Drown Good Drown. Various Authors. Type+Authorship

Posted in design, graphic design, typography, writing on September 2nd, 2022
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Is what is below the surface so fatal?

Becky posed this question in her piece, which speaks to a lot of what we’re trying to capture here in Drown, Good Drown.

In their own way, the writers expressed consciousness and subconsciousness immersed in empathy, stories with sentiment and hints of humor, sadness, and joy. These writings and drawings were made by us ArtCenter College of Design students in the summer of 2022.

Actually, Megan hates summer. As Megan says, “summer’s role is to forever choke and steal what life came after winter.”

She thinks June is okay.

Rachael gave us a downpour of thoughts, an imagistic stream of consciousness straight to our souls, and Sophia spoke in a tender melodic tone provoking a sense of coziness and the tension of intimacy.

While Ibrahim imagined life undersea as a telepathic realm of shadow twins.

Along with Constant’s honesty and vulnerability, we also got to share his quiet but bold humor reflected in his story.

We almost named the publication Esther Williams because of Natalia’s misfit mermaid tale, which inspired us to be who we really are.

My story of reminiscing leads to the end of the book leaving softhearted fragrances of nostalgia.

Me. Cringe.

Drown, Good Drown, I think, is most importantly a collaboration. We’re all so different. You’ll see. But our different perspectives are reflected in drawings and stories. We mish and mash our creative minds for a submersive experience for the reader more than any of us could accomplish on our own.

So we invite you to pour yourself a cool water on the rocks, snorkel through our creative minds, and drown in the world of our stories.

Trust me; it will be a good drown.

– The Editor

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Type+Authorship is a multi-disciplinary class taught at ArtCenter College of Design in Pasadena, California. We conjure, discuss, and immediately write our way into a book of collective thematic interest and function within an aggregate studio environment where we design and produce a publication.

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La Grida Loca. Maximage. ECAL (Lausanne University of Art and Design)

Posted in books, design, graphic design on July 31st, 2022
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A tool for students and professional designers.

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Borrowing Positions: Role-playing Design & Architecture. Ott Kagovere, Kaisa Karvinen, Tommi Vasko (Eds.). Lugemik

Posted in architecture, Artist Book, books, design on May 6th, 2022
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2nd Edition

A speculative book reflecting on design and architecture centred LARPs (Live Action Role-Play) organised by the Trojan Horse collective. The book is an exploration of Live Action Role-Play as a design and architecture research tool. By inviting the reader to try on different characters, switch roles and reconsider their everyday practices, the book aims to approach issues such as identity, performativity, gender, colonialism, care and fear in the context of architecture, design and urban planning.

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Harvard Design Magazine #45. Jennifer Sigler, Leah Whitman-Salkin (Eds.). Harvard University Graduate School of Design.

Posted in architecture, art, critique, design, distribution, magazines, Motto Berlin store, Theory, Wholesale, writing on April 26th, 2018

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To go “into the woods” is to enter both nightmare and wonderment, chaos and serenity. The woods are the threatening realm of wolves and witches, yet also a space of peace and introspection. They confound and illuminate, disorient and clarify, endanger and protect. The woods are where we “come to our senses,” and where we embrace our wilder selves. They are a space of complex life forms and ecological destruction; of growth and decay; of fantasy and ritual; of secrets and control; of hiding and? the hidden.

The woods are often framed as a nonurban place; an entity separate from, and opposed to, the city—even the world; an eternal refuge that can smoothly be entered and exited, gone into and back out of. But how much of our woods still remains to go into—and on what terms?

As designers, we encounter the woods as building site, as obstacle, and as resource—territory to be cleared, but also to be preserved, cultivated, tamed, or simulated. Wood itself—along with its products like lumber, wood pulp, silvichemicals, and charcoal—fuel the building industry and feed architecture. In a period of accelerated climate change, the planet’s woods are disappearing, burning up, threatening and threatened by human existence. How can we holistically address the woods and its ecosystems, and the life and life-giving power they contain?

This issue of Harvard Design Magazine treks into the woods to come to terms with its precarious status as habitat and resource, and to challenge assumptions about wood as material. We won’t be “out of the woods”—this looping conundrum—any time soon, even if the woods as we once knew it, and might still imagine it, has ceased to exist. At the intersection of wilderness, urbanization, and myth, “Into the Woods” embraces contradiction, challenges destruction, and revisits our roots, biological and architectural alike.

“Into the Woods” combines contributions by noted critics and theorists including Milica Topalovic, Lawrence Buell, T. J. Demos, Rosetta Elkin, Jack Halberstam, and Maria Tatar; practitioners Dogma, Alexander Brodsky, Dilip Da Cunha, Eelco Hooftman, and Paulo Tavares; as well as artists Tang Chang, Maria Thereza Alves, Janet Cardiff, and Bas Princen; anthropologists Anna Tsing and Eduardo Kohn; and philosopher Giorgio Agamben.

Harvard Design Magazine 45 is edited by Jennifer Sigler and Leah Whitman-Salkin, and published by the Harvard University Graduate School of Design (GSD).

Language: English
Pages: 248
Size: 30.5 x 22 cm
Weight: 810 g
Binding: Softcover
ISBN: 725274577118

Roberto Burle Marx Lectures: Landscape as Art and Urbanism. Gareth Doherty (Ed.). Lars Müller Publishers

Posted in architecture, art, books, design, Motto Berlin store, writing on April 20th, 2018
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Roberto Burle Marx (1909–1994) remains one of the most important landscape architects in the history of the field. His distinctive and widely acclaimed work has been featured and referenced in numerous sources, yet few of Burle Marx’s own words have been published.

This collection of a dozen of Burle Marx’s lectures, most of which have never before been available in English, fills that void. Delivered on international speaking tours, they address topics such as Concepts in Landscape Composition, Gardens and Ecology and The Problem of Garden Lighting. Their publication sheds light on Burle Marx’s distinctive ethic and aesthetic of landscape, as “the real art in living.”

Language: English
Pages: 288
Size: 15 x 20
Weight: 420 g
Binding: Softcover
ISBN: 9783037783795
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Faraway, So Close. 25th Biennial of Design, Ljubljana. Angela Rui, Maja Vardjan (eds.). Museum of Architecture and Design & Motto Books.

Posted in architecture, design, Motto Books on September 13th, 2017

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Faraway, So Close

25th Biennial of Design, Ljubljana
Published by Museum of Architecture and Design (MAO) & Motto Books

Faraway, So Close presents seven investigations through the concept of time – time as a key with which to identify new patterns that can connect design with the phenomenological world and the myriad consequences of such an interrelation.

Acting in various dispersed territories across Slovenia, Faraway, So Close seeks out “low-intensity” places in which to test the possibility of changing our notions of economic progress and which could work toward and in the name of such fundamental aspirations as stability, community and a better future. Design is, or at least can be, a vehicle for exploring basic new metaphors. It is a dialogic procedure. This break from the strictly disciplinary approach of design creates space for an expansive investigation of various interdisciplinary intersections and engagement with a markedly different production of knowledge.

By presenting the seven investigative episodes developed within BIO 25 and their interchange with both local archives and broader paradigms, the book works to explore ways of changing the goals of design culture; of turning away from the urgent need to solve problems and instead opening up new frontiers for observation and experimentation, to look at our inhabited and habitable world for what it is and what it is becoming, and not simply what we think it should, ideally, be.

Contributions by
Nabil Ahmed
Andrea Branzi
Tony Côme
Brendan Cormier
matali crasset
Domitilla Dardi
Odo Fioravanti
Didier Fiúza Faustino
Studio Formafantasma
Thomas Geisler
Rory Hyde
Alexandra Midal
mischer’traxler studio
Dimitrij Mlekuž
Point Supreme Architects
Emanuele Quinz
Renata Salecl
Anna-Sophie Springer
Studio Folder
James Westcott
Elia Zenghelis
and many others

Photographic Essays by
Delfino Sisto Legnani
and Marco Cappelletti

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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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Harvard Design Magazine #43. Jennifer Sigler, Leah Whitman-Salkin (Eds). Harvard.

Posted in art, design, distribution, magazines, Wholesale on January 12th, 2017
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The more stuff we accumulate, the more space we need to store it all. Vast portions of the landscape are claimed and governed by spaces of storage, their maintenance, and the goods that move through them—or remain buried within them indefinitely.
This issue of Harvard Design Magazine investigates and unpacks the contents, containers, and systems of storage that organize our world.
Storage is the aggregation and containment of the material and immaterial stuff of culture; but also the safeguarding—or hoarding—of energy and tools for some imagined future purpose. How does all this stuff mask or overcompensate for economic and ecological bankruptcy? Is storage about greed or need? Storage, perhaps, is everything we can live without but insist on living with.
“Shelf Life” explores what’s inside the box (shed, tank, urn, vault, crypt, crate, case, pot, bag, vat, morgue, safe, bin, archive, warehouse, cabinet, cellar, cemetery, depository, locker, freezer, landfill, library). Even as we attempt to reduce and recycle, the stuff that we dispose of also needs to be stored. Where do we put it? Our planet is now a saturated receptacle. This warehouse is full, and we’re all inside it.

Edited by Jennifer Sigler & Leah Whitman-Salkin.
Published by Harvard
Language: English
Pages: 199
Size: 30.5 x 22 cm
Weight: 810 g
Binding: Softcover
ISBN: 074470577119

€15.00

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Tunica Magazine #5. Jose C. Garcia (ed.). Tunica Studio.

Posted in design, distribution, magazines on June 23rd, 2016
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TUNICA presents an art of Individuals. We stand for the reality of the present.
Absolute: The new egos and the melodrama of modernity is the Exploitation of vulgarity, the Improvement of life…
TUNICA is created for this timeless fundamental Artist that exists in everybody.
Unconditional: Popular art does not mean the art of the poor people.
TUNICA is a cape of good hope.
Trust: We need the unconsciousness of humanity. Their animalistic stupidity and dreams, futurism, magic and life!
Staying power! Brave Comrades!
Long live TUNICA!

Contributors:

James Orlando
Sita Abellan
Louisa Gagliardi
Takanori Okuwaki
Roberto Piqueras
Eme Rock
Yung Beef aka Fernandito Kit Kat
Eyedress
Prefuse 73
Ilja Karilampi
Terranova
Wickerham & Lomax
Alexa Karolinski
Gaspar Noe
Karen Aragon
Le Roy
Matthew Connors
Izaac Enciso
Robert Beatty

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THE CURE. Komplot. Benjamin Jaubert, Sofie Van Loo, Stefaan Willems (eds.)

Posted in art, books, design, distribution on April 4th, 2016
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This book titled ‘The Cure’ is edited by the three curators Benjamin Jaubert, Sofie Van Loo and Stefaan Willems who programmed the year 2015 in Komplot. This book is the result of a collaboration in three chapters : ‘There Is No Cure’, ‘The Rape – Stiff Hip Gait – The Catwalk’ and ‘Passion and Romance’. This book is the affirmation of three subjectivities through their choices and thematics. The designers Uberknackig put together the contributions of artists, thinkers and poets invited by the curators in a kind of spiritual user guide like the one you find in the drawer of your hotel room to coach you through the night…

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