For more than a year, Rudy VanderLans has been sending limited-edition books of photographs to friends as a work in progress. Heller has been happy to be on the mailing list yet had been asked not to write about them until now. Today, VanderLans agreed to tell him more about these new, curiously...
R. Roger Remington has already published a book on designer Will Burtin, whose intellectual and creative powers allowed him to function on an epic scale; a new volume to be published by Unit Editions is now in the Kickstarter fundraising process. Heller talked to Remington about the advantages of this new volume.
As MAD Magazine begins a new era today with its new logo design, Heller speaks with Bill Morrison, executive editor, Doug Thomson, MAD design director and Suzy Hutchinson, MAD art director about this new incarnation of probably the oldest American humor and parody magazine.
Danné Ojeda Hernandez's Vanitas book series makes literal the allegory of a book as a portrait of its author’s inner matter. With the help of Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), the anatomic representation of the author’s skull and brain becomes the book content.
With Stalin in his grave, the Polish Communist government "approval and allocation of paper" led to the creation of a radically designed periodical titled Ty i Ja (You and Me). The first issue was founded in 1960 by the journalists Teresa Kuczynska and Roman Jurys, and designed by the great Roman Cieslewicz.
Heller talks with Ellen Weinstein about her new book, Recipes for Good Luck (Chronicle Books), which lists the unique practices—from quirky superstitions to performance rituals as well as creative processes—and curious habits of a slew of influential people.
Poczta, illustrated by Franciszka Themerso, addresses technical knowledge, but in itself is also an example of '30s avant garde art and design. The book was published thanks to funding from the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage.
Michael Rossum has been printing small collections of design artifacts for "The Closest Friends of Kat Ran Press" for a number of years. His most recent #7 is Designs on Shaw, a sweet little appreciation of interpretations of George Bernard Shaw's work.
If you were living in an American city such as Philadelphia or Pittsburgh in years past, one of the pleasures of picking up your Sunday color sections would be finding a "Complete Novel" in a tabloid format similar to the Funny Pages. Pretty interesting method of getting readership. But not that unusual.
Mark Holt and Hamish Muir conceived one of the most progressive type journals of the mid- to late 1980s: Octavo. Unit Editions has published a complete reprint of the issues as well as reproductions of the handmade mechanicals and proofs. Here, Heller talks with Holt and Muir about the magazine.