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Steve Wolf

Steve Wolf

Steve Wolf is a designer and illustrator who utilizes simple forms and stippled textures to craft gorgeous identity and packaging work. These stylistic elements are particularly evident in his collaboration with Sibling, an ad agency that specializes in culturally inclusive marketing. Wolf crafted naïve, yet intriguing arrangements for a promotional poster series for the brand. The abstract nature of the compositions conjures the audience’s curiosity and interest in the company.

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Everyday Practice

Everyday Practice

Everyday Practice is a Korean design studio that has a passion for experimenting with different mediums. From animated GIFs to fine art sculptures, their portfolio is full of innovative projects made from a variety of materials. The studio is especially inventive when it comes to constructing unique typography. A very clever type treatment can be seen in their work for the 2017 Seoul International Handmade Fair. Taking the event’s theme to heart, they crafted a colorful tapestry that features hand woven letterforms. The beautiful weaving was photographed and paired with digital type to create the event’s poster.

Everyday Practice

Everyday Practice

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Recently Received Books

The Moderns via @grainedit

The Moderns by Steven Heller and Greg D’Onofrio

Looking for some new inspiration or something to add to your winter reading list? Here’s a few of the titles that we’ve received within the last month or so. Included are awesome titles from Abrams, Blast Books, The Monacelli Press, Thames Hudson, Wee Society and Princeton Architectural Press.

 

The Moderns via @grainedit

The Moderns via @grainedit

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The Moderns via @grainedit

The Moderns via @grainedit

The Moderns via @grainedit

The Moderns via @grainedit

The Moderns via @grainedit

The Moderns: Midcentury American Graphic Design
By Steven Heller and Greg D’Onofrio
Published Abrams
336 Pages / Hardcover

In The Moderns, we meet the men and women who invented and shaped Midcentury Modern graphic design in America. The book is made up of generously illustrated profiles, many based on interviews, of more than 60 designers whose magazine, book, and record covers; advertisements and package designs; posters; and other projects created the visual aesthetics of postwar modernity. Some were émigrés from Europe; others were homegrown—all were intoxicated by elemental typography, primary colors, photography, and geometric or biomorphic forms. Some are well-known, others are honored in this volume for the first time, and together they comprised a movement that changed our design world.

Available at Abrams, Amazon and your local book shop.

 

The Illustrated Dustjacket

The Illustrated Dustjacket

The Illustrated Dustjacket

The Illustrated Dustjacket

The Illustrated Dustjacket

The Illustrated Dust Jacket: 1920-1970
By Martin Salisbury
Published by Thames Hudson
200 Pages

Author Martin Salisbury traces the evolution of the book jacket from its functional origins as a plain dust protector for expensively bound books to its elaboration as an artistic device to catch the eye of browsing book buyers. The increasing awareness of the jacket’s potential to serve as a marketing tool across various areas of the publishing world—from literary fiction to academic titles, and children’s books—meant a proliferation of illustrative treatments. The book jackets reproduced here reflect the changing visual styles and motifs of the passing century, beginning with the Art Deco period and continuing through Modernism, the playful Thirties, the pre- and postwar Neo-Romantics, the new consumerism and realist subject matter of the Fifties, and the Pop Art of the Sixties.

Available at Thames Hudson, Amazon and your local book shop.

 

Aaron Draplin - Pretty Much Everything

Aaron Draplin - Pretty Much Everything

Aaron Draplin - Pretty Much Everything

Aaron Draplin - Pretty Much Everything

Draplin Design Co.: Pretty Much Everything
By Aaron Draplin
Published by Abrams
256 Pages

Pretty Much Everything is a mid-career survey of work, case studies, inspiration, road stories, lists, maps, how-tos, and advice. It includes examples of his work—posters, record covers, logos—and presents the process behind his design with projects like Field Notes and the “Things We Love” State Posters. Draplin also offers valuable advice and hilarious commentary that illustrates how much more goes into design than just what appears on the page. With Draplin’s humor and pointed observations on the contemporary design scene, Draplin Design Co. is the complete package for the new generation of designers.

Available at Abrams, Amazon and your local book shop.

Night and Day - Julie Safirstein

Night and Day - Julie Safirstein

Night and Day - Julie Safirstein

Night and Day: A Big Book of Opposites
By Julie Safirstein
Published by Princeton Architectural Press

As different as night and day, goes the old saying, and this elegant book takes readers through a series of opposites of all kinds, from large to small (and tiny), long and short, front and behind, above, below, open, closed, together and alone. Colorful pop-ups, lift-the-flaps, and cut-outs create an interactive reading experience that is both lively and instructive.

Available at Princeton Architectural Press, Amazon and your local book shop.

 

SuperDesign: Italian Design

SuperDesign: Italian Design

SuperDesign: Italian Design

SuperDesign: Italian Radical Design 1965-75
By Maria Cristina Didero and Evan Snyderman
Published by The Monacelli Press
256 Pages

SuperDesign charts the Italian Radicals’ bold experimentation in modern design from its birth through its continued influence on design today.

Radical Design was launched by art, architecture, and design students in Italy in the mid-1960s. What started as a youthful rally against the establishment and a rejection of design norms became a movement that brought together some of the most dynamic and avant-garde thinkers and makers across the country.

Available at The Monacelli Press, Amazon and your local book shop.

 

The Secret World of Renaldo Kuhler

The Secret World of Renaldo Kuhler

The Secret World of Renaldo Kuhler
By Brett Ingram
Published by Blast Books
264 Pages

Like Henry Darger and Adolf Wölfli, Renaldo Kuhler (1931–2013) created, in private over the course of sixty years, a fully realized world unto itself. For its rocky terrain, he named this imaginary land Rocaterrania, and he chronicled in detail the tumultous history of its inhabitants: a royal family, Jewish immigrants, sexy women, tyrants, scoundrels, and neutants—individuals neither truly male nor female.

Kuhler was noticably striking in the unusual, self-designed uniform he wore. As a scientific illustrator at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, he made thousands of meticulous natural history illustrations—yet no one knew of his prodigious private art work begun as an isolated and lonely teenager in the late 1940s.

Wild architecture, excellent railroad and metro systems, a unique religion (Ojallaism), an evolving language and alphabet, an organized labor service, prison system (modeled after a New Jersey state penitentiary), university, Olympic sports competition, and independent movie industry all feature prominently in Kuhler’s fantastical land.

Available at Blast Books, Amazon and your local book shop.

 

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Grids Guides Tracebook: Tracing Paper Notebooks for Visual Thinkers
Published by Princeton Architectural Press
2 notebooks 60 pp each

Tracebook brings a whole new dimension to our Grids Guides family. Each Tracebook set includes two books filled with tracing paper. The covers feature two distinct grids, classic on one side and isometric on the other; cover flaps fold inside the book, providing handy structure for your sketches, designs, or lists. Remove the flaps, and your design remains, while the grid disappears. Tracing sheets are perforated for easy tear out.

Available at Princeton Architectural Press, Amazon and your local book shop.

 

Type Specimens - Tobias Frere-Jones

Fifty Type Specimens: From the Collection of Tobias Frere-Jones
Published Princeton Architectural Press
50 postcards

Fifty Type Specimens is a collection of postcards with stunning images of typography, for inspiration, correspondence, or display. Cards feature classic letterforms, pages from specimen books, and crops of gorgeous letters presented in a box with the feel of an old specimen book. Historic typefaces, selected by renowned designer Tobias Frere-Jones, are organized into four geographic categories by thumb tabs: Germany, France, United States, and the United Kingdom.

Available at Princeton Architectural Press, Amazon and your local book shop.

In the Darkness of Night - Bruno Munari

In the Darkness of Night
By Bruno Munari
60 Pages

First published in Italy in 1956, Bruno Munari’s In the Darkness of the Night tells the tale of an interconnected, intimate yet expansive journey across three settings—in the darkness, through a meadow, and into a mysterious cave—through a spellbinding combination of paper stocks, transparencies, cutouts, and simple but lively characters.

Available at Princeton Architectural Press, Amazon and your local book shop.

Wee Society Matching Game

A Box of Awesome Things Matching Game
By Wee Society

You know what’s awesome? Fireflies. Lava. Tacos. Yellow. Wee Society’s compilation of awesome things (also found in An Incomplete Book of Awesome Things) is now a matching game – designed to induce giggles, exercise working memory and spark silly conversations. The game comes with 20 pairs of cards – including one blank pair so kids can draw their own awesome addition. What’s not included: things that are NOT awesome, like cavities, garbage or splinters. It’s designed for all ages. Beginners can take out a few pairs, and work their way up to using all 40 cards.

Available at Amazon and your local book shop.

 

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Johnson/Kingston

Johnson Kingston

Ivan Weiss and Michael Kryenbül of the design studio Johnson/Kingston aim to create inventive work that challenges the norm. To keep their designs fresh and unique, they often craft bespoke typefaces and unconventional layouts for posters and websites. They then pair these elements with intricate textures and distorted imagery that signifies the mood of the event they are designing for. I’m especially fond of their work for the 2016 B-Sides Festival. The event’s poster features jagged graphics and an ornate typeface that characterizes the music festival’s edgy, yet playful atmosphere.

Johnson Kingston

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Chiii Design

Chiii Design

Chiii Design collaborates with organizations focused on art and culture. Based in Macau, the studio crafts work for creative events throughout the region. Last year, they designed the branding system for the Y Show, an exhibition that presents the portfolios of local and international art graduates. The identity features purple and pink letterforms strung across an elastic strand that represents the vibrancy of the young artists in attendance.

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Fol Studio

Fol Studio

Fol Studio is a multidisciplinary design firm that strives to be a “brand development partner” for their clients. Their strong branding skills are especially evident in their poster work for exhibitions and film festivals throughout Turkey. I’m particularly fond of their work for the art space Arter. For a retrospective on the controversial artwork of Jake and Dinos Chapman, the studio crafted eye-catching posters that feature mutated letterforms and bright splashes of color. These elements characterize the brands of both the gallery and the artists by featuring the bright hues of Arter’s identity system and signifying the audacity of the Chapman’s portfolio.

Fol Studio

Fol Studio

Fol Studio

Fol Studio

Fol Studio

Fol Studio

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Kate Prior

Kate Prior

Kate Prior is a London-based artist currently working as an in-house illustrator for Urban Outfitters. Her quirky aesthetic fits perfectly with the brand and speaks to its hip and outgoing customers. Her humorous drawings have also caught the attention of Google. Last year, the tech giant commissioned her to create a set of stickers for its messaging app Allo. For the project, she crafted the Cool Beans, a gang of bean-shaped characters that hilariously reflect the wide range of emotions one often shares with friends.

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Jon McNaught

Jon McNaught

Jon McNaught is an illustrator and comic book artist who captures the small comforts of everyday life. He often draws characters enjoying quiet activities like reading books or making coffee. An avid printmaker, he enjoys crafting linocuts and screen prints comprised of humble shapes and limited color schemes. These simple elements add an extra dose of harmony to his wholesome and serene compositions.

Jon McNaught

Jon McNaught

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Tishk Barzanji

Tishk Barzanji

Tishk Barzanji crafts surreal illustrations inspired by modernism and London’s architecture. Brimming with massive windows and shadowy figures, his pieces explore themes of deconstruction and man’s interaction with space. These concepts are also present in his animated work, which demonstrates how objects would move through his mysterious landscapes.

Tishk Barzanji

Tishk Barzanji

Tishk Barzanji

Tishk Barzanji

Tishk Barzanji

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