Category “Design”

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

Actual Size: Experimental Jetset

Experimental jetset

Cooper Hewitt in NYC is host­ing a talk with Exper­i­men­tal Jet­set on Sep­tem­ber 16th from 6:30pm to 8:00pm, at their Smith­son­ian Design Museum. You can get more info and reserve a spot on their web­site. Def­i­nitely an event you shouldn’t miss.

Cooper Hewitt wel­comes acclaimed inter­na­tional graphic design­ers, Exper­i­men­tal Jet­set, for an evening of con­ver­sa­tion. Exper­i­men­tal Jet­set was founded by Erwin Brinkers, Marieke Stolk, and Danny van den Dun­gen in Ams­ter­dam in 1997. The design­ers are known for their idio­syn­cratic, seem­ingly sys­tem­atic work, includ­ing the new iden­tity for the Whit­ney Museum of Amer­i­can Art. Work by Exper­i­men­tal Jet­set is rep­re­sented in Cooper Hewitt’s per­ma­nent col­lec­tion and is fea­tured in our exhi­bi­tion How Posters Work, open through Jan­u­ary 24, 2016.

Atlas

Atlas

Atlas

Atlas

Atlas

Won­der­ful iden­tity design by Atlas for the Barcelona Design Museum. You can see more of Atlas’ excel­lent work on Face­book and Insta­gram.

Made In Italy

Why does the UK get all the great design exhibits? Damn it all to hell! If you’re in Lon­don this Fri­day and Sat­ur­day, you’re going to want to check this one out.

Paper com­pany Fedrigoni has part­nered with design stu­dio SEA, and Aiap to bring us Made In Italy, an exhi­bi­tion and lim­ited edi­tion book­let cel­e­brat­ing mid-century Ital­ian graphic design. Made In Italy will fea­ture work from Gian­carlo Iliprandi, Franco Grig­nani, Heinz Waibl, Mario Dagrada, Mimmo Catel­lano, and more.

The exhibit will be open from Fri­day, June 12th to Sat­ur­day, June 13th at Pro­tein: Stu­dio 2 gallery in London.

You can pur­chase tick­ets to the event from here.

Made In Italy

Made In Italy

Made In Italy

Made In Italy

Made In Italy

Made In Italy

StudioSmall: Margaret Howell

StudioSmall Margaret Howell

StudioSmall Margaret Howell

StudioSmall Margaret Howell

StudioSmall Margaret Howell

Stu­dioS­mall is a London-based agency that pro­duced this lovely work for fash­ion brand, Mar­garet How­ell. The work includes strat­egy, brand­ing, dig­i­tal, print, and environmental.

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.

Bernard Series 1227

Bernard Series 1227

Bernard Series 1227

Bernard Series 1227

Bernard Series 1227

Bernard Series 1227

I wrote about Bernard’s beau­ti­ful cycling kit a few years ago, and now they’ve released a new design with the Series 1227.

The series includes short sleeve jer­sey, bib shorts, wind vest and arm warm­ers, and are all made in Italy.

Founder and designer, Bran­don Sin­cock, explains the design:

The new kit is an evo­lu­tion of the orig­i­nal design – work­ing with sim­i­lar ele­ments, and a shared design sen­si­bil­ity, but fur­ther explor­ing lay­er­ing & the over­lap­ping of ele­ments as they wrap around the body, and tran­si­tion from front to back. As well, color and typog­ra­phy are always key ele­ments in our designs, and the way the designs play within the con­text of a rider’s unique posi­tion on the bike.

I’m a cyclist, and it’s hard to find cloth­ing that is really well designed, and func­tional. Looks like Bernard is on the right track.

The great pho­tog­ra­phy is by Jor­dan Clark Hag­gard.

Italia '76 Stamp

Italia '76 Stamp

A quick week­end post.

Blair Thom­son shared this won­der­ful stamp designed by Luciano M. Bos­chini. It’s part of the Font Sun­day at Design Museum, hosted by House of Illus­tra­tion.

Spin: The University for the Creative Arts Identity

Spin: The University for the Creative Arts

Spin: The University for the Creative Arts

Spin: The University for the Creative Arts

Spin has recently design this new iden­tity for The Uni­ver­sity for the Cre­ative Arts in Eng­land, that is based on the sim­ple sten­cil. The iden­tity will be applied to sta­tionery, web­site, print, motion graph­ics, sig­nage, and envi­ron­men­tal graphics.

Timeless: Massimo Vignelli

Timeless: Massimo Vignelli

Timeless: Massimo Vignelli

Timeless: Massimo Vignelli

Timeless: Massimo Vignelli

Hey folks, I’ve been out of town for the last few weeks, which is why it’s been quiet around here. But I’m back and the posts will be back on a reg­u­lar schedule.

Time­less: Mas­simo Vignelli is an exhi­bi­tion curated by design stu­dio Hus­mee, and Beat­riz Cifuentes and Yoshiki Water­house, that hon­ors the work of Mas­simo Vignelli. It’s open now until April 18, 2015 at the Okendo Cul­tural Cen­tre in San Sebastián, Spain.

The exhi­bi­tion includes orig­i­nal work from Vignelli and a series of posters designed by a select group of design­ers and design stu­dios, that include Atlas, Toko, BVD, Hey Stu­dio, Mash Cre­ative, and Spin.

The lovely poster above was designed by Mash Cre­ative.

Albert Romagosa Design Cabinet

Albert Romagosa Design Cabinet

Albert Romagosa Design Cabinet

Albert Romagosa Design Cabinet

Some nice work com­ing out of Barcelona based stu­dio Albert Romagosa Design Cab­i­net.