Impact 2.0: Design magazines, journals and periodicals [1974–2016]


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Impact 2.0 is a collection of outstanding design magazine covers published between 1974 and 2016. There's simply no better place to view the stylistic roller coaster of graphic design than the covers of design magazines—they serve as a fast-track education in the history of design and typography and as a rich visual reference. Yet Steven Heller notes: “As we head deeper into the age of hand-held devices, covers will become obsolete. So, it is for this reason that preserving and archiving these documents of international design, one cover at a time, is beyond useful.”

This volume includes covers designed and art directed by a galaxy of international designers, including: 8vo, APFEL, Neville Brody, Seymour Chwast, The Designers Republic, Simon Esterson, Experimental Jetset, Armin Hofmann, Max Kisman, Zuzana Licko, Domenic Lippa, Herb Lubalin, Karel Martens, Na Kim, Non-Format, Rudy VanderLans, Wolfgang Weingart, Matt Willey and many, many others. 

Also includes interviews with James Biber (Biber Architects), Patrick Burgoyne (Creative Review), Kirsty Carter and Emma Thomas (APFEL), Iker Gil (Mas Context), Mark Holt (Octavo), Will Hudson (It’s Nice That), Kiyonori Muroga (Idea), Hans-Dieter Reichardt (Baseline), Caroline Roberts (Grafik), Deyan Sudjic (Design Museum) and Rudy VanderLans (Emigre); and an essay “The Language of Design Magazine Covers,” by Steven Heller.

The works included are drawn from the collections of the University of the Creative Arts (UCA) archive in Epsom, UK, and the Herb Lubalin Study Center of Design and Typography in New York City.

Edited by Tony Brook and Adrian Shaughnessy

Designed by Spin/Unit Editions

Published by Unit Editions
Printed in an edition of 3000 copies

384 pages, 5-color printing with lay-flat binding, 7.25 × 9.25 inches

ISBN: 978-0-9932316-9-8

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