Outside the Box: Hand-Drawn Packaging from Around the World by Gail Anderson is a new paperback title from Princeton Architectural Press, which explores the resurgence of hand-drawn packaging in this computer-driven era. She is a former Senior Art Director at Rolling Stone. Her beautifully laid-out monograph documents countless examples of hand-drawn designs, sorted into four main categories: DIY, Art, Craft, and Artisanal Lettering. [Read More]
My insanely talented photographer friend Nicole Reed (who I interviewed here not too long ago) is currently crowd-funding her new 80 page photography book which focuses (see what I did there) on Hong Kong. Created together with Leigh Ryan, the book also includes a special 10″ vinyl record from Plutonic Lab. As a giant fan of both Nicole’s work, and the amazing city of Hong Kong, I can’t wait to see this come to life!
You might have seen the fascinating Kickstarter project to reproduce the 1976 NASA Graphics Standards Manual – a lot of people shared it including Jeff at Booooooom. Interestingly, NASA seem to have responded by quietly releasing a free PDF of the graphics manual, which you can enjoy here. According to this Motherboard article it sounds like the Kickstarter project will continue as planned, with higher-quality scanning than you’ll find in the free PDF.
Grids & Guides Red: A Notebook for Visual Thinkers is the latest in a series of useful and inspiring notebooks from Princeton Architectural Press, which are aimed at both the left-brained and right-brained. [Read More]
If you’re interested in type and you’re lucky enough to be in or around NYC this week, check out this Type Nite NYC event at Strand Books on Thursday evening. The all-star line-up includes accomplished typeface designer Tobias Frere-Jones, book designer Peter Mendelsund, and Pentagram partner Abbott Miller. The talk will be moderated by Ellen Lupton, co-author of Graphic Design: The New Basics, 2nd Edition and many other great design titles, several of which I’ve reviewed here. If you’re not in NYC you can still order a signed copy of the latest edition of Graphic Design: The New Basics. Hit the link for more details.
Graphic Design: The New Basics, 2nd Edition is Princeton Architectural Press’ bestselling introduction to graphic design, revised and updated. By Ellen Lupton (Thinking with Type, Type on Screen) and designer/educator Jennifer Cole Phillips, it forms a concise and easily digestible guide to the fundamental building-blocks of two-dimensional design. [Read More]
Mi Vida Boutique in NELA are hosting an event dedicated to Teen Angel, the artist behind Teen Angels magazine this Saturday. First published in 1981, the title is synonymous with Chicano style, art, and culture. As such, the publication has a tremendous following. Contributing artists include Richard Sanchez, Benjie Escobar, Spr Fkr, and of course, Chicano Wolfman. LA TACO have a nice preview.