– Colors are for fruit salads
– Well, okay?
Conversation is a book about a conversation between two people, a teacher (person one) in graphic design and his student (person two).
When I heard about this conversation, I thought that this needs to be maid in to something, it’s too good to let it pass.
I find the conversation very amusing just as it is but knowledge about the context makes it even more interesting.
The exchange of words took place at an art school in Zürich in a situation where the student were working on a project, which is at this point, a working in progress. The teacher simple walks up to take a look at the work. The work is very colorful and the teachers reaction to this is “Colors are for fruit salads”, the students answer to that would have been “well, okay?”.
The whole conversation is visible from the outside of the book and the books anatomy is what makes it possible for you to read it. By holding the book whit the cover saying “Person one” up you can read the quote from person one by the edge of the papers. By turning the book upside down you can find the answer from person two and read the quote printed in the other direction. Just like a conversation between two persons standing face to face.
For me this conversation carries many layers, speaking a lot about the Swiss legacy and its tidy simplicity but also the hierarchy’s between a teacher and his student.
The number of layers probably nearly one hundred if you’re going to analyze it even deeper. Therefore the book got one hundred pages, one to represent each of every possible layer.