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Il Capo




This is an excerpt on NOWNESS from the doc­u­men­tary, Il Capo (The Chief) by Ital­ian film­maker Yuri Ancar­ani. The film fol­lows a mar­ble quarry boss who uses sim­ple hand ges­tures to guide his crew. The topic is fas­ci­nat­ing, but what strikes me the most about the excerpt is the won­der­ful aes­thet­ics cre­ated by mix­ing the beau­ti­ful land­scape, excel­lent cin­e­matog­ra­phy, and a super min­i­mal sound design. All you hear are the sounds of the machin­ery and the mas­sive mar­ble blocks being extracted. It’s all won­der­ful and worth a look.

Via Kot­tke

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Mark Tessier Landscape Architecture Branding

Mark Tessier Landscape Architecture

Mark Tessier Landscape Architecture

Mark Tessier Landscape Architecture

Mark Tessier Landscape Architecture

Mark Bloom and Paul Hutchin­son col­lab­o­rated on this beau­ti­ful iden­tity, book and web­site for Mark Tessier Land­scape Archi­tec­ture.

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Tomasz Berezowski

Tomasz Berezowski

Tomasz Berezowski

Tomasz Berezowski

I’m really enjoy­ing the work of Pol­ish archi­tect and graphic designer Tomasz Bere­zowski. His design work is looks like it come right out of the 60s. Sim­ple, typo­graphic design.

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Toko: PTW Architects

Toko PTW Architects

Toko PTW Architects

Toko PTW Architects

Toko PTW Architects

Beau­ti­ful work by Toko for PTW Archi­tects to cel­e­brate their 125th anniver­sary. Toko designed a tem­po­rary iden­tity and 9 bilin­gual books show­cas­ing the firms work.

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Hartmut Esslinger

Hartmut Esslinger Wega

Hartmut Esslinger Wega

Hartmut Esslinger Wega

Hart­mut Esslinger is a Ger­man indus­trial designer who founded Frog, and is mostly known for cre­at­ing the Snow White look for Apple dur­ing the 80s.

I per­son­ally love the designs that he did for Ger­man audio and visual man­u­fac­turer Wega, which even­tu­ally became part of Sony. The aes­thetic has a bit of the Braun/Rams feel to it, but it’s also very unique. More organic and fluid. But you can clearly see that Esslinger and Rams had the same approach to prod­uct design dur­ing those days.

See­ing won­der­ful prod­uct design like this always makes me won­der why aren’t more designers/companies design­ing like this. Apple has proven that con­sumers appre­ci­ate beau­ti­ful, min­i­mal design, so why do we see so much ugly shit? I don’t understand.

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2015 Rationale Calendar

2015 Rationale Calendar

2015 Rationale Calendar

2015 Rationale Calendar

Sean Wol­cott of Ratio­nale designed this min­i­mal wall cal­en­dar. It comes in two ver­sion, Sans and Serif, and the dates are pre­sented in two columns with space for notes.

The spi­ral bound cal­en­dar mea­sures at 11x17”, and is printed on high-quality 100# Cougar cover stock.

You can pur­chase one here.

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[Sponsor] Shillington School

Shillington School

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Manuals 2: Design & Identity Guidelines

Manuals 2

Manuals 2

Manuals 2

Manuals 2

After the suc­cess of Man­u­als 1, Unit Edi­tions has just announced Man­u­als 2, which fea­tures graphic stan­dards and cor­po­rate iden­tity man­u­als for IBM, West­ing­house, Cana­dian Rail, Bell, Knoll, PTT, Mon­treal Olympics, Dutch Police and more. These man­u­als were designed by some of the mas­ters: Georges Huel, Paul Rand, Allan Flem­ing, Total Design, Mas­simo and Lella Vignelli, Alan Fletcher, Otl Aicher and more.

Man­u­als 2 will also fea­ture my copy of the graph­ics man­ual for the 1976 Mon­tréal Olympics. Pretty excited that a piece of my col­lec­tion is included.

The book includes essays, inter­views and a for­ward by Lance Wyman, designer of the 1968 Mex­ico Olympic games.

Hard­back with High Gloss Wrap
260 x 310mm
432 pages

You can pre-order a copy now.

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Carl Brett

Carl Brett

Carl Brett was an Irish graphic designer and teacher who worked in Canada since 1954 and helped pio­neer mod­ernism in Canada. He was a found­ing mem­ber of the Soci­ety of Graphic Design­ers of Canada and served as pres­i­dent on two occasions.

Couldn’t find much info on him, and only found this gallery of his work at a small res­o­lu­tion, and some sort video inter­views with him.

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Leica M Edition 60

Any­one have $20,000 to drop on this Leica?

To cel­e­brate of the 60th anniver­sary of M cam­era, Leica pro­duced the lim­ited edi­tion Leica M Edi­tion 60. The kit includes a Leica M-P dig­i­tal cam­era and the Summilux-M 35 mm f/1.4 ASPH. lens, both cre­ated by Audi Design.

This is more of a col­lec­tors item than any­thing, but it’s amaz­ing to see the amount of detail that went into it, even down to the pack­ag­ing and presentation.

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NYCTA Graphics Standards Manual Limited Reissue

NYCTA Graphics Standards Manual Reissue

NYCTA Graphics Standards Manual Reissue

NYCTA Graphics Standards Manual Reissue

NYCTA Graphics Standards Manual Reissue

Remem­ber those fel­las who found an orig­i­nal copy of the NYC Tran­sit Author­ity Graphic Stan­dards Man­ual in the base­ment of Pen­ta­gram? Well, they’re part­ner­ing with the MTA to release a lim­ited run of man­ual through Kick­starter.

It won’t be exactly like the orig­i­nal man­ual. The orig­i­nal is ring bound in binder, but the reis­sue will fea­ture a cloth hard­cover and unal­tered high-resolution scans of each page of the man­ual, all Smyth sewn together. It will mea­sure 13.5” W × 13.5″ H (343 x 343 mm).There will be an intro­duc­tion by Michael Bierut, and an essay by New York mag­a­zine writer Christo­pher Bonanos.

The man­ual will be printed in Italy on 100 and 140 gsm Munken Pure ivory off­set paper. The cover, intro­duc­tion, and essay head­ings will be set in a cus­tom ver­sion of Stan­dard Medium by type designer Nick Sher­man, that he recre­ated from the pho­tographs of the orig­i­nal manual.

This is a great way to get this won­der­ful piece of design his­tory in the hands of more peo­ple. I’ve backed it.

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Cartlidge Levene

Cartlidge Levene

Cartlidge Levene

Cartlidge Levene

Cartlidge Levene

A lot of great work from Lon­don based design stu­dio, Cartlidge Lev­ene.