Hans Schleger — Design Magazine cover (1962)
I’ve seen this a couple of times now: Massimo Vignelli discusses his approach to book design. Lovely stuff.
As part of the Institute of Contemporary Arts’ series of lunchtime talks Culture Now, acclaimed book designer David Pearson will be discussing text design at Penguin Books. The talk will cover the company’s inception in 1935, the arrival and impact of Jan Tschichold in 1947, the handing over of the reigns to Hans Schmoller in 1949 and finally, the significant contribution of Gerald Cinamon – the subject of a presentation running concurrently at the ICA – to Penguin from the early 60s through to 1986.
The talk is on Friday the 13th of September 2013 at 1:00 pm.
020 7930 3647
More information at the ICA website
(Pictured: Books v. Cigarettes by George Orwell, designed by David Pearson, via It’s Nice That)
Dangerous Visions is a season of dramas currently running on BBC Radio 4 on the theme of dystopia, inspired by the work of J G Ballard. It includes adaptations of his novels The Drowned World and Concrete Island alongside visions of an uneasy future imagined by contemporary writers.
What happens if sleep is outlawed? If cloning becomes a matter of course, and your loved ones are capable of being cloned? If North London declares UDI on South London, which has become a wasteland? If human sacrifice becomes a part of society?
The season runs until the 23rd of June. More details at the BBC website.
A short film by Dress Code for the American Institute of Graphic Arts about Swiss graphic designer Armin Hofmann who was awarded a 2011 AIGA medal for ‘immeasurable influence in teaching the power and elegance of simplicity and clarity through a timeless aesthetic’.
Scottish Brutalism is a website set up by Ross Brown to accompany his research project into Brutalist architecture at the University of Strathclyde Department of Architecture. The project
aims to map, document and critically assess Brutalist architecture across the Strathclyde region of Scotland, UK. Illustrated articles and building studies, periodically published on scotbrut.co.uk, demonstrate the quality and variety of Brutalist architecture built across Strathclyde between the late 1950s & early 1980s.
(Pictured: Anniesland Cross Housing, Glasgow, Jack Holmes & Partners, 1969)
A new Brighton-based menswear brand, Fitzgerald’s Clothiers ‘specialise in producing classic mid 20th century menswear, specifically, but not limited to, Ivy league style garments’. Their initial offering is a proper Oxford cloth button-down shirt that recalls the classic Sero ‘The Purist’ shirt of yore; classic, rather than slim, fit with, crucially, an unlined collar for that perfect roll. Definitely one to keep an eye on.
Opening tomorrow at Tate Modern is the first major museum exhibition of the diverse work of pioneering Lebanese artist Saloua Raouda Choucair. Based in Beirut, she was taught by traditional landscape painters, but carved out a unique modernist vision of her own, influenced by Islam and western abstract art.
The Saloua Raouda Choucair retrospective runs from 17 April – 20 October 2013.
(Pictured: ‘Composition in Blue Module’ 1947–51, © Saloua Raouda Choucair Foundation)