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Tony Brook
Tony and his partner Patricia Finegan established the multidisciplinary design studio Spin in 1992. Named after Tony's obsession with cricket, Spin has received international recognition for its work in identity, print, motion graphics and digital design. 

In 2009 he set up the publishing company Unit Editions in partnership with the designer/writer Adrian Shaughnessy, with the ambition of making books by designers for designers. 

Unit Editions has published books on Herb Lubalin, FHK Henrion, contemporary typographic practice, and identity manuals. 

An avid collector of graphic design, in 2011 Tony curated a major retrospective of the work of the Dutch master Wim Crouwel at the Design Museum in London. 

Tony was admitted to the Alliance Graphique Internationale in 2006, and spent five years as president of the UK chapter of AGI. 

2015 will see the publication of a major monograph devoted to the work of Spin. 


Spin – a 360º visual portrait of a design studio

Monday, May 4 • 4:40 – 5:20pm

Spin – a 360º visual portrait of a design studio. 20 years in 20 minutes, the journey from Sowerby Bridge in Yorkshire to Chicago, Illinois.

Publishing Design Books in the Age of the Internet

Friday, May 8 • 11:15 – 11:45am

A talk by Tony Brook and Adrian Shaughnessy on the special challenges of researching, writing, designing and publishing books on graphic design. The co-founders of Unit Editions discuss how they've thrived in an era when it is possible to see nearly everything ever published online, and when bookshops are closing around the world.

The talk will reference Unit Editions’ books on such diverse subjects as Herb Lubalin, master typographer Jurriaan Schrofer, the great design manuals of the golden age of identity design, and the imprint's latest work, Spin: 360° - an attempt to re-think the contemporary monograph.