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A5/04: Kieler Woche
History of a Design Contest

Jens Müller and Karen Weiland

Publisher: Lars Müller
Release date:
14.8 x 21 cm, softcover, 128 pages

Designing the posters for the annual Kieler Woche sailing regatta has developed into one of the most prestigious European design competitions since it started in 1948. Since 1959 only five designers or design practices have been invited to take part in the competition, so that participation as such represents a distinction and has proved a crucial milestone in many designers’ careers. Winners and participants such as Ruedi Baur, Wim Crouwel, Willy Fleckhaus, Jan Lenica, Josef Müller-Brockmann and Odermatt+Tissi are outstanding European designers. The brief has remained unchanged for 60 years, and offers a unique survey of the development of European graphics.


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D&AD 2010, The Best Advertising and Design in the World


Publisher: Taschen
Released: Nov 2010
23.9 x 25.6 cm, hardcover, 592 pages

Following the success of D&AD 2009, the exclusive and highly-coveted annual from D&AD featuring the year’s best creative work, has been updated for 2010. The D&AD awards panel judges over 20,000 works from design studios, advertising agencies, branding consultancies, film production and photographic agencies, digital media pioneers, and other creative firms from all over the globe. Winners receive the legendary D&AD Yellow Pencil Award—or in the case of exceptional and outstanding work, the rare Black Pencil Award. This review of the winners serves as a one-stop-shop for everything that’s hot in the field.


Data Flow 2
Visualizing Information in Graphic Design

Editors: R. Klanten, N. Bourquin, S. Ehmann, T. Tissot
Language: English

Publisher: Gestalten
Release: February 2010
24 x 30 cm, hardcover, 272 pages

Data Flow 2 expands the definition of contemporary information graphics. The book features new possibilities for diagrams, maps, and charts and investigates the visual and intuitive presentation of processes and data. Eight comprehensive chapters illuminate how techniques such as simplification, abstraction, metaphor, and dramatization function. Data Flow 2 is a valuable reference offering practical advice, background, case studies, and inspiration.


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Eight:48 Issue 2

289 x 400 mm, newsprint, 40 pages

The second issue of Counter-Print’s newspaper, Eight:48, centers around the theme of ideas and inspiration. Titled, What’s the Big Idea?, it is forwarded by Roger Fawcett-Tang and contains original articles from Bruno Maag and Jonathan Turner. It also contains ten interviews with leading designers, illustrators and photographers. They are Corey Holms, Build, Eskimo Square, Mr Bingo, Melvin Galapon, Troika, Jamie Portch, Luke Lucas and Tim Johannis.


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Function, Restraint, and Subversion in Typography

J. Namdev Hardisty

Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press
Release date: Feb 2011
8 x 10 in, paperback, 256 pages

The beauty of contemporary graphic design is that dozens of movements emerge and re-emerge from view. Yet, too often we are left with only the vague impression that something is going on. To appreciate what that might be requires us to slow down, ignore superficial trends, and take a more in-depth look. This is the approach taken by Function, Restraint, and Subversion in Typography, a survey of minimalist and brutalist typography in contemporary graphic design. This international collection documents the work of more than twenty-four graphic designers who engage in an aggressively simple typography. Lavishly illustrated with commentary by author J. Namdev Hardisty, the book explores the innovative posters, books, signage, and other forms of print design by such well-known designers as Daniel Eatock, Experimental Jetset, Spin, the Walker Art Center’s design studio, as well as those just beginning to make a mark on the design world, including MGMT., Project Projects, SEA, Xavier Encinas, Manuel Raeder, YES, and more.


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The Gopher Illustrated

Founder/Editor: Michu Benaim
Founder/Editor: Lope Gutierrez-Ruiz
Designer: Alex Wright

The Gopher Illustrated is an independent magazine that is edited in Caracas, Venezuela, with distribution in London, Tokyo and the USA. The Gopher is a publication that emerged from the desire to consume hefty, satisfying cultural content that is worth keeping. Featured are visual portfolios, journalism, literature and music from all around the world in this limited-edition, hand-numbered magazine.


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Gratuitous Type No. 1

Elena Schlenker

Gratuitous Type is a pamphlet of typographic smut. The 32-page issue features Alexis Anne Mackenzie, Berlin’s Buchstabenmuseum, Vienna-based magazine Chicago… Times… Trixie, Christian Hansen, David Smith Atelier, Evelin Kasikov, and Triboro; it also includes a special fold out insert of Cuban-designed book covers from the 60s and 70s. The issue is finished with a hand-numbered belly band. Printed in an edition of 500. Buy online and receive a set of 3 Gratuitous Type buttons.


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I swear I use no art at all
10 years, 100 books, 18,788 pages of book design by Joost Grootens

Joost Grootens

Publisher: 010
Release date: June 2011
27 x 22 cm, paperback, 112 pages

This book displays and dissects the career and design motives of graphic designer Joost Grootens. In systematic and neutral fashion it charts the first hundred books designed by Grootens over the past ten years. In the first section, ’10 years’, Grootens uses timelines, lists and graphs to map the course of his career as a designer, the people he worked with and the places where the work took place. In ’100 books’, the designer dissects his book designs. He details the grids, formats, paper stocks, colours and typefaces, but also charts the books’ structure and composition. ’18,788 pages’ shows at actual size a selection of spreads from books designed by Grootens, including the internationally acclaimed atlases. In the text ’I swear I use no art at all’ Joost Grootens gives a personal account of making books and the ideas behind his designs.


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Large Scale
Fabricating Sculpture in the 1960s and 1970s

Jonathan D. Lippincott

Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press
Release date: Nov 2010
8.5 x 11 in, hardcover, 256 pages

Prior to 1966, if artists wanted to create works larger than their studios or metalworking abilities allowed, they had to turn to industrial manufacturers, usually steel fabricators or boat builders, who, not surprisingly, were often unable to accommodate the creative process of making art. The opening that spring of Lippincott, Inc. changed that and the direction of American art in the process. Functioning as an extension of the artists’ studios, Lippincott, Inc. was also a new kind of all-in-one sculpture production center that put the tools of industrial fabrication in the hands of artists, allowing them to produce at a scale they had previously only dreamt of on paper. Over the years of the shop’s operation from 1966 to 1994, Lippincott, Inc. has produced sculptures by nearly one hundred artists. Fortuitously, the shop’s founders, Donald Lippincott and Roxanne Everett, meticulously documented the working processes of some of the most important American artists of the twentieth century such as Claes Oldenburg, Louise Nevelson, Ellsworth Kelly, Robert Indiana, and Barnett Newman. Drawing on the vast collection of the images in the Lippincott archive, Large Scale presents over three hundred photographs of these artists and their iconic large scale works including Newman’s Broken Obelisk, Indiana’s Love, Oldenburg’s Geometric Mouse, and Rosenthal’s Alamo, many of which have been previously unseen.


Less and More
The Design Ethos of Dieter Rams

Klaus Klemp, Keiko Ueki-Polet

In over 40 years at Braun, Dieter Rams established himself as one of the most influential designers of the 20th century. His elegantly clear visual language not only defined product design for decades, but also our fundamental understanding of what design is and what it can and should do. Elucidating the design philosophy of Dieter Rams, Less and More is the ultimate collection of images of all of Rams’s products as well as selected sketches and models. In addition to the complete visual presentation of his designs, new texts by international experts reevaluate his work in a contemporary context.

Publisher: Gestalten
Release: January 2010
19 × 23 cm, hardcover, 808 pages


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Los Logos 5

R. Klanten, A. Mollard

Publisher: Gestalten
Release date: Aug 2010
21 x 26 cm, hardcover, 408 pages

Like its predecessors, this fifth edition in the Los Logos series offers a definitive overview of current developments and advancements in logo design with the high-quality selection of up-to-the-minute work that readers have come to expect. But with a larger format and more text features, the focus of this book has been further sharpened from a comprehensive documentation to a competent classification of prevailing tendencies in design.

Los Logos 5: Compass aims to be not only an archive of current design, but to educate designers and clients about which approaches make the best fit for a given project–an issue that is especially important in a challenging economy in which innovation and identity are essential.


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Lyon, architecture(s) urbaine(s)
Direction de l’aménagement et de l’urbanisme
Ville de Lyon

Bureaus 205

Publisher: Éditions 205
23 x 30 cm, softcover, 208 pages


Milton Glaser
To Inform & Delight

For many, Milton Glaser is the personification of American graphic design. Best known for co-founding New York Magazine and creating the enduring I ♥ NY campaign, the full breadth of Glaser’s remarkable artistic output is revealed in this documentary portrait, Milton Glaser: To Inform & Delight. From newspapers and magazine designs, to interior spaces, logos and brand identities, to his celebrated prints, drawings, posters and paintings, the documentary offers audiences a much richer appreciation for one of the great modern renaissance men.

Artfully directed by first-time filmmaker Wendy Keys, the film glances into everyday moments of Glaser’s personal life and captures his immense warmth and humanity, as well as the boundless depth of his intelligence and creativity.

Director: Wendy Keys
Producer: Wendy Keys and Edgar B. Howard

Technical: 73 Mins | 16:9 | Stereo | Color | Not Rated

Awards: Best Educational Film Award, FIFA, Montreal; Official Selection Woodstock Film Festival; Official Selection Denver Film Festival; Official Selection Chicago International Film Festival

Distribution: New Video Digital

Available from iTunes and Amazon.

View trailer.

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Issue No.1-4

Patrick Fry

148 x 210 mm, 32 pages, 2 color

No.Zine is an independent arts zine, released in series and featuring a variety of young artists, designers, writers, photographers and illustrators. Each issue is conceptually centred around it’s issue number.


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O.K. Periodicals #5
The Body Issue

Editors/publishers: O.K. Parking

Again a large international group of creative talent contributed, like Hanneke Wetzer with her beautiful illustrations (see cover image), or the Peristaltic Skin Machine by Lucy McRae, the body bakery, a look inside American refrigerators in Mark Menjivar’s serie ‘You are what you eat’, Stella Teunissen’s distorted warderobe, handknitted superheroes costumes and horror infographics by Maarten van Enkhuizen. The main article is about specimens in jars collected by Martien van Beeck: “The specimens in their glass coffins defy the ‘normal’ perception we have of a dead thing. Although these creatures are literally dead, the process of decomposition has been halted and by this, their symbolic death has become suspended.”


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Pentagram Marks: 400 Symbols & Logotypes


Publisher: Laurence King
Release date: Apr 2010
175 x 125 mm, paperback, 408 pages

The four hundred marks reproduced in this book represent the diverse array of identity work produced by Pentagram’s partners, past and present, since the company was founded in 1972. Over the past four decades, Pentagram has designed marks for large corporations and small businesses, government agencies and non-profit institutions, clubs and societies and even individuals, all of whom were seeking a representative symbol to appear on letterhead and books, buildings amd websites and everywhere else imaginable.


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Slanted #12
Women, Typography, Graphic Design

Publisher: MAGMA Brand Design
Release date: Nov 2010


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Slanted #13
Grotesque 1

Publisher: MAGMA Brand Design
Release date: Apr 2011


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The Trend Forecaster’s Handbook

Martin Raymond

Publisher: Laurence King
Release date: Oct 2010
280 x 216 mm, hardcover, 216 pages

The Trend Forecaster’s Handbook is a sharp, in-depth and highly visual textbook and teaching aid for students and tutors keen to know more about the world of trends, trend forecasting and consumer-insight techniques.

Trends are a fundamental part of our emotional, physical and psychological landscape, and by forecasting trends, or using them to anticipate what is new and next in the world, we can begin to understand what drives and motivates consumers. This in turn can help to make the difference between a product or design that sells and one that languishes on the shelf.


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Uncorporate Identity

Metahaven (Daniel van der Velden, Vinca Kruk) with Marina Vishmidt

Publisher: Lars Müller
Softcover, 608 pages


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Unit Editions
Folkways (U:D/R 01)

Tony Brook & Adrian Shaughnessy

Publisher: Unit Editions
Release date: Feb 2010
290 x 190 mm (folded), newsprint, 64 pages

Ronald Clyne at Folkways (U:D/R01). An anthology of Folkways album cover art featuring the work of Ronald Clyne.

Ronald Clyne at Folkways is a 64pp newspaper devoted to designer Ronald Clyne’s record covers for the Folkways label. Clyne is one of the undiscovered talents of 20th century graphic design. He doesn’t appear in the textbooks or literature of graphic design. He is a neglected figure. Until now, that is.

Clyne said: ‘A record cover should be seen at a glance. You shouldn’t have to study different sections of it. You should see the total instantly.’


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Unit Editions
Space and Structure (U:D/R 02)

Tony Brook & Adrian Shaughnessy

Publisher: Unit Editions
Release date: Apr 2010
290 x 190 mm (folded), newsprint, 64 pages

Space and structure (U:D/R02). Looking at Form, a quarterly magazine of the arts (1966-1969)

Not much has escaped the archaeologists of graphic design: zealous bloggers, Flickr hoarders and design historians seem to have found everything there is to find.

Occasionally, however, something goes unnoticed – Form, a quarterly magazine published in Great Britain between 1966 and 1969, is one of those misfit artefacts.


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Unit Editions
ThreeSix (U:D/R 03)

Hamish Muir & Paul McNeil

Publisher: Unit Editions
Release date: Nov 2010
290 x 190 mm (folded), newsprint, 64 pages

ThreeSix (U:D/R 03) is third in a series of research papers devoted to graphic design and visual culture. Designed and written by Hamish Muir and Paul McNeil – with an introduction by Wim Crouwel – this new paper reveals the aesthetic and ideological thinking behind the new typeface ThreeSix.

ThreeSix is a system of six optical/geometric typefaces in eight weights. It explores the possibilities of using parametric principles to design geometric fonts which are distinctive at large point sizes but which can also be read at smaller sizes in bodies of extended text.

ThreeSix is a development of work started in 1994, when, as part of an invited submission to the American Center of Design Journal, 8vo designed ‘Interact’, a system of four grid-based lowercase screen fonts which follow a logical progression relating pixel resolution to typesize in fixed increments.

As Wim Crouwel notes: “Fascination is the key word that comes to mind when I study ThreeSix. It is a fascination for the use of geometric systems in design that has resulted in these remarkable typefaces.”


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The Vignelli Canon

Massimo Vignelli

Publisher: Lars Müller
Release date: Oct 2010

Massimo Vignelli studied architecture in Milan, emigrated to the USA in 1961, co-founded UNIMARK in 1965. He works as a designer in the areas of graphic and corporate identity programs, publication designs, architectural graphics, and exhibition, interior, furniture, and consumer product designs for many leading American and European companies and institutions. With Lella Vignelli, he established the offices of Vignelli Associates in 1971.