book review

An L.A. View of Meggs's N.Y. School of Design

Everyone will approach the fifth edition of Meggs’ History of Graphic Design through their own personal filters. Steve Heller’s already done his overview of the print and digital versions. Paul Shaw may pick up his Blue Pencil to correct factual and editorial errors. Marxist and feminist critics might deal with the two Martha Stewart...

Sutnar's City

A new book, Ladislav Sutnar v Textech (Mental Vitamins), includes original texts about life and work of Czech-American designer Ladislav Sutnar (1897–1976), a pioneer of information design and information architecture, and his “Build a Town” plans. Sutnar’s ‘Build the Town’ was a model kit for children, representing a twentieth century metropolis in simple wooden forms. It also expressed...

Not Your Typical Horse Puppet

It was a rainy Tuesday evening in mid April and inside the Gowanus offices of non-profit magazine, Cabinet, Jane Taylor was giving a talk on the Cape Town-based Handspring Puppet Company. “One of the astonishing things of puppetry is that you’re working with prostheses,” she said. “So in a circumstance where one’s identity is...

Mike Perry Pulls It All Together

It must be fun to be Mike Perry. You think of a book idea, Princeton Architectural Press says sure, they’ll publish it, and then all of your friends, who just happen to be the best, most famous designers in the world, want to contribute. So it is with his newest project, a book on...