Design Top Five #20: Wonder Associates
Wonder Associates’ Creative Director Rob Fowler and designer Gareth Morgan say fonts for the memories, with a selection that brings classic graphic design into the digital age.
1. Gerd Arntz memory app
From 1928-1965, German graphic designer Gerd Arntz produced over 4000 pictograms, symbolising data from industry, demographics, politics and economy. Presenting a selection of 250 isotype symbols, the Gerd Arntz memory app is an enjoyable way for design and digital geeks to pass the time, and reiterates to us that simplicity rules.
“With a selection of 250 isotype symbols, the Gerd Arntz memory app reiterates to us that simplicity rules.”
2. Monocle Magazine
A plethora of magazines come and go in the Wonder studio, but none are as cherished as Monocle. We receive this monthly magazine with glee, ripping open the packaging to reveal the treat that lies within. Grid, type, illustrations, maps, infographics, colour schemes… it’s all there, entirely beautiful and crafted to perfection.
3. New Rail Alphabet by A2-Type
The drooling starts every time we go to the website for type foundry A2-Type, a venture of Henrik Kubel and Scott Williams. A2-Type recently released a batch of 12 new faces – New Rail Alphabet is a truly stunning revival. We’ll keep going back to A2-Type to fuel our passion for type; definitely one to bookmark.
4. Grain Edit
As a studio inspired by the big, bold styles of Saul Bass, Paul Rand and Charley Harper, we’re head-over-heels in love with Grain Edit. The site brings together all-time classic design work from the 1950s-1970s, along with contemporary work that draws inspiration from that era. We recommend a daily dose with your morning coffee.
5. Trademarks by Peter Wildbur
Ebay is our friend, especially when we can pick up collectable design books like Trademarks: A Handbook of International Designs by Peter Wildbur. Currently taking the prime spot on our studio bookshelves, this is a classic must-have presenting logos from around the world in 1966.
Wonder Associates is a Wilmslow-based design consultancy specialising in the arts, culture and leisure sectors