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Words and lettering by Oz Cooper, from a booklet On Old Style and Modern Types (1927). Taken from baseline magazine, issue 22, 1996.
TONIGHT: Conversations on the Hudson at Best Made Co.
Please join Conversations on the Hudson author Nick Hand at Best Made HQ where he’ll speak about his five-hundred-mile journey through the hills, mountains, and countryside of the Hudson Valley. Best Made founder Peter Buchanan-Smith is featured in the book.
Tuesday, April 15, 7pm
Best Made Company
36 White Street, New York, NY
The long awaited follow-up to our classic Thinking with Type, Type on Screen (Ellen Lupton, editor) is coming this May. It will be the definitive guide to using classic typographic concepts of form and structure to make dynamic compositions for screen-based applications. Reserve your copy now.
How to Be a Graphic Designer without Losing Your Soul
by Adrian Shaughnessy, First edition, 2005
How to Be a Graphic Designer without Losing Your Soul
NEW EDITION, still available here
How To Be A Graphic Designer Without Losing …
Speculative post-crisis edition, via thusly
Map out graphs, notes, schematics, and sketches with this durable cloth-covered journal and workbook. Inspired by vintage laboratory notebooks, Grids & Guides features 144 pages of graph paper (eight grid designs repeating throughout) interspersed with a multitude of scientific charts, tables, and infographics featuring everything from the periodic table to alternative alphabets to Newton’s Laws of Motion.
75 Artist Books: The Kaldewey Press, New York
A Catalog Raisonné by Clemens von Lucius
In this abundantly illustrated catalogue raisonné, collector and Kaldewey devotee Clemens von Lucius presents in detail all seventy-five books published by the Kaldewey Press since its founding in 1985 by Gunnar A. Kaldewey.
While few small presses have managed to produce such a large body of work, the Kaldewey Press has earned the reputation as one of the world’s finest publishers of contemporary artist books. 75 Artist Books presents work published in cooperation with artists such as Mischa Kuball, Jonathan Lasker, Heribert C. Ottersbach, Richard Tuttle, and Hans Peter Willberg.
Some excellent “found” typography by Elaine Sturtevant
Postcard invitation for The Store, New York, 1967
Sturtevant directly appropriated Claes Oldenburg’s poster design for the announcement card for her re-creation of Oldenburg’s 1961 The Store installation in April 1967. Sturtevant’s Store was installed in a space she rented at 623 East Ninth Street, in the East Village. She had first gained notoriety for her 1965 solo show at Bianchini Gallery, New York, where she had re-created Pop works by Andy Warhol, Robert Rauschenburg, and Jim Dine, among others. From the MoMA Library.
Studio Life — Theaster Gates
In 2009 Gates (a Chicago artist and urban planner) acquired an abandoned two-story house and expanded his major community organization, Dorchester Projects. A work in progress, the structure houses a library, slide archive, and soul-food kitchen. On the second floor of the house, Gates installed a library purchased from Prairie Avenue Bookstore, an important art, design, and architecture bookstore in the South Loop of Chicago that had gone out of business:
"I recall going in the store as it was having its final days sale—folks were mournful. It seemed my abandoned building would be the perfect home for the collection… It’s a fountain of amazing knowledge about the built environment."
Nice little Riso-printed pamphlet by PAPress designer Benjamin English. Text originally from The Encyclopedia of Jazz, by Leonard Feather. This self-published booklet is for “educational purposes only”.
How To Be A Graphic Designer Without Losing Your Soul
For those who want to make a living creating meaningful, expressive work.
Graphic Design Thinking
Explores a variety of fool-proof methods to sharpen a designer’s conceptual tools—from quick strategies to comprehensive research methods. Interesting case studies show innovative design solutions at work.
Designing for Social Change
The perfect gift for designers looking to use their unique skills to help others.
A lively compilation of unconventional strategies from overcoming the most universal of all design struggle—creative block.
The Designer Says
A compendium of quotable lines from more than a hundred of the industry’s leading design minds throughout history.
Excellent holiday gifts from Princeton Architectural Press!
Le Corbusier, Book Dummy for “Une Petite Maison”, (1954)
In 1954, Le Corbusier published the book, “Une Petite Maison”. In it, he describes the house that he built for his aging parents on the shores of Lake Geneva. It is above all about the act of dwelling, an essay on the poetics of space. As Gaston Bachelard explains in his book of the same name, “The act of dwelling arises infallibly as soon as one has the impression of being sheltered.” Le Corbusier’s book is a series of lessons on the poetics of shelter. They begin with the title and dust jacket. “Une Petite Maison” means not simply a quantitatively small house but especially a quantitatively small house. We sleep more soundly”, observes Bachelard in a “little house” than in a large one. The “little house” calls for reveries of coziness associated with miniatures. This cozy seclusion is even suggested in the cover where Le Corbusier has drawn a broad black band around it’s surface, thereby placing it in it’s own sheltered nest.
Also see Le Corbusier and the Maisons Jaoul — the houses are often thought of as the antithesis of everything commonly referred to as “Corbusian”.