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Marvellous limited edition typographic chess set by Hat-Trick. Laser cut acrylic pieces based on the typeface Champion (Lightweight) by Hoefler Frere Jones. My birthday is coming up…
“Not everything is design. But design is about everything. So do yourself a favor: be ready for anything.”
I also came across this from Michael Bierut via the excellent Design Observer. It’s an extract from an article entitle, ‘I hate ITC Garamond’ and both the full article and comments make entertaining reading. I was aware of some designer’s abhorrence for Comic Sans, but this level of distaste for another typeface came as a surprise.
ITC Garamond enjoyed its apotheosis when it was adapted as the official corporate typeface of Apple Computer in 1984; adding insult to injury, the font was condensed horizontally 80%. Associated with Apple’s brilliant packaging and advertising for the next 20 years, the resulting mutation became a part of the global landscape, seeming no less impregnable and unchanging as the Soviet empire. And then, just like global communism, it just went away, replaced overnight with a sleek customized version of Myriad.
Arthur Eric Rowton Gill (22 February 1882 – 17 November 1940) described himself on his gravestone as a stone carver. To many who appreciated his work as a sculptor, printmaker and typeface designer he is far more than that.
Gill remains a controversial figure even today. But it is his for his work that he will be chiefly remembered. I have posted about him before and wanted to commemorate his birthday with a further post today.
Designers and typographers are very familiar with his types which include: Gill Sans (perhaps his most famous), Perpetua, Solus, Joanna, Aries, Bunyan, Pilgrim (a recut of Bunyan) and Jubilee.
The BBC adopted Gill Sans in the 90s for its famous wordmark and on-screen graphics.
I was sorting out the studio as things had recently reached a tipping point, and rediscovered a number of older books on typography, design and photography. Foto-Auge was a particular pleasure to thumb through again. I found it years ago in a book sale a the late and lamented Philip Son & Nephew in Liverpool. More about that bookshop another time maybe.
Two books were published to accompany the 1929 “Film und Foto” exhibition in Stuttgart organized by the Deutscher Werkbund — Foto-Auge, edited by Franz Roh and Jan Tschichold, and Es kommt der neue Fotograf!, edited by Werner Gräff (Art Locked Stacks).
My copy of Foto-Auge is a 1974 facsimile edition published by Thames and Hudson.
The cover depicts El Lissitzky’s now famous “Self Portrait” of the artist as a hand in service to the eye celebrating photography and the book features work from the world’s leading modernist photographers, as well as anonymous news and bureau photos. Tschichold ensures a clean design with the text entirely in lower case.
Foto-Auge served as the catalog of the work exhibited in the exhibition in 1929.
This spread shows Photograms by Man Ray – see my previous post on Man Ray.