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jon

Hey,

I like the pictures!! nice angle..

I think I understand why this is the best graphic design.

Cheers

davidthedesigner

It's the design disease I know http://noisydecentgraphics.typepad.com/design/2006/12/the_disease_of_.html , but I keep going back to your first picture and seeing the

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sign in Gill Sans Condensed and it upsets me. Shouldn't a design museum know better than to do that?

Richard

I know what you mean David, it is something that would usually make me shudder. I've always presumed that they were going for that Bauhaus look:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Bauhaus.JPG

Which in Dessau at least, I think, looks kind of beautiful.

davidthedesigner

I've never had any doubt that they were referencing the Bauhaus 'look' - and it's been described as 'housed in a former 1940's banana warehouse, which was altered beyond recognition in the conversion to resemble a building in the International Modernist style of the 1930s'.

But the first principle of the Bauhaus was that 'form follows function', which is precisely why the Dessau sign looks spot-on and why the Thames-side one looks crap.

Richard

Now come off the fence David. Do you like it or not?

davidthedesigner

All you have to do is ask yourself:- if Alan Fletcher were to have designed the external signage for the Design Museum would he have chosen to do it vertically in Gill Sans Condensed? No, he damn well wouldn't - he would have done something a 1,000 times better.

Maybe even something as good as the 1,000-letter fa├žade (he said modestly, plugging his own blog).

Richard

I think he'd have knocked up one of those collages!

(Only joking).

Lebowski

Sorry, very late to this one, but I think there's a lot of examples within the Design Museum of poor design, or at the very least missed opportunities. For example, they should have the most interesting tickets of any museum in London, but they're just bog standard ones like you get elsewhere. Plus the typeface as you've mentioned above.

As an aside, I think it's always a good discipline to ask, "What Would Alan (Fletcher) Do?". In fact, that might make quite a good t-shirt.

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