The transformer: principles of making Isotype charts by Marie Neurath and Robin Kinross

Transforming (Tranformator) – “The process of analysing, selecting, ordering, and then making visual some information, data, ideas, implications…” I have been waiting for the publication of The transformer: principles of making Isotype charts (Amazon) for a while now. I first became aware of the Isotype (System Of TYpographic Picture Education) work of Otto Neurath while working on data visualisation as the Head of Design at Lateral. At first I was excited about the visual style...

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Meggs’ History of Graphic Design

Review by Patrick Holt Because the design industry is populated not only by the well-educated, but also by the self-taught and the self-tutored-after-a-mediocre-education (I fall into the latter), it’s likely that many of us missed an opportunity to read Philip Meggs’ A History of Graphic Design (Amazon: US|CA|UK |DE), now in its fourth edition, during our formative years. And since textbooks rarely find a place on the bookshelf after one leaves school or if one never attended in the first...

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Parenthesis – Issue 16

Okay, I admit it. I expected Parenthesis, the twice-yearly journal of the Fine Book Association to be somewhat boring. I imagined dusty discussions of the nerdy joys of owning crumbling first editions and not a great deal to do with design. How wrong I was. One of the first articles in Issue 16 is a tribute to Reynolds Stone by Alan Powers. “Reynolds who?” you may be thinking, as I was. It turns out he was the man behind the work of graphic art owned by the largest number of people...

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Stanley & Marvin

If you liked Victor & Susie, the short, small and sweet story created entirely from typography, check out the new one from the folks at Brighten the Corners. (Click to enlarge) It’s called Stanley & Marvin and tells the story of Stanley returning home having been away for some time. “Stanley hadn’t been home for a while. His brother-in-law has a moustache. Everything is different. Stanley doesn’t like it.” (Click to enlarge) Stanley reconnects with his...

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Victor & Susie

Brighten the Corners sent me a copy of their very cute book, Victor & Susie. It is a short story book about a girl, Susie, who meets a snail called Victor that has a hole in his shell and isn’t feeling too well. She takes him in and looks after him and… well, I don’t want to spoil the ending for you. (Click to enlarge) The credits list Brighten the Corners’ partners Billy Kiossoglou as the Writer and Illustrator and Frank Philippin as the Typographer. Given that...

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Shapes for Sounds

Guest Review by David Sherwin A is for Aleph. B is for Beit. G is for Gimel… When I was a child, Hebrew was beaten into me by a series of well-meaning teachers. Upon reflection, they were probably my first foray into hand-lettering type. Sadly, the letters stuck, but comprehension of the words peeled away past my teenage years. I have always had a nagging thought in the back of my head that if I’d seen a clearer historical thread between Hebrew and modern English, I would have...

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geometric from Kapitza

[Update: Abduzeedo are giving away a copy of Geometric to the person who leaves the best comment on their site.] If you are thinking of designing and printing your own über cool Christmas wrapping paper, look no further. geometric: graphic art and pattern fonts by Kapitza is, as the title suggests, both a book and a set of over 100 accompanying OpenType pattern fonts by London-based Studio Kapitza, published by Verlag Hermann Schmidt Mainz. It is a simple idea done very well. Having...

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