Oktoberlandet is a pseudo-tsarist-Russian steampunk fantasy tabletop role-playing game, and I did the graphic design and illustrations. The design was obviously inspired by Russian constructivism and futurism, such as Mayakovsky, Rodchenko, Lissitzky and Telingater. But also the work of great contemporary graphic designers like Francesco Franchi, Francesco Muzzi, Boris Vargas Vasquez and especially the brilliant Expeditionen — Min kärlekshistoria by Bea Uusma (designed by Lotta Kühlhorn). The book’s design is really a homage to a lot of great designers and illustrators, blended together to a Russian steampunk fantasy stew!
[Oktoberlandet] was written by Christian Mehrstam (concept and game world), Karl Bergström (game rules) and Nils Hintze (scenario). The book was published by Free League Publishing […]
All images incl. caption texts by designer Johan Nohr.
This is one of the first spreads, with the table of contents. I wanted a quite rigid grid and a typography and graphic design that doesn’t just serve to present the content — it should be part of the book art itself.
The book is illustrated with black-and-white illustrations and photos, but also with some full page constructivist typographic illustrations. This particular one says (roughly translated) “The Resistance had long arms and did not want to lose an agent on an important position in the Czar’s army”.