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Recommended Reading PT.3

May 17 2012

Recommended Reading PT.3

Just thought I’d Share a few pub­li­ca­tions that I’ve been flick­ing through lately.

Lufthansa + Graphic Design

Lufthansa + Graphic Design

Deutsche Lufthansa is one of the most impor­tant air­lines in the world, with a long and diverse his­tory that goes back to 1926. The visual iden­tity of Lufthansa is just as long and diverse. The begin­ning of the 1960s saw one of the most impor­tant steps in the devel­op­ment of cor­po­rate com­mu­ni­ca­tion. The com­pany employed the designer Otl Aicher and his Gruppe E5 stu­dent group at the Hochschule für Gestal­tung Ulm to develop a visual iden­tity for Lufthansa. It was sub­stan­tially real­ized in 1963 and up until the present day counts as one of the most ground­break­ing cor­po­rate design solu­tions of the 20th century

The Man­ual

The Manual

Three beau­ti­ful, illus­trated hard­bound books a year, each hold­ing six arti­cles and six per­sonal lessons that use the matur­ing of the dis­ci­pline of web design as a start­ing point for deeper explo­rations of our work and who we are as designers.

Think­ing With Type

Thinking With Type

Think­ing with Type is the defin­i­tive guide to using typog­ra­phy in visual com­mu­ni­ca­tion, from the printed page to the com­puter screen. This revised edi­tion includes forty-eight pages of new con­tent, includ­ing the lat­est infor­ma­tion on style sheets for print and the web, the use of orna­ments and cap­tions, lin­ing and non-lining numer­als, the use of small caps and enlarged cap­i­tals, as well as infor­ma­tion on cap­tions, font licens­ing, mix­ing type­faces, and hand lettering.

The Print Handbook

The Print Handbook

The Print Hand­book is your guide when you’re not quite sure what some­thing will look like when printed. Full of exam­ples, it makes the mis­takes so you don’t have to.

Sparkle And Spin

Sparkle And Spin

A book about words by Ann & Paul Rand. A beau­ti­fully illus­trated children’s book orig­i­nally pub­lished in 1957 and recently re-issued.

Alighiero Boetti — Game Plan

Alighiero Boetti - Game Plan

Alighiero Boetti (1940–1994) was one of the most inno­v­a­tive artists of the twen­ti­eth cen­tury. Orig­i­nally asso­ci­ated with the Arte Povera group in Turin, in the 1960s he made works using mate­ri­als sourced in hard­ware stores, shift­ing by 1970 to cre­ate art using draw­ing, Biro pens, news­pa­per images and artist’s books. Based in Rome, he trav­elled con­stantly to dis­tant des­ti­na­tions includ­ing Guatemala, Ethiopia, Japan, and, most fre­quently, Kabul, in Afghanistan. It was in Kabul that he set up a hotel and com­mis­sioned arti­sans to cre­ate embroi­deries, most famously his ‘mappe’, intri­cate maps of the world coloured accord­ing to polit­i­cal affil­i­a­tion. Boetti’s work is always poetic and play­ful, and he enjoyed cre­at­ing dif­fer­ent kinds of games involv­ing time pat­terns and numeric sequences. At the same time he remained in touch with and inspired by the world around him, respon­sive to the com­plex polit­i­cal shifts that took place dur­ing the 1970s and ‘80s. Pub­lished on the occa­sion of a major tour­ing exhi­bi­tion, this com­pre­hen­sive, lav­ishly illus­trated overview brings together lead­ing inter­na­tional crit­ics and cura­tors, each exam­in­ing a dif­fer­ent aspect of Boetti’s achieve­ments, together help­ing to explain why he remains both influ­en­tial and inspir­ing nearly two decades after his death.

Henri’s Walk To Paris

Henri's Walk To Paris

Henri’s Walk to Paris is the story of a young boy who lives in Reboul, France, who dreams of going to Paris. One day, after read­ing a book about Paris, he decides to pack a lunch and head for the city. Along the way, Henri gets tired and falls asleep under a tree. And this is when the story gets really charm­ing. What Henri sees, we see, in a flow­ing panorama of pic­tures con­ceived by the emi­nent graphic designer Saul Bass.