Phil Baines

Recent articles about Phil Baines

Phil Baines remembered

Issue 106, Summer 2024


Friends and colleagues pay tribute to the influential British typographic designer, writer and teacher (and cycling enthusiast), who died in January [EXTRACT]

Editorial Eye 106

Issue 106, Summer 2024


It is in the nature of an Eye type special issue to be full of the shapes of letterforms and images of letters.

Getting better all the time…

Issue 69, Autumn 2008


Self-styled ‘graphic entertainer’ Alan Aldridge shot to fame in the mid-1960s with his work for The Sunday Times magazine, Penguin Books, The Beatles, the Rolling Stones and The Who. Aldridge regards The Beatles Illustrated Lyrics (see Eye no. 57 vol. 15) as an ‘illustration of the 1960s’, and you could say the same for much of his new book The Man with Kaleidoscope Eyes (Thames & Hudson, £24.95), published to coincide with the Design Museum show of the same name. In this extract, Aldridge recounts his experiences after being fired from a job as a junior finished artist at Charlotte Studios – ‘supply your own steel rule and X-Acto knife’ – in a London that was just about to Swing.

Reputations: Phil Baines

Issue 69, Autumn 2008


‘I could never subscribe to a particular way of doing things – I was always more pick ’n’ mix. I’d want to take what was good and alter it a little, or, if I thought the ideology was stupid, drop the ideology.’

Beyond typography

Issue 15, Winter 1994


Fuse’s talented team is on an inspired quest to ‘Make it new!’ But what is the project really about?

Phil Baines and Typography Now

Issue 71, Spring 2009


A letter from Rick Poynor

‘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

What has writing got to do with design?

Issue 9, Summer 1993


We canonise the giants of design history as champions of total authorship, while overlooking the obvious message of their work

Get the message?

Issue 3, Spring 1991


Legibility is relative. Is it time we broke the tablets of stone? Agenda by Michèle-Anne Dauppe

Recent blog posts about Phil Baines

Dotting the ‘i’

24 November 2023
Design education, Typography

‘Phil Baines shows us how to revel in the joy of graphic design.’ Quentin Newark reviews ‘Extol’

Quentin Newark reviews ‘Extol: Phil Baines Celebrating Letters’ at CSM’s Lethaby Gallery

Graphic design live #11

11 April 2023
Graphic design, Visual culture, Events and exhibitions

Félix Beltrán in Madrid; contemporary book design from China in Berlin; female design in Mexico; and Emigre and Fuse typefaces in New York
Here is a selection of current and upcoming events that piqued the interest of our editorial…

Village people

20 September 2014
Design history, Graphic design, Typography

Ditchling’s elegantly revamped museum places Eric Gill in the everyday context of extraordinary craftspeople
The small Sussex village of Ditchling, near the South Coast of England, was in 190…

When Penguins begat Puffins

12 August 2014
Book design, Design history, Illustration, Visual culture

The Penguin Collectors Society turns its attention to the influential Puffin imprint for young readers … plus Porpoises, Ptarmigans and Peacocks
On 15 October 2010, the University of Bristol held a study day on Puffin, Penguin’s…

Type at the core

2 January 2013
Design education, Graphic design, Technology, Typography

Design students hope to acquire skills that are transferable and future-proof. In our new media world, letterpress and education need each other
If you’d blinked, you might have missed the 6x6 Collaborative Letterpress Project’s three-day exhibition at…

Let’s hear it for the hinting slaves

25 June 2012
New media, Typography

Type Tuesday: Ampersand Web Typography Conference 2012
When keynote speaker Phil Baines asked a full house at the second Ampersand Web Typography Conference…

Type Tuesday: Forward to page 1

19 June 2012
Book design, Design history, Graphic design, Typography

Managing (Great) expectations with a mix of ‘Pecha Kucha and speed dating’
A thought-provoking evening at the Design Museum marked the launch of Page 1: Great Expectations, the…

Phil’s top type hits

19 December 2008
Design history, Graphic design, Posters, Typography, Visual culture

Or … ‘Now that’s what I call typography, vol. 1’
Chris Wilson’s recent Reputations interview with Phil Baines (Eye 69) pointed out that his early…