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A new addition to the PAPress Design Dept bookshelf: Full Color by Karel Martens, published by Roma Publications.
“The grid is the underwear of the book.”
Massimo Vignelli describes his approach to book design in a video by Michael Bierut. Part of Mohawk’s “What Will You Make Today?” campaign.
Calling all graphic designers:
Bobby Solomon over at The Fox is Black (formerly Kitsune Noir) is holding another Re-Covered Books contest, where he asks you, dear reader, to redesign an existing book cover. This week’s challenge is Haruki Murakami’s The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle. If you can improve upon the work of Chip Kidd or John Gall, you just might win a $100 Amazon gift card, plus everything you see above courtesy of Princeton Architectural Press. Get to work!
Just in! Advance copies of Draw Your Own Alphabets—a workbook to whip your lettering skills into shape. The book showcases a variety of hand-drawn fonts and provides helpful tips for turning your own bespoke alphabets into digital type.
Coming March 20 to a bookstore near you. Sharpen your pencils and get ready for some ferocious doodling!
Arriving in the U.S. next month, Autonomy collects the covers of all 118 issues of Anarchy, a journal published in London in the 1960s. Anarchy had many and diverse contributors, but its main author, Colin Ward, used the journal to propel ideas of mutual aid and autonomous organization outside the centralized state. The covers were designed mostly by Rufus Segar, and they illustrate a sample of the history of graphic design in Britain during those years.
For more, visit the Design Matters archive
Ten of our Kindle editions are available for just $3.99 until December 22:
Be sure to check out our full list of digital books at papress.com
We recently reached 10,000 followers on Twitter!
To celebrate our legions, we’re holding a contest. For a chance to win $100 of PAPress books of your choice, tweet the name of your favorite PAPress book and include the hashtag #PAPress10k.
We’ll choose one tweet at random at 5:00pm on Friday, November 16.
The winner will be announced Monday, November 19.
Presidential Information Wheels
1-3. Story of Our Presidents, 1932 - This presidential portrait chart provides basic facts (including education, most notable achievement, and effect of work) for 30 American Presidents. The “underbelly” of the wheel reveals statistics carefully composed to correspond to the die-cuts on the top level.
4-5. “Complete a Portrait” Presidential Quiz Wheel, 1964 - This wheel uses a mix-and-match portrait system to represent key biographical data for Presidents Washington through Johnson. An odd gap on the inner disk is caused by the fact that Grover Cleveland was both the 22nd and 24th president.
From Reinventing the Wheel by Jessica Helfand
This Saturday at the Designers & Books Fair, PAPress presents a panel discussion with two renowned veteran designers—Tom Geismar (1–2) and Elaine Lustig Cohen (3–4) and two celebrated young designers—Prem Krishnamurthy of Project Projects (5–6), and Hilary Greenbaum, Design Director of the Whitney Museum (7–8)—talking about issues pertinent to the arc of a career such as starting out to staying relevant to recognizing and enjoying success. Moderated by School of Visual Arts D-Crit Chair Alice Twemlow.
Saturday, October 27, 3:00 – 4:30pm
Designers & Books Fair
Fashion Institute of Technology
Discounted tickets here
The Fashion Institute of Technology, New York
Please join us at the first-ever Designers & Books Fair, where we’ll be showing off our latest Fall 2012 titles. A special feature of the Fair will be programming that will include presentations, panel discussions and book signings, and PAPress will be participating in a number of ways:
Come check out our newest titles, plus a selection of backlist titles, all at a substantial discount.
Two renowned veteran designers—Elaine Lustig Cohen and Tom Geismar—and two celebrated young designers—Prem Krishnamurthy, founding principal of Project Projects, and Hilary Greenbaum, Design Director of the Whitney Museum of American Art—in a discussion moderated by School of Visual Arts D-Crit Chair Alice Twemlow. They’ll address a variety of issues of interest to designers of all ages and career levels—more info here. This program is organized by PAPress for the D&B Fair.
Saturday, October 27 | 3:00 – 4:30 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
PAPress publisher Kevin Lippert will be taking part in this spirited panel discussion on what it takes to get a design book published today.
Sunday, October 28 | 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
At the Princeton Architectural Press booth:
Manuel Lima will sign copies of his book Visual Complexity
Saturday, October 27 | 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Andrew Shea will sign copies of his book Designing For Social Change
Saturday, October 27 | 2:00 – 3:00 pm
In Katie Murphy Amphitheatre:
Jessica Helfand will sign copies of Reinventing the Wheel
Sunday, October 28 | 12:00 – 12:30 pm
We look forward to seeing you around the fair this weekend!
A closer look at Generative Design: Visualize, Program, and Create with Processing, available now. Generative Design not only features illustrated case studies from artists, designers and architects, but also provides step-by-step instruction for creating design using Processing.
Generative Design: Visualize, Program, and Create with Processing is a how-to manual on the intersection of design and programming, and a showcase for recent work by graphic designers, sculptors, architects, and other visual artists, including Stefan Sagmeister, THEVERYMANY, Eno Henze, Janne Kyttanen, Golan Levin, Jonathan Puckey, and Marius Watz.
The video comes from Verlag Hermann Schmidt Mainz, publisher of the original German-language edition, Generative Gestaltung. If you enjoy this glimpse into the book, get your hands on the beautiful English-language edition, available only from PAPress.