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Manuals 1 and 2. Design & Identity Guidelines

Contributed by Thomas Hirter on Oct 16th, 2019. Artwork published in .
    Manuals 1 and 2. Design & Identity Guidelines 1
    Source: http://plenum.ru plenum.ru. License: All Rights Reserved.

    Manuals is a comprehensive study of corporate identity manuals from the golden era of identity design, published by Unit Editions in two volumes. They are carefully curated collections of 20th-century style guides, or, as Steven Heller calls them, “sacred texts, revered for how they help shift graphic design from simply an intuitive practice to a rigorously strategic one.”

    In today’s landscape, designers rely on digital templates to implement brand identities – fast, accurate and easily updatable, these digital manuals are now obligatory. But, in the eyes of many, we have lost something in the transition to digital style guides, and there is a growing recognition that the great printed standards manuals from the pre-digital era deserve a better fate than to be junked. — Unit Editions

    Both books are entirely set in T-Star, which convinces as a straightforward title and body-copy typeface. With its low contrast and technical appearance, it’s a perfect match for a compilation of design manuals.

    Hardback, 260mm×310mm. Screen printed clothbound cover with 1-color Pantone® wrap.

    Manuals 1: Design & Identity Guidelines was published in 2014 and sold out shortly after. It was reprinted in 2016.
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    Manuals 1: Design & Identity Guidelines was published in 2014 and sold out shortly after. It was reprinted in 2016.

    Manuals 1: Design & Identity Guidelines was published in 2014 and sold out shortly after. It was reprinted in 2016.
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    Manuals 1, table of contents.

    Manuals 1: Design & Identity Guidelines was published in 2014 and sold out shortly after. It was reprinted in 2016.
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    New York City Transport Authority Graphics Standards Manual.

    Manuals 1: Design & Identity Guidelines was published in 2014 and sold out shortly after. It was reprinted in 2016.
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    Chapter opening for an essay about the U.S. Department of Labor, by Paricia Belen & Greg D’Onofrio.

    Manuals 1: Design & Identity Guidelines was published in 2014 and sold out shortly after. It was reprinted in 2016.
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    Manuals 1, spine.

    Manuals 1: Design & Identity Guidelines was published in 2014 and sold out shortly after. It was reprinted in 2016.
    Source: https://kickstarter.com uniteditions.com. License: All Rights Reserved.

    Manuals 2 is a companion volume to Manuals 1. First published in a limited run in 2014, the book sold out almost immediately. A second printing is made available in October 2019.

    Manuals 1: Design & Identity Guidelines was published in 2014 and sold out shortly after. It was reprinted in 2016.
    Source: https://uniteditions.tumblr.com Unit Editions. License: All Rights Reserved.

    Manuals 2, cover.

    Manuals 1: Design & Identity Guidelines was published in 2014 and sold out shortly after. It was reprinted in 2016.
    Source: https://uniteditions.tumblr.com Unit Editions. License: All Rights Reserved.

    Manuals 2, table of contents.

    Manuals 1: Design & Identity Guidelines was published in 2014 and sold out shortly after. It was reprinted in 2016.
    Source: https://uniteditions.com uniteditions.com. License: All Rights Reserved.

    Quote by Sean Wolcott.

    Manuals 1 and 2. Design & Identity Guidelines 11
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