Phaidon’s Archive of Graphic Design offers an exhaustive survey of the medium, but is not without its problems
In 1991 , the emergence of new digital technologies was opening up the design of typefaces to a generation keen to push the limits of language and the very definition of what a font could be. Fuse, the experimental publication launched that year by Jon Wozencroft and Neville Brody, gave such designers a platform. As a new book brings together its 18 issues in one volume, Mark Sinclair reviews Fuse’s important, perhaps overlooked, contribution to graphic design
Barack Obama poster by Shepard Fairey, nominated for the Brit Insurance Design Awards 2009 in the Graphic Design category by CR’s Patrick Burgoyne
The nominations for the awkwardly titled Brit Insurance Design Awards 2009 have been announced, ahead of an exhibition that will be held at the Design Museum in London from February next year. As with last year’s awards, the inclusion of most aspects of design (including architecture, fashion, furniture, graphic design, interactive, product and transport) makes for an eclectic, but interesting, list.
Just over a month ago, Vitra, purveyor of some of the finest furniture around, had a uniquely uninspiring website. To those with an interest in product design, well aware of the Vitra name (and what they sell) its online presence – at a hefty ten years old – was beginning to show its age. No longer…
CR December featuring Will Gompertz, director of Tate Media, pictured in his office, in front of a reproduction of How to Work Better (1991) by Fischli & Weiss (adapted for Tate in 2006). © the artists. Photographer: Jonathon Foster Williams
The December issue of CR sees our next Month In The Life Of special (following August’s A Month In The Life Of A Graphic Designer). This time we are going client-side. Will Gompertz, director of Tate Media and in charge of all the promotional activity for Tate Modern and Tate Britain, has kept a daily journal over the course of four weeks in October. In addition, we will discuss Tate and its activities with a selection of its creative partners, including Cornel Windlin, Fallon’s Richard Flintham, James Goggin and artist and Tate trustee Jeremy Deller. As a taster, here is a seven-day extract from Gompertz’s journal. The December issue of CR is out on the 22 November.
The Museum Für Gestaltung Zurich’s current show, This Side Up – Konstantin Grcic: Siebdruck, is promoted with this poster by Bonbon
Thanks to Tony Brook of Spin for alerting us to the wonders of the Museum Für Gestaltung Zurich’s rather cool poster subscription service.
Sign up for around £80 a year and, every other month, a lovely surprise will drop through your door – a 128 x 90.5 cm poster by a leading designer promoting the latest show at the Museum…