Intrus Sympathiques - Bernard Chadebec


Graphic designer Bernard Chadebec was an employee of the INRS (National Research and Safety Institute) throughout his professional life, between 1965 and 2005. At this French organization for the prevention of occupational accidents, he created more than 300 boldly colored posters.

This book, published in conjunction with the first monographic exhibition of Chadebec’s work at the Écomusée Creusot Montceau, includes an engaging essay by Camille Pageard detailing the history of accident awareness and prevention in the workplace, as well as the changing modes of discourse surrounding how safety messages are delivered, and why Chadebec is unique in this respect.

The concept and design for Intrus Sympathiques was developed by students of the HfG Karlsruhe (Tatjana Stürmer, Sascia Reibel, Phil Zumbruch, Simon Knebl), in close collaboration with Olivier Lebrun and Urs Lehni. The book consists of full color reproductions of Chadebec's posters, folded and bound in—creating interesting juxtapositions of type and form—followed by texts and single color reproductions.

Published by Rollo Press, 2016
First edition

English and French
272 pages, single and full color illustrations (poster used as removable dust jacket), 5.5 × 7.5 inches

ISBN 978-3-90621-311-8