Ambit 65 / Derek Birdsall, omnific

Ambit 65 / Derek Birdsall, omnific


Ambit 65. 1976. London. Edited by Martin Bax. Designed by Derek Birdsall/Omnific. This is the first issue of Ambit with Birdsall’s re-design of this publication.

This issue includes poems and drawing by i.e. Fleur Adcock, Peter Blake, Ralph Steadman, David Hockney. Photo on cover of EUPHORIA BLISS By O.T. Magazine printed on different paper stock (coloured, coated, uncoated).

Ambit is a London-based 96 page literary and art magazine that features poetry, prose and art. Fresh voices and visions from across the world are featured, first time writers appear alongside giants of the scene. Started in 1959 by the London paediatrician Dr Martin Bax, Ambit helped to discover and establish Eduardo Paolozzi, Liz Berry and Sir Peter Blake, Helen Chadwick, among others. Ambit’s art director is the illustrator Mike Foreman, whose eye for new talent helped establish the magazine as a test-bed for the best British artists, illustrators and photographers.

'On Ambit 65, Derek Birdsall stepped in to give us a complete redesign – and Ambit acquired a ‘designer’. Derek introduced the now familiar wrap-around cover. After some years he passed this job on to our present designer John Morgan (who had previously worked for Derek Birdsall at omnific)’. (Eye magazine, 2007/2010)

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