Stuart Bailey

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Not to be confused with the fictional private investigator created by Roy Huggins, discussed in greater detail at 77 Sunset Strip and I Love Trouble.

Stuart Bailey (Stuart Bertolotti-Bailey, born UK, 1973) is a graphic designer, writer and editor. In 2000 he co-founded the biannual left-field arts journal Dot Dot Dot with Peter Bilak. In 2006 he began working with David Reinfurt under the pseudonym Dexter Sinister, also the name of their 'just-in-time workshop and occasional bookstore' on New York's Lower East Side. Reinfurt supplanted Bilak as co-editor of Dot Dot Dot the same year, which continued under Bailey and Reinfurt's direction until the final, 20th issue in 2010 before morphing into Bulletins of the Serving Library, now co-edited by Bailey and Reinfurt together with Angie Keefer, and available online as well as in print. He has lived and worked in London, Amsterdam, New York and Los Angeles, and is now based in Liverpool, UK.

According to online resource Typotheque [1], Bailey studied typography and graphic communication at the University of Reading. [2] Bailey was one of the first participants to study at the Werkplaats Typografie (typographic workshop) in Arnhem, a postgraduate program headed by designer Karel Martens.[1] In 2015 he received a PhD from the Fine Art Department of the University of Reading with a thesis titled Work in Progress: Form as a Way of Thinking. He is a Lecturer at the Haute école d'art et de design in Geneva, Switzerland.

In a 2006 interview with Speak Up [3], Bailey explained: "I suspect what I’m really against is what that term “graphic design” has come to represent, i.e. synonymous with business cards, logos, identities and advertising, and, again simply put, those are things I’m just not interested in. To me that idea of “graphic design” is as far removed from my interests as being a milkman or a lawyer. In fact, I’d rather be a milkman." [4]

Books written or edited by Stuart Bailey[edit]

  • Stuart Bailey & Ryan Gander: Appendix Appendix, by Stuart Bailey, Ryan Gander and Christoph Keller, 2007, JRP Ringier/Christoph Keller Editions. (ISBN 978-3-905770-19-3)
  • In Alphabetical Order: File Under: Graphic Design, Schools, or Werkplaats Typografie, by Paul Elliman, Anthony Froshaug, Melle Hammer, Robin Kinross, Norman Potter and Stuart Bailey (editor), 2003, NAi Publishers. (ISBN 978-90-5662-272-5)

Articles by Stuart Bailey[edit]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Incubation of a Workshop by Stuart Bailey, Emigre, No. 48, edited by Rudy VanderLans, Fall 1998, pp. 41-47.