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January, 2012 Monthly archive

A must for any inspiring designers, if you havent got this book please get it

Karel Martens is a Dutch designer and teacher. After training at the school of art in Arnhem, he has worked as a freelance graphic designer, specialising in typography. Alongside this, he has always made free (non-commissioned) graphic and three-dimensional work. His design work ranges widely, from postage stamps, to books, to signs on buildings.

All this work is documented and celebrated in the books Karel Martens: drukwerk / printed matter and Karel Martens: counterprint. Martens has taught graphic design since 1977. His first appointment was at the school of art at Arnhem (until 1994). He was then attached to the Jan van Eyck Academie in Maastricht (1994–9). From 1997 he has been a visiting lecturer in the graphic design department at the School of Art, Yale University. In that year, together with Wigger Bierma, he started a pioneering school of postgraduate education within the ArtEZ, Arnhem – the Werkplaats Typografie – where he still teaches.

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I missed the Design Research Unit exhibition at the Cubitt Gallery last year, glad they have produced a book.

Founded in 1942, the Design Research Unit was the first consultancy in the country to bring together expertise in architecture, graphics and industrial design. It was a graphic designer’s dream to design this retrospective of their work to accompany the touring exhibition curated by Michelle Cotton. The page layouts hint at the ‘identification manuals’ that were created by DRU for companies like Watneys, and British Rail, and the book is set mostly in Monotype Grotesque, which was used in a lot of earlier studio work. The publication also records the exhibition’s various locations through a series of installation photographs.

Designed by APFEL – A Practice For Everyday Life,
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See British Rail Design book

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