Monday, 3:45pm
5 October 2009

Tactile pleasure, bold layouts

From Bardot to Hollis … plenty to watch and read in the new FILE

The second issue of Thorbjørn Ankerstjerne and Fabio Sebastianelli’s bi-annual FILE is out, writes Simon Esterson. It’s a fascinating project: a large-format 124-page magazine, printed on newsprint with a heavy outer cover and including a DVD with three hours of content.

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‘A magazine to watch and read,’ say the publishers. The layouts are bold and direct: the product a tactile pleasure. This issue includes Brigitte Bardot and Richard Hollis. The DVD includes a 45-minute documentary, Freedom on the Fence, about Polish posters.

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FILE is available via, plus key London galleries (including the Design Museum) and bookshops.

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Eye is available from all good design bookshops and online at the Eye shop. For a taste of the magazine, try Eye before you buy.