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Cover: Collage: ‘The Raw Materials of Fiction’ and ‘Deconstruction and the typography of books’. Design by HDR Visual Communication


Editorial Hans Dieter Reichert & Mike Daines

The fact that this is issue 25 of Baseline gives us cause to look over our shoulders at the development of or journal, and its contents. Contents which prove, time and time again, the many ways in which type, typography and the craft of lettering remain at the heart of the graphic arts.

This Baseline contains the breadth of subject matter typical of our previous issues. Opening with Stephen Banham’s health check on Australian typographics, we moved on to Iva Janákovás analysis, and celebration of the burgeoning Czech graphics scene, led by a new generation of thinking designers.

Regular contributor Margot Coatts discovers two emerging letterers, who provide more evidence of the continuing development of the craft, while architect Patrick O’Keeffe examines the use of lettering from a different angle: its use in the signing of buildings.

Seeing the remarkably detailed type mark-ups of leading advertising typographer David Wakefield reminds us of at least one area where technology is having an impact on traditional skills, while academic Gérard Mermoz’s article on de-constructed book typography, and Alice Twemlow’s description of the mass observation project, absorb us in the variety of approaches to typography.

Our lexicon concludes with sections T–Z, as our review pages are dedicated to an exceptionally worthy publication, Handlines.

So, the mix much as before, reminders of the breadth of our world of type, its values and its intricacies.

Hans Dieter Reichert & Mike Daines

Reviews Editorial team
The problem of Koala Sans (Young Designers in Australia) Stephen Banham
The Search of continuity – young Czech designers Iva Janáková
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The 1990s witnessed a dramatic crystallization of Czech graphic design. The discipline had been already severely disrupted by the post-revolutionary transformation of society. All former professional structures collapsed, as did numerous associations, institutions and magazines. The resulting vacuum was filled by a multitude of private groups and companies. Rather than giving commissions to the former design elite, inexperienced clients went for the readily available services of the new computer dilettantes whose work seemed to swamp the whole genre…

Iva Janáková

British Discipline (lettercutting of Sarah More and Una Sullivan) Margot Coatts
In Darkest England – the raw materials of fiction Alice Twemlow
David Wakefield – detail matters Mike Daines
Scripts and Signs Patrick O’Keefe
Deconstruction and the Typography of Books Gérard Mermoz
Lexicon of Typematters (T–Z) Editorial team

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