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Bookshelf: What We’re Reading


Vogue’s contributing editor Andre Leon Talley recently released Little Black Dress, about the iconic fashion piece (check out an interview with him here). A collection of Gerald Cinamon’s work celebrates the American designer and typographer’s modern work as chief designer at Penguin. And new from Frame – Goods shows the product development process from concept to finish of 59 creations of designers like BarberOsgerby, Konstantin Grcic, and Patricia Urquiola.

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Bookshelf: What We’re Reading


With pure simplicity, Kyoungtae Kim’s On The Rocks is a wonderful study of the beauty of rocks, each variation photographed and laid out on a white background, elevating its detail. Fashion Design, Referenced: A Visual Guide to the History, Language and Practice of Fashion is a comprehensive look at the ins-and-outs of the fashion world. And Never Built: Los Angeles is a great collection of unrealized architectural proposals and projects that could have drastically altered the city as we know it today.

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Bookshelf: What We’re Reading


Loveworks is a beautifully-designed handbag/book from Saatchi and Saatchi, including 20 case studies on making and sustaining emotional connections with consumers. Prototyping and Model Making for Product Design is a great, hands-on guide for diving in to the technical and tutorial aspects of both practices. And Rock the Shack is a daydream-inducing, lovely collection of rural retreats – in the form of cabins, hideouts, cottages and treehouses.

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Bookshelf: What We’re Reading


In contrast to the clean minimalism of many graphic design books, Michael Rock’s Multiple Signatures is a dialogue of thoughts, questions and process that contribute to the final products of graphic design. A beautiful, 2-volume monograph on Japanese designer Shiro Kuramata was released by Phaidon, written by Deyan Sudjic and bound together beautifully by an acrylic box. Mash Creative released a compendium of their work in 15/115 (15 Years, 115 Projects), a beautiful round-up of posters, logos, and case studies done in 15 years.

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A Brief Hiatus…


As Summer in the city reaches its finale, this blog will take a moment to pause. Embarking on travels near and far we will rejoin you after Labor Day with inspirations from our journey. Until then…..

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Bookshelf: What We’re Reading


New from Thames & Hudson, 100 Works of Art That Will Define Our Age is a collection of ground-breaking contemporary art, including Matthew Barney, Louise Bourgeois, Ernesto Neto, Jeff Koons, and more. Bobbye Tigerman’s Handbook of California Design, 1930-65 is a great look at the designers and craftspeople working in the boom of Californian modern design. And Steve Portigal’s Interviewing Users is an useful tool for any designer looking to better understand users.

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Bookshelf: What We’re Reading


Tie-dye style is making a come-back – check out the great new book from textile artist and designer Shabd Simon-Alexander, Tie-Dye: Dye it, Wear it, Share it. And graphic designer Son Emirali’s Colony is a carefully-crafted exploration of London’s contemporary shop culture. Taschen’s new Wood Architecture Now! Vol 2 is a beautiful celebration of the ubiquitous material and its many uses in contemporary architecture.

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Bookshelf: What We’re Reading


Food, Chocolate, Design (shown) is a beautifully-designed, stitch-bound book accompanying an exhibition of the same name in Florence, Italy where food craftsmen, bloggers, and designers converge on the topics. Stephen Holl’s Urban Hopes: Made in China collects the architect’s varied projects over the last decade in China, alongside related theory and criticism. And Aero: Beginning to Now celebrates 20 years of studio founder Thomas O’Brien.

Bookshelf: What We’re Reading


New from HBR Press, entrepreneurs should check out Worthless, Impossible, and Stupid: How Contrarian Entrepreneurs Create and Capture Extraordinary Value – a look at the contrarian ideas and methods that build successful business. Tom Dixon’s retrospective catalog of his product designs, Dixonary, organizes each of his projects with a photo of an inspiration image, and a paragraph explaining the inspiration and connection. And Formica Forever celebrates the evolution of the material for its 100-year anniversary, designed by Abbott Miller of Pentagram.

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Bookshelf: What We’re Seeking to Read


Lovers of typography will be happy to pour over Unit Editions’ latest, Type Only, celebrating the trend in graphic design for type unsupported by graphics or images. Index Books’ Bestiary explores the use and fascination with all things animal in art and design. And Gestalten’s new Inside : Culture Identities is a look at the stellar graphic design work done for cultural institutions, museums and theaters.

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