This rare Dwiggins book is well done, but I wouldn’t send it back to the kitchen. Typography nerds and Dwig’s fans will savor this Princeton Architectural Press masterpiece when it is released in late September. Stencilled Ornament & Illustration: A Demonstration of William Addison Dwiggins’ Method of Book Decoration and Other Uses of the Stencil, Together with a Note By the Artist (Hingham, MA Püterschein-Hingham, 1979) by Dorothy Abbe was originally printed in a limited edition of 120 copies. A year later it was reprinted in a small quantity by the Boston Public Library. Now Princeton Architectural Press has given it new life.
Although Dwig died in 1956 and was not the author of this volume, it is one of the design landmarks that has triggered a new reprint “movement,” including Chronicle’s editon of Paul Rand’s Thoughts On Design (2014), Massimo Vignelli’s New York City Transit Authority Graphic Standards Manual (2015) created by Jesse Reed and Hamish Smyth, and Ladislav Sutnar: Visual Design in Action (2015) edited by Reto Caduff and myself and published by Lars Muller.
Gradually the great books of design are finding their ways back through reprints and facsimiles.
PRINT’s Summer 2015 Issue: Out Now!
The New Visual Artists are here! In this issue, meet our 2015 class of 15 brilliant creatives under 30. These carefully selected designers are on the scene making the most cutting-edge work today—and as many of our previous NVAs, they may go on to become tomorrow’s design leaders. Why not get to know them now? Check the full issue out here.