gebr.silvestri is a Amsterdam-based design studio. We – Adrian Silvestri-Chyle and Stefan Silvestri – work as art directors and designers in two and three dimensions. We produce visual solutions in media ranging from print to online to 3D. Our projects range from brand identities and books through products to exhibition and stage design.
Following our five-year training in two- and three-dimensional design at Schule für Gestaltung St. Gallen and at Globus in St. Gallen in our native Switzerland, we both studied graphic design at Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam. Our design studio gebr.silvestri has been in business since 1994.
We have been giving workshops in typography and the language of images at Merz Akademie in Stuttgart since 1996 and teaching at Design Academy Eindhoven since 2004. In the past we gave workshops at Ecole des Beaux Arts in Mulhouse (1998–1999) and we taught at St Joost Akademie in Breda (2002–2004).
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Dutch rap act De Jeugd van Tegenwoordig rose to fame with their 2005 hit ‘Watskeburt?!’ [What’s happened?!]. Their beats reveal a strong influence from electronic music. To celebrate their successful first decade in 2015, the band organised an anniversary concert ‘Viering van het super decennium’ [Celebrating the super decade] and offered a boxed set with their studio albums. They asked us to design all the publicity materials for the band’s tenth anniversary event.
In our design, the Roman numeral ‘X’ serves as the primary eye catcher. An exploding star-like polygon in transparent yellow lies across the ‘X’, reinforcing and further stretching it. The design is built up of different transparent layers of bright magenta, yellow and cyan. The colours blend together in their transparency, and the typography, which in some layers has been left blank, creates a negative photographic effect.