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FHK Henrion Remembered, Revisited, Regaled

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.”

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Image of the Day, 09/12/13: Type design book

A spread from Unit Editions’ latest book, Type Only. The book showcases a number of excellent designs using typography unaccompanied by illustration or photography. Its sharp design is by UK-based design group Spin. Via Grain Edit.

Weekend Heller: Itching Design, Invasive Ads

Itching to Read About Graphic Design Looking for a good mid-Summer read? Something for the beach, perhaps. I highly recommend Scratching the Surface, a collection of essays and journalism by Adrian Shaughnessy, focusing mainly on graphic design, essays have from …

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Do You Know The Name Jurriaan Schrofer?

Adrian Shaughnessy and Tony Brook are the publishers of Unit Editions, a progressive publishing house producing high-quality, affordable books on graphic design and visual culture. A recent book of splendid typography is Jurriaan Schrofer (1926-90): Restless Typographer. I had never heard …

A Garland for Garland (Ken)

Sometimes you can know a person but not really KNOW that person. I have known or known of the veteran British designer Ken Garland for ages. But not until now, with the publication of his stunning monograph, Ken Garland: Structure …

Ten (or More) Things You Didn’t Know About Herb Lubalin

1. His name was pronounced Loo-ball-in, with the accent on the loo. 2. He was color-blind and ambidextrous. 3. Although he ultimately rejected advertising in favor of graphic design, as an agency art director at Sudler & Hennessey he was …

Polish Projekt, Good Stuff

In the 60s two foreign design magazines were passed around America as though they were underground or samizdat publications. One was Graphis from Switzerland, the other was Projekt from Poland. Let’s focus on the latter. It was a revelation to …