Erkenntnisweg und Heiliger Geist

Art director and designer Yuta Takahashi has just designed Michael Debus’ book Erkenntnisweg und Heiliger Geist, a book that attempts to use philosophy to unravel the wisdom handed down in the form of myths and legends.

To reach this objective, the author tries to use modern ways of thinking to remove the veils from these myths and legends, which become like fairytales to the modern person. However, it’s not the contents of this book that I find most striking, it’s the art direction to present such content. Yuta Takahashi explains:

Through the unique cover art, we represented the idea of multiple layers of doors of knowledge appearing and being opened by thought. On the other side of the door, the letter “I” appears. We represented the reader’s awareness transitioning from darkness to daylight through the use of neutral colours between light and shadow.

Combining modernity and minimalism with all these old concepts and elements, the book’s appearance also becomes reminiscent of the cloister in church architecture, and with the extreme care of each detail that Yuta Takahashi continues to demonstrate, a wonderful piece of print design is completed.