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Richard Hollis on FHK Henrion
Interview by Adrian Shaughnessy

What was Henrion’s contribution to British design?He was important in trying to get acknowledgement of graphic design as a profession through his work with the SIA (Society of Industrial Designers). He was very involved with education, and sat usefully on several boards, especially AGI, where he had an important role, partly because of his skill with languages, and partly through his editing and designing of the compendium (AGI Annals). He was a very generous man, especially to young designers.  How would you evaluate Henrion as a designer? His design was variable in quality, although a few works were outstanding. The ‘Aid the Russian Wounded' was a striking poster. I have reservations about the CND poster – it was ridiculously derivative...

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Paula Scher: Works

‘Paula Scher is the most influential woman graphic designer on the planet’ Ellen Lupton, Abstract: The Art of Design, NetflixWe are excited to announce our latest title, Paula Scher: Works [Unit 30], available for pre-order now.This definitive, chronological visual record spans Paula’s early days in the music industry as an art director with CBS and Atlantic records; the launch of her first studio, Koppel & Scher; and her 25-year engagement with Pentagram. The monograph is also a visual record of contemporary New York’s urban fabric, indelibly transformed by the designer’s innovative approach to environmental graphics and identity design: from MoMA to Charter Schools; from the High Line to Shake Shack.  Her logos for global corporations and cultural institutions have cemented her reputation...

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FHK Henrion: Logo designer

FHK Henrion’s best symbols, logos and logotypes are distinguished by their simplicity and directness. He stripped them of extraneous detail, and as Ken Garland has noted: ‘His work always moves along the shortest distance between two points. No dodging about. No waste. No cautious detours in the name of good taste.’ Amongst the best logotypes and symbols designed by Henrion were for Tate & Lyle, Blue Circle and LEB (London Electricity Board):The LEB was the public-sector utility company responsible for electricity generation in the city. Henrion’s logo achieved a balance between practicality and aesthetics: it could be cast in metal or concrete, or used in low-cost plastic fascias, and yet it is also beautiful in a sharply modern way. With...

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Book of the Month: FHK Henrion: The Complete Designer [Unit 13]

Our new ‘Book of the Month’ feature provides an opportunity to turn the spotlight on our back catalogue. Until 28 February we’re offering FHK Henrion: The Complete Designer at a special price of £58.50Our first choice for the retrospective treatment is FHK Henrion: The Complete Designer. Why? Because it’s our belief that Henrion has no equal in British graphic design. No UK designer – then or now – can match his depth of accomplishments and range of abilities. Born in Germany in 1914, he trained as a textile designer before becoming a poster artist. As a British citizen after WWII, he designed publications, exhibitions, household products, interiors and jewellery, and in the 1960s he became the most important figure in modern corporate identity...

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Ben Bos (1930–2017): An appreciation by Tony Brook and Adrian Shaughnessy

Tony Brook: I was introduced to Ben Bos through Wim Crouwel. I had seen Ben’s fabulous book ‘Design of a lifetime’ published by BIS in the Spin studio and was blown away by his work. On a visit to Amsterdam with Warren Beeby, I asked Wim if it might be possible to meet Ben, he pulled out his mobile phone (a surprise in itself, though I’m not sure why) and 30 seconds later I had an appointment. I confess, I was daunted, however the welcome from Ben and his wife Elly was so incredibly warm and effusive that any nerves soon evaporated. They asked to see Spin’s work, their response was unadulterated enthusiasm accompanied by (frankly embarrassing) praise, if he approved...

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Lance Wyman: The Visual Diaries 1973—1982

After the wonderful support we received for our Manuals 1 Kickstarter campaign (120% funded), we’re delighted to be already half way through our next one – The Lance Wyman Visual Diaries: 1973—1982.  Throughout his long career, Lance has kept a daily record of his creative processes. These include working drawings for logos; detailed specifications for complex urban wayfinding systems; sketches for typefaces; notes to himself and records of conversations; details of his travel arrangements; colour swatches; photographic reference and other forms of printed ephemera. More than sketchbooks, more than scrap books, they reveal the creative processes of a graphic master – they are The Lance Wyman Visual Diaries. All the pages of Lance Wyman’s diaries have been photographed and made into a...

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Lance Wyman in Idea Magazine

The Japanese magazine Idea is one of the most important and long-lived graphic design publications in the world. It began publishing in 1953, and since then it has consistently occupied a position at the forefront of the international graphic design scene. Initially the magazine functioned as a shop window for designers around the world: to be ‘showcased’ in Idea was to be acknowledged as a significant figure in world design. In more recent years, and now under the editorship of Kiyonori Muroga, the magazine has developed a more critical position. It is widely seen as having a sharp eye for significant and game changing developments in international graphic design. For designers in the West, to be featured in Idea is a badge of achievement to be worn with pride.Idea has always made high-grade reproduction and state-of-the-art printing as...

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Manuals 1:
 Design & Identity Guidelines is back in print

Our fastest selling Unit Editions title is back in print. Manuals 1: Design & Identity Guidelines sold out shortly after we published it in 2014. But now, after a successful Kickstarter campaign, we’re once again able to offer our readers this comprehensive study of corporate identity design manuals from the 20th Century. If you are one of the 1,138 people who backed the Kickstarter campaign, your copy (plus rewards) will be with you very soon, along with our heartfelt thanks. We couldn't have done it without you. But if you missed out on the campaign, then here’s your chance to get your hands on a copy. We have approximately 900 copies for sale via our website. Manuals 1: Design &...

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In New York…with a camera

Unit Editions’ designer Rachel Dalton has recently returned from a week in New York, shooting material for future publications. Thanks to the generosity of Sasha Tochilovsky, curator of the Herb Lubalin Study Center, Rachel had access to some of the wonderful, historically significant non-Lubalin material held by the Center.  As well as the single largest collection of Herb Lubalin material, the Centre also holds a fabulous collection of 20th century graphic design artefacts. While she was there, Rachel shot a few gigabytes of material. We’re not quite ready yet to announce the next batch of Unit Editions titles. There is always a period of time spent securing reproduction rights and permissions. As soon as this is complete, we’ll announce the...

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