MERICS | Research study layout


The layout of research reports is a challenging task: on the one hand, visual solutions must be found to present the data in the most appealing and individual way. On the other hand, it is very important that the report’s message is at the top of the list of priorities and that too complex or unusual graphics do not stand in the way of this. It is therefore important to find a consistent and understandable design language.

When designing the report “Chinese FDI in Europe” I particularly liked the interplay of different activities: Creating a calm text layout, developing balanced graphics and assembling them into a consistent overall picture.

MERICS | Fan of power


How to present the current composition of the Politburo in an attractive and clear way? Which metaphor would be suitable to convey this abstract theme? The choice quickly fell on the typical Chinese fan, which in its layout offered exactly the right space to include all posts and affiliations.

Due to its clear language of form this graphic was not only used in publications of MERICS and online presentations: as a huge poster it is now part of the design of conference rooms and events.

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