Adèle Onnillon
Graphic design

Currently :
Intern at Spencer Fenton (London, UK)

Initiales SL (with Louise Smart)

The 12th issue of Initiales (published by Ensba Lyon) about Sylvère Lotringer, founder of Semiotext(e).
Editor-in-chief : Claire Moulène.
Associate editors : François Aubart and François Piron.

22,5 x 30 cm

Read (FR) and Listen (FR)

Attention à la marche : l'escalier (with Simon Penard-Philippe)

MA dissertation written by Jinglei Yang (alumni of Ensba Lyon). Its ambition is to stop on the staircase,
a transitionnal space usually ignored. The graphic conception follows the will of the writer : to show
the staircase as a construction full of symbols (power, hierarchy, mysticism). The dissertation is about
the staircase being more than just a space but also
a place that transforms feelings, a path to redefine powers : political, social and cultural. We built the layout according to these considerations, creating a place
for reading that tickles, the way stairs should not just
be a space to pass through. For us, the design is
a space an transition between two languages, several chapters and objects.

23 x 33 cm

Selected for It's a book 2018 (Leipzig, DE)

Le paradoxe d'une chimère : le document reproduit
dans l'objet éditorial

The paradox of the chimera : reproducing documents in editorial objects (MA dissertation)
Archival documents are a class of images that are enlightened by editorial objects. Firstly, creating a new archival ensemble in a book corpus leads to the valo-
risation of each document which is part of this corpus. Then, they are also highlighted by the process used in
relation to the context of considering and designing a publication. Throughout this process, the original document is going to be manipulated by the “book makers” (author-editor, graphic designer, publisher).
In the act of reproducing for the purpose of publishing, the document goes through multiple stages and steps that we will be calling the “archive-book mutation”.
It covers the ensemble of gestures that will be transforming the document into its reproduction.
In this editorial use, it creates a paradox. The document can be both an image and a text at the same time,
and its documentary and aesthetic values are stretched out in multiple ways through the archive-book mutation. This is where it shows its singular and original strength. Thus a question emerges, “How can the editorial apparatus bring more meaning to this material?”
This research is built upon five case studies published between 1965 to 2013. It is based on a sensitive
and mindful examination of materials. From the private archive to the historical archive, this selection shows that the reproduction goes beyond factual information. These ensembles of reproductions are the result
of an appropriation that also calls on for a certain sensitivity.

20 x 28 cm


Typeface based on Eurostile by Aldo Novarese designed to suit four optical size.
Shown here is the display style.