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Colophon (Amsterdam, NL) is the publishing imprint and studio established by graphic designer David Bennewith (NZ) in 2007. With a focus on typography, Bennewith researches the conceptual and visual history of letterforms in order to contextualize their development and use in contemporary design practice. The studio's publications are nearly all driven by content that he is solely responsible for, be it writing and/or research. His current project is "Latent Stare" at the Jan Van Eyck Academie (Maastricht, NL).
A And by William H. Gass. The first in a series of octavo-sized publications dedicated to the typographical "And" and "&," this is a re-print of the literary critic's famous 1986 essay on that essential conjunction. Design by Denise Bertschi with David Bennewith. Co-published with Silver Fern Press. 4.25" x 6.75", 40 pages. Edition of 300. $10. Add to cart
B Hey Now! by Jens Schildt. A representation of found ampersands, photographed by Mr. Shildt. Design by Jens Schildt and David Bennewith Co-published with Silver Fern Press. Second in the series. 4.25" x 6.75", 16 pages. Edition of 300. $10. Add to cart
C Connect. A popular game created in 1969 by Ken Garland and Associates for the James Galt Toy Company, this publication reconstructs a printed sheet from the original. The text includes an interview conducted at Mr. Garland’s home studio (2006), information from which Mr. Bennewith conflates the game's logic and purpose with elements of his own design process, elucidating deep knowledge of both content and material, theories of de/reconstruction, and form as inalienable from production.
Conception, editing, layout, typesetting by David Bennewith / Colophon. Text by Garland and Bennewith. Typeset in AG Book Rounded by Günter Gerhard Lange, 1980. Edition of 500. Hardback, 13.5" x 9.5". 8 pages, plus colophon. $25. Add to cart
D Envisaging Vocational Rehabilitation. PhD candidate Joanna Fadyl and artist Simon Denny collaborated on research and interpretation of complicated information into a visual language, a functioning document created for a practical purpose. Together with Bennewith, the Facebook timeline is appropriated as a humanistic protocol for life organization, one that is popularly recognized as a background for "usefulness." The project's diverse elements are brought together in a kind of information hierarchy that aims for maximum usability and communication, two basic, twin elements of both design and rehabilitative practices. Edition of 300. 8 page fold-out, 12.75" x 9.5". $40. Add to cart