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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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Dot Zero – Issue 1

Dot Zero Issue 1 Dot Zero Issue 1 Dot Zero Issue 1 Dot Zero was a quarterly by Unimark in partnership with Finch Paper that focused on the theory and practice of visual communication. Only five issues were published between 1966 and 1968, and Massimo Vignelli was the designer and creative director of the magazine. Vignelli wanted to make the design exciting, but simple, so he set all type in only two weights of Helvetica and everything printed in black and white. Michael Bierut interviewed Vignelli about the magazine. Some nice insights on how the publication came about, and its production. The folks at Rationale Design have made available a hi-res PDF of issue 1 of Dot Zero, and you can see some photos of issue 2 here.
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Grids: Their Meaning and Use for Federal Designers

Massimo Vignelli Grids Massimo Vignelli Grids Massimo Vignelli Grids "Grids: Their Meaning and Use for Federal Designers" is a book based on a presentation given by Massimo Vignelli at a seminar for federal graphic designers at the Illinois Institute of Technology on November 10, 1976. He covers the basics of grid design, then shows how grids were used in some of the projects that he worked on. It's a nice little read. Hi-res scan of the entire book is available here. Via Sean Wolcott
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Manuals 1: Design & Identity Guidelines

Unit Editions Manuals 1 Unit Editions Manuals 1 Unit Editions Manuals 1 Unit Editions Manuals 1 Unit Editions Manuals 1 Unit Editions just announced a new book titled Manuals 1 Design & Identity Guidelines. It's a study of corporate identity design manuals from the 1960s to early 1980s. The book includes manuals created for NASA, Lufthansa, British Steel, NYC Transit Authority, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, ABC, and more. The ABC manual is from my collection that I've contributed. I've been really looking forward to this book. Manuals are such a great learning resources because they're not only great to look at, but they also give you insight into the rationale and thinking behind each system. You get to experience what the designers were thinking. The foreword was written by Massimo Vignelli and the book includes text from Adrian Shaughnessy, NASA designer Richard Danne, Greg D’Onofrio and Patricia Belen of Display, Armin Vit, Sean Perkins and John Lloyd. Available in March and you can pre-order now.
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A5/06: HfG Ulm, A5/07: Rolf Müller

HFG Ulm HFG Ulm Rolf Muller Rolf Muller Hey folks, sorry for the long silence. I got a kidney stone, and I was out of commission for a week. Feeling better now, so the posts will resume. Back to business. Lars Müller Publishers is releasing two new books as part of their wonderful A5 series. I've been waiting for these titles every since I heard about them in early fall. The first is A5/06: HfG Ulm by René Spitz that covers the history of The Ulm School of Design founded by Inge Aicher-Scholl, Otl Aicher and Max Bill. The second book is A5/07: Rolf Müller, a monograph dedicated to Rolf Müller who worked with Otl Aicher on the visual identity of the Munich Olympic Games in 1972. Both books will be available at the end of this month.
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Poster Collection 25 Josef Müller-Brockmann

Poster Collection 25 Josef Müller-Brockmann Next month, Lars Müller Publishers is releasing "Poster Collection 25 Josef Müller-Brockmann", a book that showcases a selection of posters designed by Müller-Brockmann. No photos of the spreads, but this is definitely going in my collection.
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Index Magazine

Index Magazine Index Magazine Index Magazine Index Magazine The Harvard Art Museums have announced the launch of the digital magazine Index, which provides a dynamic and interactive space for readers to discover a broad range of content and media produced by staff at the Harvard Art Museums and from arts-related venues around the world. The digital magazine supplements the printed edition of the magazine with new content posted each weekday. Index includes multimedia components that put viewers behind the scenes at the museums and also provides regular updates during the final stages of the museums’ renovation and expansion project in Cambridge.
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Designing News

Desi Designing News Designing News Designing News Designing News Designer Francesco Franchi, known for his work on Il Sole 24 ORE, has written a new booked called Designing News, that explores the future of the news and media industries. His perspective is based on his work for IL, and the book includes case studies by Richard Turley, Daniele Codega, Mark Porter, Oliver Reichenstein and more. The book will be published Gestalten, and will be available very soon from their site. Time to drop hints to my wife for X-mas presents.
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Helvetica, Objectified, Urbanized: The Complete Interviews

helvetica-objectified-urbanized-complete-interviews helvetica-objectified-urbanized-complete-interviews helvetica-objectified-urbanized-complete-interviews Gary Hustwit, the director of Helvetica, Objectified and Urbanized, is releasing almost 100 hours of unseen interviews from the three films as a book. The book, designed by Build, will include in-depth discussions with Paola Antonelli, Michael Bierut, Neville Brody, Matthew Carter, Wim Crouwel, Tobias Frere-Jones, Jonathan Hoefler, Experimental Jetset, Naoto Fukasawa, Jonathan Ive, Michael C. Place, Rick Poynor, Dieter Rams, Karim Rashid, Stefan Sagmeister, Paula Scher, Erik Spiekerman, Massimo Vignelli and more. A Kickstarter has been setup where you can back the project.
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Type Only

Type Only Type Only Type Only Type Only Type Only Unit Editions continues to impress me. They continue to pump-out these high-quality books with great work. The newest book Type Only looks like it's awesome. Designed by Spin, and edited by Tony Brook, Claudia Klat and Adrian Shaughnessy. The book celebrates type unsupported by illustration or photography. Type Only features the work of over 100 graphic designers from Australia, Belgium, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Serbia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UK, USA. Want.
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Interaction of Color App

Yale University Press has released an iPad app version of Josef Albers’s influential book, Interaction of Color. Designed by Potion, the app features archival video of Josef Albers in the studio and classroom, videos of practicing artists, designers, and architects discussing how they use color, and 63 fully interactive plates. Looks like it's really well done. I'm looking forward to it.
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MADE Quarterly Edition Two

Made Edition Two MADE-edition-two-2 MADE-edition-two-3 MADE-edition-two-4 Edition Two of the perfectly designed MADE is now available. MADE Quarterly is a publication that documents the workings of the modern maker, including but not limited to industrial design, architecture, fashion, interior design, photography and the culinary world. The second edition of MADE Quarterly features: Mast Brothers (USA), Best Made Co (USA), Huet Brothers (NLD), Stevie Gee (GBR), Earth Tu Face (USA), March Studio (AUS), Uniform Wares (GBR), Henry Wilson (AUS), Ben Huff (USA) and Minimalux (GBR). MADE Edition Two also features four individual covers, each displaying chosen works from our esteemed contributors. Please note covers are distributed randomly. Great design and content.