Category “International Typographic Style”

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

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

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.

Mark Tessier Landscape Architecture Branding

Mark Tessier Landscape Architecture

Mark Tessier Landscape Architecture

Mark Tessier Landscape Architecture

Mark Tessier Landscape Architecture

Mark Bloom and Paul Hutchin­son col­lab­o­rated on this beau­ti­ful iden­tity, book and web­site for Mark Tessier Land­scape Archi­tec­ture.

Tomasz Berezowski

Tomasz Berezowski

Tomasz Berezowski

Tomasz Berezowski

I’m really enjoy­ing the work of Pol­ish archi­tect and graphic designer Tomasz Bere­zowski. His design work is looks like it come right out of the 60s. Sim­ple, typo­graphic design.

Toko: PTW Architects

Toko PTW Architects

Toko PTW Architects

Toko PTW Architects

Toko PTW Architects

Beau­ti­ful work by Toko for PTW Archi­tects to cel­e­brate their 125th anniver­sary. Toko designed a tem­po­rary iden­tity and 9 bilin­gual books show­cas­ing the firms work.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.