important for Cnap because it explains where all the money goes and all the investments are made.
République Studio decided to create a very vernacular design, let’s say brutalist, without any flourish or colors whatsoever. The entire interior is set in Antique Legacy, in a single weight and size, using a very strict grid. The big challenge was to find a way to prioritize the information. One other typeface is used for the interviews at the beginning of the book: Rhymes by Jakub Samek, used in a more organic way. All data visualization is accomplished with typography only – which makes it very unique. The textual content is shown separate from the images and treated exclusively in black and white, except for the data which uses a Cool Grey spot color. The book is printed on a rough bulky paper. The images are printed in CMYK on glossy paper.