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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

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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

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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

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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.