This is the portfolio site of Elena Papassissa.
• PhD researcher • Specialist in Armenian script • Type designer • Typographer

Grafici per la democrazia

It is the title of the exhibition about graphic’s role during the second World War. It was presented for the first time in Urbino, Italy on the Memorial Day.
Nine books about the lives and projects of Italian graphic designers Lica and Albe Steiner, Remo Muratore, Aldo Novarese, Luigi Veronesi, Attilio Rossi, Germano Facetti, Dutch designers H. Nicholas Werkman, Willem Sandberg and German designer John Heartfield.

Monographic book about typographer Willem Sandbergin collaboration with Müge Yilmaz
Monographic book about typographer Willem Sandbergin collaboration with Müge Yilmaz
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(Amersfoort, October 24, 1897 - Amsterdam, April 9, 1984) Willem Sandberg was a Dutch graphic artist and director of the Stedelijk Museum from 1945 to 1962. During the years of Nazi occupation he designed false identity cards, and organized for the originals documents to be destroyed in order to save the Jews. He continued to produce the “Experimenta Typographica” illegally so as to spread the spirit of resistance through graphics. After the war years he committed himself to turning the Stedelijk Museum into a cultural centre, alive and open. These pages are intended to reflect the most important artistic achievements of his life, his philosophy of simplicity, his respect for nature and the white space, and the three sacred steps to enter the understanding of the world
(Amersfoort, October 24, 1897 – Amsterdam, April 9, 1984)
Willem Sandberg was a Dutch graphic artist and director of the Stedelijk Museum from 1945 to 1962.
During the years of Nazi occupation he designed false identity cards, and organized for the originals documents to be destroyed in order to save the Jews. He continued to produce the “Experimenta Typographica” illegally so as to spread the spirit of resistance through graphics. After the war years he committed himself to turning the Stedelijk Museum into a cultural centre, alive and open. These pages are intended to reflect the most important artistic achievements of his life, his philosophy of simplicity, his respect for nature and the white space, and the three sacred steps to enter the understanding of the world
Monographic book about typographer H. Nicholas Werkman in collaboration with Müge Yilmaz
Monographic book about typographer H. Nicholas Werkman in collaboration with Müge Yilmaz
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(Leens, April 29, 1882 - Bakkeveen, April 10, 1945) H. Nicholaas Werkman lived almost all his life in Groningen, his hometown. He was a solitary and introverted character. During the German occupation of Holland, he kept in touch with the outside world through the magazine “The Next Call” and projects such as the “Blue Barge” that he printed clandestinely in the small print shop where he took refuge every day. The printing process was an essential part of his artistic expression. “You know what's the difference between me and the others” he wrote to a friend, “They are designers who do not print, and leave the production to others, instead I project while printing.” Werkman participated in the resistance, in the same way he tried to leave typography from the tyranny of writing. In March 1945, German soldiers arrested him and shot him dead ten days before the liberation of Groningen. His prints and paintings, which had been confiscated, were eventually burned.
(Leens, April 29, 1882 – Bakkeveen, April 10, 1945)
H. Nicholaas Werkman lived almost all his life in Groningen, his hometown. He was a solitary and introverted character. During the German occupation of Holland, he kept in touch with the outside world through the magazine “The Next Call” and projects such as the “Blue Barge” that he printed clandestinely in the small print shop where he took refuge every day.
The printing process was an essential part of his artistic expression.
“You know what’s the difference between me and the others” he wrote to a friend, “They are designers who do not print, and leave the production to others, instead I project while printing.”
Werkman participated in the resistance, in the same way he tried to leave typography from the tyranny of writing.
In March 1945, German soldiers arrested him and shot him dead ten days before the liberation of Groningen. His prints and paintings, which had been confiscated, were eventually burned.
Lekton
Project realized on the occasion of “Fiera della Parola” for “Achivio storico Olivetti”, Ivrea, Italy
Type Design
Lekton
Libri in Scatola
Graphic Design
Libri in Scatola
Border
Graphic Design
Border
Grafici per la democrazia
Graphic Design
Grafici per la democrazia
Illywords #27
Illywords
Graphic Design
Illywords #27
New Identity
Graphic Design
New Identity
Urbino Servizi
Urbino Servizi
Graphic Design
Urbino Servizi
Dr Jekyll & Miss Hyde
MA program in Typeface Design at the University of Reading, UK
Type Design, Non-Latin
Dr Jekyll & Miss Hyde
Underw
Fraser Muggeridge Studio
Type Design
Underw
Brede
Fraser Muggeridge Studio
Type Design
Brede
Dave
Fraser Muggeridge Studio
Type Design
Dave
Slash Dash
Fraser Muggeridge Studio
Type Design
Slash Dash
Flaxam
Fraser Muggeridge Studio
Type Design
Flaxam
Dorique
Fraser Muggeridge Studio
Type Design
Dorique
Noto Armenian
Monotype USA. This was part of the Noto font project developed with and for Google.
Type Design, Non-Latin
Noto Armenian