As you know, I’m a sucker for graphics manuals. This one for the 1979 Mediterranean Games in Split is wonderful. The logo was designed by Borislav Ljubičić, and the manual was created in 1977 by the International Olympic Committee’s visual communications department.
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.
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
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.
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.