Spin × Design Museum – High-res Special

May 13th, 2011
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Spin × Design Museum   High res Special

Spin × Design Museum   High res Special

Spin × Design Museum   High res Special

Spin × Design Museum   High res Special

Spin × Design Museum   High res Special

Spin × Design Museum   High res Special

Spin × Design Museum   High res Special

Spin × Design Museum   High res Special

Spin × Design Museum   High res Special

Spin × Design Museum   High res Special


Wim Crouwel: A Graphic Odyssey – Catalogue
Published to celebrate the major retrospective at the Design Museum in London, this catalogue offers a comprehensive overview of the work of one of the most important and influential graphic designers of the modern era.

But this is not a usual formulaic design book: instead, Crouwel’s posters, catalogues, documents, manuals – even his stamps and personal photographs – are presented in the raw, bare-concrete setting of the Crouwel archive.

As Tony Brook, the exhibition’s curator and the book’s co-editor and designer notes: ‘This approach exposes the process of making an exhibition, and of imparting the sense of discovery as archive boxes are opened to reveal hidden treasure. It also gives a greater sense of Crouwel’s work as objects that functioned in the real world rather than mere representations seen in only in books.’

The book contains an interview with Wim Crouwel conducted by Tony Brook. During the course of the discussion, Crouwel describes his early life, his formative years – including his period at Total Design – and his philosophy of design.

The book comes with three different cover photographs, and a variety of title stickers. You can select the cover image you want (stickers are random).

Spin × Design Museum   High res Special

Spin × Design Museum   High res Special

Spin × Design Museum   High res Special

Spin × Design Museum   High res Special

Spin × Design Museum   High res Special

Spin × Design Museum   High res Special


Wim Crouwel ‘C’ Portfolio – Set of Five Prints
This limited edition set of five Wim Crouwel ‘C’ prints has been designed exclusively for the Design Museum Shop by Spin and come packaged in a special presentation sleeve.

“C is for Crouwel. Under normal circumstances a C is a simple letter, but a Wim Crouwel designed letterform is a different matter altogether. The Cs I have chosen show off his love of geometry, systematic thinking and mastery of abstract form.” – Tony Brook, Spin

Spin × Design Museum   High res Special

Spin × Design Museum   High res Special

Spin × Design Museum   High res Special

Spin × Design Museum   High res Special

Spin × Design Museum   High res Special

Spin × Design Museum   High res Special


Limited edition set of posters inspired by Wim Crouwel
Unit Editions in collaboration with the Design Museum in London commissioned an international cast of graphic designers, each known for their admiration for the work of Wim Crouwel, to design a poster celebrating the major retrospective devoted to the life and work of Wim Crouwel, currently on show at the Design Museum.

The designers were commissioned to submit a poster based on the dimensions and grid of the legendary original Stedelijk Museum posters, as created by Crouwel during his time as the museum’s designer.

All the posters are silk-screened by hand and in many cases the designers have overseen the printing.

Poster 1: Designed by Spin
Poster 2: Designed by Cartlidge Levene
Poster 3: Designed by Build
Poster 4: Designed by Experimental Jetset
Poster 5: Designed by MuirMcNeil
Poster 6: Designed by Philippe Apeloig

Spin × Design Museum   High res Special


New Alphabet Rug
New Alphabet is a geometric typeface designed by Wim Crouwel and the inspiration behind this rug designed by Spin exclusively for the Design Museum Shop. Released in 1967, the typeface embraces the limitations of Cathode Ray Tube technology used by early screens and phototypesetting equipment and thus only contains horizontal and vertical strokes.

Spin × Design Museum   High res Special


Wim Crouwel Exhibition Poster
“The decision to use Crouwel designed C’s and give them a new context, is a simple premise. Of course C is for Crouwel – and under normal circumstances a C is a simple and unimpressive letter, but a Wim Crouwel designed letterform is of course a different matter altogether. The C’s I chose show off Crouwel’s love of geometry, his systematic thinking and his mastery of abstract form. By making new images out of these forms I hope I gave them a contemporary context that reinforces his relevance to today.” – Tony Brook

It’s been a while since I’ve featured anything Spin related on SI. But seeing as the ‘Wim Crouwel, A Graphic Odyssey’ Exhibition is still running at the Design Museum (until 3rd July) I thought it would be nice to feature a large selection of print Spin designed to accompany the exhibition including a few exclusive images that aren’t available elsewhere online – all in high-resolution of course :)

Also included in this feature (besides the Spin stuff) are the Crouwel inspired posters because I figured: hey, if you dear reader or even myself, wants to buy one or more of these posters, it would be nice to see a nice big image before I click on the purchase button ;)

Big thank you once again to Natasha at Spin & Unit Editions for making this feature possible.

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10 Comments

  1. Such a wonderful exhibition, if you haven’t been then GO!
    it’s so good to see such a large retrospect of Wim Crouwel’s work, but also it has been curated in such a beautiful way, every aspect of the show has been meticulously crafted, well done Spin. I also had the privilege of attending the Ben Bos/8vo talk ‘working with Wim’ which was excellent, it was surreal to be in the same room as designers, who’s ideas and work have shaped my thoughts, and to hear the stories behind the work was very inspirational.

  2. Very much wish I could make this exhibition. As a consolation I’ll have to settle for the Unit Editions catalogue.

  3. Once again I’m impressed by these lovely designs !!
    thank you guys

  4. very very nice !!

  5. Wim Crouwel ‘C’ Portfolio – Set of Five Prints Packaging Fail.

    http://a.yfrog.com/img612/192/l61ig.jpg

    http://a.yfrog.com/img611/3193/zobtz.jpg

  6. David

    @Leigh – That is really unfortunate! I’m guessing that happened in a tightly packed box on it’s way to the Design Museum shop… I’ve used manila envelopes many times before and my documents have never suffered that same fate your prints have (probably because I avoid placing anything heavy on the the front!)

  7. Tomas

    I did not see that Limited Edition of 5 in the shop!
    I was indeed a beautiful exhibition..

  8. Andy

    Hmmmm visually great stuff, but the muirmoneil designed poster seriously looks like it has male reproductive organs nestled in the centre of the Ws and Ms….

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