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Parallel-Parallel is an online gallery that shows works by international graphic designers which:

  • have been postponed indefinitely,
  • will never be realized or published,
  • were published for an event that will never take place because of Covid-19.

Parallel-Parallel was launched in April 2020 by Dorothee Dähler and Yeliz Secerli at the onset of Covid-19 pandemic. As several countries went into lock-down, graphic designers around the world found themselves losing work, either through canceled projects or indefinitely postponed launch dates. In or- der to give fellow designers an opportunity to showcase their work—and to archive these paused/unpublished works—we created www.Parallel-Parallel.com.

Screenshot Parallel-Parallel Website
(submission on top by Anna Kulachek, below by Experimental Jetset)

Screenshot Parallel-Parallel Website
(submission on top by Anna Kulachek, below by Experimental Jetset)

Parallel-Parallel is a collection of projects that were stopped at different times. It shows projects in different stages of their creation: some were designed but never produced, others were produced but never saw daylight, and others were published yet advertised an event that never happened or that took place much later.

When we were invited for a 16-page contribution to the Graphic Magazine under the theme Current Issue, we decided to focus on the unproduced submissions. We created an idea of the works, rather than reproducing them, because we knew we wouldn’t be able to realize the colors, effects, and the original intentions within the parameters given. By highlighting them within this publication, we hope to go some way towards realizing them.