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Some Posters from the NGV
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Designed by
Stuart Geddes
Best Designed Fully-Illustrated Book over $50
National Gallery of Victoria

About the Designer

Stuart Geddes is a graphic designer and occasional publisher, mostly of books, and occasionally other kinds of projects (magazines and journals, exhibitions and websites). He also co-publishes/edits/designs/prints motorcycle magazine Head Full of Snakes, and is an industry fellow, researcher and PhD candidate at RMIT University.

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Design Rationale

This book presents and discusses a selection of posters created by and for the NGV between 1963–1985. It manages to be an archive of posters, a history of the gallery, and a discussion of graphic design in Australia during a key period of its professionalisation. The simple idea that organises this book is the choice of a two-sided poster paper. The white (coated) side is for poster reproductions, the blue (uncoated) side is for discussing those posters. The typography is structured but casual, using an almost anonymous Grotesque and Ionic combination that is present in many of the posters.

230 x 320 mm
No. pages
Special finishes
The text pages of this book (about posters) are printed on a two-sided paper, made specifically for posters, it is white and coated on the front (for printing) and uncoated and blue on the reverse (uncoated for absorbing glue and blue for blocking show-through). This paper, though not made for handling, is surprisingly beautiful to touch. The book is bound using Ota-binding with cold-set glue, to allow the pages to lie flat. The cover is printed in a duotone black on a bold pink stock with a white foil for the title.
Internal Design
Stuart Geddes
National Gallery of Victoria
Stuart Geddes
Lenoirschuring Studio en Drukkerij Voor Ontwerpers
Megan Patty and Stuart Geddes