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Life is an Escapade

Baines, Phil (2010) Life is an Escapade. In: Escapade, 3-4th April 2009, Fachhochschule Dormund.

Type of Research: Conference, Symposium or Workshop Item
Creators: Baines, Phil
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Phil Baines

Research Interests

Graphic design
Public lettering
Penguin Books

Current Research

My design practice includes high profile, one-off commissions; general graphic design for arts organisations; and type design. Underlying themes include an interest in history and experimentation, and in the relationship between form and content.

History and experimentation are most obvious in the award-winning ‘Great Ideas’ cover designs for Penguin Books. Two series of these have been published (2004 & 2005) with a third being prepared.

Ideas about form and content inform my approach to book and publication design and vary according to the requirements of a particular client. For some, my hand is almost invisible and the design arises out of careful collaborative discussions between myself, the gallery, and the artist or curator as appropriate; on other occasions, a more subjective approach is taken.

A commission by Neville Brody for his ‘Fuse’ project in 1991 led me into type design, and that first font gained considerable notoriety, and subsequent wider exposure as a 'Fuse Classic' when released by Fontshop International. In 2003 Linotype released Vere Dignum. Other fonts are in various stages of production or feature in my own design.

My research interests are of two main kinds. One strand is closely related to my practice and includes aspects of graphic design history. Penguin by design has become central to this research, and investigation into different aspects of the company's design continues.

The other strand is an on-going photographic documentation of aspects of public lettering and signing. Much of this is in collaboration with Catherine Dixon and has resulted in articles, a book, website and many presentations. Current work includes documentation of the King's Cross railway lands.

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Your affiliations with UAL: Colleges > Central Saint Martins
Date: 2010
Event Location: Fachhochschule Dormund
Projects or Series: Research Outputs Review (April 2010 - April 2011)
Date Deposited: 14 Jul 2010 13:11
Last Modified: 06 Oct 2011 14:38
Item ID: 2182
URI: https://ualresearchonline.arts.ac.uk/id/eprint/2182

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