Graphis Gets Back on Schedule (Ironic That a Swiss Publication Should Get Off Schedule in the First Place)

Graphis was launched, rather optimistically, in Zurich in 1944 at the height of the Allied advance on Germany. In the following decades, the journal and founding editor Walter Herdeg were among the foremost proponents for rationalism and quality in the graphic arts. Herdeg continued to run the magazine until 1986 when it was sold and moved to New York under the editorship of B. Martin Pedersen.

Under Herdeg, Graphis never charged an entry fee for submissions, so that Graphis annuals regularly featured high-quality work by young talent. This has been particularly true in the case of Photographis, with arresting personal work being displayed alongside the best international commercial projects. There is an unfortunate perception that these publications stand somewhere behind the cutting edge, however, taking the current issues as an example, this seems unwarranted. That said, the Gold and Platinum winners categories do make the whole endeavour sound a bit like a travel rewards program.

For fans of Graphis publications in Canada, availability has been a much larger concern as the publisher has, for some years, struggled with an inconsistent release schedule and poor Canadian distribution. By the end of last year Graphis was behind by up to two years on several (formerly annual) series. We at Swipe were worried that the whole program might simply disappear. Happily, these problems seem finally to have been resolved with improved Canadian logistics and an almost overwhelming raft of new releases.

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Graphis Annuals 2009
? 2009: B. Martin Pedersen, editor

All series: $83.95

Graphis Design Annual 2009

The flagship annual from Graphis, published continuously since 1952, this year’s volume features linked essays by Stefan Sagmeister, Korea’s Ahn Sang-Soo, and Harry Pearce of Pentagram London. (2008: Graphis; ISBN 9781932026139)

Graphis Advertising Annual 2009

One of the more recent additions to the program, since its introduction in 1993, Graphis Advertising has become an important single volume alternative to the regional and association-based annuals. (2009: Graphis; ISBN 9781932026528)

Graphis Photo Annual 2009

First produced in 1966, Graphis Photo is consistently the most beautiful and inspiring general photo annual in the world. (2009: Graphis; ISBN 1932026509)

Graphis New Talent Design Annual 2009

The only international student design annual, featuring creative work produced by students from professional programs in graphic design, advertising, and photography. This edition offers a special profile of the SADI School of Design in South Korea. (2009: Graphis; ISBN 1932026460)

Graphis Annual Report 2009

Featuring 106 international examples Graphis A.R. is the only fully editorial-based annual devoted to the annual report. Designed by Robert Louie of the Louey/Rubino Design Group in Santa Monica, this year’s annual was judged by Audra Brown, David Schimmel, Michael Stinson, Davor Bruketa, Robert Louey, Javier Leguizamo, and Richard Colbourne(2009: Graphis; ISBN 1932026517)

Graphis Poster Annual 2008 / 2009

Since 1976 Graphis Poster has been the only international showcase of contemporary poster design. This edition also offers critical essays by renowned curators Christian Larsen of The MoMA, René Grohnert of The German Poster Museum, Kari Savolainen of Finland’s Lahti Poster Museum, Rene Wanner of Poster Page, and Pepe Menéndez of Cuba’s Casa de las Américas, among others. This is one of the titles that seems to have moved from an annual to an occasional publication. (2008: Graphis; ISBN 9781932026122)

Graphis Branding 5

This edition of Graphis Branding is divided into two sections, one offering 10 comprehensive case studies of recent branding projects and the other a simple showcase of 50 new identity systems. The series was formerly titled Graphis Corporate Identity and we assume Graphis already regretting the change. (2009: Graphis; ISBN 1932026207)

Previously published and also available:

Graphis Brochures 6
(2007: Graphis; ISBN 9781932026481)

Graphis Letterhead 7
(2008: Graphis; ISBN 9781932026498)

Graphis Logo 7
(2008: Graphis; ISBN 9781932026030)

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