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.