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The Face, nº 53, September 1984

“At the beginning of the 1980s, graphic design and pop culture fused with the future in all its forms, as pure commerce, as a way to get a glimpse of the future, of new forms of social identities and economic organization. You can see the history of the UK in the 1980s through Neville Brody’s designs for magazines The Face and Arena. The layouts with multiple points of entry for the reader in early issues of The Face are very much post-punk -spiky and also dynamic. You can see it in some of the contents page, were the typeface begins to disintegrate and deconstruct itself. If The Face was documenting a culture, it did so within its internal magazine architecture. Like the nation itself, in search of a new narrative, it sought out a new way of telling stories.”

 

Rick Poynor, ed. Communicate: independent British graphic design since the sixties. London: Barbican Art Gallery: Laurence King, 2004 (225-226)