Category “Books”

Reissue of the 1975 NASA Graphics Standards Manual

NASA Graphics Manual Reissue

NASA Graphics Manual Reissue

NASA Graphics Manual Reissue

NASA Graphics Manual Reissue

Jesse Reed & Hamish Smyth, the fel­las behind the won­der­ful 1970 NYCTA Graph­ics Stan­dards Man­ual reis­sue, have announced a new Kick­starter for the reis­sue of the 1975 NASA Graph­ics Stan­dards Man­ual.

The orig­i­nal man­ual was cre­ated in 1975 as part of a NASA redesign done by Richard Danne and Bruce Black­burn, and it’s an impor­tant piece of Amer­i­can graphic design his­tory. I’ve been on the look­out for years for a copy of the man­ual, but I still haven’t be able to find one. It’s super rare. That’s what makes this project so great. The man­ual will now be avail­able to the gen­eral pub­lic, so every­one will get to enjoy it.

The reis­sued man­ual will be based on the Danne’s per­sonal copy, and should ship in March 2016. Jesse and Hamish did an incred­i­ble job on the NYCTA man­ual, so I’m sure this reis­sue will be just as good. I’m def­i­nitely back­ing the project.

Here are the specs:

  • Images from the orig­i­nal pre­sen­ta­tion to NASA by Danne & Blackburn
  • 500+ word fore­word by Danne, who has pro­vided never-before-seen mate­ri­als from the DanneDesign archive
  • 2000+ word essay on the cul­ture of NASA at the time of the man­ual by Christo­pher Bonanos
  • Approx­i­mately 5lbs (2.3kg) on earth, 0.9lbs (0.4kg) on the moon
  • 9.5 × 11.5″ (241 × 292mm)
  • 200 pages includ­ing 10 gate folds
  • 93 plates printed from high-resolution scans of Danne’s per­sonal copy of the manual
  • CYMK + 5 Pan­tone® spot colors
  • Hard­cover with soft touch lam­i­na­tion and two-color silkscreen
  • Printed in Italy
  • 100 gsm Yupo Orig­i­nal and Perig­ord Matte 135 gsm
  • Sto­chas­tic printing
  • Red head and tail bands
  • Indi­vid­u­ally pack­aged in sta­tic shield­ing pouch

The Debate: The Legendary Contest of Two Giants of Graphic Design

Mona­celli Press has pub­lished the first Eng­lish trans­la­tion of an his­toric 1972 debate between Dutch graphic design­ers Wim Crouwel and Jan van Toorn, at Amsterdam’s Museum Fodor.

Held in response to an exhi­bi­tion of Van Toorn’s work at Stedelijk Museum, includ­ing stu­dent posters protest­ing the Viet­nam War — in an era of youth cul­ture and increas­ing resis­tance to author­ity, cap­i­tal­ism, and the power of media — the stakes were aes­thetic, eth­i­cal, and polit­i­cally charged.

Crouwel defended his approach of neu­tral­ity and aus­tere ratio­nal­ism, atten­tion to typog­ra­phy and works­man­ship, and pro­fes­sion­al­ism in ser­vice of the client’s mes­sage. Van Toorn argued for his use of chaos, col­lage, and pho­tographs of every­day life; that a designer’s ideas, per­son­al­ity, and polit­i­cal com­mit­ments are inte­gral to the work.

Order vs. Dis­or­der. I vaguely remem­ber read­ing about this debate, but I’ve never seen a tran­scripts of it. Def­i­nitely inter­ested in check­ing this out.

The cloth­bound book also includes a fore­word by Rick Poynor, and a gallery of work from Crouwel and Van Toorn.

And start­ing today, Design Observer will be pub­lish­ing four excerpts from the book.

NYCTA Graphics Standards Manual Limited Reissue

NYCTA Graphics Standards Manual Reissue

NYCTA Graphics Standards Manual Reissue

NYCTA Graphics Standards Manual Reissue

NYCTA Graphics Standards Manual Reissue

Remem­ber those fel­las who found an orig­i­nal copy of the NYC Tran­sit Author­ity Graphic Stan­dards Man­ual in the base­ment of Pen­ta­gram? Well, they’re part­ner­ing with the MTA to release a lim­ited run of man­ual through Kick­starter.

It won’t be exactly like the orig­i­nal man­ual. The orig­i­nal is ring bound in binder, but the reis­sue will fea­ture a cloth hard­cover and unal­tered high-resolution scans of each page of the man­ual, all Smyth sewn together. It will mea­sure 13.5” W × 13.5″ H (343 x 343 mm).There will be an intro­duc­tion by Michael Bierut, and an essay by New York mag­a­zine writer Christo­pher Bonanos.

The man­ual will be printed in Italy on 100 and 140 gsm Munken Pure ivory off­set paper. The cover, intro­duc­tion, and essay head­ings will be set in a cus­tom ver­sion of Stan­dard Medium by type designer Nick Sher­man, that he recre­ated from the pho­tographs of the orig­i­nal manual.

This is a great way to get this won­der­ful piece of design his­tory in the hands of more peo­ple. I’ve backed it.

Dot Zero – Issue 1

Dot Zero Issue 1

Dot Zero Issue 1

Dot Zero Issue 1

Dot Zero was a quar­terly by Uni­mark in part­ner­ship with Finch Paper that focused on the the­ory and prac­tice of visual com­mu­ni­ca­tion. Only five issues were pub­lished between 1966 and 1968, and Mas­simo Vignelli was the designer and cre­ative direc­tor of the mag­a­zine. Vignelli wanted to make the design excit­ing, but sim­ple, so he set all type in only two weights of Hel­vetica and every­thing printed in black and white.

Michael Bierut inter­viewed Vignelli about the mag­a­zine. Some nice insights on how the pub­li­ca­tion came about, and its production.

The folks at Ratio­nale Design have made avail­able a hi-res PDF of issue 1 of Dot Zero, and you can see some pho­tos of issue 2 here.

Grids: Their Meaning and Use for Federal Designers

Massimo Vignelli Grids

Massimo Vignelli Grids

Massimo Vignelli Grids

“Grids: Their Mean­ing and Use for Fed­eral Design­ers” is a book based on a pre­sen­ta­tion given by Mas­simo Vignelli at a sem­i­nar for fed­eral graphic design­ers at the Illi­nois Insti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy on Novem­ber 10, 1976.

He cov­ers the basics of grid design, then shows how grids were used in some of the projects that he worked on. It’s a nice lit­tle read. Hi-res scan of the entire book is avail­able here.

Via Sean Wol­cott

Manuals 1: Design & Identity Guidelines

Unit Editions Manuals 1

Unit Editions Manuals 1

Unit Editions Manuals 1

Unit Editions Manuals 1

Unit Editions Manuals 1

Unit Edi­tions just announced a new book titled Man­u­als 1 Design & Iden­tity Guide­lines. It’s a study of cor­po­rate iden­tity design man­u­als from the 1960s to early 1980s. The book includes man­u­als cre­ated for NASA, Lufthansa, British Steel, NYC Tran­sit Author­ity, Cana­dian Broad­cast­ing Cor­po­ra­tion, ABC, and more. The ABC man­ual is from my col­lec­tion that I’ve contributed.

I’ve been really look­ing for­ward to this book. Man­u­als are such a great learn­ing resources because they’re not only great to look at, but they also give you insight into the ratio­nale and think­ing behind each sys­tem. You get to expe­ri­ence what the design­ers were thinking.

The fore­word was writ­ten by Mas­simo Vignelli and the book includes text from Adrian Shaugh­nessy, NASA designer Richard Danne, Greg D’Onofrio and Patri­cia Belen of Dis­play, Armin Vit, Sean Perkins and John Lloyd.

Avail­able in March and you can pre-order now.

A5/06: HfG Ulm, A5/07: Rolf Müller

HFG Ulm

HFG Ulm

Rolf Muller

Rolf Muller

Hey folks, sorry for the long silence. I got a kid­ney stone, and I was out of com­mis­sion for a week. Feel­ing bet­ter now, so the posts will resume. Back to business.

Lars Müller Pub­lish­ers is releas­ing two new books as part of their won­der­ful A5 series. I’ve been wait­ing for these titles every since I heard about them in early fall.

The first is A5/06: HfG Ulm by René Spitz that cov­ers the his­tory of The Ulm School of Design founded by Inge Aicher-Scholl, Otl Aicher and Max Bill.

The sec­ond book is A5/07: Rolf Müller, a mono­graph ded­i­cated to Rolf Müller who worked with Otl Aicher on the visual iden­tity of the Munich Olympic Games in 1972.

Both books will be avail­able at the end of this month.

Poster Collection 25 Josef Müller-Brockmann

Poster Collection 25 Josef Müller-Brockmann

Next month, Lars Müller Pub­lish­ers is releas­ing “Poster Col­lec­tion 25 Josef Müller-Brockmann”, a book that show­cases a selec­tion of posters designed by Müller-Brockmann. No pho­tos of the spreads, but this is def­i­nitely going in my collection.

Index Magazine

Index Magazine

Index Magazine

Index Magazine

Index Magazine

The Har­vard Art Muse­ums have announced the launch of the dig­i­tal mag­a­zine Index, which pro­vides a dynamic and inter­ac­tive space for read­ers to dis­cover a broad range of con­tent and media pro­duced by staff at the Har­vard Art Muse­ums and from arts-related venues around the world.

The dig­i­tal mag­a­zine sup­ple­ments the printed edi­tion of the mag­a­zine with new con­tent posted each week­day. Index includes mul­ti­me­dia com­po­nents that put view­ers behind the scenes at the muse­ums and also pro­vides reg­u­lar updates dur­ing the final stages of the muse­ums’ ren­o­va­tion and expan­sion project in Cambridge.

Designing News

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Designing News

Designing News

Designing News

Designing News

Designer Francesco Franchi, known for his work on Il Sole 24 ORE, has writ­ten a new booked called Design­ing News, that explores the future of the news and media indus­tries. His per­spec­tive is based on his work for IL, and the book includes case stud­ies by Richard Tur­ley, Daniele Codega, Mark Porter, Oliver Reichen­stein and more.

The book will be pub­lished Gestal­ten, and will be avail­able very soon from their site. Time to drop hints to my wife for X-mas presents.

Helvetica, Objectified, Urbanized: The Complete Interviews

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helvetica-objectified-urbanized-complete-interviews

helvetica-objectified-urbanized-complete-interviews

Gary Hus­twit, the direc­tor of Hel­vetica, Objec­ti­fied and Urban­ized, is releas­ing almost 100 hours of unseen inter­views from the three films as a book. The book, designed by Build, will include in-depth dis­cus­sions with Paola Antonelli, Michael Bierut, Neville Brody, Matthew Carter, Wim Crouwel, Tobias Frere-Jones, Jonathan Hoe­fler, Exper­i­men­tal Jet­set, Naoto Fuka­sawa, Jonathan Ive, Michael C. Place, Rick Poynor, Dieter Rams, Karim Rashid, Ste­fan Sag­meis­ter, Paula Scher, Erik Spiek­er­man, Mas­simo Vignelli and more.

A Kick­starter has been setup where you can back the project.

Type Only

Type Only

Type Only

Type Only

Type Only

Type Only

Unit Edi­tions con­tin­ues to impress me. They con­tinue to pump-out these high-quality books with great work. The newest book Type Only looks like it’s awe­some. Designed by Spin, and edited by Tony Brook, Clau­dia Klat and Adrian Shaugh­nessy. The book cel­e­brates type unsup­ported by illus­tra­tion or pho­tog­ra­phy. Type Only fea­tures the work of over 100 graphic design­ers from Aus­tralia, Bel­gium, Czech Repub­lic, Fin­land, France, Ger­many, Italy, Nether­lands, Nor­way, Poland, Por­tu­gal, Ser­bia, South Korea, Spain, Swe­den, Switzer­land, UK, USA.

Want.