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Books, Design and Culture

March 16, 2017
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Design Canada Documentary

Greg Durrell of Canadian design firm Hulse&Durrell, and Jessica Edwards and Gary Hustwit of Film First are putting together a documentary about Canadian graphic design: The project is currently on Kickstarter. There are a couple of weeks to go and they are … Continue reading

February 28, 2017
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Back to Futura

Vox takes a lighthearted look at the history of Futura, “the font that escaped the Nazis and landed on the moon”: 

May 14, 2016
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Roy Kuhlman Archive

Early this week I posted about the Robert Brownjohn online archive created by his daughter, Eliza. Today, a new website dedicated to the work of the graphic designer Roy Kuhlman curated by his daughter, Arden Kuhlman Riordan, has gone live. … Continue reading

May 6, 2016
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Robert Brownjohn Archive

The work of influential designer Robert Brownjohn, best known for the title sequence for the 1964 James Bond film Goldfinger, has been archived online by his daughter Eliza. If you’re unfamiliar with Brownjohn’s work, I would also recommend picking up a copy … Continue reading

May 2, 2016
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Willem Sandberg: From Type to Image

Writing for The Guardian, Simon Garfield (Just My Type), visits the first UK retrospective Dutch designer and curator Willem Sandberg: “This is printed on wallpaper, very asymmetric … an amazing thing really,” Fraser Muggeridge, the curator, says as he shows me his collection of … Continue reading

March 30, 2016
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Graphic Means

Before the desktop computer revolutionized the way the graphic design industry worked, type and image were painstakingly put together by hand with the aid of various ingenious machines and tools. Currently in production, the documentary, Graphic Means explores graphic design … Continue reading

August 20, 2015
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Bob Gill: Design as Idea

In another great profile for It’s Nice That, Rob Alderson talks designer, illustrator, and writer Bob Gill: “I don’t know what people talk about when they talk about a golden age because of a million designers in 1950 or 1960 or … Continue reading

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