100 Years of Type In Design

As part of the forthcoming AIGA exhibition in New York, Monotype has collaborated with one of my favourite typographers, Alan Kitching, to produce a set of letterpress based posters.

Alan’s posters celebrate five legendary designers, with type choices and colours are based on his experience working with them. Each of the prints will be used to create 800 limited-edition silkscreen copies. The designers are:

F H K Henrion worked for clients including the BBC, Shell, BP, the UN, USF, Guinness.
Tom Eckersley worked for Shell-Mex; British Petroleum; the British Broadcasting Corporation; London Transport; the Ministry of Information; Gillette; The United Nations Children’s Fund.
Abram Games worked for Financial Times, Guinness, BA, Transport for London, UN and Penguin.
Josef Muller-Brockmann brought the De Stijl, Constructivist and Bauhaus movements to Modern practice. He was the IBM lead graphic designer in Europe.
Paul Rand needs little introduction.

Alan Kitching: “What distinguishes these designers is their intelligent and witty use of the type and image which they combined together to make a powerful graphic statement.”

Overall, the centennial exhibition looks fantastic. Starting on 1st of May it’s organised by Monotype and designed by Abbott Miller of Pentagram. It features rare and unique works from the archives of a whole host of partners including, Type Directors ClubHamilton Wood Type & Printing MuseumThe Type Archive and The Herb Lubalin Study Center

Thanks to James Fooks-Bale, Monotype’s creative director and co-curator of Century, for pointing me to this—and sharing that brilliant picture of Alan.

‘Century: 100 Years of Type Design’ at AIGA, New York

Interest in type, typefaces, typography and fonts has grown far beyond the graphic design community, yet few truly understand how and why these vital components of design are created and applied.

Century: 100 Years of Type Design exhibition, presented by AIGA and Monotype features a range of artifacts representing the evolution from typeface conception to fonts in use.

If you’re in NY, visit it this weekend, as it’s only open until 18th of June. More info here.

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Some magnificent motion graphics in this lovely short portrait of typography powerhouse Jonathan Hoefler and Tobias Frere-Jones, winners of the 2013 AIGA medal, by Brooklyn-based studio dress code.

Also see Hoefler and Frere-Jones in this short and sweet PBS micro-documentary on typography, then pair with 10 essential books on typography.


Design Observer 与 AIGA 揭晓2012年度「50佳图书/50佳封面」设计大奖

Design Observer & AIGA unveiled winners for 2012 “50 Books/50 Covers” competition. Michael Bierut and Everything Studio took double shots.

「50本图书/50本封面」的年度评选,可能是美国平面设计界历史最悠久的比赛,上可追溯至90年前。美国平面设计协会(AIGA)自1924年以来就一直赞助该比赛,近年来在与 Design Observer 以及 Design & Books 两家媒介的合作下,愈加呈现出新的活力。在2013年6月揭晓的2012年评选中,Design Observer 编辑从1200多幅参赛作品中选出了100本年度最佳图书和封面设计。

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“The fiercest and baddest art director of all time!” My 2009 interview with Black Panther Party Revolutionary Artist and Minister of Culture Emory Douglas, via the Society of Publication Designers website. Douglas will receive an AIGA 2015 Medal to honor his inspiring work as an artist, illustrator, art director, graphic design, and political activist.

Above is a collection of some of Emory Douglas’s most iconic newspaper covers, illustrations, and posters.

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“Design is supposed to be for everybody. Everybody can be a critic.” 2015 AIGA medalist, MoMA curator Paola Antonelli.

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