Nice to see the Baselian approach to typography kept alive and well by Mark Gowing.
Ken Hiebert is one of the few transfusions from the Basel School of Weingart and Hoffman. I picked up his Graphic Design Processes book on a hunch and it has provided a great deal of insight over the years. I’ve come back to his work as well as Weingart’s for many reasons but the most important one is simply the element of the hand. The hand, even in a seemingly mechanical manipulation, brings more depth to the designed message than any Photoshop filter. The results from Hiebert’s workshops are beautiful evidence of this process.
This documentary created in 1989 by Wim Wenders focuses on the work of fashion designer Yohji Yamamoto. While I encourage you to watch the entire film (it’s really not too long), I enjoyed this part where Mr. Wenders talks to Mr. Yamamoto about transforming one’s role from a “prisoner of style” to a master (author) of one’s style. To see the books laid out across the floors and tables in Yamamoto’s studio may remind you of your own process; they are the tools that give ideas a voice.
Auerbach‘s work crops up everywhere, but I had to post because it shows us something we often overlook in pursuit of form; slowing down, examining craft, and refining the details in production. Patterns, letters, distortion. All figure into an important and bold collection of work. She also built her own custom instrument called the Auerglass.