Wim Crouwel: A Graphic Odyssey – Digital Catalogue is an iPad counterpart to Unit Editions’ excellent printed catalogue accompanying last year’s Crouwel show at the Design Museum
Designed by Spin and edited by Tony Brook and Adrian Shaughnessy, the iPad app repeats the beautiful presentation of Crouwel’s work that was such a feature of the printed catalogue – significant posters are presented by means of a shoot in the Crouwel archive, each one pulled from the stacks and shot in situ.
It also repeats the catalogue’s idea of presenting additional work as a series of shots of archive boxes, allowing the user the sense of being able to delve into the archive themselves
However the app includes extra content, including a filmed interview with Crouwel, photographs of the Design Museum exhibition itself and animations of significant Crouwel letterforms
From the initial opening screen, the app takes the user to a simple menu from which the sections (posters, interviews, boxes, logotypes, exhibition and type animation) can be accesed. Each section has an opening page, captions to content are revealed by means of a + button on screen.
A very slick, elegant app which, at £3.99 is an attractive alternative to the printed catalogue (priced £16.95). Our only quibble would be that it is not possible to zoom into the images of the posters to examine details up close, although there is an additional close-up image of one of them. Otherwise, well worth getting for Crouwel fans.
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