Between the years of 1965 – 2005, Bernard Chadebec worked as a graphic designer for the National Research and Safety Institute of France. During his 40 years at the company Bernard designed over 300 posters that aided the prevention of occupational accidents. However Bernard’s design interpretations of safety warnings in the workplace grab your attention in a bold, amusing way. The designer created accident prevention posters you actually want to look at, a refreshing take on an area of graphic design infamously mundane.
A selection of posters from Bernard’s career are featured within a new publication, Intrus Sympathiques by Rollo Press, a Zurich-based publisher which charmingly began “more or less accidentally after purchasing a risograph from eBay”. Designed in association with students at HFG Karlshue, the book displays a collection of foldable posters displaying the very best of Bernard’s design approach. Its release coincides with the first exhibition of Bernard’s work at Écomusée Creusot Montceau.
This publication celebrating Bernard Chadebec’s brilliant work proves what could be a monotonous design job can be an opportunity to create something groundbreaking, and fun.
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