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Graphic Design No. 11, 1963

Text by Richard Baird.

Richard Baird takes a look back at Japanese magazine Graphic Design No.11 from 1963, with a special feature from Shigeo Fukuda.

“Graphic Design” / グラフィックデザイン was a monthly magazine from Diamond that moved between the flourishing practice of graphic design (commercial art) and more broadly, visual culture (historical and of the present) both nationally in Japan and internationally. The magazine was distinctive in its proportionality (nearly square), and in its mix of papers. These included dyed uncoated and glossy papers, colour and black and white imagery. But also for its “Graphic Design Labatory” section which often played with the intersection of the graphic, print technologies and materials. This magazine is available on the LogoArchive.Shop.

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Leandro Erlich: Both Sides Now Catalogue by Studio fnt

Text by Richard Baird

A look at the catalogue for the exhibition Leandro Erlich: Both Sides Now, designed by Studio fnt.

Both Sides Now was an exhibition of works by Argentinian contemporary artist Leandro Erlich. This took place at the Seoul Museum of Art between December 2019 and March 2020. Erlich’s installations employ mirrors, reflective surfaces, water and other materials to form optical illusions with the intention of transforming familiar, everyday spaces. Studio fnt worked to develop an identity for the exhibition that would establish a continuity of surfaces by drawing on one of the artist’s pieces to convey recurring ideas, proposals and motifs, those found throughout Erlich’s work. This connected supergraphics and programmes with posters, banners, digital displays and an exhibition catalogue.

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LogoArchive International by BP&O

Text by Richard Baird.

LogoArchive International by BP&O. A programme by Richard Baird

BP&O’s LogoArchive began in 2015 as an Instagram account documenting the form language and abstract form-making of corporate identity designers and commercial artists that developed between 1920–1989. This now has a following of over 160,000 people, and was then expanded upon in 2018 to include a series of zines published by BP&O. These include seven numbered issues and three Extra Issues, with a fourth due out soon. The LogoArchive.International programme intends to develop this further. By giving geo-specific teams access to LogoArchive’s extensive archive of logos we hope to continue in the publishing tradition of building cultural bridges and catalysing conversation around the cultural production of individual nations.

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