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Learning from Experience:
Four Graphic Designers in Conversation

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 Masses | NY Art Book Fair

Last weekend at the Printed Matter NY Art Book Fair, our friends (and authors) of The Electric Information Age book and album assembled in performance mode as The Masses (DJ/composer Daniel Perlin, designer/musician Adam Michaels, and historian/performer Jeffrey Schnapp, with live keyboards by Shannon Harvey). 

The set was tight, rhythmic, and diverse, syncing up nicely with their inspirations—experimental paperbacks from the late 1960s and early 1970s which aimed to bring the ideas of contemporary thinkers like Marshall McLuhan and Buckminster Fuller to the masses. These small books were spliced and collaged into a pulsating video which was projected behind the band.

Additionally, Inventory Books introduced a very cool tote bag with some custom pockets for the book and LP.

The Electric Information Age Album, by The Masses, is out now! More info here — including purchase info for the limited edition vinyl LP.

The Electric Information Age Album

The LP will be available at the Project Projects table at the NY Art Book Fair this weekend at PS1 (9/27-9/30). Additionally — The Masses will play a live set on Sunday, 9/30 at 1 pm in the PS1 performance dome.

Sneak Peek | Breakthrough!

Breakthrough!, edited by Alex Cornell, offers a compilation of strategies for combating creative block contributed by 90 leading creative practitioners. 

It’s a full of practical (“Sit down, shut up, go off-line.” — J.C. Herz, p.91), unexpected (“Check into an expensive hotel.” — Claire Dederer, p.33), and freeing (“Toss the file in the trash.” — Michael Cina, p.103) words of wisdom, at the heart of which is the reassuring notion that everyone (Christoph Niemann, Debbie Millman, Khoi Vinh, Mario Hugo, Jamie Lidell) gets creative block.

As it turns out, designing a book of advice from our own design heroes and colleagues (Paula ScherExperimental JetsetProject Projects, Nicholas Felton, Astrid Stavro) was itself a recipe for creative block — a task both exhilarating and horrifying enough to stop us cold in our tracks. Luckily, the problem was also the answer, and we turned to some of Breakthrough’s simplest advice to save us (“Casual drawing in public usually shakes something loose.” — The Heads of State, p.146). 

Available September 2012.