Greville St Bookstore

Design July
July 27, 2009, 4:04 am
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Reasons to be Cheerful:
The Life and Work of Barney Bubbles
Paul Gorman
Adelita, $80

Described by The New York Times as ‘a hero to young designers’, the British designer Barney Bubbles is one of the most mysterious but influential figures in the field of graphic design. Bubbles, who died 25 years ago, links the colourful underground optimism of the 1960s to the sardonic, edgier art that accompanied Punk’s explosion a decade later. In the 1960s, Bubbles created posters for the Rolling Stones, brand and product design for Sir Terence Conran, and psychedelic lightshows for Pink Floyd. Responsible for art direction at the key underground magazines Oz and Frendz, and for the classic masthead of the NME rock weekly, he is best known for the plethora of stunning record sleeves, logos, insignia and promo videos for musicians and performers, from the countercultural collective Hawkwind to New Wave and Postpunk stars Elvis Costello, Ian Dury, Nick Lowe, Graham Parker, The Damned, Billy Bragg, Depeche Mode and The Specials. Bubbles created his own idiom, amalgamating Expressionism, Dada, Constructivism and Concrete poetry into a Rock context. With over 600 images, the meticulously researched Reasons to be Cheerful is the first and definitive investigation into Bubbles’s life and work.

Tokyo TDC Vol. 19: The Best in International Typography & Design
Tokyo Type Director’s Club
Azur, $120

The Tokyo Type Directors Club has been in existence for the past twenty years. It has constantly challenged what is thought of as typography, typographics and type design while, at the same time, being a bastion of the more traditional craft of typography. Every year, twenty of Japan’s leading typographers and graphic designers meet to judge the Tokyo TDC’s annual competition. Presented here are a selection of entries from 2008, from all over the world including Chile, Turkey, Germany, Holland, the UK, France, Israel, the USA, Japan and China. The works are geographically and culturally diverse, in a broad range of media and materials.


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