Baseline sets out to reflect all aspects of type, including its design, history, use, and links to the graphic, art and craft scenes. The magazine’s contents are deliberately eclectic. It publishes historical and new material, from academic as well as journalistic sources. This means that the magazine provides a rich mixture of articles and reference materials. The editorial stance is open, valuing especially originality of thought, while giving due weight to academic research. It has a distinct personality, lending emphasis to humanism. It is neither superficial nor artificially analytical. The magazine is highly regarded for it’s use of materials and production values.
Hello and welcome to our new issue of Baseline, issue 61. Please excuse the wait for this issue. This was due to ‘Olympic’ duties. Baseline has been involved in the creation and organisation of ‘Munich ’72 – Design Legacy’. The Symposium and Exhibition focused on the iconographic visual identity of the 1972 Munich Olympic Games, created by Otl Aicher and his design team. We start the issue with an analytical and critical book review by our editorial advisor Ian McLaren. Reading letters – designing for legibility is by Sofie Beier and published by the Dutch publisher BIS. Following is an eclectic selection of 11 books on the subject of design, which we want to share with you.