Designed by Peter Saville

Among the volumes chosen for a recently published collection of 100 classic graphic design books of the past century, one relative newcomer stands out. Featuring a stark white cover and a pink belly band, Designed by Peter Saville (2003) is the first monograph on the legendary British designer. He’s best known for the iconic album covers he designed in the early ’70s and ’80s for Joy Division and New Order. Long out of print but available at New Metaphor Books, it’s a fitting tribute to one of the late 20th century’s most influential designers and an indispensable creative resource. Designer Christopher Wilson’s austere and restrained layout resonates with the quiet intensity of Saville’s best work, the first twenty-five years of which is presented here in detail. Critical essays and an in-depth interview explore Saville’s creative process and unconventional working methods, revealing his genius for turning radical design provocations—from brazen acts of art appropriation to mad mashups of Post Punk’s New Wave aesthetic with Jan Tschichold’s New Typography—into iconic images with an uncanny ability to capture the cultural moment.

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Russell Wiley Is Out to Lunch

I’ve been enjoying this 2010 novel from Richard Hine lately. Russell Wiley Is Out to Lunch is about a middle-manager in the dying newsprint industry, watching the business crumble, while navigating the challenges of corporate America. [Read More]

Space Race

You might have seen the fascinating Kickstarter project to reproduce the 1976 NASA Graphics Standards Manual – a lot of people shared it including Jeff at Booooooom. Interestingly, NASA seem to have responded by quietly releasing a free PDF of the graphics manual, which you can enjoy here. According to this Motherboard article it sounds like the Kickstarter project will continue as planned, with higher-quality scanning than you’ll find in the free PDF.

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Type Nite NYC

If you’re interested in type and you’re lucky enough to be in or around NYC this week, check out this Type Nite NYC event at Strand Books on Thursday evening. The all-star line-up includes accomplished typeface designer Tobias Frere-Jones, book designer Peter Mendelsund, and Pentagram partner Abbott Miller. The talk will be moderated by Ellen Lupton, co-author of Graphic Design: The New Basics, 2nd Edition and many other great design titles, several of which I’ve reviewed here. If you’re not in NYC you can still order a signed copy of the latest edition of Graphic Design: The New Basics. Hit the link for more details.

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