Henry van de Velde: Artist as Designer
Henry van de Velde (1863–1957) is a towering figure in the history of modern design. Of prodigious range – he was equally at ease designing furniture and objects as entire buildings – he paved the way for the transition from Art Nouveau to Modernism, and proposed a model for design education that inspired the Bauhaus.
This riveting biography by renowned graphic designer and historian Richard Hollis traces van de Velde’s career from his beginnings as a painter in Antwerp to his trend-setter stature in European architecture and design at the turn of the twentieth century. Van de Velde emerges from Hollis’ richly illustrated biography as a strikingly contemporary figure, trying to balance aesthetic freedom with market forces, and believing in the social power of art in an era of growing nationalism.
The Natural Enemies of Books:
A messy history of women in printing and typography
The Natural Enemies of Books is a response to the groundbreaking 1937 publication Bookmaking on the Distaff Side, which brought together contributions by women printers, illustrators, authors, printers, typographers and typesetters, highlighting the print industry’s inequalities and proposing a takeover of the history of the book.
Edited by feminist graphic design collective MMS (Maryam Fanni, Matilda Flodmark and Sara Kaaman), The Natural Enemies of Books includes newly commissioned essays and poems by Kathleen Walkup, Ida Börjel, Jess Baines, Ulla Wikander and conversations with former typesetters Inger Humlesjö, Ingegärd Waaranperä, Gail Cartmail and Megan Downey, as well as reprints of the original book and other publications.
The Natural Enemies of Books is funded by the Artistic Board and through an artist-in-residence period at Grafikens Hus, in collaboration with the Södertälje Konstnärskrets.
One and Many Mirrors:
Perspectives on Graphic Design Education
One and Many Mirrors is a compilation of writing by practitioners and educators who question the rules and hierarchies of graphic design education today. The book includes interviews with, and essays by, James Langdon, Fraser Muggeridge, Stuart Bertolotti-Bailey, Matt Galloway, Corinne Gisel, Nina Paim, Jonty Valentine, Vincent Chan, Rob Giampietro, Teal Triggs, Rathna Ramanathan and Paul Mylecharane.
Edited by two design educators – Australian designer-publisher Brad Haylock and New Zealand designer-musician Luke Wood – the book holds a mirror up to the ways in which the field of graphic design is imagined, taught, received and reproduced. This book is essential reading for all educators, students and practitioners who are concerned with where graphic design education has come from and where it might be heading.