Medieval manuscripts were produced between the 5th and the 15th centuries AD on diverse topics. Many of them attract attention because of their lavish illustrations, others draw the reader with subtle visual sophistication. Even though these documents testify for a high potential in communicating messages, they are hardly ever discussed by contemporary graphic designers. What kind of visual strategies were used in Medieval manuscripts to communicate knowledge? What is the role of the specific elements in building narratives? How can historical research enrich contemporary graphic design practice? The thesis aims to answer these questions through a multi-layered visual and historical analysis of manuscripts.
text & design by Nóra Békés
video installation with ceramic sculptures
made in 2018