Gavin Turk New Art Close-Up 2

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Date:

2004

Artist:

Graphic Thought Facility
British, founded 1990

About this artwork

Cohesive layouts and modular frameworks provide the underpinning of an identity in a publication series. Each of these three series illustrates different frameworks employed by the British graphic design firms Graphic Thought Facility (GTF) and A Practice for Everyday Life (APFEL). Identical elements such as the use of typeface, color, and layout combined with unique components such as photography or color to distinguish one edition from another are featured in each series. British-based GTF used a unique, folded tab cover that shapes the framework of design for the New Art Up-Close series on internationally known living artists. The tabs hold the information of the publication—the title on the front cover and the description and ISBN number on the back cover. Behind the tabs, full bleed prints of the artist’s work fill the front cover with a portrait of the artist on the back. In the Exhibition Histories series, the approach by APFEL is straightforward, with a consistent layout and typeface; each edition is distinguished by a unique color for the text and spine. The Happy Hypocrite, also designed by APFEL, unifies the varied full-bleed graphics that wrap each cover with the same placement and typeface for the title of each book. However, the fifth edition diverges from this format—the title of the book is enlarged and wraps around to the back cover as part of the background image, yet still retains essential components of the framework to identify with the series. These designers use multiple approaches to insert distinguishing characteristics in order to develop unique editions within a unified series.

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Architecture and Design

Artist

Graphic Thought Facility

Title

Gavin Turk New Art Close-Up 2

Origin

England

Date

2004

Medium

Paper

Dimensions

15 x 11 x .6 cm (5 15/16 x 4 5/16 x 1/4 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Graphic Thought Facility

Reference Number

2008.433

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