“The work you do while you procrastinate is probably the work you should be doing for the rest of your life.” — Jessica Hische RIGHT NOW, FOR JESSICA Hische, that work—the work she should be doing for the rest of her life—is making letters. Right now, she sits at a computer in her Brooklyn apartment, hanging out with her two cats as she chats on the internet.
Robin Kinross occupies a unique place in design publishing. After a narrow escape from academia he became a writer and then, with no great plan in mind, a full-time publisher, an activity that gives complete expression to his practical, material and reflective concerns. There is no one in British design quite like him but, perhaps because of his restrained and self-questioning personality, he has never received the wider recognition his achievement deserves. He is not someone Design Week would be likely to phone for a quote, or that D&AD would buttonhole for a jury. Kinross would be the last person to press his case in these temples of professional design, though his body of work, for those who read him and follow the output of his Hyphen Press (hyphenpress.co.uk), exudes a quiet, corrective authority. Situated between design practice, non-academic critical writing and the university, this self-avowed ‘Froshaugian’ sets high standards of scholarly inquiry and presentation in design and typographic studies.
Although traditionally centered around 100% Design, the current rendition of the London Design Festival has offered up a spate of attractions and events for...