The very first line of Adrian Shaughnessy’s new collection of essays reads: “Why would anyone want to read about graphic design?” It’s a bullish opening gambit to introduce 400 pages of graphic design writing, but of course the answer is fairly obvious – when it’s this darn good. Scratching the Surface is the latest release from the Unit Editions publishers and brings together articles from the past 18 years split up into sections including profiles, education, music and reviews as well as graphic design and illustration.
From pieces on Vaughan Oliver and Neville Brody to The Apprentice and the Royal Family, Adrian’s trademark sharp, erudite and witty style is present on every page and it’s not hard to see why he is widely considered one of the best design writers working today. His pieces are constructed in a way both designers and civilians can enjoy and engage with, reflecting his ongoing battle against the ghettoisation of the craft. It’s also – as one would expect – very well-designed with liberal use of hot pink and a good image section to contextualise some of his thoughts.
- Artful fashion reportage from New York photographer Landon Nordeman
- My Name is Wendy creates beautiful posters celebrating French poet Stéphane Mallarmé
- Experiments in geometric shapes, cut-out, collaged and drawn typography by artist Michael Morris
- Gwendal Le Bec’s new website is chock-full of wonderful new work
- Jonny Seymour’s cute and strange photo series of six-year-old Chinese kids’ “graduation”
- Ibán Ramón creates refreshingly simple identity for a Spanish food festival
- An insight into The Guardian’s newly released brand guidelines
- Surreal, disturbing, NSFW and utterly thrilling: the work of Jon Rafman
- Art and architecture get exhibitions and galleries: graphic design should too
- Graphic identity lovers rejoice: “an unprecedented catalogue of modern trademarks” is here
- Ustwo says RELAX! with new meditation app Pause
- Publishing platform Medium launches its new identity