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When Designer Becomes Client

After years and numerous concepts, Ellen Shapiro – author of The Graphic Designer’s Guide to Clients – finally tracks down the perfect cover for her book.

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Graphic Content: True Stories from Top Creatives

Everyone loves a good story, and I, for one, find that designers are full of intriguing tales. If you’re addicted to beautifully-written, inspiring stories and design books, check out Graphic Content: True Stories from Top Creatives by Brian Singer. Graphic …

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The Details of Sutnar’s Prague

Ladislav Sutnar’s book design in America is not as well known as those designed while in Czechoslovakia. Here’s a choice example.

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Italo Lupi Sees All, Does All, Shows All

Italo Lupi and Italian Graphic Design are synonymous. His most recent book, Autobiografica Grafica (Edizioni Corraini), is a memoir of design (an autobiographica), aesthetics and art — of the half century he has helped guide and influence Italian practice. I asked Lupi to tell me about book and the joys of designing.

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I Like It. What is It? and Other Bookish Gift Ideas

‘Tis the season, the Holidaze, time to tuck into sweets and sales, and, hopefully, carve out some time for rest and relaxation with friends and family. It’s easy to be cynical about this last month of the year but who …

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A Life in Books: A Typography and Design Tour de Force

Warren Lehrer, a founding faculty member of the Designer as Author MFA program at the School of Visual Arts in New York City and head of the graphic design program at Purchase College, SUNY, has spent a decade writing and …

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Those Confounding Maps

Visual Editions has been exploring the rocky terrain of current and future books – design, delivery and platform. Their most recent release, Where You Are is a book of maps and website that collects writing (non-fiction and fiction) and visuals (drawings, photographs, paintings) and tests the common notions of what a map is.

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“Historic” Historic Preservation

I’m a big fan of architectural historic preservation and restoration, and have involved myself and my studio in the saving of three structures that faced imminent destruction. These include railway stations in Skokie, Il, and Scarsdale, NY, as well as …

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Applauding the Entire Book: The Alice Award

The book industry may be in flux, but there is no shortage of support for beautiful books at the Furthermore Grants in Publishing program, funded by the J.M. Kaplan Fund, which gives modest grants for nonfiction in support of writing, research, editing, design, indexing, photography, illustration and printing and “significant visual books.”

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Mad (Magazine) Crazy…

At a time before cable television and the internet, “Mad Magazine” truly ruled and paved the way for “National Lampoon” and Saturday Night Live.