Design history

13 January 2013

Back on the market

Back on the market

Prewar posters from the legendary collection of Dr Hans Sachs will soon go on sale at a New York auction house
A sale of 1250 prewar posters from Dr Hans Sachs’s legendary collection will take place in New York on 18, 19 and 20 January 2013, writes Graham Twemlow. The Guernsey’s auction catalogue states that: ‘… many of the posters in the collection are believed to be the sole surviving examples of those particular images’.

7 January 2013

The power of chess

The power of chess

Chess – the gymnasium of the mind – is a perennial source of inspiration for designers, film-makers and artists, says Jim Sutherland
It’s no wonder chess holds such a fascination for artists, film-makers and designers, writes Jim Sutherland. It has such a rich visual language to plunder.

10 December 2012

Sun-cheese wheel-ode

Sun-cheese wheel-ode

Dom Sylvester Houédard’s 1968 concrete poetry tribute to fellow poet Ken Cox is a double spiral of hand-set type, mysteriously linked by the sport of cheese rolling. Fraser Muggeridge explains.
The letterpress printed concrete poem designed by Dom Sylvester Houédard first caught my interest because of its use of the Flaxman typeface, designed by Edward Wright (1912-88) for the International Concrete Poetry Festival in 1967, writes Fraser Muggeridge.

13 November 2012

Type in Wapping

Type in Wapping

Pencil to Pixel opens up Monotype’s archive of typographic history, from artwork to artefacts
The ‘Pencil to Pixel’ exhibition, which opens this Friday at Metropolitan Wharf in London, gives visitors is a chance to see some of Monotype’s extensive archive of original artwork, type drawings, arcane artefacts (including justification drums and ships’ curves) and publications.

7 November 2012

Something to say

Something to say

The current vogue for letterpress is more than mere retro-nostalgia, writes Catherine Dixon in the run-up to Friday’s St Bride conference.
Letterpress is everywhere, writes Catherine Dixon (co-organiser of ‘Letterpress: Something to Say’).

2 November 2012

Graphic design history to boot

Graphic design history to boot

Everything must go when Ian Anderson sells off the contents of The Designers Republic (TDR) archive in its Car Booty Affair in Sheffield.
At what point does the ephemera that is graphic design become collectable? When does a piece of paper become an artefact? These are questions Ian Anderson of TDR makes us think about as he holds a retrospective exhibition of the studio’s work in the form of a car boot sale at the ‘Month of Sundays’ gallery in Sheffield.

31 October 2012

The men with a movie poster

The men with a movie poster

Eighteen works by the Stenberg Brothers (Vladimir  & Georgii), including five original designs for posters, go under the auctioneer’s hammer on 1 November 2012.
In the wake of the Christie’s sale of London Transport posters (see ‘The purpose of posters’), the 19th and 20th Century poster department at Christie’s South Kensington returns to normal with a sale of vintage posters at their Old Brompton Road saleroom tomorrow (1 November 2012), writes Graham Twemlow.

29 October 2012

Giants of the visual imagination

Giants of the visual imagination

While others struggle with ‘personal expression’, the Vignellis prove that a simple approach and focus makes great design, writes Quentin Newark.
   Quentin Newark writes:   As I was designing the catalogue for the Tate Modern exhibition ‘Albers and Moholy-Nagy’ (2006), a book hefty with designs for adverts, glass paintings, books, chairs, exhibitions, logos, films and colour studies, I thought: we don’t make them like that any more. Creative minds that can flit between disciplines without inhibition.

10 October 2012

The magazine that wasn’t

The magazine that wasn’t

Aspen, the cultural journal that challenged the limits of its form, goes on display at Whitechapel Gallery in London
To read an edition of Aspen magazine is to flip through a booklet, unfurl a concertina, shuffle some postcards or to unfold a poster, writes Elizabeth Glickfeld. Copies of the cult 1960s artists’ magazine are now so prized that the tactile experience of reading any one edition is necessarily denied the viewer of the exhibition ‘Aspen Magazine: 1965–1971’ (in the Pat Matthews Gallery at the Whitechapel Gallery in London).

3 October 2012

The purpose of posters

The purpose of posters

London Transport’s spare posters go under the hammer at Christie’s tomorrow.
‘Of course it's not about graphic design,’ said my friend, glancing at the high proportion of besuited viewers. ‘It’s about money!’
 
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