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Bookshelf: What We’re Reading


In celebration of its 10th anniversary, Opening Ceremony released a book, with photography by Terry Richardson, and writing and artwork by Ryan McGinley, Alexander Wang, M.I.A., Rodarte, and more. From RIT Press comes the first comprehensive look at Massimo Vignelli’s work on transit maps, covering his work on NYC’s maps in 1972, 2008 and 2011, along with Washington DC and Paris. And Dutch designer Li Edelkoort is authoring Frame’s first fashion book, Fetishism in Fashion, to be released in June.

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Bookshelf: What We’re (Re-)Reading


Illustrator Kate Bingaman-Burt went through a time when she sketched out every single purchase she made, in an attempt to be more conscious of her spending and possibilities for re-use. Now we can all do the same with her guide, What Did I Buy Today?. We can also revisit the passionate relationship between painters Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, via Kahlo’s love letters to him in The Diary of Frida Kahlo: An Intimate Self-Portrait.  Or, go exploring with The New Safari, a gorgeous glimpse into the African tradition of safari, and how it lives on through landscape, architecture, and interiors.

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Theme Week: Re-_____ (Use,Tool, Purpose…)


This week, in honor of the season of spring-cleaning and rejuvenation, we will be focusing the blog all around the refreshing ideas of re-evaluating, re-purposing, and re-using the things in our lives. The Re-_____ world is one of ingenuity and innovation, environmental-consciousness, and reviving old into new via previously unseen insights. It will echo Robert M. Pirsig’s idea that, often, “The pencil is mightier than the pen.” by illustrating examples of flexibility, revival  and ways in which new tools are being used to approach old ideas. Its inspiring and refreshing to see what we can do with what we already have.

Bookshelf: What We’re Reading


The Upcycle is the much-anticipated follow-up to Crade-to-Cradle from William McDonough and Michael Braungart, all about how we can improve the environment with all of our actions. Design critic Alice Rawsthorn recently released her book, Hello World, examining the social impact of design. And check out this little film teaser from Gestalten for the book Velo: Bicycle Culture and Design.

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You & I

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As big supporters of that lovable eponymous character the ampersand, we can’t resist the charms of artist/illustrator Steven Harrington’s huge fiberglass trademark. Called “You and I,” the glossy white sculpture is a great example of the human and pop art characters that Harrington uses often in his work. Check out this wonderful little video about Steven and his work, showing his process and revealing his motivations and inspirations behind his work.

Bookshelf: What We’re Reading


Slanted #21: CUBA – The New Generation looks like a fantastic and beautiful new book showing off contemporary Cuban design, photography, illustration, and typography. The Branded Gentry is a new book exploring the concept of self-branding and entrepreneurialism. And new from Rosenfeld is Service Design: From Insight to Implementation, a great introduction to service design, related methods and case studies, and ways to implement it.

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Bookshelf: What We’re Reading


Dekho: Conversations on Design in India (shown above) is a new book from Indian company Codesign, collecting conversations with Indian designers. Candida Höfer’s Libraries is a collection of beautiful photographs close to our heart, celebrating those serene spaces of intellect and curiosity. And Daniel Brooks’ A History of Future Cities looks like a great examination of new global metropolises and their amazingly fast growth.

Ampersand a Day

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As unabashed lovers of the ampersand and typography, we were overjoyed to discover this incredible collection of the character, one shared each day in 2010. The depth and range of the tumblr site is great, as is its simple presentation. Each is displayed calendar-card style, in black, uniform size. As they note, “there are ampersands that are elegant, graceful and serene but that didn’t leave out the stumpy, awkward, stout or the festively plump.”

Bookshelf: What We’re Reading


As ardent fans of the enduring and alluring potential of physical books, we’re excited to peruse Gestalten’s Fully Booked: Ink on Paper, a collection of a range of books best experienced in-hand (including Guy Laramee’s artful books, shown above). And for the logo-obsessed, Taschen recently released Logobook, a practical encyclopedia of over 2,500 logos, past and present. And fans of Arne Quinze can delve into his work with a boxed set including two books and two DVDs exploring the artist’s installations “My Secret Garden” and “Rock Strangers.”

Bookshelf: Healthy Reading

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Read your way to better health, with another beautiful cookbook from Phaidon, How to Boil an Egg, a collection of simple and nutritious recipes from Paris’ Rose Bakery, including lovely illustrations (shown above).  Or take up the relaxing and meditative art of bonsai, with Kenji Kobayashi’s Keshiki Bonsai, the first comprehensive introduction to the practice for Western readers. And following up to her Happiness Project, Gretchen Rubin shares her methods for achieving a happy mental state at home.


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