Posts Tagged with “Design”

The Debate: The Legendary Contest of Two Giants of Graphic Design

Mona­celli Press has pub­lished the first Eng­lish trans­la­tion of an his­toric 1972 debate between Dutch graphic design­ers Wim Crouwel and Jan van Toorn, at Amsterdam’s Museum Fodor.

Held in response to an exhi­bi­tion of Van Toorn’s work at Stedelijk Museum, includ­ing stu­dent posters protest­ing the Viet­nam War — in an era of youth cul­ture and increas­ing resis­tance to author­ity, cap­i­tal­ism, and the power of media — the stakes were aes­thetic, eth­i­cal, and polit­i­cally charged.

Crouwel defended his approach of neu­tral­ity and aus­tere ratio­nal­ism, atten­tion to typog­ra­phy and works­man­ship, and pro­fes­sion­al­ism in ser­vice of the client’s mes­sage. Van Toorn argued for his use of chaos, col­lage, and pho­tographs of every­day life; that a designer’s ideas, per­son­al­ity, and polit­i­cal com­mit­ments are inte­gral to the work.

Order vs. Dis­or­der. I vaguely remem­ber read­ing about this debate, but I’ve never seen a tran­scripts of it. Def­i­nitely inter­ested in check­ing this out.

The cloth­bound book also includes a fore­word by Rick Poynor, and a gallery of work from Crouwel and Van Toorn.

And start­ing today, Design Observer will be pub­lish­ing four excerpts from the book.

Edition 2

Visuelle Editions 2

Visuelle Editions 2

Visuelle Editions 2

David Ben­nett has announced Edi­tion 2, a col­lec­tion of the best work fea­tured on Visuelle in 2013. Looks like it’s going to be another good one.

You can pre-order it now, and it ships on 3.25.14.

Here is one of the few effec­tive keys to the design prob­lem — the abil­ity of the designer to rec­og­nize as many of the con­straints as pos­si­ble — his will­ing­ness and enthu­si­asm for work­ing within these con­straints. Con­straints of price, of size, of strength, of bal­ance, of sur­face, of time and so forth.

– Charles Eames

A5/06: HfG Ulm, A5/07: Rolf Müller



Rolf Muller

Rolf Muller

Hey folks, sorry for the long silence. I got a kid­ney stone, and I was out of com­mis­sion for a week. Feel­ing bet­ter now, so the posts will resume. Back to business.

Lars Müller Pub­lish­ers is releas­ing two new books as part of their won­der­ful A5 series. I’ve been wait­ing for these titles every since I heard about them in early fall.

The first is A5/06: HfG Ulm by René Spitz that cov­ers the his­tory of The Ulm School of Design founded by Inge Aicher-Scholl, Otl Aicher and Max Bill.

The sec­ond book is A5/07: Rolf Müller, a mono­graph ded­i­cated to Rolf Müller who worked with Otl Aicher on the visual iden­tity of the Munich Olympic Games in 1972.

Both books will be avail­able at the end of this month.

Design is One

Design is One

Design is One is a film by Kathy Brew & Roberto Guerra, that takes a look at the life and career of Lella and Mas­simo Vignelli. It’s play­ing this week at the IFC Cen­ter in NYC.

The poster for the film, that is pic­tured above, was designed by Mas­simo Vignelli.

Glory Glory

Glory Glory

Some­times I wish I lived in the UK, so that I can attend all these great design exhi­bi­tions. Glory Glory is one of them, an upcom­ing exhi­bi­tion and book of large for­mat typo­graphic posters based on foot­ball (soc­cer) chants. Some of the con­trib­u­tors are Ben Bos, Wim Crouwel, Bib­lio­thèque, Build, Craig Old­ham, Exper­i­men­tal Jet­set, Mash Cre­ative, SEA, Spin, Dave Sedg­wick, and many more.

The exhi­bi­tion will take place tomor­row at:

Hox­ton Arches
37 Cre­mer Street
Lon­don E2 8HD

All pro­ceeds will go to British Blind Sport.

This great exhi­bi­tion is curated by Nick Blake­man, Alex Brown and Craig Old­ham, and spon­sored by Gavin Mar­tin Colour­net and GF Smith.

I haven’t been able to find any of the posters that were designed for the event, but Dave Sedg­wick sent in his awe­some con­tri­bu­tion, which is pic­tured above. His piece uses foot­ball studs to cre­ate the type and the chant is of the Argen­tin­ian team, Boca Juniors. It’s made of wood and acrylic, and the rest of the chant is etched into the wood around the edges.

Great design­ers, great design, for a good cause. Sounds like it’s going to be a fun time. If you’re in Lon­don, be sure not to miss this.

A graphic design must sat­isfy the prob­lem, but it can achieve a life of its own, tran­scend­ing the assignment.

– John Massey

Massimo Vignelli Makes Books

In this video cre­ated by Pentagram’s Michael Bierut and Aron Fay for Mohawk, Mas­simo Vignelli dis­cusses his process of design­ing a book using a grid sys­tem. He draws out each page on paper, includ­ing the pho­tos. To me this seems so inef­fi­cient, but it works for him. It’s so fas­ci­nat­ing to get a glimps into his design process.

Along with the video a small lim­ited edi­tion jour­nal with Vignelli’s grid from the film is printed on 100 inte­rior pages made of Mohawk Superfine. You can get a copy of the jour­nal from Mohawk. Got me one!

The details are details. They make the prod­uct. The con­nec­tions, the con­nec­tions, the con­nec­tions. It will in the end be these details that give the prod­uct its life.

– Charles Eames

Richard Meier x Massimo Vignelli

John­nie Shand Kydd directed this beau­ti­ful short film of design leg­ends Richard Meier and Mas­simo Vignelli. They dis­cuss grids, Meier’s new office space, and their long friend­ship. Would have loved for this to have been much longer, and to get into more of a design dis­cus­sion, but this will do. More here.

Visuelle Paper: Edition One

Visuelle Paper: Edition One

David Ben­nett of Visuelle, has cre­ated a printed book­let that show­cases some of the great work fea­tured on his site dur­ing last year. The 28 pages include work from Man­ual, Bib­lio­thèque, Graphic Thought Facil­ity, Dixon Baxi, Six, Hey­days, Stock­holm Design Lab, Build and more.

You can grab a copy here.

Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.

– Steve Jobs