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Louise Fili in Conversation with Debbie Millman
Sept. 17, 6-8pm
New York Public Library, South Court Auditorium
Free and open to the public

Louise Fili will present on her favorite Italian signs, the inspiration for her own design style. Afterward, she will be interviewed by Design Matters’ Debbie Millman, take questions from the audience, and autograph copies of Grafica della Strada: The Signs of Italy

Raffle: ‘Type on Screen’ by Ellen Lupton and ‘Abbott Miller: Design and Content’

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Enter your email address to win a copy of Type on Screen by Ellen Lupton and Abbott Miller: Design and Content for your school library (or a school library of your choice), plus a $100 Princeton Architectural Press gift certificate for yourself.

Type Nite (w/ Ellen Lupton & Abbott Miller)
Sept. 22, 6:30pm
MICA, Brown Center, Falvey Hall

MFA in Graphic Design faculty members Ellen Lupton, Abbott Miller, and type designer Tal Leming, along with special guests, will showcase new typefaces under development; explore type at work on page, on screen, and the built environment; and celebrate the release of Lupton’s new book, Type on Screen, and Miller’s new book, Abbott Miller: Design and Content. On-site and on-line book signings will follow the program.

If you are not in Baltimore: Pre-order your book(s) at the MICA Bookstore website and receive 20% off. You will have the opportunity to fill out how you would like your book(s) inscribed. The author(s) will sign your book(s) and the store will mail them to you. Include your Twitter handle and we’ll tweet a photo of the author(s) signing your book(s)! Following the autographing session with attendees, the authors will take questions from remote fans via Twitter. Use the Twitter hash-tag #TypeNite when you tweet your question, and don’t forget to follow #TypeNite on Twitter to experience the whole event!

Malo from 1973-1980 Larry from 1974-1981

From Terminal Bar by Sheldon Nadelman and Stefan Nadelman, available October 2014. Reserve a copy here!

left: Malo from 1973–1981
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right: Larry from 1974–1981
"Larry lived on the Lower East Side. He drank beer."

From Grafica Della Strada by graphic designer Louise Fili.

Available September 2014.

Reserve your copy here!

Oculus Book Talk with Michael Bell, Dr. William F. Carroll, Jr., Billie Faircloth, Sylvia Lavin, and George Middleton
July 1, 6 - 8 p.m.
The Center for Architecture
Free for AIA members and students, $10 for non-members

Permanent Change: Plastics in Architecture and Engineering is available now!

Book Talk: Ellen Lupton’s Type on Screen

Strand Books, NYC
June 26, 7:00–8:00pm

Ellen will discuss her new book Type on Screen, the digital-age companion to her bestselling Thinking with Type. Some of her students (and collaborators) from MICA, including Christopher Clark, Javier Lopez, and Young Sun Compton will share their own work!

Join us! Details here.

Book Talk and Signing with John Comazzi
Tuesday, June 24 at 5:30pm
The Cliff Dwellers Club, Chicago

In conjunction with the new exhibit Inflected Modernism: The Architecture Photography of Balthazar Korab, John Comazzi will be speaking at the Cliff Dwellers Club. He will sign copies of Balthazar Korab: Architect of Photography. This event is free and open to the public.

BuzzFeed celebrates Type on Screen by Ellen Lupton with a What Font Are You? quiz.

Join us in New York City:
Ellen Lupton talks type— 
with Javier Lopez, Chris Clark, and Young Sun Compton
June 26, 7 p.m. / Strand Books
Purchase of Type on Screen or $15 gift card required

The Sea Ranch Audio Walking Tour:
Architecture, Landscape, Intentions

You can now tour The Sea Ranch in Sonoma County, California with an audio guide, written and narrated by Donlyn Lyndon, author of The Sea Ranch: Fifty Years of Architecture, Landscape, Place, and Community on the Northern California Coast.

To learn more or to listen to the audio tour (and even take a virtual tour!), visit The Sea Ranch Association website.

Publish Your Photography Book 

Wednesday, May 7 at 6:00 p.m.
New York Public Library
5th Avenue at 42nd Street in the Berger Forum

Please join us for a presentation by Darius D. Himes and Mary Virginia Swanson.

Thursday, May 15 at 6:30pm
Annenberg Space for Photography
Los Angeles, CA

Please join us for a presentation by Mary Virginia Swanson.

Publish Your Photography Book, Revised and Updated

Brown University: The Campus Guide
Book and Photography Talk
Friday, May 2 at 4:00 p.m.
Rhode Island Hall on the College Green

Author Raymond P. Rhinehartand photographer Walter Smalling, Jr. will discuss this new Campus Guide, take questions from the audience, and sign books.

This very cool infographic from Julie Torres Moskovitz just showed up. Here’s what she has to say about the Tighthouse that’s featured in her book, The Greenest Home.

We feel its important to talk about how the Passive House projects (or any project) is performing energy-wise so that we can improve upon it and share information so that ours or others future projects can be improved. Here is our summary of why looking at energy performance is important: 

This is a Brooklyn rowhouse constructed in 1899 and retrofitted to the Passive House standard—the strictest energy standard in the world. Energy monitoring this home allows us to record the building’s energy consumption over time. Monitoring systems can measure total energy consumption and consumption by end use (heating, cooling, lighting, hot water, appliances, etc). This monitoring serves several key benefits:

— Allows the occupants to understand how their behavior directly influences energy consumption.
— Serves as a diagnostic tool if the energy use is higher than predicted.
— Allows architects, engineers, and builders to understand how their designs are performing. The data provides a clear picture of what is and isn’t working and helps strategize for energy-efficiency improvements on future projects.

Diagram design: WSDIA | WeShouldDoItAll

Fabrica718 and ZeroEnergy Design commissioned WSDIA to create these infographics from our 12 months of performance data on the Tighthouse project.

How the Cover Evolved

The following is an excerpt of a blog post by Darius Himes, co-author of Publish Your Photography Book, which was recently updated and revised. Please visit the book’s website for the full post.

The first preliminary sketches for the cover design happened very early in the process, and were done in response to the need for something to go in the Princeton Architectural Press Spring 2011 catalog. Of course, that was being printed in summer of 2010, if I remember correctly. Mary Virginia and I were deep in the process of writing the book, and a few ideas got tossed about. We sent these off to Princeton Architectural Press, who used the 3rd one (below) in the catalog, but we felt like we needed to keep pushing the idea. (That’s how this 3rd design ended up on the website, and on Amazon for awhile.)


As Mary Virginia and I got closer to finishing the manuscript, Masumi Shibata and I began the process of photographing the various books that were to be featured. We’d set up a temporary shooting studio in one of the empty rooms in the Skolkin+Chickey offices. It consisted of 2 lights, a roll of paper and a card table. I had my tripod and Masumi brought his camera.

We needed to come up with some visuals for the chapter breaks. We had a stack of bulking dummies around the office from all of the books that were being worked on. (A bulking dummy is an unprinted, bound version of a book, made from the paper and cover materials you’ve decided on. A printer will provide this as a visual; it’s a chance to see the object before you’ve started printing.)

The bulking dummies were in all different sizes and shapes, but completely blank and wrapped in white paper boards and/or white dust jackets. They’re like the Platonic Ideal of a book. I thought we could photograph them in ways that would be perfect for the chapter delineations.

Masumi was the photographer, and I was sort-of the art director for these shoots. At one point I suggested photographing one of the bulking dummies with me holding it. I held it in front of my chest, in my lap, etc. It didn’t quite work. Then I held it off to the side, against the white back-drop. That worked, on some level.


But wait! How did that become this?


Read Darius’s full post at

The Book of Trees
Lectures by author Manuel Lima

April 24 at 7pm
Strand Books, New York
Free with purchase of the book or Strand giftcard

May 21 at noon
92nd Street Y, New York
Tickets: $21, available here

The Book of Trees: Visualizing Branches of Knowledge is available now from Princeton Architectural Press!