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Grain edit is focused on classic design work from the 1950s-1970s and contemporary designers that draw inspiration from that time period. Site content includes interviews, articles, designers libraries as well as examples of rare design annuals, type specimens, Ephemera, posters and vintage kids books from our bookshelves.
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In our latest edition of book picks we highlight titles from Wee Society, Intercom, Universe/Rizzoli, Laurence King, TBW Books, HarperCollins and Princeton Architectural Press. In addition, we take a look at a stunning new typeface from Lost Type. All this and more after the jump.
This is M. Sasek: The Extraordinary Life and Travels of the Beloved Children’s Book Illustrator By Olga Cerna, Pavel Ryska, Martin Salisbury Published by Universe/ Rizzoli 120 Pages
Replete with documents, memories, and images from the life of Miroslav Sasek, this book is richly illustrated with material from Sasek’s books as well as such archival material as previously unpublished illustrations, photographs, and vintage fan letters from children inspired by his books.
Freehand: New Typography Sketchbooks By Steven Heller and Lita Talarico Published by Thames & Hudson Pg 352
This show-all tour through leading graphic designers’ personal sketchbooks reveals the creative processes behind the creation of typefaces, word-images and logos. Arranged alphabetically by name, the world’s most exciting designers and typographers, including Philippe Apeloig, Ed Benguiat, Hoefler Type Foundry, Henrik Kubel, Toshi Omagari and Francesco Zorzi, present a staggering range of unique and exciting ways to communicate through letters and words. Sketchbook pages reveal the designers’ creative processes across diverse briefs, concepts, languages and alphabets, from Roman to Cyrillic to Arabic.
The Fish and the Cat By Marianne Dubuc Published by Princeton Architectural Press
The best-selling The Lion and the Bird featured the enchanting stories and art of Canadian children’s book author Marianne Dubuc. The Fish and the Cat is a playful story of pursuit between a cat and pet fish that starts in the house, moves through the neighborhood, and ends in the sky with a chase around the stars and the moon. This wordless picture book, full of action and humor, encourages children to create their own stories and adventures.
Graphic Artists Guild Handbook: Pricing & Ethical Guidelines, 15th Edition is an indispensable resource for people who create graphic art and those who buy it. As the graphic art marketplace continues to evolve to meet the needs of both digital and print media and as clients struggle with shrinking budgets in the current economy, the demand for up-to-date information on business, ethical, and legal issues is greater than ever.
The fully updated 15th Edition includes:
—The latest pricing guidelines for buyers and sellers
—Current salary information with job descriptions
—Formulas for determining hourly and per diem freelance rates
—Hourly freelance rates by discipline
—Copyright registration information
—Model contracts and forms that can be adapted for specific needs
—A totally revised and updated chapter on Surface Pattern Design
—An expanded chapter of additional professional, business, and legal resources with the latest contact information
How to Make Repeat Patterns: A Guide for Designers, Architects and Artists By Paul Jackson Published by Laurence King 160 Pages
Using letters as the basic elements, the book demonstrates how all repeat pattern-making comes out of four simple operations: translation, rotation, reflection, and glide reflection. It will provide the definitive one-stop pattern-making resource for professional designers and students across disciplines, from textiles and fashion to graphic design and architecture.
Clip Art: 20 Historical Paper Clips By Present & Correct Published by Princeton Architectural Press
A smart take on the novelty paperclip trend, Clip Art features ten paperclip designs, drawn from historical patent records. The elegant, thick grey envelope holds a glassine bag filled with silver and brass paperclips (ten different designs, two of each). The package features both gold and silver stamping; each design is shown on the cover and annotated with year of design.
Once in Harlem By Katsu Naito Published by TBW Books
Bringing together landscape photography, environmental portraits, and makeshift plein air studio portraits (reminiscent of Richard Avedon’s more elaborate outdoor staging) charged with the empathy and warmth of a kindred spirit, Once in Harlem is as much a continuation of the American photographic tradition of foreign-born artists chronicling American peoples and customs as it is vital historical document.
Once in Harlem, Naito’s second monograph and first with TBW Books, builds on his remarkable ability to intimately engage with his subjects to create emotional dialogues that can transcend bounds of ethnicity, gender, and socio-economic strata, to, as he puts it, “look into each other’s soul to build another dimension of a relationship
Oh Sh*t. What Now? Honest Advice for New Graphic Designers By Craig Oldham Published by Laurence King 128 Pages
So you’ve graduated. What now? Where do you live? Can you afford to live? How can you make money doing design? How do you get a job? Who do you want to work for and are you good enough?
This book is a comprehensive and insightful guide to anything and everything that is of use to those looking to break into the creative industries,sharing experiences, ideas, advice, criticism, and encouragement. With sections covering education, portfolios, jobs/freelancing, working process, and personal development, this straight-talking, funny, and frequently irreverent guide is a must-read for all creative arts students.
Mort Modern is a new serif typeface designed by Riley Cran and inspired by the mid century advertising lettering of Mortimer Leach. Included with each purchase is an impressive specimen set that serves as a loving tribute to Mortimer’s work. Featured within are case studies, usage examples, articles and a brief history of Mort’s contributions to design and typography.