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Beautiful Lego

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Legos have provided kids with the material inspiration to build and re-build various constructions for ages. Not surprisingly, many adults have held onto the building blocks as their material of choice for creating incredible works of art. One famed lego artist, Mike Doyle, collected several of these artists and their incredible creations, had them beautifully photographed and put the collection together in a book – Beautiful Lego, released this week.

Bookshelf: What We’re Reading

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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.

(Image from Morag Myerscough at the Library of Birmingham)

Pushing Ceramic Boundaries

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The first museum exhibition of renowned potter Adam Silverman’s work opens at Laguna Art Museum in CA on Oct 27. Concurrently, Adam Silverman Ceramics, a great collection of his ceramics, with a forward by Shepard Fairey, will be released this week by Rizzoli. Silverman, who runs Heath LA’s creative direction, experiments with unconventional glazes, layering them to produce lava-like textures and depth. Book release parties will be held at Heath SF on Sept. 27, and Heath LA on Sept. 28.

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Bookshelf: What We’re Reading

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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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Iconic Illustrations

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Coming across the work of Polish graphic designer and illustrator Janusz Stanny brightened our day. His quirky style, wonderful layouts, graphic elements, and incorporation of collage – applied to posters and over 200 children’s books – are simply lovely.

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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

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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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Creative Wisdom

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Creative students in D&AD’s network will soon have access to a concise, well-designed little book of advice. Simply titled, “The Creative Notebook” is a collection of words of wisdom and inspiration from industry professionals and graduates, serving as a great resource for those who may need a little push in their stressful student days. In a slim, notebook format, each page of ruled paper includes several wise quotes and hand-drawn accompanying illustrations.

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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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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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