AisleOne BookShelf 2nd Edition

Books 2

For this second edition of AisleOne BookShelf I have some real goodies. The hard to find IDEA Number 323 which is entirely dedicated to Wim Crouwel, the new Peter Seitz: Designing a Life book and The ABCs of Bauhaus. I was actually blown away by the content of the IDEA issue. There is a ton of stuff in there, a lot of which I’ve never seen. It also includes Crouwel’s New Alphabet in full detail. This one is definitely a keeper. I recommended going over to You Work For Them and picking one up before they are all gone. The Seitz book is full of design goodness as well and the Bauhaus book is definitely a reader. I have to sit down and soak that one in.

On a side note, I still haven’t be able to figure out how to take good pictures of these books. The biggest problem I’m having is keeping them open without damaging them and without getting my dumb hand in the picture. If anyone can give me some advice on how to do this well that would be great. There has to be a way cause I see it done well all the time.

IDEA Number 323: Wim Crouwel
Special Feature: Wim Crouewel’s adventures into the experimental worlds. This issue of Idea specially devoted its 190 pages to Wim Crouwel’s representative design works, including posters, book designs, logotypes, stamps, typefaces and others. His legendary New Alphabet is also introduced with full details. Two historical essay’s by Crouwel and comments from imporatant design figures are also featured.

Peter Seitz: Designing a Life
Peter Seitz: Designing of a Life is the first in-depth documentation of Seitz’s unique story and influential work. Containing new historical research and never-before-published images, the book includes essays by Andrew Blauvelt, Kolean Pitner, and Bruce N. Wright that survey the compass of his prolific and influential life.

The ABCs of Bauhaus
The ABC’s of Bauhaus traces the origins and impact of the Bauhaus in relation to design, graphic design, and typography. The book, designed by the authors, invokes the Bauhaus ideal of synthesizing editorial concept, typography, and format. The essays address such issues as modernist design theory in relation to the nineteenth-century kindergarden movement and Bauhaus graphic design in relation to the idea of a universal "language" of vision. Additional essays address psychoanalysis, fractal geometry, and Weimar culture. This book includes two essays by Mike Mills.

That’s it for this edition. You can view more photos of the books on the AisleOne Flickr page.


AisleOne BookShelf 1st Edition


I’m obsessed with design books, to the point where I’ll buy a book just because it has a well designed cover. What’s interesting (or weird) about my obsession is that I really don’t read much of what’s written in these books, I skim through. If it’s a book that’s strictly text, for example a book about type formating and structure, I’ll read it word for word. But if the book mostly contains great visuals, I’ll concentrate on that for inspiration. I’m definitely more of a visual person.

Anyway, I’m slowing building a nice collection and so I’m going to post the books on here for all to enjoy. In this edition of AisleOne Bookshelf we have a book, a magazine and an exhibit catalogue: Wim Crouwel Alphabets, Grafik Magazine Issue 150 and Wim Crouwel: Typographic Architectures.

Wim Crouwel Alphabets
A book by Kees Broos in which Wim Crouwel explains in detail the reasoning and working methods behind his typefaces. The text is accompanied by many of Crouwel’s illustrations and designs.

Grafik Magzine: Issue 150
This limited edition copy contains a cover hand printed by K2 Screen in London. Since it’s hand printed, each issue is unique.

Wim Crouwel: Typographic Architectures
Published for ‘Wim Crouwel: Architectures Typographiques, 1956-1976’, an exhibition that took place in Paris featuring texts by Wim Crouwel, Catherine de Smet and Emmanuel Bérard and various work by Wim Crouwel. The publication also includes his catalogue work for the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam. The catalogue was designed by Experimental Jetset.

You can view more photos of the books on my Flickr page.