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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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Blog to Print


Under Consideration has covered terrific print work through its websites – For Print Only, Brand New, Art of the Menu and Quipsologies – for some time. Now they are connecting their great coverage back to the print world, by publishing a Quarterly covering the best of the blogs. The print versions serve as a nice companion to the original posts, simply giving title, credit, and a link to the post, all in lovely hand-bound form, on reclaimed makeready and test sheets from printers.

Letter Forms


Typography fans will love Little Book of Lettering, a new book out from Emily Gregory that presents the work of several artists and designers working with type in new ways. Andrew Joyce’s color combos for his hand-lettered type are inspired by NBA logos, and Carson Ellis also works by hand, illustrating her type with delicate flourish. Others, like Sean Freeman, compose in Photoshop, cutting, pasting and mashing together photographs and textures to form his lettering. All are masterfully working with type using all the tools available – whether looking to the history of sign painting, or combining hand-lettering with new technologies.

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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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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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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Up in a Tree


Terunobu Fujimori’s fantastical Teahouse Tetsu (shown), which puts visitors in the midst of an incredible cherry blossom grove, is just one of several treehouses featured in Taschen’s recent Tree Houses. Fairy Tale Castles in the Air. The book collects a range of the dwellings – from the architectural wonders, to the cozy and handcrafted. A minimalist, clean wood space in Japan cohabits the book with a rustic, ramshackle spot in the Netherlands. All are inviting in their own way, fulfilling the childhood dream of living in the trees.

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.

Papercut Story


Artist Rob Ryan creates beautiful, intricate paper-cut works of art to make the pages of his books. Chronicle Books just released his newest, A Sky Full of Kindness, about an expectant couple of songbirds who get help prepping their nest from friends and family. With each page, Ryan composes lovingly illustrated scenes of cut paper, with accompanying poetic text carefully crafted and incorporated into the scenes, to masterful effect.

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.”

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