November 28th, 2013
Design of a unique collection of handwritten second world war diaries.
Last summer I got the opportunity to collaborate on a unique project. World War II diaries 1940-1945 (or in it’s original Dutch title ‘Dagboeken uit de oorlogsjaren 1940-1945) is a collection of handwritten books from the second world war. Written by Han Gerritse, owner of hardware store chain in the Netherlands Gerritse. The books were collected by his son Dim Gerritse, and contain newspaper clippings, illustrations, maps, photo’s and other visual material from those days. ‘My father was 13 years old when the war broke out, the book describes the world wide battleground, as well as every day life in a captivating way, through the eyes of a young boy.’ Maaike de Lange was responsible for the linguistic part (and endless patience): ‘I have tried to keep the (old) spelling and interpunction as close to the original as possible.’ Leon Mussche was responsible for the graphic design of the book. ‘Form follows function here, and I chose a sober and simple design. But the expression of the handwriting plays an important part in the design of the book.’
This book will be the first product that can be ordered though my new online webshop offLeon.com and is available as of now. The book is written in Dutch, but is shipped to Dutch speakers in Europe, the United States and Canada as well.
November 26th, 2013
Infographics guide European NS-Hispeed rail travellers to the exit
In the Netherlands, the public transport chip card has become commonplace. One card will get you into all trains, buses and other means of public transport. Europeans travelling by railway into the Netherlands, from Brussels, Paris, Berlin or beyond, do not have such a card. They travel to Amsterdam, Rotterdam or other Dutch cities, using either a paper ticket, a homeprint- or an on-screen smartphone ticket. For these travellers a special barcode has been designed that will be placed on all international tickets with a final destination to the Netherlands. I was commissioned by Dutch design company Teldesign (the creators of the original Dutch Railways NS identity in 1968) to create a series of infographics to guide these international travellers on their way out in a fast and efficient way. The instructions were made in colour and black and white and will appear on all NS-Hispeed EU tickets with a final destination in the Netherlands, as well as on keycards, that will be handed out in the train. Art Direction: Rob de Bree, Teldesign.
After illustrating the Safety on Board cards for KLM a few years ago, I am very happy to once again show you where the exits are.
Infographics for European Railway company NS-Hispeed. Infographics by Leon Mussche. Art-direction by Teldesign.
Paper ticket Brussels-Amsterdam with instruction in black and white.
November 11th, 2013
Find me in creative industry sourcebook ‘Directory of illustration 30′
The brand new edition of illustration industry sourcebook ‘DIRECTORY OF ILLUSTRATION 30′ has just been printed. This book will be distributed to art-buyers and art-directors in advertising, design and publishing in the United States, and everywhere else too! Find me on page 575 (which is one of the first pages if you are in China).
Find the illustrations online at www.directoryofillustration.com/leonmussche
November 5th, 2013
Illustration for Heijmans blog
I Illustrated a blog article for the excellent illustrated weblog _overruimte (‘about space’) about incorporating the latest innovations in building and construction projects, such as google glass. _overruimte is a blog about innovation and space planning by Dutch European construction company Heijmans. Let’s hope more blogs and news website follow suit and start using illustrations. This illustration was delivered a day after it was briefed.
Innoovation in construction visualised for Heijmans.
October 16th, 2013
Article on the relation between economy and voting behaviour
I illustrated a three page article in the brand new issue of opinion magazine Elsevier Juist. The article ‘Predicting election results is not an art’ is about the relation between economic cycles and voting behaviour. The traditional balance between left and right is largely taken over by a balance in political establishment and populist new movements that rise up in times of economic decline. Elsevier Juist magazine is in stores now.
Illustration for Elsevier Juist magazine: Voting behaviour and economic tides
Political opinion magazine Elsevier Juist illustrated by Leon Mussche.