Graphis 180, Franco Grignani, 1976
A rare copy of Graphis 180 with a striking cover by and feature on the legendary Italian designer Franco Grignani.
Issue: Number 180
Size: 300mm × 235mm
Format: Soft Cover Magazine
Language: English, German & French
Condition: Good. Discolouration with age.
Graphis Magazine was first published in 1944 in Switzerland. It was bought out in 1986 and headquartered in New York, where it resides today. The magazine's mix of graphic design and visual culture and advertising made it a useful resource in which to keep up with the changes in and pioneers of the creative industries before the internet. From the magazine books and annuals were released, and followed with a awards programme. It continues publishing today, with online portal and digital access to its vast archive of magazines.
The covers and content of Graphis have been diverse, however, for graphic designers, it has to be those issues that deliver, through a simplicity of form and colour, that have their most powerful effect. These include covers by Yusaku Kamekura and Fritz Gottschalk and this one by Franco Grignani. Inside, the article "A Methodology of Vision" explores the work of Grignani and his interest in the intersections of of art, design and research. Although short in text, is strong in clearly defining and articulating the ideas present in his work, and is illustrated with five of his pieces. The article is supported by the material, as this section is marked by a heavier uncoated substrate, amongst the lighter glossy pages of the rest of the magazine.