Standards is a helpful tool to aid the process of identity guidelines, from Standards Manual

True appreciators of identity guidelines, since 2012 publishing imprint Standards Manual has collated together doorstops of books, delving into the manuals of Nasa, New York City’s transit authority and EPA. With the aim to archive and preserve guidelines of the past, the team behind Standards Manual are refocusing their attention to how designers work now, with the release of Standards: a new tool to design brand guidelines, “that takes the best from the past, and is built from design today.”

In piecing these books together Jesse Reed and Hamish Smyth, the founders of Standards Manual as well as partners at design office Order, noticed that as much as these brand guidelines were design gems, the approach to making them “was stubbornly stuck in the past, too”. Teaming up with Seattle-based design and development agency Shore, the pair have been working to create a tool to shape the way brand guidelines are developed now: “No more templates, clunky PDFs, or static asset handoffs to clients,” explains Standards’ press release.

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