Ruprecht-Karls-University of Heidelberg (Ruperto Carola) is Germany’s oldest university and an important research center. »Ruperto Carola« research magazine is published twice each year. Each issue focuses on a specific sociopolitical topic. Articles by Heidelberg researchers in various departments show the university’s diverse work.
As part of the institution’s corporate design relaunch, the design and concept of University of Heidelberg’s research magazine »Ruperto Carola« was updated.
The university tagline, »The future since 1386«, provides the inspiration for opposites that shape the content and design of this publication. The modern typeface is used in conjunction with the traditional Ruperto Carola university seal – the red in the seal plays a major role as a type color.
The fourth issue explores the antagonists »War & Freedom« – 100 years after the outbreak of the First World War. It presents research projects on the past and presence of war scenarios on all continents across various disciplines. The image concept shows an unconventional way of presenting war scenarios: a drop of blood on someone’s mouth, a bloody shell that looks deceptively similar to lipstick – the imagery gives the viewer room for associations and the subjective rating of relevance and innocence.
The fifth and latest edition focuses on the topic »Outside & Inside«. This issue examines issues of identity formation, the social and political dynamics of integration and ostracism, as well as the relationships between language and migration. One surprising feature of the »Outside & Inside« issue is how these opposites are translated into the magazine design. The raised embossed egg on the cover and the editorial in yellow make playful reference to the title theme of »Outside & Inside«.
»Ruperto Carola« research magazines have won numerous national and international awards.
The magazine’s popularity, the overwhelming media echo and improved advertising sales made it possible to refinance the publication.