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.
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