The unofficial site of Italian designer and architect, AG Fronzoni, recently launched. A lot of great content on here including his work, articles, philosophy and quotes.
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.
Ken Briggs was a British graphic designer best known for the excellent poster and programs that he designed for the The National Theatre in London during the 60s and 70s. Some of these wonderful designs are pictured here. He was the companies first graphic designer, his work has had a huge influence on the theatre’s design, even to this day.
Sadly, he passed away recently. We’re left with a collection of work that is legendary.
Eye Magazine has written an article in his honor. The National Theatre also honored him on their Tumblr. They mentioned that The NT Archive took in Ken Briggs’ collection, and you can visit it by contacting them. If I ever make it to London, I’m definitely checking this out.
They’ve also digitized all of their posters, which can be viewed here.
And lastly, In 2009, Occasional Papers published The Master Builder: Talking with Ken Briggs that details a conversation between Sara De Bondt, Fraser Muggeridge and Ken Briggs. The book also includes a lot of his work, but it seems to be out of print.
To say I’m excited about this would be an understatement. Lars Müller Publishers will be releasing reprints of all 18 issues of Neue Grafik. For those of you not familiar with Neue Grafik, it was an influential journal on graphic design published from 1958 – 1965 by Josef Müller-Brockmann, Richard Paul Lohse, Hans Neuburg and Carlo Vivarelli. It’s essentially the bible for the International Typographic Style. You can still get your hands on original copies, but a single issue can cost you a few hundred dollars.
This reprint collection will include commentary and is set to be released in January 2014. I. Can’t. Wait.
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.
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.
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.
Gerald Cinamon is an American designer and typographer who was the chief designer at Penguin and studied under Paul Rand and Armin Hofmann. He’s also credited with bringing the Swiss Style to the UK.
More info on Cinamon here.
I’ve never seen Cinamon’s work until now, and it’s impressive.