Ken Garland: Structure and Substance

Unit Editions is set to publish the first comprehensive monograph of the career of Ken Garland, from his student projects in the 1950s right through to his recent self-published works.

Ken Garland in his studio, 2012
Ken Garland in his studio, 2012

Now in his 80s, and still practicing, writing and lecturing (most recently at Typo London), Garland’s career has taken in editorial work for Design magazine and the Architectural Review, designs for Galt Toys, and the seminal First Things First manifesto from 1964.

Ken Garland Associates in the studio, 1982
Ken Garland Associates in the studio, 1982 (Ken’s on the right)

First Things First aimed to radicalise design and called for design to be used in ‘more useful and more lasting forms of communication’ rather than overused in advertising.

The First Things First Manifesto
The First Things First Manifesto

Ken Garland: Structure and Substance, features a biographical essay written by Adrian Shaughnessy and rare personal photographs.

Galt Toys catalogue, 1969
Galt Toys catalogue, 1969

Designed by Spin, the book was developed with the co-operation of Garland at all stages.

CND poster, 1962
CND poster, 1962

Ken Garland: Structure and Substance is published by Unit Editions priced at £35. Pre-order opens at uniteditions.com on 29 October, with a pre-order price of £28.

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