Scratching the Surface is a collection of essays and journalism by Adrian Shaughnessy. The subject matter ranges from graphic design to art,music, philosophy and even a visit to Buckingham Palace. Essays include: ‘2012 Olympic logo ate my hamster’; ‘Vaughan Oliver – minotaurs in suburban England’; and ‘The myth of originality and the joy of copying’.
The book’s introduction opens with a disconcerting question: ‘Why would anyone want to read about graphic design?’ Despite assertions that ‘designers don’t read’, there has, in recent years,been a huge upsurge of interest in design writing: courses have been established to teach the subject, and many designers now combine design and writing within their practices.
Pre-order on www.uniteditions.com from Monday 22 April.
The Lonely Road Foundation is a South African charity, set up to support orphaned and vulnerable children in rural and underprivileged communities in South Africa. Photographer John Ross, working closely with the Foundation, travelled to Limpopo Province in South Africa to photograph the lives of nine different families. A photographic essay about each of the families highlights the tragedies, the challenges, the sadness and scarce moments of happiness that all the families experience. The photography and supporting narrative provides a harrowing insight into the problems that exist within these communities including HIV, poverty, malnutrition, parental neglect and lack of basics including water.
The Lonely Road book is the result of a collaboration between The Lonely Road charity, John Ross and Browns Editions, with the intention being to raise awareness and funds to change these children’s lives. Fundraising and book launch events are planned for Cape Town and Johannesburg in South Africa, Harvard Business School in the US and the South African High Commission in London.
All funding and proceeds goes to The Lonely Road Foundation.
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Vignelli Transit Maps describes the history of the New York subway maps and follows this city’s transportation growth from separate, independent lines to one large system. Peter Lloyd uncovers the history of the Vignelli map that includes the legacy of the people who created and promoted this New York icon—as well as those who hastened its demise. The book includes a first glimpse at original, early development sketches of the famed map and of its recent successors.
A new book celebrating the experimental typography of Dutch graphic designer Jurriaan Schrofer. He worked for the renowned design studio Total Design and was an outspoken figure within Dutch professional design organisations.
Most of all he was an experimentalist in letterforms and typography. He was a pioneer in corporate identity; a designer of photo books; and art director of the architectural magazine Forum.
Design writer Frederike Huygen describes his work as ‘research into perception, visual effects and the optical illusion of perspective: or the interplay of letterform, pattern and meaning.’ She also refers to him as a ‘computer-designer before the computer’.
The book is luxuriously printed with a spot Pantone and has an open printed spine. The front and back covers have a matt textured finish.
Essay: Frederike Huygen
Editors: Tony Brook and Adrian Shaughnessy
Geo/Graphics is a focused study on geometric designs in today’s creative current. Looking at design projects worldwide that take circles and polygons as the core graphic medium to channel meanings, this book presents how versatile shapes facilitate communication and fortify memories in diverse context and fields of design.
The Typografische Monatsblätter is one of the most important journals to successfully disseminate the phenomenon of “Swiss typography” to an international audience. With more than 70 years in existence, the journal witnessed significant moments in the history of typography and graphic design. 30 Years of Swiss Typographic Discourse in the Typografische Monatsblätter examines the years 1960–90, that correspond to a period of transition in which many factors such as technology, socio-political contexts and aesthetic ideologies profoundly affected and transformed the fields of typography and graphic design. The book includes a large number of works from well -known and lesser -known designers such as Emil Ruder, Helmut Schmid, Wolfgang Weingart, Hans-Rudolf Lutz, Jost Hochuli and many others.
Lars Müller Publishers