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The typographic design of the Valley of the Communities in Jerusalem

Yaki Molcho

Saturday 15 September | 17:00 – 17:30
Location: Sallis Benney Theatre

Presentation | Theme: Landscapes | Duration: 30 minutes

This is the story of the seven year long typographic design project at The Valley of the Communities in Jerusalem, one of numerous museums and archives in Yad Vashem, Israel’s national memorial to the Holocaust and its victims.

The site is designed as a huge labyrinth cut into the rocky hill in the shape of courtyards which represent the geographical areas and countries of Europe. Carved onto its 107 walls are the names, in Hebrew and Roman letters, of around 5,000 out of 20,000 Jewish communities destroyed in the Holocaust.

For this purpose it was necessary to work on both the design of the layout of the names on the walls, and on the relationship between the two completely different scripts, in order to accomplish harmony and balance between them.

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Yaki Molcho Department of Graphic Design Shenkar College of Engineering and Design | Israel

Yaki Molcho was born in Israel in 1945. He graduated from the Graphic Design department in Bezalel - Academy of Art And Design in Jerusalem in 1971. From 1972 he worked as freelance graphic designer and art director with major advertising agencies, magazines and daily newspapers in Israel; he has also designed numerous books, record sleeves, catalogues and exhibitions. During the years 1985-1992 he co-designed the typographic design of the Valley of the Communities site in Yad Vashem, the National Holocaust Memorial in Jerusalem.

In 1979, Yaki became Head of the Graphic Design department at the Tel Aviv extension of the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, and in 1987 he co-founded Vital – The Tel Aviv Center for Design Studies, and was the Head of its Graphic Design department. He is also the co-Founder of the Festivital annual international design festival.

In 1994, Yaki founded the Rutyaki designer shop with wife Ruthy, with whom he also designed sculptures and playground facilities for the Hertzel Garden in Holon and Ulrich Garden in Jerusalem. Since 2000, he has been senior lecturer at the Department of Graphic Design in Shenkar - College of Engineering and Design.

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