Posts Tagged ‘typography’

Graphic design: a sense of vocation

March 20, 2012

Annette Peppis’s blog post, How do I know if my graphic designer is any good? sketches the basic requirements for the potential client’s consideration. Top of her list is the following:

“They will have a deep seated love of all things artistic, probably going back to their childhood.”

A good example of this would be Andrew Oliver who has brought flair and clarity to many an educational textbook, travel guide or reference book. His website of work from the last twenty years has a list of influences and a page devoted to books, comics and magazines which resonate as icons for time and place.

Annette Peppis, like Andrew Oliver, has a good eye allied to a sense of curiosity. She blogs regularly on art and design, London life and the underwater world (she’s a qualified diving instructor) and her portfolio showcases a wide range of work. When you look at the work of these two designers, remember — it’s been a long time in the making.



May 11, 2011

Typetoken is a new online magazine that discusses and reviews the world of typography, icons and visual language.

A collaboration between graphic designers Mike Sullivan of Mister and Mark Millic of Modularlab, and web developer David Cole of Mayfield Digital, typetoken features contributions from designers around the globe and aims to be a source of inspiration for those drawn to what’s new in mainstream and experimental typography and iconography.

The first post contains a video interview between dezeen magazine and Wim Crouwel for his UK retrospective exhibition at the Design Museum in London. Another post, Spacing system by Jock Kinneir and Margaret Calvert shows typesetting guides for the typeface, Transport, used in 1958 for UK road signage. It also has a video interview with Margaret Calvert. See Eye 78, where the late Paul Stiff explores why Kinneir and Calvert’s road signage has stood the test of time.

ebooks: putting the typo into typography

April 25, 2011

Paul Luna reviews Amazon’s UK Kindle advertisement (from The Guardian) and laments the careless typography of some ebook publishers. By linking to the original printed pages he also highlights the valuable work of the typographer, not to mention the copy-editor, proof reader and commissioning editor.

The good-looking Type

April 7, 2011

Without a stock image or artwork (or a budget for either of these), necessity is the mother of invention.

I particularly like the playfulness of the evolutionary A on the cover of The First Word and the visual pun of casting (type-casting?) for Brian Clarke’s book On Fishing. The sullen simplicity of Against Happiness certainly holds it own against the buckling Heat (but may regard this as scant consolation).

Thanks to Wes Moore for drawing attention to this collection of typographic book covers, curated by Erica Jennings.

Graphic Design Examples Worldwide 2

April 5, 2011

Rachel Arandilla’s sequel to her acclaimed blog, Graphic Design Examples Worldwide.

Here she covers Scandinavia, Israel, Russia and Africa.

Gurafiku: Japanese graphic design

April 2, 2011

If the titles for these images aren’t enough — Swampcat the Slayer, Frog Samurai, Teeth-Blackening Oxide, Internal Poison Cleansing Pills, Sea Ninja — in genres from poster to Ukiyo-e to Manga that encompass the history of Japanese graphic design, from the 1800s to the present day, then I should apologize to, rather than thank, David O. Steinberg for unearthing this wonderful collection, curated by the designer, Ryan Hageman.

You can view the collection here.

Wim Crouwel: A Graphic Odyssey

March 30, 2011

“The finest graphic design show the Design Museum has staged” — fulsome praise from Creative Review for the new exhibition of the Dutch master which opened last night in London.

Wim Crouwel A Graphic Odyssey is at the Design Museum, Shad Thames, London SE1.

John Gorham, ‘the graphic John Betjeman’

February 7, 2011

I’m grateful to Michael Johnson, of London design consultancy Johnson Banks, for his 2008 blog on the work of John Gorham, one of my heroes when I was a design student. Johnson is absolutely right when he says that it’s virtually impossible to find anything on the internet about this uniquely-talented (and quintessentially-English) designer, typographer and illustrator.

This appeal for information finishes Johnson’s text, but it’s worth repeating here:

Beryl McAlhone (co-author of ‘A Smile in the mind’) and James Beveridge (ex of The Partners) have been researching a book on Gorham’s work but are thus far unable to find a publisher. Please email if you want to help.

Baseline magazine

September 30, 2010

Baseline is essential reading for people interested in type, typography, graphic design and art related themes.

This gives an idea of the events announced in the magazine:

“Following the success of our original walking tour of typographic London we are pleased to announce a new tour for 2010. The London East walk commences outside Old Street Station and runs the last Saturday of each month.

How can you resist that? Get your coat!