I love books. I can’t get enough of them. So here are some of my current favorites that I encourage you to pick up.
ECAL, a great book for students and educators of Graphic Design. The École Cantonale d’Art de Lausanne is a model for design pedagogy and academic research. The book kind of chronicles the work of the staff and students over the past years.
Anni & Josef Albers. Flipping through it just once convinced me that some of the most talented designers out there right now not only know this work but are employing the principles in their own work (from those crazy abstract color studies of Andy Gilmore to the line art of Geoff Mcfetridge).
Bauhaus, Modernism & the Illustrated Book. Architecture influencing book typography influencing architecture. This was an amazing time for graphic design and the work is relevant to anything posted on this blog.
AGI: Graphic Design Since 1950. The Alliance Graphique Internationale is like the high rollers club, the elite, the best of the best in graphic design. Founded in 1951, the organization has selected some 600 designers from more than thirty nations to join. This book is a summary of the accomplisments of its members (such as Saul Bass, Paul Rand, Ivan Chermayeff, Tom Geismar, Chwast,..and so on). I am not kidding when I say that every page is solid gold.
Some days one can feel like an old idea is brought back to life, thus holding more power than in previous days. My guess is this week many of us are renewing our confidence, recognizing our considerable skill, and finding fresh sensitivity to our individual proficiency.
What better time to explore a new idea for your ashes. Ashes? Yes, as in your remains.
Seattle’s Lundgren Monuments can offer creative alternatives to the same old same old, with custom made urns by famous designers. Each one is uniquely beautiful, and in some cases even fun. Now go ahead and explore the old as seen through the new.
Born in Belgium(1959), Martin Margiela makes innovative solutions for todays lifestyle. He also pushes his models to their absolute peek performance (as you can see in this photograph where they cannot see as they walk).
His recent runway show, during the Paris Spring 2009 fashion week, showed such a focused sophistication (with his quirky signature twist) that those of you who are hungry for clean lines and graphic shapes will want to take a look through in the slide show.
Margiela has also long been respected for his dedication to deconstruction and recycled materials. His ideas are progressive and architectural all the way.
LucyandBart is a collaboration between Lucy McRae and Bart Hess described as an instinctual stalking of fashion, architecture, performance and the body. They share a fascination with genetic manipulation and beauty expression. Unconsciously their work touches upon these themes, however it is not their intention to communicate this. They work in a primitive and limitless way creating future human shapes, blindly discovering low – tech prosthetic ways for human enhancement.
Their work is inspiring in that it shares a completely organic vision still accessible through a pretty package… so to speak. Take a look at the links and you will not be disappointed.
I recently read this book about 1970s alternative energy ideas. The content is very relevant today, plus it’s nicely designed with an illustrated story by Harriet Russell. Here’s a good review to check out.