Published by the Hong Kong-based viction:ary, the publication sheds light on “the distinction and diversity that women bring to their respective fields.” With a cover story on design hero Jessica Walsh of Sagmeister & Walsh, the book ranges a breadth of design specification from advertising, illustration, packaging design and more.
Catch Paul Luna talking about his book, 'Typography: A Very Short Introduction https://itunes.apple.com/au/podcast/paul-luna-typography-a-very-short-introduction/id1456142151?i=1000431693875&mt=2 In which Luna offers a broad definition of typography as design for reading, whether in print or on screens, where a set of visual choices are taken to make a written message more accessible, more easily transmitted, more significant, or more attractive.
The Book on Books on Artist Books by Arnaud Desjardin takes stock of a wide variety of publications on artists’ books since the early 1970s to draw attention to the kind of documentary trace of distribution, circulation and reception they represent. A source book of exhibition catalogues, collection catalogues, monographs, dealership catalogues and other lists published to inform, promote, describe, show, distribute and circulate artists’ books. This new edition comes with an addendum and new, updated material.
A (not recent but great) Industry People feature from Grafik - profiles Rik van Leeuwen of Wonderful Books to learn more about his work with designers, artists and writers bringing their beautiful work to life in print form...
“I’m very fond of visual contemporary culture but always try to avoid trend,” explains graphic designer Matthieu Becker. With a particular interest in book design, the Paris-based graphic designer works mainly with artists, publishers and cultural institutions. Matthieu recalls how he “learned how to read forms and then how to add context to them”. In turn, this allows him to create a design language that is relevant and appropriate to the cause.
Many of the first printed books in Europe were decorated with illustrations, initials and borders. Each served a purpose: initials signaled, via their range of sizes, a textual hierarchy, working in much the same way as chapter headings and sub-headings do today. Decorative borders were employed to demarcate or divide books, chapters or sections and, from the last decades of the fifteenth century, were used at the beginning of books as openers or title-pages.
Peter Burnhill's highly celebrated book Type Spaces – long out of print – is now free to download as a pdf file, from the Hyphen Press website. “The author died in 2007 and there is no question of revising the book – though one might write another one, extending its material and qualifying its ideas. As a service to readers, we are making the work available again as a free download”
Formist produced a visceral account of the 1641 posters that championed typographic experimentation, risk and play. Curated by Erik Brandt, Ficciones Typografika was a project dedicated to typographic exploration in a public space. Over a five year period, a modest poster board hung in a Minneapolis neighborhood became a barometer for experimental typographic practice within the global design community.