Modern Typography in Britain

Graphic Design, Politics, and Society, Typography Papers 8

Stuart Hall, Paul Stiff


     8.5 × 11.7 in (21.6 × 29.7 cm)
160 pages
Publication date: 5/1/2009
Rights: North and South America only
ISBN: 9780907259398

Typography Papers 8 is a special issue devoted to modernity in British typography. Graphic design in Britain from World War II through the 1970s is reconsidered not simply as a matter of style, but as a visible form of social philosophy and an optimistic claim on enlightenment. The issue's centerpiece is a revised version of British sociologist Stuart Hall's 1972 essay on the illustrated magazine Picture Post. Other topics include recollections of designing and politics; graphic design for the campaign for nuclear disarmament; and a history of the pioneering British book packager Adprint. Typography Papers 8 is derived from the findings of the Optimism of Modernity, a research project begun in 2004 by the Department of Typography & Graphic Communication of the University of Reading.

Stuart Hall, one of the most distinguished British sociologists, was the founding editor of New Left Review; he is now in retirement from the Open University.

Paul Stiff teaches at the University of Reading, where he leads a research project on "The Optimism of Modernity," of which this special issue of Typography Papers is a byproduct.

David Lambert worked for Adprint, the pioneering British book-packager.

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