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Johannes Gutenberg

Posted in Favourite Graphic Designers by lisaholland on January 1, 2009

A German goldsmith and printer who is credited with being the first European to use movable type printing, in around 1439, and the global inventor of the mechanical printing press. His major work, the Gutenberg Bible (also known as the 42-line Bible), has been acclaimed for its high aesthetic and technical quality.

Gutenberg Bible

Before Gutenberg, we were copying Bibles through monasteries. This made typesetting a lot easier than it was before, as it was all written by hand.

Stephen Fry made a documentary about the creation of ONE singular page of that ever-famous Bible, and a printer would have had to first of all, make each and every letter out of lead, then set each latter separately within the frame, Then print it

You can watch the programme here on Youtube:

Stephen Fry and the Gutenberg Press

Gutenberg Press

The Gutenberg press with its wooden and later metal movable type printing brought down the price of printed materials and made such materials available for the masses. It remained the standard until the 20th century. The Gutenberg printing press developed from the technology of the screw-type wine presses of the Rhine Valley. It was there in 1440 that Johannes Gutenberg created his printing press, a hand press, in which ink was rolled over the raised surfaces of moveable hand-set block letters held within a wooden form and the form was then pressed against a sheet of paper.


Favourite Graphic Designers

Posted in Favourite Graphic Designers by lisaholland on December 26, 2008

Stefan Sagmeister

is a graphic designer and typographer currently based in New York City. He has his own design firm, Sagmeister Inc. He has designed album covers for Lou Reed, the Rolling Stones, David Byrne, Aerosmith and Pat Metheny.

This piece is made completely out of bananas. Amazingly intricate and instantly eye catching

Saul Bass

Saul Bass is one of the greatest designers of the mid-20th century. He was famous for his work for the cinema, designing the iconic posters and credits of Vertigo and The Man With The Golden Arm


Paul Rand

Rand was born in 1914 and his career went on right until his death in 1996. He is without doubt one of the greatest American Graphic Designers. He created the worldwide faces of UPS and IBM, two of the biggest companies on the planet. 

Alan Fletcher

His mixed media pastiche style helped Alan Fletcher to built up a formidable body of work and was behind many masterpieces such as the iconic V&A logo:

Peter Saville

The legendary cover of the New Order single Blue Monday (1983) and the sleeve of the Joy Division album Unknown Pleasures (1979), were to bring the Manchester graphic designer Peter Saville worldwide renown. Using a reduced, Modernist style Peter Saville has made key innovations in the field of visual communications, and in recent times he has had a profound effect on the interplay between art, design and advertising.

His work is noted for combining an unerring elegance with a remarkable ability to identify images that epitomise the moment.


David Carson

 An American graphic designer. He is best known for his innovative magazine design, and use of experimental typography. He was the art director for the magazine Ray Gun. Carson was perhaps the most influential graphic designer of the nineties. In particular, his widely-imitated aesthetic defined the so-called “grunge” era.

Neville Brody 

 is an English graphic designer, typographer and art director.

Josef Muller Brockmann

 Was a Swiss graphic designer and teacher. He studied architecture, design and history of art at both the University and Kunstgewerbeschule in Zurich. In 1936 he opened his Zurich studio specialising in graphic design, exhibition design and photography. From 1951 he produced concert posters for the Tonhalle in Zurich. In 1958 he became a founding editor of New Graphic Design along with R.P. Lohse, C. Vivarelli, and H. Neuburg. In 1966 he was appointed European design consultant to IBM. Müller-Brockman was author of the 1961 publications The Graphic Artist and his Design Problems, Grid Systems in Graphic Design where he advocates use of the grid for page structure, and the 1971 publications History of the Poster and A History of Visual Communication.

He is recognised for his simple designs and his clean use of typography, notably Helvetica, shapes and colours which inspires many graphic designers in the 21st century. Many of his works can be found on the gallery 



Studio 8

Studio8 Design is an award-winning independent graphic design studio with a reputation for delivering intelligent and engaging creative solutions. Based in central London, Studio8 was established in 2005 by Matt Willey and Zoë Bather. Working with clients both large and small, in the UK and overseas, Studio8 produces a diverse range of work across multiple disciplines. The studio’s team bring a wealth of knowledge and enthusiasm to every new project and offer a scope of capabilities that includes editorial, exhibition, signage, corporate literature, websites, and brand identity systems.

Headliners work

Headliners is a UK-based charity working with young people to provide facilities and programmes for those interested in journalism.Following the name change the charity required a new logo, stationery, printed literature and brand guidelines. Here are Studio 8’s solutions


Plastique Work


The design and art direction of a new quarterly fashion magazine published in London.

Zero Magazine

As part of the JoinedUpDesignForSchools scheme, we worked with a client team of 20 pupils at Dunraven Secondary School to design them a new student magazine. A template was created that could be used by the students (untrained in design) to implement their editorial content each issue.

Serial Cut

Zune Market Place

Art direction for Zune’s new online store

MTV UK Top 20

Open Titles for UK Top 20 show

Stupendo Records

Design of the logo, and design and art-direction of the album covers and T-shirts for the new record label from Barcelona, Stupendo® Records.


Why Not Associates

why not associates is a british graphic design company with global reach. 
they turn their passion for design into commercial success for clients in business, government and the public sector.
for nearly two decades, why not associates has been creating innovative work for clients large and small. Their team works in many different media 
on many types of projects, including corporate identity, digital design, 
motion graphics and television commercial direction, editorial design, environmental design, publishing, and public art.

ICF Prospectus 2009

Crawley Library

Typographic Tree Columns simply beautiful

Contagious Magazine


Coöp is a collective of creatives dedicated to the practice of visual communications. Visionary in approach, they are not limited by discipline, instead they work openly and collaboratively across many platforms.