This is a story not unlike the NSA today, but dates back to the Civil War. Scottish born Alan Pinkerton’s name is synonymous with private policing. He founded the Pinkerton National Detective Agency in 1850 and the company is still in operation as Securitas AB.
Los Angeles’ Colby Poster Printing Company was one of the last great hold-outs of the fluorescent, oak tag, wood and metal type poster printing companies in the U.S. of A. The legendary Hatch Show Print is still, thankfully, around and a few other Kinkoesque ink jet shops continue to churn them out. But Colby had been producing the real thing since 1948 on their Heidelberg Letterset press until closing shop on December 31, 2012.
My nominee for the best design monograph of 2013 is FHK Henrion: The Complete Designer (Unit Editions). I asked Adrian Shaughnessy of Unit Editions to explain more about the process of creating this significant volume and FHK Henrion who Shaughnessey explains is “the most important British (though German born) graphic designer ever.”
Visual Editions has been exploring the rocky terrain of current and future books – design, delivery and platform. Their most recent release, Where You Are is a book of maps and website that collects writing (non-fiction and fiction) and visuals (drawings, photographs, paintings) and tests the common notions of what a map is.
Whoever said the twenty-somethings have lost irony was being ironic. Wit and sarcasm are alive and well with Spencer Charles. “I chose to use non-sequiturs because they remind me of bits of overheard conversation,” he told me, “which when stripped of context, are usually pretty funny, or at least entertaining.”