Derek Birdsall

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Powered flight

Issue 88, Summer 2014


For fifteen years, Pegasus, an international biannual corporate magazine designed by Derek Birdsall, led a charmed life.

Devil in the detail

Issue 83, Summer 2012


Careful, even-tempered typographer by day – wild art director by night? For John Morgan, both the typographic detailing and the grand gestures are essential to each project’s unique ‘atmosphere’. By John L. Walters.

Typographic footnotes for the future

Issue 45, Autumn 2002


This heavy little compendium is a mixed bag. It’s accurately self-described on the cover as…

Understanding silly books

Issue 54, Winter 2004


Turning Python’s TV humour into cold print required some very serious graphic design


Issue 50, Winter 2003


Does a small book from nearly 30 years ago encapsulate a ‘golden age’?

Naked words

Issue 82, Winter 2011


Type-only book covers – whether deliberately austere, functional … or shouting loud from the shelves – have always had a place in publication design.

‘Type-only Penguins sell a million’ shock

Issue 54, Winter 2004


Penguin uses design to revitalise its back catalogue with Great Ideas and a revived Reference Library

White space black hat

Issue 9, Summer 1993


Derek Birdsall harbours a secret. It has given him 30 years at the top. If it works, he says, use it again

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Noted #71

3 November 2015
Graphic design, Posters, Type Tuesday, Typography

TPTQ Arabic; Frank; FS Brabo by Fontsmith; Typomad 2015; New Perspectives in Typography; The Eric Gill Series
Typotheque’s Peter Biľak has announced the launch of TPTQ Arabic, a new type foundry dedicated…