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2015 Rationale Calendar

2015 Rationale Calendar

2015 Rationale Calendar

2015 Rationale Calendar

Sean Wol­cott of Ratio­nale designed this min­i­mal wall cal­en­dar. It comes in two ver­sion, Sans and Serif, and the dates are pre­sented in two columns with space for notes.

The spi­ral bound cal­en­dar mea­sures at 11x17”, and is printed on high-quality 100# Cougar cover stock.

You can pur­chase one here.

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Manuals 2: Design & Identity Guidelines

Manuals 2

Manuals 2

Manuals 2

Manuals 2

After the suc­cess of Man­u­als 1, Unit Edi­tions has just announced Man­u­als 2, which fea­tures graphic stan­dards and cor­po­rate iden­tity man­u­als for IBM, West­ing­house, Cana­dian Rail, Bell, Knoll, PTT, Mon­treal Olympics, Dutch Police and more. These man­u­als were designed by some of the mas­ters: Georges Huel, Paul Rand, Allan Flem­ing, Total Design, Mas­simo and Lella Vignelli, Alan Fletcher, Otl Aicher and more.

Man­u­als 2 will also fea­ture my copy of the graph­ics man­ual for the 1976 Mon­tréal Olympics. Pretty excited that a piece of my col­lec­tion is included.

The book includes essays, inter­views and a for­ward by Lance Wyman, designer of the 1968 Mex­ico Olympic games.

Hard­back with High Gloss Wrap
260 x 310mm
432 pages

You can pre-order a copy now.

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Carl Brett

Carl Brett

Carl Brett was an Irish graphic designer and teacher who worked in Canada since 1954 and helped pio­neer mod­ernism in Canada. He was a found­ing mem­ber of the Soci­ety of Graphic Design­ers of Canada and served as pres­i­dent on two occasions.

Couldn’t find much info on him, and only found this gallery of his work at a small res­o­lu­tion, and some sort video inter­views with him.

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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.

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World Cup Brands Infographic

World Cup Brands

World Cup Brands

World Cup Brands

World Cup Brands

World Cup Brands

My good pal Rowen Frazer of Mis­sion designed this lovely info­graphic show­ing how eight brands com­pared to each other on the field at 2014 World Cup.

You can see a full ver­sion here, and read more about the project here.

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Uwe Loesch

Uwe Loesch

Uwe Loesch is a Ger­man designer born in 1943 in Dres­den, Ger­many, and stud­ied graphic design at the Peter-Behrens Acad­emy in Dues­sel­dorf. He’s a mem­ber of AGI — Alliance Graphique Inter­na­tionale and has a col­lec­tion at the MoMA. Most of his work focuses on poster design, and he’s done some great work.

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Business Cards of Minimal Designers

Brockmann Rand Business Cards

I found this image while surf­ing around this morn­ing. Don’t know about authen­tic­ity, but sup­pos­edly, these are the busi­ness cards of Josef Müller-Brockmann, Paul Rand, Adrian Frutiger and Hel­mut Schmid. I’ve seen the Paul Rand card before, so that one could be legit. Either way, these are lovely. The Frutiger card is def­i­nitely the least functional.

Update: Michael Bierut con­firmed on Twit­ter that the Rand and Müller-Brockmann are the real deal.

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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.

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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

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Album Anatomy

Album Anatomy

Album Anatomy

Album Anatomy

Album Anatomy is a per­sonal project by Duane Dal­ton where he explores the imagery of some of his favorite albums. He started the project in 2011 and it’s now up to 70 designs.

An explo­ration in the art of reduc­tion. This per­sonal project breaks down album imagery into its purist form by dis­card­ing any unnec­es­sary information.This is achieved using a strict grid that dis­plays the rel­e­vant album details, which leaves a cen­tral void to con­vey a response to the album. This void is filled by my per­sonal response to an album. It can be influ­enced by the cover art, a key track or the over­all flavour of the album. The cho­sen albums have had an influ­en­tial and per­sonal impact on me. It is music I lis­ten to over and over again or more excit­ingly rediscover.

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World Cup Stamps 2014

World Cup Stamps

World Cup Stamps

World Cup Stamps

I freakin’ love these World Cup Stamps designed by Por­tuguese stu­dio, Maan. Unfor­tu­nately, it’s just a self-project. I’d buy the entire set if they were for sale. They also design some pack­ag­ing around it, and they put together a Tum­blr to show­case all the stamps.

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Fridolin Müller

Fridolin Müller

Fridolin Müller (1926 – 2006) was a Swiss graphic designer, edi­tor, and teacher who stud­ied at The Basel School of Design. He designed the poster pic­tured above in 1963 for the Eidg. Schützen­fest Zürich (Swiss Fed­eral Marks­man Fes­ti­val). One of my favorites. Saw one in per­son once, it’s huge.

You can seem more of his work here, here, and here.