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September, 2011 Monthly archive

I bought this book, well two copies of this book for the Crouwel home collection. Designed by Experimental Jetset in 2007 for an exhibition at Galerie Anatome Paris between February 10 and March 2007.





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Burton Kramer Identities is an important and comprehensive book on the work of a leading Canadian designer, educator and painter, who practiced for over 50 years.

Kramer began his design career in the New York office of Will Burtin and went on to work at Geigy under Gottfried Honegger. In 1961, he moved to Zurich, Switzerland, as Chief Designer at the E. Halpern Agency, where he created award-winning work. In 1965, Kramer moved to Toronto to work on graphics and signage for Expo 67. In 1967, he founded Kramer Design Associates, creating identity programs for the Royal Ontario Museum, Ontario Educational Television and in 1974, his well-known logo and identity program for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

His logos and corporate identity work have been published in numerous books and journals worldwide. In 1999, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from ArtsToronto; in 2002, the Province of Ontario awarded him the Order of Ontario for his cultural contributions; and in 2003, the Ontario College of Art & Design granted him an honorary doctorate, D.Des.

Since about 2001, Kramer’s focus has shifted from design to painting. His abstract, geometry-based, lyrical, colorist paintings have been shown regularly in galleries in Europe, Mexico, Colombia, the USA and Canada.

Just purchased from here




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A catalogue of the photographic collection of the art collector Charles Saatchi. It was designed as a series of exaggerated book-like elements – a spine, a title page, a system of captioning – each entirely independent, combined in a single publication.

Designed by Graphic Thought Facility





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The great thing about A2SWHK is that they create bespoke typefaces for the books they design.

I particularly like this typeface and book ‘Cold War Modern, Design 1945—1970 for V&A Museum, no wonder they won so many awards at the ISTD a few years back.

One for the shopping cart.



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An international example
Just purchased this great book published by the Danish Design Council in 1986, the book has great examples of how the British Rail identity works across the different medium from signage to livery.

A real must for design historians or brand designers, there are a few copies floating around so be quick and good luck finding a cheap one.

This year saw a touring exhibition of ‘Design Research Unit 1942-72′ there will be a book published soon by Koenig Books designed by APFEL – A Practice For Everyday Life, so watch this space.




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