Category Archives: Graphic Design

Hester Vaizey – Keep Britain Tidy

In her new book, Dr Hester Vaizey reveals how, using slogans combined with eye-catching graphics, the British government in the postwar era sought to influence everything from the jobs people did to what they ate and drank, how they saved their money and behaved on the road. In this Q&A, the author explains why the […]

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Q&A: Shadow Type

A brief Q&A with typography authorities Steven Heller and Louise Fili about their new book Shadow Type, a breathtaking spectrum of vintage shadow typefaces for today’s graphic designer. What’s the idea behind your latest book Shadow Type? First Louise Fili and I did Scripts, perhaps the most frequently used non-Roman type style. So, Shadow is […]

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Fit Men Wanted!

The Navy Wants Men

Our new publication, Fit Men Wanted – Original Posters from the Home Front, showcases a selection of Britain’s wartime posters from the Imperial War Museums’ collection of over 30,000 – posters which exhorted citizens to do their bit for the war effort with proclamations that today seem charmingly innocent, quintessentially British, and often very funny. […]

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Handmade Type Workshop – Q&A with Amandine Alessandra

Books as a Block

London-based graphic designer and photographer Amandine Alessandra is the subject of our latest Handmade Type Workshop contributor Q&A. Here she discusses the people that inspire her work and what the future has in store for Amandine Alessandra. What led you to making handmade type? Typographic installations allowed me to put together my two loves, photography […]

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Magnum Contact Sheets: Design # 2 – The Jacket

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For the next part in our Life Cycle of a Book series, Design Director Johanna Neurath looks at jacket design and the development of the jacket for our new Autumn title Magnum Contact Sheets. The book jacket or cover, that single, simple printed sheet of paper: its primary function is to $€££. It needs to […]

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Handmade Type Workshop – Q&A with Smart Emma

Smart Emma

Manchester-based designer and crafter Emma Smart is the subject of our latest Handmade Type Workshop contributor Q&A. Read on to find out what inspires her work and what the future holds for Smart Emma. What led you to making ‘handmade type’? Working as a graphic designer I seem to spend a lot of my time […]

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Handmade Type Workshop – Q&A with Karin von Ompteda

Karin von Ompteda

Typographic designer and researcher Karin von Ompteda is the subject of our next Handmade Type Workshop contributor Q&A. Read on to find out what inspires her work and what the future holds.. What led you to making ‘handmade type’? I think at the time there was something in the air – a certain zeitgeist had […]

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Handmade Type Workshop – Q&A with Sneaky Raccoon

Sneaky Raccoon - Forget Me Not

Designer Anna Mullin aka (Sneaky Raccoon) is the subject of our next Handmade Type Workshop contributor Q&A. Read on to find out what inspires her work and what the future holds for Sneaky Raccoon. What led you to making ‘handmade type’? I simply enjoy drawing and exploring ideas. Typography seemed like on obvious route to […]

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Handmade Type Workshop – Natsuki Otani Q&A

Natsuki Otani

Next in our series of Handmade Type Workshop contributor interviews is Natsuki Otani – a young Tokyo-born illustrator (and editor of Illustration Rally) who works with ink to create beautiful and bold freehand type styles. What led you to making ‘handmade type’? Working by hand is more natural to me, my illustration is mostly hand […]

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Handmade Type Workshop – Q&A with Mr Yen

MrYen

For the first in our series of Handmade Type Workshop contributor interviews, we spoke to Mr Yen (aka Jonathan Chapman) – a papercutting master from Leeds – who tells us more about his work and the resurgence of handmade styles in graphic design. What led you to making ‘handmade type’? I have always been interested […]

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