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New from our Friends of Type – a super cool box of 100 typographically fabulous postcards! Includes nice little Q&A booklet with the designers.

Very exciting—our first advances of Abbott Miller's monograph Design and Content have arrived! It will be available online and in stores early September, or reserve your copy here.

Coming this fall — Keep Fresh, Stay Rad: 100 Postcardsour first collaboration with Friends of Type. Check out FoT’s new tumblr here.

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.

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

Grids & Guides: A Notebook for Visual Thinkers

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.

Some excellent “found” typography by Elaine SturtevantPostcard 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.

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.

Coming this spring from Hyphen Press Typography Papers 9
U.S. distribution by Princeton Architectural Press, reserve your copy here.

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."

More on Theaster Gates in the New York Times and in Studio Life.

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 SoulFor those who want to make a living creating meaningful, expressive work.
Graphic Design ThinkingExplores 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 ChangeThe perfect gift for designers looking to use their unique skills to help others.
Breakthrough!A lively compilation of unconventional strategies from overcoming the most universal of all design struggle—creative block.
The Designer SaysA 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!

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.

Breakthrough!
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!

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Le Corbusier, Book Dummy forUne 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”.

Elegantissima: The Design and Typography of Louise FiliLouise Fili has been an industry powerhouse for more than four decades inspiring young designers and typographers with her passion for all things Italian. Elegantissima, her first monograph, compiles work from across her remarkable career.
Vintage Typography NotecardsThe typefaces featured on this must-have range from unique hand-drawn samples to more classical specimens. With a featured mini-history on the back of each card, this is a perfect gift for any budding or seasoned typographer.
Shadow TypeCompiled by leading graphic design historian Steven Heller and renowned graphic designer Louise Fili, this invaluable collection will inspire anyone looking to give more depth to their design.
Draw Your Own AlphabetsDraw Your Own Alphabets is an innovative, hands-on workbook that will have you creating custom hand-lettered fonts in no time.
Sign PaintersBy profiling artists from all over the nation, Sign Painters brings a tradition of hand-lettered banners and billboards to the forefront. An anecdotal history of the art form, alongside stories and photographs provides a vibrant look at this venerable craft.
Excellent holiday gifts from Princeton Architectural Press!

Elegantissima: The Design and Typography of Louise Fili
Louise Fili has been an industry powerhouse for more than four decades inspiring young designers and typographers with her passion for all things Italian. Elegantissima, her first monograph, compiles work from across her remarkable career.

Vintage Typography Notecards
The typefaces featured on this must-have range from unique hand-drawn samples to more classical specimens. With a featured mini-history on the back of each card, this is a perfect gift for any budding or seasoned typographer.

Shadow Type
Compiled by leading graphic design historian Steven Heller and renowned graphic designer Louise Fili, this invaluable collection will inspire anyone looking to give more depth to their design.

Draw Your Own Alphabets
Draw Your Own Alphabets is an innovative, hands-on workbook that will have you creating custom hand-lettered fonts in no time.

Sign Painters
By profiling artists from all over the nation, Sign Painters brings a tradition of hand-lettered banners and billboards to the forefront. An anecdotal history of the art form, alongside stories and photographs provides a vibrant look at this venerable craft.

Excellent holiday gifts from Princeton Architectural Press!

Studio Life—Diane Simpson

"Usually there’s something that hits me that I love about an image. And then I use the drawing process to change it into my own. The way I’m going to construct something really makes a difference in how the form changes. One of the things I struggle with is that I want the final product to be related to my initial source of inspiration in terms of retaining the excitement it gave me, but I don’t want the source to be conveyed literally."

From Studio Life by Sarah Trigg, available now.

ALSO - Don’t miss Simpson’s show at JTT gallery in New York City, up through December 15, 2013:

Diane Simpson
JTT
170a Suffolk Street, New York, NY
212-574-8152