Spin – 360°

Spin: 360° [Unit 19]
Concept: Tony Brook
Design: Spin

Edition of 2000

Spin: 360º is a portrait of one of London’s leading design studios. It is a 520pp monograph that looks in mouth-watering detail at every aspect of Spin’s work in identity, print, moving image, retail, digital and environmental graphics, as well as the studio’s self-directed activities in publishing, curating and collecting.

But it isn’t just the usual image dump of work. In fact, it’s the studio monograph reborn for the 21st century: honest, revealing and bursting with specially designed and art-directed content. Above all else, it’s a guide to survival, growth, and maintaining creative excellence over 20 years.

As well as interviews and essays by Spin’s two founders – Tony Brook and Patricia Finegan – the book has texts by Paula Scher, Stefan Sagmeister, Ben Bos, Wim Crouwel, Rick Poynor, Steven Heller, Patrick Burgoyne and artist and author Edmund de Waal.

A year in the making, Spin: 360º is Unit Editions’ most ambitious book to date. It’s essential reading for anyone who wants to lift the lid on a successful creative studio.

Specifications

Format: Hardback
Size: 203mm×258mm
Pages: 520
Colour: Four colour litho print+two Pantone colours
Special Features: Cut short dust jacket, Cover foil blocked, 120gsm Munken Lynx
ISBN 978-0-9575114-8-4

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SPIN – Adventures in Typography [Unit 31]

SPIN/Adventures in Typography [Unit 31]
Editors: Tony Brook & Adrian Shaughnessy
Design: Spin

Edition of 1000

Continuing the conversation started with the studio’s 2015 monograph SPIN 360° [Unit 19], SPIN/Adventures in Typography looks at the typographic flotsam and jetsam of Spin’s creative process; a repository for trains of thought, itches that needed to be scratched, as well as fresh new journeys.

Spread over 52 pages, SPIN/Adventures in Typography is a visual record of SPIN’s creative interests and outputs – combustive explorations not afraid to plunge into the abstract, teetering on the edge of legibility.

A journal boisterous with typographic riffs, remixes, and rearrangements – SPIN/Adventures in Typography is an invitation to engage in conversation, an ellipses rather than a full stop.

Soft back, 52pp, screen printed envelope
Size: 258mm x 203mm
Cover: Cut short foiled book cloth
Paper stock: 100gsm Fedrigoni Free Life Cento, one colour throughout
Binding: Staple bound
Special features: Three covers, black, white, silver. One colour Silkscreened plastic sleeve.
ISBN 978-0-9956664-0-5

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Paula Scher – Works (Special boxed signed edition)

Paula Scher: Works (Special boxed signed edition) [Unit 30]
Editors: Tony Brook & Adrian Shaughnessy
Design: Spin
Edition of 100

“Paula Scher is the most influential woman graphic designer on the planet”
Ellen Lupton
Abstract: The Art of Design, Netflix

This definitive, chronological visual record spans Paula’s early days in the music industry as an art director with CBS and Atlantic records; the launch of her first studio, Koppel & Scher; and her 25-year engagement with Pentagram.

The monograph is also a visual record of contemporary New York’s urban fabric, indelibly transformed by the designer’s innovative approach to environmental graphics and identity design: from MoMA to Charter Schools; from the High Line to Shake Shack.

Her logos for global corporations and cultural institutions have cemented her reputation as a giant of identity design.

A large section is devoted to the designer’s socially and politically-motivated posters, New York Times Op-Ed illustrations and campaign work.

The book also provides the most up-to-date look at Paula’s idiosyncratic hand-painted maps, an unusually prolific artistic practice complementing her still-growing graphic legacy.

In a long interview, Paula’s frank and open words lay bare the reality of design culture in the USA. The 520-page book is designed by Spin, under the creative direction of Tony Brook.

Paula, the ‘accidental postmodernist,’ has come to be seen as an emblem of American design: a ‘master conjurer of the instantly familiar.’ (ted.com)

Size: 203mm×258mm
Pages: 520pp
Print: Four colour litho
Binding: Lay-flat bound
Special Features: Screen printed board cover with edge printing. Presented in a box, signed by Paula Scher with original art.
ISBN: 9780995666412

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Paula Scher – Works

Paula Scher: Works (Hardback edition) [Unit 30]
Editors: Tony Brook & Adrian Shaughnessy
Design: Spin
Edition of 1,000

‘Paula Scher is the most influential woman graphic designer on the planet’
Ellen Lupton
Abstract: The Art of Design, Netflix

This definitive, chronological visual record spans Paula’s early days in the music industry as an art director with CBS and Atlantic records; the launch of her first studio, Koppel & Scher; and her 25-year engagement with Pentagram.

The monograph is also a visual record of contemporary New York’s urban fabric, indelibly transformed by the designer’s innovative approach to environmental graphics and identity design: from MoMA to Charter Schools; from the High Line to Shake Shack.

Her logos for global corporations and cultural institutions have cemented her reputation as a giant of identity design.

A large section is devoted to the designer’s socially and politically-motivated posters, New York Times Op-Ed illustrations and campaign work.

The book also provides the most up-to-date look at Paula’s idiosyncratic hand-painted maps, an unusually prolific artistic practice complementing her still-growing graphic legacy.

In a long interview, Paula’s frank and open words lay bare the reality of design culture in the USA. The 520-page book is designed by Spin, under the creative direction of Tony Brook.

Paula, the ‘accidental postmodernist,’ has come to be seen as an emblem of American design: a ‘master conjurer of the instantly familiar.’ (ted.com)

Size: 203mm×258mm
Pages: 520pp
Print: Four colour litho
Binding: Lay-flat bound
Special Features: Screen printed board cover with edge printing
ISBN: 9780995666412

Unit Editions

Impact 1.0 & 2.0

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Impact 1.0: Design magazines, journals and periodicals [1922–73] [Unit 27]
Impact 2.0: Design magazines, journals and periodicals [1974–2016] [Unit 28]

Editors: Tony Brook & Adrian Shaughnessy
Design: Spin/Unit Editions
Essays: Adrian Shaughnessy & Steven Heller

In these two new books you will find the covers of design magazines, journals and periodicals of all kinds. They come from different eras – the 1920s to the present day. They come from many countries – including Japan, India, Russia, Switzerland, USA and Iran. And they cover many topics – graphic design, typography, architecture, interiors, print, theory and history. But above all, they are brilliant specimens of innovative visual design.

There’s no better place to view the stylistic rollercoaster of graphic design than the covers of design magazines – it’s a fast-track education in the history of design and typography. As Steven Heller notes: “As we head deeper into the age of hand-held devices, covers will become obsolete. So, it is for this reason that preserving and archiving these documents of international design, one cover at a time, is beyond useful.”

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