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New Titles in Design & Popular Culture 19 December 2017
Macguffin 5: The Cabinet

Isbn 24058203
Publisher Macguffin
Idea code 17590
EUR 16.45

MacGuffin Magazine N° 5 opens up the curious life of the cabinet, where intimate stories are hidden away, kept and inevitably shown. Revealing enlightened DIY shelves, immaculate celebrity closets, whimsical cocktail bars, socialist kiosks, classic cubes and cabinets that beat you at a game of chess. Featuring Sam Jacob, Emily King, Les Lalanne, Ettore Sottsass, Slothouber & Graatsma, Wolfgang Tillmans, Yvonne Dröge Wendel, and many more.

232 p, ills colour & bw, 21 x 28 cm, pb, English

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Xavier Dupre - Typographical Itinerary / Itineraire Typographique

Isbn 9791095902010
Publisher -zeug
Idea code 17632
EUR 22.10

Almost 40, Xavier Dupré is one of the most prolific French type designers, whose work is widely distributed. His typefaces, featured in eminent foundries’ catalogues (Emigre, FontBureau, FontFont, Typofonderie) demonstrate a personal quest for type design, fueled with calligraphic and humanistic influences, but also with a sensitivity permeable to various locations where he settled his activity. This book contains an interview by Julien Gineste and is filled with mostly unpublished material.

128 p, ills colour & bw, 15 x 24 cm, pb, French/English

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Jan Tschichold: A Brief History Of The Ampersand + Et & Ampersands (Pack)

Isbn 9791095902096
Publisher -zeug
Idea code 17631
EUR 24.30

Jan Tschichold (1902-1974, typographer, theorician and teacher) published in 1953 Formenwandlungen der &-Zeichen, a short historical essay dealing with the successive designs of the ampersand glyph. This text constitues a brief and concise introduction to the history of Western writing and typography. Long unavailable in English, this new translation by Jean-Marie Clarke is published in a facsimile version, faithful to the original design by the author. On the occasion of this translation, VTF and -zeug co-organised a type-design workshop and an international call for ampersand entries. The second booklet shelters the selection of 288 ampersand glyphs, selected, sorted and organised.

80 p, ills colour & bw, 12 x 20 cm, pb, English

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Mapping Design History In Switzerland

Isbn 9783038630098
Publisher Triest Verlag
Idea code 17610
EUR 40.30

This publication is not just another book that retells the success story of Swiss graphic design. Rather, it is a collection of essays deriving from academic research that explores the historical dimensions of the field in Switzerland, from producing to archiving and exhibiting. Including contributions from members of all the Swiss universities of arts and design, it focuses on the education of graphic designers as well as issues of professional graphic design practice that have regularly been overlooked in the past. Four visual essays that divide the different sections of the book help to extend its scope beyond the possibilities of textual narratives produced by academic research.

328 p, ills colour & bw, 16 x 24 cm, pb, English

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No Style: Ernst Keller 1891-1968 Teacher And Pioneer Of The Swiss Style

Isbn 9783038630234
Publisher Triest Verlag
Idea code 17609
EUR 50.65

Graphic designer Ernst Keller taught at the School of Arts and Crafts in Zürich from 1918 to 1956. Frequently referred to as the “Father of the Swiss Style”, his many students established this particular current in graphic design and went on to make it world famous. His graduates also included protagonists of the New Graphic Design movement. This book presents Keller’s biography and extensive collection of work, including previously unknown projects. His fundamental contribution to the development of innovative, non-academic didactic principles in design education are also described. Keller’s teaching is considered one of the world’s first systematic programmes for graphic design.

254 p, ills colour & bw, 20 x 25 cm, pb, English

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Logos From Japan

Isbn 9780993581243
Publisher Counter-print
Idea code 17525
EUR 12.75

'Logos from Japan' contains a selection of symbols and logos from this beguiling country. The logos have been carefully selected by Counter-Print to help convey the richness, variety and vitality of Japan's graphic landscape.

160 p, ills colour & bw, 15 x 21 cm, pb, English

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Saluti Dal Mare 212 Postcards

Isbn 9783952489406
Publisher Everyedition
Idea code 17608
EUR 31.80

The 212 “postcards” in this book by Alberto Vieceli represent a selection of over 600 postcards collected between July 2016 and October 2017. Reimagined as simplified and monochromatic, with flat colours and basic shapes, the new versions entirely remove the postcard’s key visual element: pictures of the destination they represent. By eliminating this functionality, he reduces the postcards to abstract designs whose only clue as to what they represent is in the leftover text which names the various cities, places, and tourist attractions from whence the cards originated. Vieceli deconstructs this popular souvenir format, rendering it essentially representative of nothing.

212 p, ills colour, 21 x 26 cm, hb, English

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Jewellery Matters

Isbn 9789462083752
Publisher Nai010 Publishers
Idea code 17600
EUR 41.10

In this richly illustrated book, art historian and design expert Marjan Unger tells the story of jewellery. She places jewels in the context of the people who wore them, their culture, and their time, and interlaces surprising perspectives from art history, fashion theory, and anthropology with the cultural, historical and social values, and material characteristics of the jewellery. Unger advocates a universal approach to this cultural heritage that is being produced and worn all over the world. She uses the rich collection of the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam to guide and illustrate her comprehensive and gripping tale.

646 p, ills colour & bw, 14 x 20 cm, hb, English

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Biography Of A Publishing House Gaberbocchus Press 1948-2013

Isbn 9789079020423
Publisher Huis Clos
Idea code 17627
EUR 33.40

In 1948 Stefan and Franciszka Themerson founded the Gaberbocchus Press in London. Over a period of three decades this publishing house went on to produce over 60 titles, and although the couple’s work clearly has roots in the international avant-garde of the interbellum, they maintained a high level of independence in all of their activities. Their publications are characterised by improvised techniques and materials, as well as by experiments with word and image. Eccentric, original, and expressive of the identity of its contents, each book contains a distinct combination of text, image, design, materials. This volume pays tribute to the rare phenomenon that was Gaberbocchus.

160 p, ills colour & bw, 17 x 23 cm, pb, Dutch/English

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Somin Ahn - A Square

Isbn 9788875706883
Publisher Corraini Edizioni
Idea code 17596
EUR 13.80

Everyone knows how much cats love boxes. In this book by Somin Ahn, the square is the shape through which a feline protagonist explores the world. Perfectly portrayed in an adorably simple narrative, a yellow square becomes both a space for discovery and a shelter for this grey tabby. Somin Ahn is a young Korean writer and illustrator. After completing a Master in Sequential Design and Illustration at Brighton University, she continued her research into illustrated children’s books, focusing her stories around the diversity of different points of view and situations, and how this kind of relative thinking relates to the possibility of understanding other people through empathy.

32 p, ills colour, 22 x 22 cm, pb, English

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Noemi Vola - Bear With Me

Isbn 9788875706906
Publisher Corraini Edizioni
Idea code 17595
EUR 17.95

This book created by illustrator Noemi Vola tells us that sometimes it is possible to live with those who are heavy, uncouth, hairy, and cumbersome; we just need to find the right balance. Filled with amusing drawings of one woman’s trials and tribulations after a bear moves into her house, the story teaches us how eventually everyone has some kind of bear in life which must be acknowledged and dealt with every day. Noemi Vola graduated in 2016 in Comics and Illustration at the Academy of Fine Arts in Bologna, having already founded ‘Bianca’ in 2014, a self-produced magazine for children that collects comics and illustrated stories.

48 p, ills colour, 15 x 21 cm, pb, English

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The Perfect Guide To Sumo

Isbn 9784861526329
Publisher Seigensha
Idea code 17487
EUR 19.80

Sumo, with over 1,500 years of history, is a religious rite, a deep-rooted part of traditional Japanese culture with a rich aesthetic, and a combative sport. Due to international broadcasts and the number of foreign born rikishi performing at the highest levels, Sumo’s international appeal continues to grow. This book is the product of a combined effort by writer Ito Katsuharu, and translator David Shapiro who is a commentator on NHK’s sumo broadcasts. The book contains explanations of Sumo techniques, rituals, and semantics and the use of traditional woodblock prints as illustrations enhances a greater sense of Sumo’s history.

194 p, ills colour & bw, 14 x 19 cm, pb, Japanese/English

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