Maximage created 30 unique covers for the CMYK reissue of the book “Maximage Color Combinations” printed at ECAL in 2019 by Benjamin Plantier. The 30 copies are hand numbered and signed.
“Maximage Color Combinations” CMYK edition is a reproduction of the first edition in a standardized version. Smaller and printed in process colors, this pocket book fills the same function as the original, relieved of spot colors and increased by CMYK references.
“Maximage Color Combinations” is a tool for designers, artists and printers interested in personalized and unique color palettes. With more than 120 combinations, ranging from two to five colors, the book explores how different colors and hues can interact together, and how they can merge from one to another. Without any chapters or formulas, colors travel from shiny to matte, blue to celadon, frozen to boiling, reflective to absorbent, dark light to brain grey, spectral to metameric, sunshine to neon, from Atlanta to Albertville, or from Leipzig to Juba via Napoli and back again, in an attempt to tell infinite stories.
The user will not find here this year’s hot color nor the trends for next season. Rather, each page tells a different story that each user can relate to, reinterpret or reappropriate in their own way.
The first edition of “Maximage Color Combinations” was conceived and printed during a workshop at ECAL held by Maximage and the printer Thomi Wolfensberger in 2017. The color combinations were generated directly in the offset press by interfering with the ink unit. This unorthodox color-mixing technique has helped to create more than 450 spot colors evolving over the different books. It was part of the “Workflow” research project.