Dot Zero was a quarterly by Unimark in partnership with Finch Paper that focused on the theory and practice of visual communication. Only five issues were published between 1966 and 1968, and Massimo Vignelli was the designer and creative director of the magazine. Vignelli wanted to make the design exciting, but simple, so he set all type in only two weights of Helvetica and everything printed in black and white.
Michael Bierut interviewed Vignelli about the magazine. Some nice insights on how the publication came about, and its production.
Unit Editions continues to impress me. They continue to pump-out these high-quality books with great work. The newest book Type Only looks like it’s awesome. Designed by Spin, and edited by Tony Brook, Claudia Klat and Adrian Shaughnessy. The book celebrates type unsupported by illustration or photography. Type Only features the work of over 100 graphic designers from Australia, Belgium, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Serbia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UK, USA.
YES is Build’s second on-demand print poster. It’s a high-quality digital print on Hahnemuhle Matt Fine Art Smooth Photo Rag Bright White 310gsm stock. It’s design by the always talented Michael C. Place, and is available in A0-841x1189mm, A1-594x841mm, and A2-420x594mm sizes. Grab on here.
New year, new design. I’ve been wanting to redesign the site for a few months now with five goals in mind:
This new design addresses all five.
Because I don’t have very much free time these days, I started with a purchased theme and modified it to my liking. Visually, I simplified it a great deal. Some might think it’s too minimal, maybe even boring, but I think it serves its purpose well. The typography is greatly improved. The entire site is set in Proxima Nova, which at larger sizes is a pleasure read. No more tiny type. The main text is now set at a large size with spacious leading to make reading easier.
Now that mobile devices are a large part of everyday life, I wanted the site to be responsive. Unlike the previous design, this new design presents an optimal viewing experience on a phone, tablet, and desktop browser.
It also allows for more flexibility in terms of post formats. The previous design I was constrained within a 450px column for the images, so it didn’t allow for larger images. With the new design I can post images up to 690px wide. Bigger images means more details. I also want to make more posts that are just text, for example quotes or this post. This single column design presents text only posts in a better way. Videos also work well, so expect to see more video posts in the future.
Overall, I’m pretty happy with this new design, and I think you will be as well. I’ve tested it as much as I could, but I’d love to hear from you folks on what you think and if you see any issues.
Sorry for the silence. Sandy took out my power, so haven’t had much internet access. I hope everyone in the NYC area made it through the storm ok.
Now for some design goodness. To Have And To Hold is an awesome Tumblr that features a collection of paper bags from the 70’s and 80’s. The collection is part of the Preston Polytechnic ephemera archive and is housed in their Library. Pretty cool.
The 1972 and 1976 Olympics are often referred to as having the best graphic identity systems, but the one for the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico is often overlooked. It’s right up there, in my opinion. The excellent site, Graphic Ambient, has a great visual overview of the identity system, including a list of the design team.
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.
Here’s another gem from Unit Editions. A limited edition monograph featuring the work of Herb Lubalin. This book covers Herb Lubalin’s, from his beginnings in advertising, to his status as one of the most influential graphic designers of the last century.
The book is edited by Adrian Shaughnessy, Tony Brook and Alexander Tochilovsky, and designed Spin.