SangBleu Typeface. SWTY Publishing

Posted in graphic design, Motto Berlin store, typography on November 22nd, 2017
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On the occasion of the launch of the SangBleu typeface, Swiss Typefaces issues a book for lovers of the printed letterform. On 128 pages, “SangBleu Typeface: The King, His Court, The Explorer & The Gift” celebrates cutting­edge typography in general and the SangBleu fonts in particular. Devised as a collector’s item, it provides a unique combination of design and content: at the heart of the publication is a novella by Daniela Party, specifically written for this purpose. The book starts off with illustrations of a skull and a beheaded female warrior, followed by serpents and an Aztec ghost figure. This dark and savage imagery sets the atmosphere. Giant initials, printed in loud pink, lead into the book like drumbeats in the jungle – S – B – G – U… The title page presents the names of the five collections that form the SangBleu typeface: Empire, Kingdom, Republic, Versailles, Sunrise. Each family is displayed on a spread of 20 pages, in a layout that was freely inspired by a type specimen for Caslon Old Face from 1924. The sample pages emulate all kinds of text types, from novels and magazines to drama and poetry, in sizes big and small. Some pages feature large headlines or block quotes in italics. Others show off spectacular drop caps and strongly contrasting sizes or weights. Designers interested in seeing the Cyrillics do not miss out either. The scope and versatility of the SangBleu collection is exhibited in its entirety. All text is taken from Daniela Party’s novella. Set in the late 17th century, an era of absolutism, superstition, and colonialism, it narrates the story of Meztli, an indigenous Mexican woman with extrasensory powers. Captured by French explorer La Salle, she is sent as a gift to Louis XIV, the Sun King – a gift that would set off a series of macabre events involving witchcraft, lust, envy, and death. Designed by Swiss Typefaces, the SangBleu Typeface book was printed in five colors, four of them Pantone spot colors including metallic and neon inks, and is further enriched by a special binding with several fold­out pages – all made in Switzerland.

 

€65.00

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Rosie Ruiz: Shortcuts to Fame. Lisa Guedel-Dolle. Motto Books.

Posted in art, Artist Book, graphic design, history, Motto Books on October 27th, 2017
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Rosie Ruiz was a non-professional runner who cheated during the 1979 New York City Marathon and the 1980 Boston Marathon.

This book relates the nine days of investigation and doubts which took place between april 22, the day of her victory in Boston, and april 30, the day her disqualification. During these nine days we discovered the testimonies of the protagonists of the case: Rosie, runners, winners, losers, the direction of the marathon and family. This story was a big buzz in the media. The reader gradually discovers all the elements of the story, like an inspector interviewing witnesses. Step by step, links and evidences are made and after 9 days of investigation the reader can determine whether yes or no Rosie Ruiz cheated during these two marathons.

 

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T9 Numerology. Moritz Greiner-Petter.

Posted in Artist Book, distribution, graphic design, Wholesale on August 19th, 2017
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T9 (short for ›text on 9 keys‹) is a predictive text technology developed in 1995. It was designed to optimize text entry on 3×4 numeric cell phone keypads commonly used at that time. On these standard 12-key layouts the number keys from ›2‹ to ›9‹ are assigned to a group of three to four letters each. In T9, a sequence of single keystrokes is matched against a stored dictionary. Words associated to the entered sequence of numbers are then presented to the user to choose from. Coincidentally and inherent to the working principle of T9, one sequence of keystrokes can potentially represent many different words. This guide book compiles an incomplete and subjective selection of these so-called ›textonyms‹ to be found in the English language. It exposes the collateral poetry, incidental truisms, and semantic comedy that are latently lurking in encoding and compression technologies like T9.

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Type Life Issue #1: Special Lab. Swiss Typefaces.

Posted in graphic design, typography on August 16th, 2017
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Type Life
Issue #1: Special Lab

The inaugural issue is a special about the Lab. In this Research & Development department, we explore new ideas for future fonts. Two of the most recent additions to the Lab are showcased here. The first one named BRRR is a playful wide Grotesk with a great deal of disruptive details. A spin-off from Simplon Mono, it was initially created to design a poster series for Swiss artist Simon Paccaud. KRSNA started out as a custom version of NewParis Skyline, made for two vinyl record sleeeves by Geneva-based musician Grace Core. This experimental typeface abandons the convention of a continuous baseline and introduces a three-storey space where the letters can sit at the top, center or bottom, with the remaining space filled by bars and spikes. The resulting word images are captivating patterns with logo-like qualities. Type Life reveals how BRRR and KRSNA came into being by depicting preliminary sketches, evolutionary steps, and photos of experiments made during trips. Reproductions of the very first applications show the fonts in context.

An underlying theme in Type Life #1 is the confrontation of opposites. Systematic typography is interspersed with footloose lettering, accurate vector shapes are shown side by side with drippy comic blackletter. Highbrow clashes with subculture when an icon of the Swiss International Style gets remixed with graffiti. Past meets present also in the typeface designs that always and inevitably are contextualized in history. The digital is contrasted with the analog, the local with the cosmopolitan, the abstract with the personal. On a formal level, all of this is represented by the combination of uncoated newsprint and glamorous spot colors. The minimal but nevertheless unique color palette featuring Pantone neon pink and yellow along with silver and black is a defining element of the publication’s identity.

 

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BRACES, LEVERS, FETISHES & TALISMANS. Michael Marriott. Side Issues

Posted in art, Artist Book, design, graphic design on July 4th, 2017
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This publication contains pictures of eighty-four different hand tools from the collection of Michael Marriott. It celebrates the objects both for their function and for their inherent beauty in repose. Accompanying the objects is an essay by Neil Cummings entitled “Look at me, Look at me, Look at me”, which was originally published in Architectural Design magazine in 2002. It explores Reyner Banham’s notion of the “furniturisation” of everyday objects, and questions why previously unselfconscious domestic artifacts are now promoted as great design.
edited by
Philippe Desarzens

Tools collection and pictures by

Michael Marriott
Text by Neil Cummings
Back cover text by Duncan Riches
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Typoésie. Jérôme Peignot. Imprimerie Nationale

Posted in art, graphic design, poetry on July 1st, 2017
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This book was the last book publish with tradtionnal type setting by the Imprimerie National, printed on heavy paper.
Most of the work reproduced are printed in black, 2 colors (mainly black and red inks) or more as the Piet Zwart page printed in 3 colors (dark blue, red and yellow)

Jérôme Peignot is born in a family of typographer and type creator, his grand-father was the founder of was became Deberny-Peignot. This historical enterprise worked with Balzac and his father Charles had introduced photocomposition in France and directed the Editions des Arts et Métiers graphiques.

Jérôme Peignot is developping this poetry genre called Visual Poetry, Konkrete poetry or just “Typoésie” (Typoetry). What we called a game is the meeting of litterature with typographical art: searching the meaning of the world in the design of words.

This poetry appear with the help of various tools: from letters, to punctuation, numbers and notes, this anthology is divided into five parts: Typography, Visual poetry, figures, Painting, Music.

Typography: Zwart, Cassandra‘s Bifur, Lubalin, etc.

Visual poetry: Gomringer, Mon and Rühm (Germany). Pignatari and the Campos brothers (Brazil). Italian poets, British, Spanish and American enrich this pratice in a rebellious or advertising use. Peignot admits his fascination with work by Ockerse of Solt, Williams and Xisto

Poets: Dotremont Roubaud Crombie, etc.

Painters: Adam Dupuy, Falconet, Hains, Kolar and Melin, Duchamp, El Lissitzky, Magritte and Matisse.

Music: JS Bach, Gounod, Pobst, Ravel, Schoenberg, Webern.

Texts by Leiris, Cassandra, Guy Levis Mano, Raymond Gid, El Lissitzky, Pierre and Ilse Garnier, Excoffon, Dotremont … and Alexandre Sorel as regards music.

 

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Taking a Line for a Walk. Nina Paim (ed). Spector Books.

Posted in art, books, distribution, graphic design, Wholesale, writing on November 15th, 2016
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Assignments can give instructions, describe an exercise, present a problem, set out rules, propose a game, stimulate a process, or simply throw out questions. Taking a Line for a Walk brings attention to something that is often neglected: the assignment as a pedagogical element and verbal artefact of design education. This book is a compendium of 224 assignments, edited by Nina Paim and coedited by Emilia Bergmark. A reference book for educators, researchers, and students alike, it includes both contemporary and historical examples and offers a space for different lines of design pedagogy to converge and converse. An accompanying essay by Corinne Gisel takes a closer look at the various forms assignments can take and the educational contexts they exist within. Taking a Line for a Walk derived from an exhibition of the same name at the International Biennial of Graphic Design Brno 2014.

Taking a Line for a Walk

Nina Paim (ed.)
Spector Books
272 pages
22.5 x 25.5 cm
Softcover

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V.BLOCC Argent. Frayser. Maximage.

Posted in graphic design, photography, Wholesale on August 2nd, 2016
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Color separation: Colorlibrary.ch
Print: Musumeci S.p.A.

Published on the occasion of the exhibition GAMUT at Am[ ]bit London
10 June —16July 2016

Edition of 350

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Mould Map 4 – Eurozone Spezial. Hugh Frost & Leon Sadler. Landfill Editions.

Posted in Artist magazine, graphic design, magazines on July 8th, 2016
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A book about Europe and its possible futures.
Featuring newly commissioned comics, art and graphics from; Leon Sadler, Edwin Burdis, Daniel Swan, Michael Willis, Patrick Crotty, Grace Wilson, Dan Mitchell, Will Sweeney, Ed Fornieles, Brecht Vandenbroucke, Yannick Val Gesto with Eva Munz, Sany, Amalia Ulman, Hanna K, MOSA, Gwenaël Rattke, Stathis Tsemberlidis, Yuri Pattison, Suzanne Treister, Jody Barton, New Scenario, Stefan Sadler, Jonathan Djob Nkondo, Gabriel Corbera, Pierre Vanni, Roope Eronen and Viktor Hachmang.

Contextualised by features on both near-future speculative / design fiction and historical counterculture movements including; Huw Wahl on 60s inflatable art collective Action Space, Federico Pagello on Frigidaire Magazine and comics of the radical left in 70s Italy, a selection of activist ephemera from the stock of Mayfair dealer Carl Williams at Maggs Brothers, Ingo Niermann in conversation with Matilda Tjäder about the origins and development of the Sternberg Solutions series, Dunne & Raby and the use of illustration within their United Micro Kingdoms project and finally a selection of works from the 2014 White Cube exhibition by Gilbert & George — Scapegoating Pictures For London.

Edited by Hugh Frost & Leon Sadler. Graphic design by Hugh Frost.

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Rareness of Everyday Being. Ivana Palečková. Štokovec. Slovak / English.

Posted in art, Artist Book, books, distribution, graphic design on April 19th, 2016
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Graphic designer Ivana Palečková was born exactly seven days before the Velvet Revolution. She doesnʼt incline to nostalgia or retro. Despite this fact, she choses to work with the “classic” 35mm color negative film. She uses her mobile phone mostly for phone calls. This book is a selection from a large photographic archive of this young artist who sees taking photos of her closest surroundings, visited places and situations around her as a natural addition to creative life of a graphic designer. Without aspiring to make it as a photographer. The artist who works as a graphic designer has put together a visual essay whose words (photographs) can be taken apart and “reassembled” by readers according to their taste. The readers create new sentences of their own (photographic diptychs and triptychs).

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