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.
Jake Blanchard’s third volume of Menagerie finally shows up just over a year after #2…
The concept this time is slightly different, not only do the artists create imagery based on the musicians music, but this time the musicians also create a track based on an image created by the artist.
Two exclusive new tracks from each of these artists: Ben Nash, Isengrind, C Joynes and Twinsistermoon. And exclusive new artwork by Jim Stoten, Simon Fowler, Adrianne Neil and Jake Blanchard. The sleeve is a collaboration between Jake and Jim and it is incredible!
The LP is pressed on heavyweight black virgin vinyl, packaged with a A5 12 page litho printed full colour booklet. Limited to 500 copies.
Wistbook 009 / Edition series. 100 / Format. 3″cd and novella…
A murder mystery by one of today’s finest crime writers, “Jigokuhen” takes place in a declining coastal city whose once thriving harbours and shipyards now house a shadowy criminal underworld. Drawn into this world when the son of the city’s mayor is killed, a jaded middle-aged detective finds himself distracted by a beautiful unemployed dockworker who spends each day walking aimlessly along the shore, and whose mysterious past may just hold the key to solving the crime. Throughout the novella, these two characters act as allegories of the dingy concrete metropolis and the wild untamed sea that borders it, City and Nature constantly approaching and withdrawing. The plot reaches a climax with a shootout in a warehouse, but the action plays second fiddle to the relationship between the detective and the dockworker, which remains ambivalent and by the end of the novel remains unresolved. Quiet, yet intensely evocative, “Jigokuhen” is a literary tour de force.
A Prior Magazine #21 investigates performance practices, the unique experience, the active positions of the artist and the audience in relation to current techniques of assemblage, association, reproduction, sharing, collage and, specifically, linking.
Danai Anesiadou, Gabriel Lester in collaboration with Raimundas Malasauskas, and Luis Jacob
Cover image: Happy To Serve You by Danai Anesiadou
Back cover: Image from Gabriel Lester’s personal collection
Essays by Lou Forster on The Other Tradition (Wiels, Brussels), Natasa Petresin on Les Promesses du Passé (Centre Pompidou, Paris) and Defne Ayas on Performa (New York). And a contribution by Ruth Hege Halstensen on Tino Sehgal
Insert: Album IX: special 16-page booklet in full color by Luis Jacob
And more essays by Anselm Franke, Donatien Grau, John Menick, Vivian Rehberg, Dieter Roelstraete, Michael Van den Abeele, Jan Verwoert and Andros Zins-Browne
280 pages full color
Edited by Martin Bax since 1959 and publishing everyone from B S Johnson, JG Ballard and Carol Ann Duffy to Fleur Adock, Geoff Nicholson and Jonathan Lethem, Ambit is perfect for anyone looking for lively and compelling poetry, fiction and art from a spirited mix of writers.