JACKETS, COVERS, AND ART AT THE EDGES OF LITERATURE
By PETER MENDELSUND and DAVID J. ALWORTH
Why do some book covers instantly grab your attention, while others never get a second glance? Fusing word and image, as well as design thinking and literary criticism, this captivating investigation goes behind the scenes of the cover design process to answer this question and more.
NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW
As the outward face of the text, the book cover makes an all-important first impression. The Look of the Book examines art at the edges of literature through notable covers and the stories behind them, galleries of the many different jackets of bestselling books, an overview of book cover trends throughout history, and insights from dozens of literary and design luminaries. Co-authored by celebrated designer and creative director Peter Mendelsund and scholar David Alworth, this fascinating collaboration, featuring hundreds of covers, challenges our notions of what a book cover can and should be.
Hardcover | Published by Ten Speed Press Oct 06, 2020| 292 Pages| 8-1/2 x 11| ISBN 9780399581021
At a turning point in the history of the aeronautic era, Aircraft: The New Anatomy challenges the perception of the aviation industry and common conventions of photography. Between 2017 and 2020, French artist Maxime Guyon visited major European airplane manufacturers and other key players in this industry. With a strong conceptual aesthetic and a fascination for details, Guyon has created a photographic essay that approaches this topic in a whole new way. The series of images explores the captivating evolution of the aircraft industry as well as the constant expectation of progress within technology.
Combining the principles of “form follows function” and the aesthetics of our post- industrial era, the book reopens the visual discussion that was first introduced in 1935 by Le Corbusier’s publication Aircraft: The New Vision.
Author(s): Maxime Guyon Edited by Maxime Guyon With a contribution by Nicolas Nova Design: Frederik Mahler-Andersen
22 × 28 cm, 8 ½ × 11 in 126 pages, 70 illustrations hardback
From its inception in 1919, the Bauhaus was a truly international institution. Students and teachers travelled from Croatia, Hungary, Japan, Palestine, Russia, Switzerland and the United States to Weimar and later Dessau and Berlin to become part of the school, drawn to the Bauhaus because of its cosmopolitan, avant-garde perspective and hands-on curriculum. This outlook was reflected in the way the school received and interpreted diverse influences, ranging from Arts and Crafts to reform pedagogy, from Eastern spirituality to constructivism, machine production and the Neues Bauen (New Building) movement. Art and design at the Bauhaus also contained a transcultural element, gleaned through exposure to non-western cultures, books and museum collections and interaction with foreign students and visiting lecturers.
Featuring contributions from artists, historians, cultural theorists and others, Bauhaus Imaginista offers a rare opportunity to explore a history of transcultural exchange in the 20th century through the specific lens of the Bauhaus and its reception in different geographies and time periods. Part of the large-scale project marking the school’s centenary, its focus is on the experimental, open-ended character of modernism as well as its inherent cosmopolitanism. As never before, it shows the crucial role the Bauhaus had in reimagining the relationship between art and society.
Format: PLC Size: 30.8 x 24.0 cm Extent: 312 pp Illustrations: 206 Publication date: 21 March 2019
Russell Whitehead & Jordan Cluroe, founders of 2LG Studio
A new interiors bible of tips and techniques for restoring design confidence in an image-saturated world, from design stars Russell Whitehead and Jordan Cluroe
Making interior design choices can be daunting in a world flooded with trend-setting Instagram posts and Pinterest boards. Russell and Jordan specialize in designing homes for clients who know what they love but struggle to know where to start. Their fresh approach is nothing short of a design revolution, enabling readers to free their homes by creating interiors that express their personality and address their needs.
This essential companion will equip readers with new ways to see their interiors and give them the confidence to create a home that helps them to live better. In eight chapters, Russell and Jordan cover everything from how to handle original features, use colour, pattern and texture, choose materials and curate objects. Focusing on people and how we use our spaces, this book also covers finding one’s style, cohabiting and design compromises, exploring one’s creativity and rediscovering the fun in interior design. Box-outs and tips throughout offer practical guidance on where to start, as well as a range of examples from the designers’ own work and that of key designers around the world.
Format: PLC Size: 25.0 x 19.5 cm Extent: 208 pp Illustrations: 251 Publication date: 16 April 2020
The definitive monograph on a master of modern design.
The graphics, interiors, and products designed by Vignelli Associates are internationally recognized for their refined aesthetics, evolving modernity, and crisp execution. This landmark volume is devoted to Massimo and Lella Vignelli's influential work produced from their New York headquarters since the 1960s, as well as rarely seen early work produced in their native Italy. Design: Vignelli presents the brilliant multidisciplinary approach of the Vignellis, from designs for corporate identity programs including American Airlines, Bloomingdale's, and Benetton, to world-famous signage for the New York subway system. Their firm was also notable for its interior and furniture design, designs for magazines and newspapers, glassware and tableware, and an exhaustive collection of book designs. Many of these works have been cited as masterpieces of twentieth-century design and are included in the design collection of the Museum of Modern Art as well as in many other important museum collections.
Pages: 408 Published: October 2018 Weight: 2.49 kg Language: English
The aesthetic of our contemporary environment, including everything from housing developments to furniture and websites, is partly the result of a school of art and design founded in Germany in 1919, the Bauhaus. While in operation for only fourteen years before being shut down by the Nazis in 1933, the school left an indelible mark on design as well as the practice of art education throughout the world.
Placing the Bauhaus into its socio-historic context, Frank Whitford traces the ideas behind the school’s conception and describes its teaching methods. He examines the activities of the teachers, who included artists as eminent as Paul Klee, Josef Albers and Wassily Kandinsky, and the daily lives of the students. This remains the most accessible and highly illustrated introduction to perhaps the most significant design movement of the last hundred years.
Format: Paperback Extent: 216 pages Publication date: 12 March 2020
Bored of the visual waste landscape of minimalistic products? The book «In the land of Shit and Sugar» whisks you into a parallel universe filled with absurd goods, far away from all moral expectations and usual design conventions. Anachronistic, loud, flashy and carefree. A place where anything can be found, even that which has been banned by the style police. The stories of 100 chosen products have been analyzed, deconstructed and celebrated: without any taboos or the slightest claim on good taste. Welcome to the Land of Shit and Sugar!
Pages: 300 Printed in: Switzerland
Don't Buy This Book – Entrepreneurship for Creative People
Make the right choices to achieve your goals as a creative entrepreneur
Don’t Buy This Book is the sequel to the highly successful Don’t Read This Book – Time Management for Creative People. Like its predecessor, it uses the ToDon’tList method to help you make the right choices – choices that help you achieve your goals as a creative entrepreneur.
Driven by ‘simple, remarkable ideas’ Stockholm Design Lab (SDL) has been transforming brands as one of the leading forward-thinking design agencies in the world. From developing visual identities to defining creative approaches for the biggest brands today, its works are as diverse as they are distinct and delightful to capture hearts across all walks of life.
To mark its 21st year in the industry, SDL has compiled a special monograph with over 500 pages of exclusive insight into its creative inspiration, processes, and portfolio. Categorised by industry, the book’s contents include behind-the-scenes anecdotes, mock-ups, and never-seen-before images; serving as a valuable source of reference and reflection for designers at any level.
Editor: Victionary Specs: 230 x 290 mm, 568 pp Format: full colour, hard cover with dust jacket Release date: March 2020 Language: English
The book 'Designing Lightness. Structures for Saving Energy' is an appeal to start designing minimum weight applications to seriously save energy. It also offers practical advice for doing so. Designing Lightness entertains the reader with its free associations, creating unexpected crosslinks between the world of composite materials and structural solutions. It therefore precedes the conventional approach to sustainability, which focuses on symptoms rather than causes of environmental overload. The book is of interest to all designing disciplines, combining packaging, vehicles, skyscrapers and nanoscale phenomena.
Adriaan Beukers is an emeritus professor in Lightweight Structures. Ed van Hinte is a writer and award-winning critic with a design and engineering background. The book is the extended and improved sequel to their book Lightness, which appeared in 1998.
Alan I W Frank House: The Modernist Masterwork by Walter Gropius and Marcel Breuer
Text by Kenneth Frampton and Barry Bergdoll and Charles A. Birnbaum and Alan I W Frank
The first book to feature this modernist masterpiece, one of Walter Gropius and Marcel Breuer's most important residential commissions.
Offering a rare opportunity to explore the largest and most luxurious house designed by Walter Gropius, founder of the Bauhaus, and Marcel Breuer, leading architect and furniture designer of the twentieth century, this beautifully designed volume celebrates the Alan I W Frank House in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Built in 1939-40, the house embodies the Bauhaus "total work of art" philosophy, with Gropius and Breuer having designed every aspect of the building and its site. Illustrations including new and archival images and the architects' plans and sketches highlight an exquisite balance of proportions and colors. Accompanying essays place this house firmly within the American modernist canon just as the Bauhaus celebrates its one-hundreth anniversary in 2019.
About The Author
Alan I W Frank, son of the original owners, is president of the Alan I W Frank House Foundation, whose mission is to restore and preserve the Frank House. Kenneth Frampton is one of the world's leading architectural historians of modernist architecture. Barry Bergdoll, former curator of architecture and design at the Museum of Modern Art, is a professor of modern architectural history at Columbia University. Charles A. Birnbaum is president and CEO of the Cultural Landscape Foundation.
Fake Love Letters, Forged Telegrams, and Prison Escape Maps
Designing Graphic Props for Filmmaking
A behind-the-scenes look at the extraordinary and meticulous design of graphic objects for film sets
Although graphic props such as invitations, letters, tickets, and packaging are rarely seen close-up by a cinema audience, they are designed in painstaking detail. Dublin-based designer Annie Atkins invites readers into the creative process behind her intricately designed, rigorously researched, and visually stunning graphic props. These objects may be given just a fleeting moment of screen time, but their authenticity is vital and their role is crucial: to nudge both the actors on set and the audience just that much further into the fictional world of the film.
Format: Paperback Size: 254 x 190 mm (10 x 7 1/2 in) Pages: 208 pp Illustrations: 200 illustrations ISBN: 9780714879383
Many designs that appear in today’s society will circulate and encounter audiences of many different cultures and languages. With communication comes responsibility; are designers aware of the meaning and impact of their work? An image or symbol that is acceptable in one culture can be offensive or even harmful in the next. A typeface or colour in a design might appear to be neutral, but its meaning is always culturally dependent. If designers learn to be aware of global cultural contexts, we can avoid stereotyping and help improve mutual understanding between people.
Politics of Design is a collection of visual examples from around the world. Using ideas from anthropology and sociology, it creates surprising and educational insight in contemporary visual communication. The examples relate to the daily practice of both online and offline visual communication: typography, images, colour, symbols, and information.
Politics of Design shows the importance of visual literacy when communicating beyond borders and cultures. It explores the cultural meaning behind the symbols, maps, photography, typography, and colours that are used every day. It is a practical guide for design and communication professionals and students to create more effective and responsible visual communication.
About The Author Under the name Untold Stories, Ruben Pater creates visual narratives that support solidarity, justice, and equality. This often starts as a collaboration with other disciplines to create new perspectives on complex social and political issues. Visual stories that reach a wide audience through publications, installations, interactive media, or film. His Drone Survival Guide (2013), received worldwide attention as a dicussion piece on military drones. In his book The Politics of Design (BIS Publishers, 2016) he looks at the responsibilities of designers in visual culture. He teaches at the bachelor of graphic design and the master Non-Linear Narrative at the Royal Academy of Art in the Hague, the Netherlands.
17.5 x 11.1 cm
ISBN 978 90 6369 422 7
Don't Read This Book – Time Management for Creative People
Don’t Read This Book focuses on how to make choices about everything you do in your daily life and workplace. The book is packed with advice, models and exercises on time management.
As creative people, we have ideas. Some of us have many ideas, others have really good ones, and most of us have many really good ideas. But most of these never see the light of day. Why? If you ask a creative person, the answer will always revolve around time. We simply need time to execute an idea (and do it well)—more time than we have.
Don’t Read This Book focuses on how to make choices about everything you do in your daily creative practice and life. The book follows the ‘To Don’t List’ method: When you say ‘no’ to one idea, you have more time to execute another one. In short: the more you subtract, the more focus and time you get.
The book is divided into three parts: Life, Workplace, and Projects. It covers everything from defining your life goals, to writing a five sentence-long email, to leaving out as much as possible in a project. Whether you are a student or professional, this book will save you time. (Of course, if you don’t read it, you will save some time directly.)
This handy how-to guide is chock-full of everything you need to know to produce professional hand-lettering—whether you’re an experienced artist interested in broadening your skills, or just a curious novice in need of an eye-catching yard sale sign. Jam-packed with detailed drawing techniques, convenient reference models, invaluable skill-building exercises, and real world case studies, House’s Chief Lettering Officer, Ken Barber, reveals the secrets for creating virtually any letter style in nearly every design scenario imaginable. Most important, you’ll learn simple and easy-to-use step-by-step methods for making alluring and effective lettering, all the way from concept to final execution.
Germany is no stranger to utilitarian and quality designs. Owing to the Bauhaus movement which emerged in the early 20th century, the country has a well-established reputation in cultivating pioneers of the world’s modern industrial and graphic design scene. With a historical tendency to unite form with function in design, Germany is constantly producing influential and comprehensive designs that never fail to manifest excellent practicality.
In the spirit of demonstrating the distinct visual landscapes of different cultures, viction:ary’s design reference collection Design Origin examines creative works one country at a time. Succeeding their debut edition on France, Design Origin: Germany explores contemporary design in Germany that encapsulate the country’s unrelenting emphasis on efficiency and accessibility. Profiling works from over 40 local creatives, this title showcases an array of cutting-edge projects from brand identities to set designs and everything in between.
Editor: Victionary Specs: 185 x 250 mm, 256 pp Format: full colour, softcover Release date: August 2016 Language: English
What I’ve Learned: 28 Creatives Share Career-defining Insights
Inspirational interviews with 28 world-renowned designers and architects shed light on the experiences that have influenced their lives and work.
The regular feature What I’ve Learned in Frame magazine opens the door for readers to discover more about their favourite designers and architects. In candid interviews, these individuals reflect on the path their careers have taken them and the industry at large, offering the reader the possibility to take a shortcut and learn from their experiences.
Revisiting a selection of these interviews for compilation into this new book, What I’ve Learned includes new material and further insights. The book also features the most important projects or products with which these established creatives made their name, but in a personal way, with the intricacies of real-life woven in.
The creative conversations illustrated in this title demonstrate the strengths and inspirational vision of personalities such as Tadao Ando, Jaime Hayon, Hella Jongerius, Daniel Libeskind, Bernard Tschumi and Patricia Urquiola.
Features • What I’ve Learned is based on the eponymous section in Frame magazine. • Established designers and architects reflect on their lives, careers and the industry, with their stories presented in the first person. • The book shows not just portraits of the creatives but also an overview of their best work, and the challenges they face. • Featured are personalities such as Tadao Ando, Jaime Hayon, Hella Jongerius, Daniel Libeskind, Bernard Tschumi and Patricia Urquiola.
Publication details Release date: 20 March 2018 Frame English Written by Izabela Anna Moren, Penny Craswell, Lilia Glanzmann, Tim Groen, Leo Gullbring, Kanae Hasegawa, Matthew Hurst, Jeroen Junte, David Keuning, Floor Kuitert, Melanie Mendelewitsch, Enya Moore, Shonquis Moreno, Jeannette Petrik, Jill Diane Pope, Anna Sansom, Monica Zerboni Graphic design by Zoe Bar-Pereg (Frame Publishers) 200 x 265 mm 248 pages / full colour / soft cover ISBN 978-94-92311-26-9
The Japanese philosopher and aesthete's definitive, hugely influential exposition of his philosophy of folkcrafts, setting out the hallmarks of Japanese design as we know it today: anonymity, quality, simplicity and honesty—and, of course, wabi-sabi, the beauty of imperfection
A Penguin Classic
Our lives are filled with objects. Everyday things used in everyday settings, they are our constant companions. As such, writes Soetsu Yanagi, they should be made with care and built to last, treated with respect and even affection. They should be natural and simple, sturdy and safe—an aesthetic fulfillment of our practical needs. They should, in short, be things of beauty.
Long revered as the authority on craftsmanship and Japanese aesthetics, Yanagi devoted his life and writing to defend the value of craft. In an age of feeble and ugly machine-made things, The Beauty of Everyday Things is a call for each of us to deepen our relationship with the objects that surround us. Inspired by the work of the simple artisans Yanagi encountered on his lifelong travels through Japan and Korea, this now-classic book is a heartfelt defence of modest, honest, handcrafted objects, from traditional teacups to jars to paper—objects that exemplify the beauty of everyday things.
Adolf Loos was an eloquent voice against the squandering of fine materials, ornamentation and unnecessary embellishments. The rational underpinnings of his later assertion that “ornament is crime” first appear in these polemical thrusts at the stylized work of the Viennese secessionists. Few are acquainted with his amusing, incisive, critical and philosophical literary works on applied design and the essence of style in fin de siecle Vienna. Loos often had a radical, yet innovative outlook on life that made him such a nuisance for many of his contemporaries. His provocative musings on an assortment of subjects portray him as a man of many interests, and possessing a keen feel for elegant design still valued today. This publication is now available in English for the first time.
128 p, no ills, 12 x 19 cm, hb, English
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