Paul Neale, Andrew Stevens
G.T.F Graphic Thought Facility – Bits World
With text by Emily King
Selected in “AIGA 50 books/50 covers 2002 competition”
15×21 cm, 48 pp. + 16 pp. text
16 colour illustrations & 32 duo. illustrations
PVC embossed Jacket
An exploration of the ideas, themes and solutions that re-occur in the work of graphic designers Paul Neale and Andrew Stevens. They form GTF “Graphic Thought Facility” and their work profiled here includes: Posters, marketing material, packaging, publications, invitations, exhibitions graphics, etc. for: Oki Nami Restaurant, Habitat UK Limited, Counter Editions, Mighty Productions, Focal Point Gallery, The British Council, Booth-Clibborn Editions, The National Glass Centre, Antoni & Alison, Royal College of Art, London College of Printing, Institute of Contemporary Arts, The Science Museum.
“…This small boos, the third in the “directions” series from swiss publisher Capelli, surveys ten years’work of the london studio Graphic Thought Facility. GTF has no instantly recognisable hallmark style, more an impressive consistency of method. In its projects, the possibilities and limitations of the chosen method are always paramount, as this book well demonstrates. The commissions were laid out on the studio floor and photographed on the same scale, so that each page is a window on a big photographic set which you see in its entirety only at the end of the book. Text and captions are in a separate booklet.”
Review from: Abitare 412
Graphic Thought Facility – Bits World
The third edition of “directions-collection” introduces the work of the London agency “Graphic Thought Facility”, which has made itself a name through, amongst others, exhibition design for the London Science Museum, book design for the Booth-Clibborn Editions, and work for Habitat. Inspiring and stimulating through novel ideas in layout and presentation – highly recommendable.
In der dritten ausgabe der “directions-collection” werden Arbeiten der Londoner Agentur “Graphic Thought Facility” vorgestellt, die sich unter anderem einen Namen durch Ausstellungsdesigns für das London’s Science Museum, mit Buchgestaltungen für die Booth-Clibborn Editions sowie mit Arbeiten für Habitat gemacht hat. Schöne Anregungen, ungewöhnliche Aufmachung – empfehlenswert.
Review from: Novum 12/2001
Graphic Thought Facility – Bits World
This small boos, the third in the “directions” series from swiss publisher Capelli, surveys ten years’work of the london studio Graphic Thought Facility.
GTF has no instantly recognisable hallmark style, more an impressive consistency of method. In its projects, the possibilities and limitations of the chosen method are always paramount, as this book well demonstrates. The commissions were laid out on the studio floor and photographed on the same scale, so that each page is a window on a big photographic set which you see in its entirety only at the end of the book. Text and captions are in a separate booklet.
Review from: Abitare 412
GTF Bits World
Intelligent life on planet design monograph
“When repro and print become more cost effective, the quantity, size and weight of design portfolio books shoot up, threatening the shelf space and floorboard strength of any mildly interested buyer. GCE is a company that has bucked this trend by producing carefully conceived graphic design books in a small (A5) format, and at a modest price. To their credit, this is not a straightjacket:”
Bits World by GTF (see Reputations, Eye no. 39 vol. 10) shows all the design group’s work laid out on the floor of an enormous space, photographed by a contraption of their own invention, in a 48-page book of colour and black and white snaps. A sixteen-page pamphlet, tucked into the back pocket of the embossed plastic outer cover, captions all the work and includes an essay by Emily King, who compares GTF’s Paul Neale and Andy Stevens to mad inventors from the late-Victorian and early Edwardian eras, beguiled by the unpredictable results of their ingenuity.
Review from: Eye 42, by Martin Soames
DESIGN MUSEUM, LONDON
SOMEWHERE TOTALLY ELSE
European Design Biennial
27 September 2003 to 4 January 2004
The Design Museum is celebrating the best of European contemporary design in Somewhere Totally Else – European Design Biennial, the first of a series of exhibitions featuring the most exciting and innovative design projects to have been produced in Europe in the past two years.
Exploring every area of design – from the ‘office of the future’ that the French designers Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec have dreamt up for Vitra, and the Trent 80 engine developed by Rolls-Royce’s design engineers for the new A380 double-decker jumbo jet which promises to revolutionise air travel, to the hottest couture collection and a 27p stamp – the Biennial will be a must-see exhibition running from 27 September 2003 to 4 January 2004.
The Design Museum’s first Biennial comes at a time of unprecedented public interest in design when, thanks to advances in technology, we can choose to change the way we lead our lives: by living and working in the same place, for example, or working while we travel. The same new technologies are enabling today’s designers to work more creatively than ever before. The theme of Somewhere Totally Else – originally the title of an essay by the design theorist Reyner Banham – is to show how inspiring and innovative design can transform our daily lives for the better.
As well as offering Design Museum visitors a whistle-stop tour of the most exciting innovations in European design, the Biennial will encourage them to question their perceptions of ‘good’ and ‘bad’ design. Some exhibits will be chosen because they look great, others for practicality, their positive impact on the environment or ingenious use of technology. While featuring work by famous designers, Somewhere Totally Else will also introduce Europe’s rising design stars and unearth anonymously designed products, which, like everything else in the exhibition, will exemplify excellence in design. Visitors will be able to voice their opinions by voting on what they consider to be the best – and worst – examples of different aspects of design in the Biennial.