London based publisher, Unit Editions was founded out of a collaboration between Adrian Shaughnessy, one of the most renowned design writers, and Tony Brook, the man behind Spin, a design studio with a pedigree for fantastic book design. The result has been a publisher that creates books for graphic designers by graphic designers. Unit Editions, have often accredited much of its success to the fact their books are put together by people who love design, love talking about it, and are passionate about their work, something that is once again demonstrated in their latest release Unit 9.
Unit 9 is entitled Ken Garland: Structure and Substance, and offers the first comprehensive monograph on the entire career of legendary English designer Ken Garland, from student exercises in the 1950s, to his self-published photography books of recent years. The biographical essay, written by Adrian Shaughnessy and accompanied by rare personal photographs, touches on the many sides of Garland: the ethical and political designer; the writer; the teacher; the photographer. It is underpinned by interviews with his contemporaries and peers, and Garland himself co-operated with all aspects of the production of this book.
Now in his eighties, Garland is still as relevant to the (design) community today as he was when he published his famous First Things First manifesto in 1964. He has a strong following amongst young designers and frequently lectures to large audiences, captivating them with his highly personal approach.
The book is available to pre-order here from Monday October 29th, and will be shipped from December 3rd.
Make sure to order soon, as the first 100 people to pre-order will get a signed copy by Ken Garland.