Atelier Ernst + Ursula Hiestand

Atelier Ernst + Ursula Hiestand was formed in 1960 by Swiss designers Ernst Hiestand and Ursula Hiestand, and continued until 1981. The studio was a member of the Alliance Graphique Internationale, and in the late 60s they designed six new Swiss banknotes. Their work is inspiring.

Via Women of Graphic Design

Atelier Ernst + Ursula Hiestand

Atelier Ernst + Ursula Hiestand

Atelier Ernst + Ursula Hiestand

Atelier Ernst + Ursula Hiestand

Atelier Ernst + Ursula Hiestand

Atelier Ernst + Ursula Hiestand

New The Grid System URL

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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.

Muji Toaster

Muji Toaster

Muji Toaster

Muji Toaster

Muji Toaster

The great Naoto Fukasawa has designed a series of kitchen appliances for Muji, that are now available in the US, and will be in the UK in the fall. The entire collection is super minimal and functional, but I’m in love with the toaster. Definitely going to replace my current toaster.

Muji has had a full line of kitchen appliances available for a while in Japan, and it seems like they’re going to start bringing more of the products to the US and Europe. Good news for us.

Read more about the collection on Dezeen.

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.