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A new book from leading German graphic designer Andreas Uebele

Andreas Uebele is a major presence in contemporary German graphic design. He trained as an architect, and much of his work as a graphic designer is architecture related. His environmental graphics, and radical typography, have been featured in previous Unit Editions books, and now we’re delighted to publish his latest book.

 Whether hanging Goethe’s words on the streets of Hanoi or visually translating the word schmuck, the work of Andreas Uebele and his studio Buro Uebele is a bench mark for expressive and ground breaking graphic design. Coming soon: andreas uebele material [Unit 32]Watch this space for more details! 

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SPIN/Adventures in Typography (Issue 001)

‘Experimenting with letterforms is a natural part of making, often born out of enthusiasm rather than commercial or practical imperatives’Tony BrookSPIN/Adventures in Typography looks at the typographic flotsam and jetsam of Spin’s creative process. It’s a repository for trains of thought, itches that needed to be scratched, as well as fresh new ideas. It continues the conversation started with the studio’s 2015 monograph SPIN 360° [Unit 19].SPIN/Adventures in Typography is a visual record of Spin's creative interests and outputs – combustive explorations not afraid to plunge into the abstract, teetering on the edge of legibility. A journal boisterous with typographic riffs, remixes, and rearrangements – SPIN/Adventures in Typography is an invitation to engage in conversation, an ellipses rather than a full...

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Designing design magazines: Talk & panel discussion at St. Bride

On February 16th we celebrated the publication of Impact 1.0 and Impact 2.0, with a talk and panel discussion at St. Bride.Here are some of the insights unearthed during Adrian Shaughnessy’s chat with Teal Triggs (RCA), Richard Spencer Powell (Monocle), Solveig Suess (Concrete Flux), Jeremy Leslie (MagCulture) and Tony Brook (Spin/Unit Editions). ‘Digital is catchy, but it goes in one eye and out the other.’Jeremy Leslie‘I know Brexit is bad. Trump is bad. But, the Economist’s sales are up. People want to read news in longform.’ Richard Spencer Powell‘Many magazines might be struggling. But, there are hundreds of stimulating, niche magazines - about things you’ve never known you were interested in.’ Tony Brook‘Aesthetic journalism is visual culture as an investigative means.’Solveig...

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Have you watched Paula Scher on Netflix’s Abstract: The Art of Design?

‘I’m allowing my subconscious to take over, so that I can free associate. You have to be in a state of play to design. If you’re not in a state of play, you can’t make anything’ Paula ScherHaving spent the past year and a half making the definitive Paula Scher monograph - Paula Scher: Works - we were eager to watch the sixth episode of the new Netflix series Abstract: The Art of Design. Produced by Morgan Neville (20 Feet from Stardom) alongside Scott Dadich (Wired’s departing editor-in-chief), the Paula Scher episode weaves together the experience of navigating the industry, the dangers of bad design (the Palm Beach ballot that threw the 2001 USA presidential election), the mapping of questionable...

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Richard Hollis on FHK Henrion
Interview by Adrian Shaughnessy

What was Henrion’s contribution to British design?He was important in trying to get acknowledgement of graphic design as a profession through his work with the SIA (Society of Industrial Designers). He was very involved with education, and sat usefully on several boards, especially AGI, where he had an important role, partly because of his skill with languages, and partly through his editing and designing of the compendium (AGI Annals). He was a very generous man, especially to young designers.  How would you evaluate Henrion as a designer? His design was variable in quality, although a few works were outstanding. The ‘Aid the Russian Wounded' was a striking poster. I have reservations about the CND poster – it was ridiculously derivative...

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Paula Scher: Works

‘Paula Scher is the most influential woman graphic designer on the planet’ Ellen Lupton, Abstract: The Art of Design, Netflix Update: We are excited to announce our latest edition, Paula Scher: Works (concise edition) [Unit 37], available for pre-order now.This definitive, chronological visual record spans Paula’s early days in the music industry as an art director with CBS and Atlantic records; the launch of her first studio, Koppel & Scher; and her 25-year engagement with Pentagram. The monograph is also a visual record of contemporary New York’s urban fabric, indelibly transformed by the designer’s innovative approach to environmental graphics and identity design: from MoMA to Charter Schools; from the High Line to Shake Shack.  Her logos for global corporations and cultural institutions have...

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FHK Henrion: Logo designer

FHK Henrion’s best symbols, logos and logotypes are distinguished by their simplicity and directness. He stripped them of extraneous detail, and as Ken Garland has noted: ‘His work always moves along the shortest distance between two points. No dodging about. No waste. No cautious detours in the name of good taste.’ Amongst the best logotypes and symbols designed by Henrion were for Tate & Lyle, Blue Circle and LEB (London Electricity Board):The LEB was the public-sector utility company responsible for electricity generation in the city. Henrion’s logo achieved a balance between practicality and aesthetics: it could be cast in metal or concrete, or used in low-cost plastic fascias, and yet it is also beautiful in a sharply modern way. With...

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Book of the Month: FHK Henrion: The Complete Designer [Unit 13]

Our new ‘Book of the Month’ feature provides an opportunity to turn the spotlight on our back catalogue. Until 28 February we’re offering FHK Henrion: The Complete Designer at a special price of £58.50Our first choice for the retrospective treatment is FHK Henrion: The Complete Designer. Why? Because it’s our belief that Henrion has no equal in British graphic design. No UK designer – then or now – can match his depth of accomplishments and range of abilities. Born in Germany in 1914, he trained as a textile designer before becoming a poster artist. As a British citizen after WWII, he designed publications, exhibitions, household products, interiors and jewellery, and in the 1960s he became the most important figure in modern corporate identity...

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Ben Bos (1930–2017): An appreciation by Tony Brook and Adrian Shaughnessy

Tony Brook: I was introduced to Ben Bos through Wim Crouwel. I had seen Ben’s fabulous book ‘Design of a lifetime’ published by BIS in the Spin studio and was blown away by his work. On a visit to Amsterdam with Warren Beeby, I asked Wim if it might be possible to meet Ben, he pulled out his mobile phone (a surprise in itself, though I’m not sure why) and 30 seconds later I had an appointment. I confess, I was daunted, however the welcome from Ben and his wife Elly was so incredibly warm and effusive that any nerves soon evaporated. They asked to see Spin’s work, their response was unadulterated enthusiasm accompanied by (frankly embarrassing) praise, if he approved...

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Lance Wyman: The Visual Diaries 1973—1982

After the wonderful support we received for our Manuals 1 Kickstarter campaign (120% funded), we’re delighted to be already half way through our next one – The Lance Wyman Visual Diaries: 1973—1982.  Throughout his long career, Lance has kept a daily record of his creative processes. These include working drawings for logos; detailed specifications for complex urban wayfinding systems; sketches for typefaces; notes to himself and records of conversations; details of his travel arrangements; colour swatches; photographic reference and other forms of printed ephemera. More than sketchbooks, more than scrap books, they reveal the creative processes of a graphic master – they are The Lance Wyman Visual Diaries. All the pages of Lance Wyman’s diaries have been photographed and made into a...

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