Who: Xavier Erni and Thuy-An Hoang are the two graphic designers and founding members behind the posters designed by Neo Neo.
When: Hoang and Erni graduated in visual communication from HEAD, Geneva in 2008 and established their studio Neo Neo in 2008. Their posters were among the 100 Best Posters of Germany, Austria and Switzerland three years in a row starting in 2015. The duo was awarded the New York artist residency by the City of Geneva in 2014, and the Lissignol-Chevalier bursary, Geneva as well as a Swiss Design Award in 2012.
Where: The studio has numerous institutional clients including the Centre d’Art Contemporain, Geneva, the New Museum, New York, the Black Movie Festival, Geneva and Design Days, Lausanne, as well as private clients, such as Edition Patrick Frey, Zurich and Kehrer Verlag, Heidelberg.
What: Founded in 2011, Poster Tribune is their magazine dedicated to the history and news of the media poster. In late 2015 the duo launched the online platform Print Program, an archive dedicated to the exhibition and archiving of graphic printed matter.
Erni and Hoang have taught graphic design at HEAD since 2015. They have taken part in numerous international conferences, including Swiss Style? at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University School of Design, and Expanding Fields at the Basel School of Design in 2017; Fontes et caractères dans tous leurs états #3 at the Campus fonderie de l’image, Paris in 2016; and the round table with Benjamin Critton, Julian Bittiner and Other Means at the New York Artbook Fair, Moma PS1, New York in 2015.
Why: Xavier Erni and Thuy-An Hoang have established an important promotional and educational practice for poster design through teaching, giving conferences and building archive platforms.