19 Apr 2011
Working With Wim 
Former 8vo partners Mark Holt and Hamish Muir join Adrian Shaughnessy and Ben Bos on Monday 9 May at the Design Museum in London for a two-part conversation with Tony Brook, the curator of the current Graphic Odyssey exhibition of the work of highly influential graphic designer/typographer Wim Crouwel.

In the first part of the evening which is themed around the experiences of those who have worked with Crouwel, Brook will interview Shaughnessy and Bos and this will be followed by Brook plus the two ex-8vo-ers Holt and Muir.

Tickets are priced at 15 GBP (non-members) and the price includes admission to Wim Crouwel: A Graphic Odyssey.

MuirMcNeil has also designed a rather good poster for the exhibition which is available from the Design Museum Shop.

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"Manchester, 1978. In the beginning there were four: Jez Kerr (bass), Martin Moscrop (guitar/trumpet), Peter Terrel (guitar/effects) and Simon Topping (vocals/trumpet). Four thin boys with a name borrowed from a Brian Eno record, the intense, drummerless quartet initially drew influence from Wire, Eno, the Velvets and Kraftwerk, and gained a manager in Anthony Wilson of Factory Records.

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