Taken by Design: Photographs from the Institute of Design, 1937–1971

Taken by Design: Photographs from the Institute of Design, 1937–1971

studio blue, Chicago, Illinois, 2001

Description

The seminal photography program at Chicago’s Institute of Design was begun by Moholy-Nagy in the 1930s and developed by photographic greats Harry Callahan and Aaron Siskind into the 1970s.

We tried to capture the school’s philosophy of documentation and experimentation in this catalogue—pairing large documentary images of the school with graphic, straightforward typography, while using our own photographs of light and type for titles and chapter openers. Titles wrap the book’s spine and pages, and book boards are thin and flexible, referencing the school’s time- and motion-based work.

Collections: 50 Books/50 Covers of 2001
Discipline: Book design
Format: Book cover

Credits

Design firm
studio blue
Creative directors
Kathy Fredrickson, Cheryl Towler Weese, Gail Wiener
Designers
Jake Gardner, Inga Naden, Kayo Takasugi, Sue Walsh, Cheryl Towler Weese, Gail Wiener
Typographic photography
Matt Simpson, Gail Wiener
Production coordinator
Sarah Guernsey
Trim size
8 1/2 x 12 inches
Pages
272
Typefaces
Gothic 13, HTF Champion, News Gothic
Printer
Amilcare Pizzi
Paper
Larius
Binding method
Flexi-bound, paper over thin board
Authors
Elizabeth Siegel, David Travis
Publishers
The Art Institute of Chicago, University of Chicago Press
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