Per Diem: Graphics in Time by Sonnenzimmer comprehensively documents our commissioned and self-driven work from ca. 2005–2019. In doing so, it is a book on contemporary graphic studio culture and practice, where art and design meet. This anthology of work paints a picture of how a studio practice encompassing both commercial and artistic pursuits looks amidst a changing media and cultural landscape, providing a window into a contemporary application of graphic expression through documentation. Moreover, the book continues our trajectory of reassessing the role of graphic arts and riding its elastic edge. We hope by visualizing this space, new realities for the working artist can be envisioned. Per Diem is a reference book of 16 years from-the-ground-up graphic expression through the pursuit of manual labor and the core resilience of two dreamers. By putting all our work together in this publication, we say: “Look, this is what we can gain from not separating art and design, and by embracing collaborative sensitivities!” Over 1,000 pages, we attempt to show everything that we've made, from logo design to type specimens, to quilts, to paintings, to record covers, to gallery shows, objects, sculptures, and much more! 

Per Diem: Graphics in Time is our physical and digital archive of past works. It’s a collection of everything*. The first edition was published in 2020, thanks to the generous support of many backers and pivotal contributions from Nathan Keay (photography), Ronny Hunger (book design, essay), and Lauren Weinberg (introduction, editing). It is also a testament to all the people, teams, communities, organizations, businesses, that come together and foster ideas and shapes. Who find the energy and resources to share and sit down with us, and us having the chance to sit down with them, not scared of the unknown, but firmly believing in finding shapes of the future for the together of now. The first printing has sold out and a 2nd edition is now available. 

*We've done our best to track down everything, but might have missed a thing or two. If you own or have documentation of any works we have made that are not included in this publication, please feel free to send a photo and any relevant information to us to be considered for inclusion in future editions.



Per Diem: Graphics in Time,  2nd Edition​

Published by: Sonnenzimmer
Authors: Nick Butcher & Nadine Nakanishi
Design, Essay: Ronny Hunger
Introduction, Editor: Lauren Weinberg 

Photoraphy: Nathan Keay
Date: 2020
Media: Perfect bound, 4-color digital printing, 1,000 pages
Size: 5.25 x 8.5 inches

Edition: 150
Catalog number: SZ037


Per Diem: Graphics in Time,  1st Edition