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Category “Grid Systems”

Pierre Bayle Foundation Identity


Almost Mod­ern was com­mis­sioned by The Pierre Bayle Foun­da­tion to design a new iden­tity sys­tem. They’re still work­ing on it, but what they’ve done so far looks fan­tas­tic. Be sure to look at AM’s full port­fo­lio. Their work is excellent.

NYC Transit Authority Graphics Standards Manual


I’ve been try­ing to get my hands on a copy of the NYC Tran­sit Author­ity Graph­ics Stan­dards Man­ual for years now with no luck. I came very close last year when I was bid­ding on an eBay auc­tion for a copy, but I lost it. I still regret not bid­ding higher.

Seems like these folks have bet­ter luck, because they hap­pened to find a first edi­tion copy in a locker beneath some old gym clothes at Pentagram’s NY office. Are you kid­ding me? Nope. Lucky bas­tards. They pho­tographed every page and put high-res pho­tos up on a site for us all to drool over. Enjoy.

MacDonald Educational Covers



No, not the Micky D’s that makes the deli­cious, but unhealthy Big Mac. These cov­ers were from the Mac­Don­ald Edu­ca­tional Ltd of Lon­don and were pub­lished for the Schools Coun­cil from 1972 – 1973. Lovely. You can see the full set over at Wanken.

The grid sys­tem is an aid, not a guar­an­tee. It per­mits a num­ber of pos­si­ble uses and each designer can look for a solu­tion appro­pri­ate to his per­sonal style. But one must learn how to use the grid; it is an art that requires practice.

– Josef Müller-Brockmann

1322px Grid


Now that 1366 is quickly becom­ing the most pop­u­lar screen width, a 1322px grid with 22px gut­ters is ideal because you can divide the space into 24, 20, 12, 10, 8, 6, 4 and 3 columns. This eas­ily allows for the rule of thirds, and also leaves you with 22px mar­gins on each side of the grid.

Seems like we’ve finally hit the point where we can work in a nice big can­vas. Would be great to have a respon­sive CSS frame­work built around this con­fig­u­ra­tion. Any­one up for the challenge?

Here’s a quick PSD I cre­ated with the columns.

Silcon Packaging 1970

Silcon Packaging

Excel­lent pack­ag­ing design for Sil­con cream by Brian Sad­grove & Lyn­don Whaite done in the 1970s.

Via Re:collection

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This Year 2013 Calendar

This Year Calendar

Happy New Year!

This is the 6th edi­tion of David Bennett’s won­der­ful cal­en­dar. The 2013 edi­tion is printed in black and PMS 151 on A1 sized 90gsm paper. You can pur­chase one here.

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Georg Staehelin

Georg Staehelin

Georg Stae­he­lin stud­ied under Armin Hof­mann and Emil Ruder and later went to work at Total design with Wim Crouwel and Benno Wiss­ing. Some inter­est­ing work. More at Think­ing Form.

Typographische Monatsblätter Research Archive

Typographische Monatsblatter Research Archive

Pre­pare to spend the rest of your day on this site. TM Research Archive is an incred­i­ble web­site that cat­a­logs cover designs of the influ­en­cial jour­nal, Typographis­che Monats­blät­ter. The site focuses on the issues from 1960 to 1990, the period that had the most influ­ence on mod­ern typog­ra­phy, and it fea­tures inter­views with design­ers that have con­tributed to the pub­li­ca­tion over the years, as well infor­ma­tion on the designer and type­face used for each issue.

The site was cre­ated by Louise Par­adis as part of her Mas­ter degree in Art Direc­tion at the ECAL/University of Art and Design Lau­sanne, Switzer­land. The project con­tin­ued with the finan­cial sup­port from ECAL and the Uni­ver­sity of Applied Sci­ences and Arts West­ern Switzerland.

All of the issues pho­tographed were from the pri­vate col­lec­tion of Jean-Pierre Graber, the chief edi­tor of TM for over twenty years.

The site gives you a great sense of how the design evolved over the decades. My per­sonal favorites are the cov­ers designed by Yves Zim­mer­mann, Emil Ruder, Robert Büch­ler and Felix Berman.

What an amaz­ing resource to have avail­able to design­ers. Thank you Louise.

Graphic Design for Non-profit Organizations

Graphic Design for Non-profit Organizations

AisleOne reader, Sean Wol­cott, wrote in to tell me that Mas­simo Vignelli has given him per­mis­sion to dis­trib­ute a high-res PDF of his book, Graphic Design for Non-profit Orga­ni­za­tions. This rare book is by Vignelli and Peter Laun­dry, and was pub­lished in 1980 in part­ner­ship with AIGA. The book focuses on design and best prac­tices for non-profit orga­ni­za­tions, but the con­tent is a great resource in gen­eral and the teach­ings can be applied pretty much any­where. There are sec­tions on grids, typog­ra­phy, for­mats, logo­types, and color, just to name a few.

A big thank you to Mas­simo and Sean for mak­ing this valu­able resource avail­able to all.

You can down­load the PDF from here.

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Wim Crouwel Poster

Wim Crouwel Poster

Not sure how I missed this. Here’s a great poster fea­tur­ing a col­lec­tion of poster designs by the leg­endary designer, Wim Crouwel. The poster was designed to coin­cide with the Wim Crouwel — A Graphic Odyssey exhibit, and it includes text by Adrian Shaughnessy.

You can pur­chase a copy over at Print Process.

Unpublished Peter Seitz

Peter Seitz

The folks at Kind Com­pany made me aware of this Flickr set fea­tur­ing work from Peter Seitz that wasn’t pub­lished in the book, Peter Seitz: Design­ing a Life. I wasn’t aware that he designed the Braun let­ter­head under the direc­tion of Otl Aicher. Very nice.