Alan Power’s Brief

5 Jan

University of Greenwich

School of Architecture and Construction Session: 2010-11

PDF: HART 1007 brief

Semester 2: Graphic Design – History and Theory HART1007 (part of GAMSWEN brief to be continued by Mark Ingham)

Course Tutor: Alan Powers

Learning outcomes

On completing the course, you will have learnt about:

• The application of typographic design in the twentieth century to signage, books and publicity.

• The use of imagination and technique in film and product design in the mid twentieth century

• The use of research material of various kinds


See GAMSWEN brief

Classes and lectures

These are held normally on Wednesdays, 9.30-11, in room H016.

12 January: London Underground and corporate identity

19 January: Jan Tschichold and European avant-garde typography

26 January: Visit to British Library exhibition ‘Evolving English – one language, many voices’ Meet at British Library, 96 Euston Road, NW1 2DB, reception area inside main entrance, 10.15am. See for directions.

2 February: Charles and Ray Eames – putting fun into function in films and furniture

9 February: Post-war graphic design – Paul Rand, Ivan Chermayeff and Alan Fletcher

Reading List

All books with shelf marks are in the Library at Avery Hill

Edward Johnston and London Transport

Barman, Christian The Man who Built London Transport: A Biography of Frank Pick, Newton Abbot, David and Charles, 1979  (Medway store) 388.40924/PII:BAR

Forty, Adrian , Objects of Desire, Design and Society 1750-1980, London, Thames and Hudson 1986 (Chapter 10: Design and Corporate Identity) 745.44941/FOR

Garland, Ken , Mr Beck’s Underground Map, London, Capital Transport, 1994 388.42904/GAR

Howes, Justin, Johnston’s Underground Type, London, Capital Transport, 2000 388.428/HOW

Johnston, Edward, Writing and Illuminating and Lettering, London, A & C Black, 1994, 745.6/JOH

Lawrence, David A Logo for London, London, Capital Transport, 2000 Oversize 388.409421/LAW

Ovenden, Mark, Metro Maps of the World, London, Capital Transport, 2005

Pevsner, Nikolaus, ‘Patient Progress One: Frank Pick’  in Nikolaus Pevsner, Studies in Art, Architecture and Design, Vol. 2: The Victorians and After, London, Thames and Hudson, 1968 Oversize 709.034/PEV

Roberts, Maxwell J, Underground Maps after Beck, London, Capital Transport, 2005, 388.42809421/ROB (The Edward Johnston Foundation)

British Library visit

David Crystal, Evolving English – one language, many voices, London, British Library, 2010

Charles and Ray Eames

The work of Charles and Ray Eames : a legacy of invention, essays by Donald Albrecht [et al.], New York, Harry N. Abrams, 2005, 745.40922/EAM:ALB

Eames, Charles, A computer perspective, Cambridge (Mass.), Harvard University Press, 1973, Maritime Greenwich 004.90904/EAM

Eames, Charles, Furniture from the design collection, the Museum of Modern Art, New York / by Arthur Drexler, New York : Museum of Modern Art, 1973 749.213/EAM:EAM

Kirkham, Pat, Charles and Ray Eames : designers of the twentieth century, London and Cambridge, Mass., MIT Press, c1995, 745.4492/EAM:KIR

Morrison, Philip, Powers of ten : a book about the relative size of things in the universe and the effect of adding another zero, New York, Scientific American Library, 1994 778.31/MOR

Steele, James, Eames House, London, Phaidon, 1994 728.37209794/STE

The Films of Charles and Ray Eames (dvd 6 discs)745.40922/FIL


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