Baseline covers the related areas of graphic art, multimedia, architecture and typographic design. The articles are written by internationally recognised contributors and its design and print production regularly wins major international design awards.
Welcome to Baseline issue 58, our spring issue. As usual the designs of the cover and jacket reflect some aspects of the features published here. The cover shows the numbers 50 and 8 in Lagoon, an Armenian typeface by Carolyn Puzzovio. The jacket, which doubles as poster, is a photographic collage of urban stencil characters.
The two books, which are reviewed, are essential references for any serious design library.
Paul Shaw reflects on Helmut Schmid’s homage to Emil Ruder, typographer and educator at the renowned Kunstgewerbeschule in Basle. Paul Razzell comments on David Jury’s vast 400 pages artist book reference catalogue, which presents an important record of the first biennial Codex Book Fair and Symposium, Berkeley, California.
We start off our articles with an extract from a postgraduate research project, titled ‘Designing information for everyday life’, at the University of Reading. The research team, headed by Paul Stiff, shows us 19th century maps, tables and documents.
Steven Heller is prompting the question ‘The return of stencil lettering: Had it ever gone’. The Stenso Lettering Guide by Ruth and Robert Libauer with its patented stencil sheets from 1942 was in popular use long before photo type or the computer.
‘Control Print 4’ is the concluding part of the research series, instigated by the Royal College of Art in London. Russell Warren-Fisher, heading the research, gives us a final summary of this project. Baseline was delighted to give this successful project a wider international forum.
Arnold Schwartzman, designer and film maker in Los Angeles, comments about his visual research, the gathering of authentic props and the detailing for his spy novel book cover designs of best selling author Len Deighton, published by Harper Collins.
Mark Stewart Cassidy reflects on Adrian Tyler’s meaningful photographic documentation. The article shows square-on frontal views of living spaces on the Outer Western Isles and the Orkneys
We close the feature section with Carolyn Puzzovio’s concluding part of her research into the history and contemporary development of Armenian typeface design.
Wistbook 008 / Edition series. 100 / Format. 3″cd and novella…
This botano-philosophical treatise is a classic of Renaissance scientific literature. Delicate, minutely detailed sketches of flora and fauna litter the pages, attesting in their exquisiteness to the wonder and beauty of a world viewed under the microscope for the first time. Accompanying the drawings are Alberic’s handwritten notes on taxonomies and classifications, designations of anatomical parts, therapeutic and practical uses, and allegorical meanings. A sober yet reverential tone is retained throughout, and the book ends with a sublime canticle praising the Divine Creator “who deigned in His Infinite Wisdom to bestow such Marvealous Complexity on even the Smallest of parts”. To read this book is to feel the lost intellectual and religious fervour of a prior age.
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Issue 16 features Parisian legend Invader as the cover artist. Our exclusive interview with the Rubik’s cube enthusiast provides a rare insight into this secretive street artist’s work.
We talk about people stealing his work, airlines classifying his tiles as ‘weapons’ and invader-shaped waffles. We also chat about his ‘cousin’ Mr Brainwash and how he narrowly avoiding arrest in LA during the Art in the Streets show.
Issue 16 also includes Ron English’s protege, the Australian wunderkind Kid Zoom, old-school mad scientist CHU, commercial assassins TrustoCorp, and weird and wonderful pictorial pirates The Dead Sea Mob.
But that’s not all, folks. We also talk to Cath Love and Will Barras, and include a photo feature on Obsession Of Colour.
Of course no issue of VNA would be complete without documenting actual work on city walls and it seemed appropriate that this issue should celebrate the streets of Paris, alongside those of London and Melbourne.
CD release with a limited edition, 50 page book complete with beautiful images and texts eluding to the recording materials, machinery, processes and personnel. The book also encompasses an audio cookbook with recipes for you to create your own experimental audio loops and soups.
The culmination of a year’s worth of sound experiments with machines of a bygone era, The Otolith Sessions sees Elsie Martins ‘Atom Eye’ project realise it’s most ambitious and complete work to date.
A meticulously programmed full length as opposed to a collection of tracks the album develops and unfolds with a palpable sense of purpose and adventure over the albums six storied compositions. The visceral nature of the beautiful but abstruse music is no fluke but a deliberate result of the unhurried nature of the albums writing and production process.
The Otolith Sessions was mixed & co-produced by James Aparicio (Liars, Spiritualized) and features guest appearances from regular collaborators; award-winning percussionist Pete Lockett (Björk, David Holmes, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Lee Scratch Perry, Primal Scream) and Mute Artist, Composer and Producer Simon Fisher Turner (whose work includes soundtracks for Derek Jarman’s Caravaggio, The Last of England, The Garden and David Lynch-produced Nadja).