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Weekly Cartooning

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New Yorker cartoons have always been a great, reliably witty take on the form, rounding out each magazine with their humor. Many of us have come to know the cartoonists by their idiosyncratic styles, so it’s welcome news to see this Kickstarter campaign for “Very Semi-Serious,” a new documentary that goes behind the scenes of the New Yorker’s cartoon department. Leah Wolchok and Davina Pardo’s film will show us the characters behind the cartoons, and the process involved in both the creation of each simple, sophisticated sketch and how the chosen few make it into the final magazine. Only a few days left to support!

Bookshelf: What We’re Reading

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Explore the interesting integration of typography and architecture in Letterscapes, by Anna Saccani. A gorgeous new tome by Lidewij Edelkoort, Fetishism in Fashion investigates the history, evolution, culture and future of the boldly creative concept. And the appropriately-titled Geometry Makes Me Happy celebrates the application of geometric forms in work ranging from art, fashion, graphics, and architecture.

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Festivals Graphics, new from Index Books, presents 32 festivals from around the world and their accompanying graphic identities. Dive into the tiny worlds created by Christopher Boffoli, with his Big Appetites book, in which little characters scale, swim through and work amongst food props. Becky Crew’s Zombie Birds, Astronaut Fish and Other Weird Animals delves into the fascinating world of oddball animals and their idiosyncrasies.

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Height of Hong Kong

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French photographer and graphic artist Romain Jacquet-Lagrèze looks up, a lot. His subject matter are the many buildings of Hong Kong, climbing to the sky from the viewpoint of the street. His work, recently collected in the book Vertical Horizon, is a stunning glimpse into the built environment of a city that seems to never cease its growth upwards. Some are vertigo-inducing views, of the courtyards, ongoing balconies, and steel, stone and glass structures that dominate Hong Kong, all with small glimpses of the sky above.

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New from the folks at 99U, a great, straightforward toolkit for creative minds – Manage Your Day-to-Day. And Index Books’ Produced with Love gathering a honed collection of designs that go beyond a singular purpose, made with love. And for the garden-inclined, check out garden designer Louis Benech’s Twelve French Gardens,  a beautiful look at his take on mixing French formalism with natural intuition in design.

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Room to Read

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For NYCxDesign earlier this month, furniture company Vitsoe created a little quiet space – a reading room for fair-goers to sit, drink coffee, read a book and take a break. Flavorwire put together a great collection of some of the best reading rooms around the world – a terrific round-up that reminded us of how great it can be to have an inspiring space for getting lost in a book. Included are Van Alen books’ bright yellow, angular wooden seating/stairs (shown), the British Museum’s massive domed reading room, and the Victoria and Albert Museum’s bookshop reading room, which is paired with a wine bar.

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A long weekend means more time to settle in with a book…like New York City of Trees, by Benjamin Swett, who photographed and chronicled the stories of the trees that have thrived within the city. Or check out Fully Booked: Ink on Paper, new from Gestalten, which celebrates the tactile artistry of the printed book. And Acne Studios has published their second book, Bruce of Los Angeles Rodeo, showing off the cowboy and Western photography of the 50s, 60s, and 70s by Bruce Bellas, curated by Vince Aletti.

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Valerie Steele, of the Museum of Fashion at FIT, created a huge tomeFashion Designers, A-Z, with six different editions of the book bound in fabrics from designers like Stella McCartney and Prada. It’s Nice That recently unveiled the first edition of a new magazine – “Printed Pages” – championing creativity in art and design. And a fun new title from Index Books – DIY Gift Wrapping, providing tutorials and inspiration to create magical gifts.

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Design Craft

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American Craft magazine recently released a special edition design issue, featuring over 25 designer-makers sharing their process and work. The issue is available as a special digital edition, which can be viewed online, or downloaded for free in fully interactive form for the iPad or iPhone. The app version also includes some great interactive features, videos and slideshows.

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Edward Dimendberg’s Diller, Scofidio + Renfro: Architecture after Images covers the trio’s work from 1976-2008, following their evolution and growth with care while presenting well-known and discarded projects. The Shape of Green: Aesthetics, Ecology, and Design from Lance Hosey, argues that green design must be approached from the inherent beauty in nature. And Daily Rituals: How Artists Work gives a fantastic glimpse into how many creative minds structure their day around making incredible work.

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