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5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant book look back at a truly influential publication, 5 May 2012
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This review is from: Fuse (Paperback)
I wasn't lucky enough to be in the Graphic Design industry when Neville Brody and Jon Wozencroft first published Fuse in 1990. Over the years I have managed to acquire an edition here and there when I can as they are so rare and sought after these days.

For those who aren't familiar with Fuse, it was conceived as a strike back at a time when typography had reached an arguably 'stale' state, a slump. It was a truly experimental publication with each issue including five posters and a floppy disc housing a few fonts in all manner of styles; usually by four designers who responded to the overall title or theme of the issue: 'Codes', 'Crash', Freeform' etc. With an introductory essay by Wozencroft or Brody, then a feature on the designers thought processes when they were building the font. Experimentation in its truest sense.

This publication by Taschen has every edition: from Invention to Antimatter plus 19 and 20 in the form of posters and downloadable fonts made available through a code card included in the box which was designed by Brody, and is essentially the same housing as every edition was published which is a great touch.
It features a foreword by Brody, an introduction by Wozencroft and another by Adrian Shaughnessy aptly titled 'Wreckers of Typographic Civilisation'.
The overall structure and design of the book is impressive, every edition is reproduced word for word, but also showing digitals of scaled down original page spreads, which often have example images linked to what is being discussed.

Included in the box are 10 quality printed posters designed by the likes of Eboy, Neville Brody, Jonathan Barnbrook and Stefan Sagmeister to accompany certain editions. What was also very useful to me was the index of designers.
The book itself is bound in a way where you can lay it flat open at any page without it flicking shut which is a nice touch by Taschen, and the quality of printing is impressive as usual for them.

So if you're a fan of Fuse this is a must, if you're new to Fuse this is, in recent history a milestone in typographic design and thought.
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