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Ken Garland book — free to download as a PDF

A reminder that our 2012 monograph, Ken Garland: Structure and Substance, is still available to download for free as a PDF. Earlier this month, Ken was presented with the London Design Festival’s Lifetime Achievement Medal earlier — and we wanted to celebrate his award. Congratulations to Ken! You can download the book from our WeTransfer page (9.6mb).Long sold-out, the book covers everything from Ken’s student exercises at the Central School of Arts and early work on Design magazine, to the many client projects completed with Ken Garland & Associates from 1962 onwards (such as Galt Toys and CND), and his self-published books of photography.Adrian Shaughnessy’s extensive biographical text situates Ken’s work within the development of graphic design in mid 20th-century Britain, while Spin’s sympathetic book...

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Studio Culture Now extract: Sara De Bondt

Sara De Bondt founded her design studio in 2004. Currently based in Ghent, Belgium, she has previously worked in London, Liverpool and Antwerp. In our extensive Studio Culture Now interview with her, Sara discusses everything from starting out at studio Foundation 33 and the influence of its founders Daniel Eatock and Sam Holhaug, to working with James Goggin (Practice), and eventually establishing her own studio and publishing company, Occasional Papers. In this extract from the interview, Sara talks about her initial vision for the studio and how she got started, how she approaches the administrative side to her business and her working process — plus how she balances creativity and profitability.Studio Culture Now is available to pre-order now from the...

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Typographics ti: magazine

With two UK design magazines celebrating anniversaries this month (Creative Review turns 40 while Eye publishes its 100th issue), we thought we’d take the opportunity to look at some of the work included in our Impact 2.0 book, which features a selection of the best covers created for design magazines and journals between 1974 and 2016. There are in fact 15 covers of Typographics ti: included in Impact 2.0, such is the quality of the design of the Japanese magazine, which also marks its 40th year in print in 2020. First published in May 1980, Typographics ti: is the quarterly magazine of the Japan Typography Association. The JTA emerged out of the Japan Lettering Designers Association in 1971 with a membership made up largely...

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Selling Letraset in Japan

Our book Letraset: The DIY Typography Revolution contains a wide range of material relating to the innovative rubdown lettering system, not least a good selection of the thousands of type sheets and catalogues that the company produced. The book also includes a few examples of the advertising and promotional literature that Letraset also made to sell its product, most of which are intriguing examples of print design in their own right. So, here, we feature some of the ads that were created specifically for the Japanese market in the 1970s. In general, Letraset advertising was usually designed to show the versatility and range of the lettering sheets and mostly appeared in various international design publications. In Japan that would have included both Graphic Design and IDEA.  Print ads were also produced to show...

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A lockdown reading list

Last week we asked our newsletter subscribers to nominate a favourite design-related book that they’ve turned to for inspiration in these strange and stressful times and would recommend to others. We had a great response to the call-out and our highlights from the suggested titles are below. Thanks to everyone who has contributed to our lockdown reading list so far — details of how you can add your book to the ongoing list are at the bottom of the post.  The latest additions to the post will appear here at the top. Rosmarie Tissi: Graphic Design by Rosmarie Tissi, 2019Nominated by Ana Ana Bettencourt F., Visual + Graphic Designer & Assistant Researcher at ITIRosmarie Tissi’s oeuvre over 60 years of professional experience as a graphic...

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Studio Culture interviews — free to download

Like everyone else, designers and design studios are facing unprecedented times at the moment as they navigate a new landscape in light of the coronavirus crisis. And whether you’re adjusting to working from home, self-isolating, or enduring any of the countless new challenges we now face, we wanted to offer a small gesture of community support.Since last week we’ve been sharing some of the Q&A interviews from our very first book, Studio Culture: The Secret Life of the Graphic Design Studio (2009), as a series of free, downloadable PDFs, in advance of our Kickstarter campaign to publish a follow-up edition, Studio Culture Now.We hope that these texts not only keep you occupied, but that they offer some advice, inspiration and a...

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Manuals 2 – interview with Michael Burke

The following is an edited version of the interview between Michael Burke and R. Roger Remington that appears in Manuals 2: Design & Identity Guidelines – available to pre-order now from the Unit shop (and shipping later this month). Professor Michael Burke is a design scholar and expert on information graphics, and has enjoyed a career spanning England, the United States and Germany. Burke studied graphic design and later taught at Ravensbourne (formerly Ravensbourne College of Design and Communication) in London, at Ohio State University, Rochester Institute of Technology and the Dessau Department of Design, Anhalt University of Applied Sciences. He is a professor at the Hochschule für Gestaltung in Schwäbish Gmünd, one of Germany’s leading design schools, where he has been on the...

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Ian Anderson on the making of AZTDR™

With AZTDR™ now shipping, we spoke to Ian Anderson, TDR™-founder and the author of the book, about the process behind putting an A—Z of his studio’s work together – and how he went about the task of selecting projects for inclusion from more than 30 years of The Designers Republic™. AZTDR™ is now available to order from the Unit shop. Mark Sinclair: Can we talk about the format of AZTDR™ and why you wanted to organise the studio’s work alphabetically, rather than chronologically or by sector? What does an A—Z enable you to do? Ian Anderson: Although TDR™’s work exists in time there’s no intentional chronological development to it, just a series of obsessions punctuated by low boredom thresholds and fuelled by the clients...

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Ian Anderson’s top ten TDR™ sleeves

As AZTDR™ goes on pre-order and in honour of The Designers Republic’s longstanding involvement in music, we asked Ian Anderson, studio founder and author of AZTDR™, to pick ten of his personal highlights from the 250 single and album covers featured in the publication. “Favourites are a slippery concept for me,” he admits, “and with 33.3 years – and over 5,000 sleeves to choose from – any list is, inevitably, going to be temporary.” So “right now, based on work featured in the book, in no particular order” here are ten of Ian’s favourite TDR™ sleeves, each of which features in AZTDR™ along with the story of its conception.AZTDR™ is now available to pre-order from the Unit shop. Satoshi Tomiie — Full Lick (SMEJ Associated Records,...

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Designers pick their favourite Letraset typeface

In its heyday, the sheer variety of Letraset type available was one of the reasons the lettering system became an important tool in many a designer’s practice. We asked several friends of Unit Editions for their favourite Letraset typeface, or the one that means the most to them – the majority of which feature in Letraset: The DIY Typography Revolution, which is now available from the Unit shop for just £25 (for one month only). Read about their choices, from Sunshine to Frankfurter, Clarendon to Compacta, below. Paula Scher, PentagramMy favourite Letraset typeface was Helvetica Medium, which seemed to be the only one they had at the Tyler School of Art art supply store, where I sometimes worked.Since I could never rub down the type without it...

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