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Marks on paper

Visualising a company’s heritage needn’t be a nostalgic act; the new identity for GF Smith just reflects its original vision

What’s On

CR’s pick of exhibitions, design events and creative activities for the week ahead including the London Illustration Fair, 25 Years of Pixar in Paris, Noma Bar in London, Thread creative workshop and talk in Bristol, the Barbican Design Market, Hamish Muir’s Octavo talk in London, and the Illustration Cupboard’s Winter Exhibition …

Hamish Muir at Typo Circle

The next Typographic Circle lecture will be given by Hamish Muir, co-founder of the hugely influential design studio 8vo from which sprang the journal Octavo

History of a radical type

The heyday of influential Swiss design journal Typografische Monatsblätter is examined in a fine new book from Lars Müller Publishers

A concrete identity

From Ken Briggs to North, via Citigate Lloyd Northover, the Barbican’s identity design has helped the venue itself to evolve

Type Only

Type Only, the forthcoming book from Unit Editions, looks at contemporary graphic design that relies solely on typography, unsupported by illustration or photography, to get its message across. In his essay for the book, CR’s Mark Sinclair explores the roots of a design technique which has been reinvigorated by a new generation of practitioners. Here, alongside an edited version of his text, we feature some of the radical type-based projects selected for inclusion in the book

Hiding in plain sight

Logos that actively conceal a brand’s identity can be confusing, but they’re also a clever way of getting noticed, argues our resident corporate identity expert

Cowbird design symposium

The relationship between print and digital is a subject close to our hearts at CR and it’s set to be the focus of the Cowbird design symposium on the 7-8 March, organised by Norwich University of the Arts

The Aspen attitude

As one of the first multimedia publications, Aspen hinted at what a magazine could be. It’s now the subject of a new show

The (unabridged) Ecstasy poster story

Mark Blamire, one of the designers that designed the Trainspotting poster campaign 16 years ago, has designed the campaign for Irvine Welsh’s latest film adaptation, Ecstasy…

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