London-based Graphic Thought Facility (GTF) is emerging as one of today's most progressive and versatile design firms. Established in 1990 by Paul Neale, Andy Stevens, and Nigel Robinson, GTF has a reputation for a non-conformist approach to graphic design. Members of the firm delight in generating unique expressions that are nonetheless pragmatic, systematic design solutions. GTF seeks relevance to contemporary society through a do-it-yourself attitude that affords the studio a handmade aesthetic. Coupled with a knowledge of digital technology and an interest in new material and production methods, the firm's output is inventive and often results in unexpected outcomes that invite exploration. Whether creating exquisitely executed publications for designers such as Ron Arad and Tord Boontje, innovative exhibition designs for the Institute of Contemporary Arts, or developing marketing materials for Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London, GTF encourages us to take notice of the richness of the world around us. This beautifully illustrated catalogue is the first Art Institute of Chicago publication devoted solely to the work of a single design firm.
The Art Institute of Chicago, 2008 96 pages; 5 5/16 x 8 1/2 in. 60 color illus.