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.
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
The series includes short sleeve jersey, bib shorts, wind vest and arm warmers, and are all made in Italy.
Founder and designer, Brandon Sincock, explains the design:
The new kit is an evolution of the original design – working with similar elements, and a shared design sensibility, but further exploring layering & the overlapping of elements as they wrap around the body, and transition from front to back. As well, color and typography are always key elements in our designs, and the way the designs play within the context of a rider’s unique position on the bike.
I’m a cyclist, and it’s hard to find clothing that is really well designed, and functional. Looks like Bernard is on the right track.
Hey folks, I made some changes to the site, the biggest being the typeface. The site is now set in Lexia, a clean slab serif by Ron Carpenter for Dalton Maag. I’m a sucker for a nice slab serif, and Lexia is easy to read.
I also applied some color, using a dark blue as the primary, and I did some minor visual clean-up.
In the late 70s, Haas Type Foundry commissioned Team?’77 to create a new sans-serif that combined the great qualities of Helvetica, Univers and Akzidenz Grotesk. They came up with Unica, which was released in 1980.
Working from prints of Helvetica, Univers and Akzidenz Grotesk, the trio identified, compared and evaluated the finest of details, creating a new-generation sans-serif that eliminated the imperfections of its predecessors. “Unica was designed to be different,” said André Gürtler; “sharper than Helvetica, warmer than Univers, cleaner than Akzidenz.”
Because of legal disputes, Unica has never been available as a digital typeface. Now it is.
Monotype has just released Neue Haas Unica, a full digital set designed by Toshi Omagari. It is also available as a webfont.
Great to see classic typefaces getting a fresh new life in the digital age.
Carl Brett was an Irish graphic designer and teacher who worked in Canada since 1954 and helped pioneer modernism in Canada. He was a founding member of the Society of Graphic Designers of Canada and served as president on two occasions.