When something like the London Design Festival rolls around, some are tempted into publicity-grabbing projects that sit strangely with the usual role of that particular individual or organisation. What makes much more sense is to produce something far simpler that shows you at your best, and that’s exactly what Phaidon have done with their LDF-inspired Archive of Graphic Design. The 500 cards feature “timeless graphic designs that have set a bench-mark for excellence and innovation around the world” across books, magazines, newspapers, posters, symbols, logos, typefaces, information design, money, film graphics, identities, packaging graphics, advertisements and record and CD covers.
This is an excellent history of graphic design from Gutenberg to Shephard Fairey’s Obama poster with enough diversity to satisfy connoisseurs and those with a more casual interest alike.
But this is more than a great excuse to peruse some stunning visuals, as the stories behind these iconic designs are included too and because they’re unbound you can have endless fun playing a geeky-graphic design lucky dip. Yes please!
- Contra Journal shines a light on visual responses to conflict and migration
- The complex and unique relationship of sisterhood as captured by Sophie Harris-Taylor
- “I like to retreat into a world that isn’t defining an ideal form”: meet artist Emma Kohlmann
- Artist Melissa Kitty Jarram is updating Greek myths for 2018
- Graphic designer Sam Wood’s personal practice is dictated by his own frameworks and rules
- Supermundane comes over all nostalgic for latest series I Know It’s Over
- Coca-Cola reveals custom typeface, TCCC Unity, inspired by its modernist heritage
- Muji to open “anti-gorgeous, anti-cheap” hotels in China and Japan
- Pee on this Ikea print ad, and if you’re pregnant, you get a crib half price
- School teacher fired for showing nude paintings in an art lesson
- Pop superstar Justin Bieber turns painter with first original piece, Calvary
- Paris Syndrome: photographer Francois Prost explores a replica city in China