A Garland for Garland (Ken)

Sometimes you can know a person but not really KNOW that person. I have known or known of the veteran British designer Ken Garland for ages. But not until now, with the publication of his stunning monograph, Ken Garland: Structure …

Get Your Modernism Here! Get Your Modernism!

Randall Ross and Molly McCombs of Modernism 101 have a new graphic design catalog and its full of the key documents of 20th-century modernism. They state: These publications bookend the development of the Graphic Design Industry from a typographic treatise …

When China Rules the World

The Art of War, a graphic novel currently published in the U.S. and Brazil by Kelly Roman and Michael DeWeese, adapts the text of Sun Tzu’s original Chinese classic The Art of War to a dystopian sci-fi universe immersed in a …

India, Designed

Dekho: Conversations on Design in India is a new anthology of “inspirational conversations with designers in India, probing their stories for cues to the development of design in India and highlighting approaches unique for designing in India.” I wrote a …

Dwiggins on the Earth

In 1943, the Typophiles published 1,500 copies of The Crew of the Ship ‘Earth’, a parable about the good ship Earth by W. A. Dwiggins. Dwig printed it at his press in Hingham, Massachusetts—and scribed it too. Here is the eight-page volume.

Pep's Sketchbooks

Pep Carrió from Palma de Mallorca is an adventurous and inveterate sketchbooker. He’s represented in my own sketchbook compendium, GRAPHIC. Now he has his own collection of recent sketchbook pages, The Days Turned Over, and it is beautiful. His pages …

Micro Fiction

A few years ago, Yin Yin Wong came across the Dutch writer Jan Wolkers’s 1969 novel, Turks Fruit, in a dusty corner of a secondhand store. She had first read the book as a high school student, but now that …

The Key to a Good Book

You’ll never experience the tactile rush of holding Aletta Schreuders’s My Grandfather’s Key on a Kindle, a Nook, or an iPad. There’s nothing terribly wrong with that, unless you have a hankering for holding and feeling a pristine little volume and …

Iranian Designer Gets His Star on the Internet

Morteza Momayez (1936-2005) was one of Iran’s most esteemed graphic designers. His book jackets, posters, stage design and logos combined Persian precision and worldly wit. I wrote a brief blurb here, years before his admirers and the Momayez Foundation created …

The Cooper-Hewitt's New Electronic Publishing Series

On February 1, the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, will launch the first three titles in its new DesignFile line of e-books on design writing and research. According to a press release, DesignFile will publish “at least six to 12 titles …