Latest pieces for Fine Books magazine: Marie Neurath, Dove Cottage, Unlocking the Archive
Fine Books & Collections magazine's website. Click the links to read my three most recent pieces about graphic designer/transformer Marie Neurath, a unique chance to visit Wordsworth's Dove Cottage, and hands-on fun at Renaissance Book Discovery Days. Here's a snippet:
Modern British graphic design owes a significant debt to the work of German-born Marie Neurath, an excellent display of which finishes early next month at the House of Illustration in London. Marie Neurath: Picturing Science showcases the work she did from the 1940s to the 1970s working initially with her husband Otto on what they called Isotypes (‘international system of typographic picture education’). These were a mixture of infographics and diagrams, mainly about science subjects, which were used in more than 80 schoolbooks throughout the UK, although they were also popular in translation in Italian, Japanese, and French. Neurath described her work as a ‘transformer,’ refashioning information into pictorial form, rather than a graphic artist.