Icon - Neville Brody and Fuse

We love our library of books at Laundry and none as much as when we make a new purchase. Fuse 1-20 is such a book. We should of course have bought it before now, but having finally bought it, we absolutely love it. All it stood for during the years of publication and what is still stands for as an inspiration and guide to daily design life.

So the book itself arrives in a beautiful box just like the original magazine did. The anticipation start from there and gets better and better as you read each glorious issue bound in this book and admire the beautiful artwork created by the designers around their ground breaking fonts.

The Magazine Fuse was founded by Neville Brody, one of the world's leading typeface designers. In 1991, in collaboration with Jon Wozencroft, Brody started "FUSE", an experimental design and typeface annual with the ambition to innovate and explore the boundaries of the subject. Over the years, the collaborative worked with fellow typographers from around the world, making "FUSE" a sought-after collector's item. Each issue contained a selection of new typefaces, as well as essays on design by leading writers posters featuring the fonts. More than just a book, this is a design object complete with posters to decorate your walls. It is the legacy created by the best contemporary thinkers on typeface design. This book includes: 10 posters for the last 2 editions of "FUSE" as seen in the originals; keycard with code to download fonts from issue 19 and 20 ( which are great ); complete out-of-print issues 1 to 18 compiled in a book designed by Neville Brody; and, posters designed by the most innovative graphic designers in the last two decades.

To commemorate the release of issue 20, TASCHEN brings you a complete compendium of all the issues. Exclusive to this publication are FUSE19 and FUSE20, two newly-commissioned and never-before published issues, in the form of 10 A2 posters and 24 downloadable fonts, making this boxed edition a collector's item. This is the legacy created by the best contemporary thinkers on typeface design: the list of contributors to FUSE reads like a who’s who of typographic design, from Erik Spiekermannto Stefan Sagmeister, Peter Saville, Jonathan Barnbrook and Tobias Frere-Jones, plus many more. Editorial contributors include Adrian Shaughnessy and Jon Wozencroft.

Our advice at Laundry, is buy it now and add it to your collection.

Neville Brody is an internationally renowned designer, typographer, art director, brand strategist, educator and founder of the Research Studios network (www.researchstudios.com). In addition to lecturing and contributing to a variety of cultural and educational initiatives, Brody works both independently and alongside Research Studios designers on commercial and privately commissioned projects. In 2010 Brody was awarded a Special Commendation by Prince Philip for his Design Council: Designer of the Year Prize and was made a Fellow of the University of the Arts, London his alma mater. In 2011 The Museum of Modern Art in New York selected Brody’s font Blur as part of its permanent design collection. Brody was also made a Royal Designer for Industry (RDI) by the Royal Society of Arts in November that year, joining many of his peers in the creative sector. Brody is the Dean of Department for Visual Communications at the Royal College of Art, Vice-President of the D&AD and chair for their education sub-committee. He also sits on the BBC Online Creative Advisory Board and is a member of the film education advisory board to the DCMS.

Jon Wozencroft is a Senior Tutor for the Visual Communication Programme at The Royal Collage of Arts in London. He is the author of The Graphic Language of Neville Brody 1 & 2, and set up FUSE with Brody in 1991. In 1982 Jon Wozencroft founded the audiovisual publisher Touch, to push the powerful chemistry between sound and visual media. His photography and design work has appeared in a number of publications, including Fax Art, Sampler, G1, Merz to Emigre and Beyond and most recently Cover Art By. Wozencroft has also taught at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, The London College of Printing, and has given lectures at numerous art colleges and universities around the world.

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