100 Years of Type In Design
As part of the forthcoming AIGA exhibition in New York, Monotype has collaborated with one of my favourite typographers, Alan Kitching, to produce a set of letterpress based posters.
Alan’s posters celebrate five legendary designers, with type choices and colours are based on his experience working with them. Each of the prints will be used to create 800 limited-edition silkscreen copies. The designers are:
F H K Henrion worked for clients including the BBC, Shell, BP, the UN, USF, Guinness.
Tom Eckersley worked for Shell-Mex; British Petroleum; the British Broadcasting Corporation; London Transport; the Ministry of Information; Gillette; The United Nations Children’s Fund.
Abram Games worked for Financial Times, Guinness, BA, Transport for London, UN and Penguin.
Josef Muller-Brockmann brought the De Stijl, Constructivist and Bauhaus movements to Modern practice. He was the IBM lead graphic designer in Europe.
Paul Rand needs little introduction.
Alan Kitching: “What distinguishes these designers is their intelligent and witty use of the type and image which they combined together to make a powerful graphic statement.”
Overall, the centennial exhibition looks fantastic. Starting on 1st of May it’s organised by Monotype and designed by Abbott Miller of Pentagram. It features rare and unique works from the archives of a whole host of partners including, Type Directors Club, Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum, The Type Archive and The Herb Lubalin Study Center.
Thanks to James Fooks-Bale, Monotype’s creative director and co-curator of Century, for pointing me to this—and sharing that brilliant picture of Alan.