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Sign Painters authors are visiting The Strand!

Tuesday, August 13, 7pm
828 Broadway, NYC

Time Out NY says:
"No fans of automated printing, Levine and Macon have documented the resurgence of the hand-painted advertisement. Their new title (and accompanying documentary) deals with the history of lettering with brushes in America.”

Their Strand talk will be followed by two screenings of the film at Nitehawk Cinema in Williamsburg on August 13 and 14. Unless you’re one of the lucky ticket holders, these are both sold out. But you still may be able to catch a screening near you.

WIN STUFF from HOW Magazine

Draw Your Own Alphabets and Vintage Typography Notecards are up for grabs in HOW's type-themed July issue.

Enter for your chance to win at howdesign.com.

Congratulations to the winners of the Architectural League Prize for Young Architects + Designers. 2012’s theme, No Precedent, investigated what it means to create without antecedent.
Jorge Arvizu, Ignacio del Rio, Emmanuel Ramirez, and Diego Ricalde of MMX Studio (Mexico City)
Jimenez Lai of Bureau Spectacular (Chicago)
Sean Lally of WEATHERS (Chicago)
Seung Teak Lee and Mi Jung Lim of STPMJ (Brooklyn)
Michael Szivos of SOFTlab (New York)
Koji Tsutsui of Koji Tsutsui & Associates (San Francisco and Tokyo)
Young Architects 14: No Precedent is available now.

Congratulations to the winners of the Architectural League Prize for Young Architects + Designers. 2012’s theme, No Precedent, investigated what it means to create without antecedent.

Jorge Arvizu, Ignacio del Rio, Emmanuel Ramirez, and Diego Ricalde of MMX Studio (Mexico City)

Jimenez Lai of Bureau Spectacular (Chicago)

Sean Lally of WEATHERS (Chicago)

Seung Teak Lee and Mi Jung Lim of STPMJ (Brooklyn)

Michael Szivos of SOFTlab (New York)

Koji Tsutsui of Koji Tsutsui & Associates (San Francisco and Tokyo)

Young Architects 14: No Precedent is available now.

THE GREENEST HOME BOOK PARTY! Wednesday, June 5
Panel Discussion, 6–7 pm in Kellen AuditoriumLaura Briggs, Jared Della Valle, Karin Klingenberg, Tim McDonald, and David White; moderated by Julie Torres Moskovitz
Signing and reception, 7–8 pm in the lobby
Sheila Johnson Design CenterParsons New School for Design2 West 13th Street, New York
Julie Torres Moskovitz is the founding principal of the collaborative design firm Fabrica 718 in Brooklyn. She retrofitted New York City’s first certified Passive House in Park Slope, Brooklyn.

THE GREENEST HOME BOOK PARTY! 
Wednesday, June 5

Panel Discussion, 6–7 pm 
in Kellen Auditorium
Laura Briggs, Jared Della Valle, Karin Klingenberg, Tim McDonald, and David White; moderated by Julie Torres Moskovitz

Signing and reception, 7–8 pm 
in the lobby

Sheila Johnson Design Center
Parsons New School for Design
2 West 13th Street, New York

Julie Torres Moskovitz is the founding principal of the collaborative design firm Fabrica 718 in Brooklyn. She retrofitted New York City’s first certified Passive House in Park Slope, Brooklyn.

Souvenir Nation Contest Winners!

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Thanks to everyone who took part in our Souvenir Nation trivia contest last week! We had a great response - the Q & A’s and winners are listed below. If you didn’t win, you can still get the book here.

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MONDAY, MAY 20
Q. This pin became a symbol for which civil rights movement?
A. Women’s suffrage
winner: Steven Paul Mark 

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TUESDAY, MAY 21
Q. This towel was used as an improvised flag of truce and carried between opposing lines by Captain Robert Moorman Sims, effectively ending which war?
A. The Civil War
winner: Bonnie Richmond 

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 22
Q. Even before he came to work for the Smithsonian in 1858 John Varden collected locks of hair from 14 heads of state. Name 2 of them.  
A.  Any two of the following (the first 14 presidents): 
George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, James Monroe, John Quincy Adams, Andrew Jackson, Martin Van Buren, William Henry Harrison, John Tyler, James K. Polk, Zachary Taylor, Millard Fillmore, Franklin Pierce
winner: Meral Agish

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THURSDAY, MAY 23
Q. This cake was served at FDR’s 52nd birthday, an event that also served as a fund-raiser for which charitable organization?
A. Polio treatment center in Warm Springs, Georgia
winner: Brandice Nelson 

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FRIDAY, MAY 24
Q. This teak chair was used on the set of which presidential debate—the first of its kind? 
A. Kennedy-Nixon television debate
winner: Jeremy Carter

Just in! Advance copies of Draw Your Own Alphabetsa 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!

‘Woodcut’ is going to Chicago!

Later this month artist Bryan Nash Gill brings his stunning woodcut prints to the Chicago Botanic Garden. If you’re a fan of the book (or the new notecards) don’t miss this chance to see each arboreal ring up close. Just don’t touch—since we’re his publisher, we’d like to remind you that’s what the book (and the new notecards) are for. Enjoy the art and maybe buy an original print, too! Proceeds from work sold at the exhibition benefit the Garden.

Woodcut: Bryan Nash Gill
Chicago Botanic Garden, Joutras Gallery
January 19 – April 14

Lawrence Halprin’s Skyline Park | NYC launch

We are proud to announce the launch of Lawrence Halprin’s Skyline Park, the first in our new Modern Landscapes series. Join author Ann Komara and series editor Charles Birnbaum for a conversation on the park’s conception, construction, and use before its redesign in 2003—and the launch of the Modern Landscapes series. Lawrence Halprin’s Skyline Park showcases the acclaimed landscape designer’s urban renewal effort for downtown Denver in the 1970s.

The Modern Landscapes series is produced with The Cultural Landscape Foundation and focuses on mid-century works that have been demolished or have undergone a significant transformation.

Book & Series Launch Event:
Lawrence Halprin’s Skyline Park

Van Alen Books
Thursday, October 25, 7pm

Signed, sealed, delivered

The Complete Engraver Workshop 
powerHouse Arena, 9/24/12

On Monday evening Nancy Sharon Collins had her first book signing and workshop for The Complete EngraverShe flew in from New Orleans (where she teaches graphic design and typography at Delgado Community College) to do her favorite thing: talk about engraving. The crowd filled the wooden pews at powerHouse Arena in Brooklyn to hear the history of engraving and its contemporary application, such as how to take hand drawn monograms to the computer screen for finessing. Then they tried their hand at engraving “the old-fashioned way” using paper and pencils. Everyone created a monogram traced from vintage examples. Attendees also used a burin to carve designs into copper. 

Nancy Sharon Collins is principal in her eponymous Nancy Sharon Collins, Stationer, which is part of Collins, LLC. She oversees the creation of exquisite, bespoke, hand engraved social stationery, writes about it, and talks about it every chance she can get. Previous clients have included Clinique, Revlon, The Metropolitan Opera Shop and the Museum of Modern Art. The Complete Engraver is her first book.

Engrave It Yourself

Engraving Workshop at powerHouse Arena
Water and Main Streets, DUMBO, Brooklyn

Monday, September 24, 7–9pm

Join The Complete Engraver author Nancy Sharon Collins for a hands-on workshop investigating the history and etiquette of engraved social stationery. Emerse yourself in the almost forgotten world of vintage lettering styles, monograms, crests, seals, and calling cards.

Try your hand at engraving a letterform with centuries-old techniques, learn how to wield a graver or a burin, find inspiration in vintage printed specimens, and enjoy a glass of wine with the author.

The Complete Engraver will be available for sale and signing at the workshop.

"Nancy Sharon Collins is a New Orleans-based graphic designer who is also known for her luxurious stationery designs, which are witty, chic and thoughtful at the same time." —T Magazine

Typography, Food, and All Things Italian

Louise Fili in conversation with Paula Scher
Type Directors Club, 09/13/12

Longtime friends and graphic design legends Louise Fili and Paula Scher finally got a chance to share the stage last night at the Type Directors Club in New York City. They talked and joked about overlapping histories, enigmatic art directors, and the satisfaction of taking on work you believe in. L’arte del Gelato was on hand, sweetening the evening for the large crowd (the event was sold out).

Louise Fili is principal of Louise Fili Ltd, specializing in food packaging and restaurant identities. Her lavish and elegant typography, often hand drawn, helps advertise and market such brands as Sarabeth’s, Bella Cucina, Jean-Georges, L’arte del Gelato, Good Housekeeping, and many others. Fili’s new monograph Elegantissima is now available. Paula Scher is a principal at Pentagram. Paula Scher MAPS, a collection of her large geographical paintings, is also available.