Theo Crosby and Architectural Design Magazine

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Theo Crosby and Architectural Design Magazine

Theo Crosby was born in South Africa in 1925 and moved to Britain in the late 1940s. He was a highly skilled designer, architect and sculptor. He became the technical editor of Architectural Design magazine in 1953 and remained in the post for almost a decade. The large format magazines feature an array of content including information on buildings, materials and architectural plans.

Theo Crosby was born in South Africa in 1925 and moved to Britain in the late 1940s. He was a highly skilled designer, architect, and sculptor. He became the technical editor of Architectural Design magazine in 1953 and remained in the post for almost a decade. The large-format magazines feature an array of content including information on buildings, materials, and architectural plans.

His cover designs contain a mixture of themes and graphic styles, with artwork based on architectural plans, mathematical sequences, and typographic experimentation. Many of the issues contain information on the inner pages on the thoughts and meaning behind the cover’s artworks. From Crosby’s inspiration to visual responses to the magazine’s content and experiments based on urban planning.

Architectural Design, December 1959. Cover design Theo Crosby
Architectural Design, December 1959. Cover design Theo Crosby

This cover collage by Theo Crosby is one of a series of sculptures and collages on related themes which were shown at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in January 1960.

Architectural Design, February 1966. Cover design by Theo Crosby
Architectural Design, February 1966. Cover design by Theo Crosby

This cover was a design study from the second sixteen of Lionel March’s Trio No.5 ‘Rotation around a Square’ composed in 1965 for intended presentation in book form.

Architectural Design, August 1961. Cover design by Theo Crosby
Architectural Design, August 1961. Cover design by Theo Crosby

Cover design by Theo Crosby based on John Ernest’s Wall in the Press Room of the International Union of Architects Headquarters Building, South Bank, London.

Architectural Design, June 1961. Cover design by Theo Crosby
Architectural Design, June 1961. Cover design by Theo Crosby

Cover design by Theo Crosby on the theme of the two cities of London and Westminster

More work by Theo Crosby can be viewed here: https://www.designreviewed.com/archive/designer-theo-crosby/

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Before setting up Ken Garland & Associates in Camden, London, Ken was art editor of Design magazine in 1956. The magazine was published by the Council of Industrial Design, which was set up in 1944 with the prime focus of supporting Britains economic recovery.