The Graphic Language of Neville Brody/3Texts by Adrian Shaughnessy, Neville Brody, Steven Heller, Jo-Ann Furniss, Naomi Hirabayashi. Editors: Shaughnessy and Brody. Design: Brody Associates. Thames & Hudson, £50
For the late 1980s / early 90s graphic designer, the two volumes of The Graphic Language of Neville Brody were must-have items on the studio bookshelf, key reference points in establishing your creative credentials. That the books became such symbols, when Brody and collaborator Jon Wozencroft had set a far more intellectual agenda in the texts that accompanied the visuals, echoed the way Brody’s intelligent designs for The Face magazine had quickly become an easy addition to a thousand yuppie mood boards.
The original designs and their instant re-presentation in book form worked at these multiple levels, propelling Brody forward as the poster boy for graphic design. Volume one accompanied a large exhibition at the V&A Museum in 1988; he appeared on the cover of Blueprint the same year. Had any graphic designer ever received such attention? …
Cover sets the bold tone of The Graphic Language of Neville Brody / 3.
Top. The spread collages posters for the Anti Design Festival. The design expresses the emotion of the event itself rather than show a series of its posters.
Jeremy Leslie, editorial designer, writer, curator, magCulture, London
Read the full version in Eye no. 105 vol. 27, 2023
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