General Design

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GRAPHIC DESIGN DISCOURSE: EVOLVING THEORIES, IDEOLOGIES, AND PROCESSES OF VISUAL COMMUNICATION

If the aim of graphic design is to communicate meaning clearly, there's an irony that the field itself has struggled between two contradictory opposites: rote design resulting from a rigorous, fixed set of rules, and eccentric design that expresses the hand of the artist but fails to communicate with its audience. But what if designers focused on process and critical analysis over visual outcome?
November 7, 2017 | Paperback | Princeton Architectural Press | 480 Pages |
$45.00
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NOW YOU SEE IT AND OTHER ESSAYS ON DESIGN

Written by Bierut, Michael
"Design is a way to engage with real content, real experience," writes celebrated essayist Michael Bierut in this follow-up to his best-selling Seventy-Nine Short Essays on Design (2007). In more than fifty smart and accessible short pieces from the past decade, Bierut engages with a fascinating and diverse array of subjects.
November 7, 2017 | Hardcover | Princeton Architectural Press | 240 Pages |
$35.00
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NEVER USE FUTURA

Written by Thomas, Douglas
It's everywhere, including the moon (on the commemorative plaque left by Apollo 11 astronauts), Nike sneakers, the artworks of Barbara Kruger, Ed Ruscha, and Jenny Holzer, 2001: A Space Odyssey credits, Domino's Pizza boxes, Absolut Vodka bottles, and Red Bull cans. Richard Nixon used it for his presidential campaign, as did Hillary Clinton.
October 17, 2017 | Paperback | Princeton Architectural Press | 208 Pages |
$24.95

GRAFICA DE LES RAMBLES: THE SIGNS OF BARCELONA

Written by Fili, Louise
From the labyrinthine paths and serene squares of the Gothic Quarter to the stunning art nouveau architecture of the Eixample, Barcelona is a place of irresistible charm.
September 26, 2017 | Hardcover | Princeton Architectural Press | 264 Pages |
$40.00
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BOOK OF BLACK

Written by Dowling, Faye
From fine art to street style, the aesthetics, and motifs of the gothic are entwined with the heart of today's alternative visual culture. Vampires and demons have become screen icons of the modern underworld.
September 5, 2017 | Paperback | Laurence King | 160 Pages |
$15.99
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IN THE DARKNESS OF THE NIGHT: A BRUNO MUNARI ARTIST'S BOOK

Written by Munari, Bruno
First published in Italy in 1956, Bruno Munari's In the Darkness of the Night tells the tale of an interconnected, intimate yet expansive journey across three settings--in the darkness, through a meadow, and into a mysterious cave--through a spellbinding combination of paper stocks, transparencies, cutouts, and simple but lively characters.
October 10, 2017 | Hardcover | Princeton Architectural Press | 60 Pages |
$35.00
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OUTDATED ADVERTISING: SEXIST, RACIST, CREEPY, AND JUST PLAIN TASTELESS ADS FROM A PRE-PC ERA

Outdated Advertising: Memories from a Less-than-PC Era takes a look at print advertising from the mid-1850s through the 1980s with an eye toward ads that were notorious for their sexist, racist, politically-incorrect, or other wildly inappropriate content--or for just plain bad taste.
November 21, 2017 | Paperback | Skyhorse Publishing | 128 Pages |
$12.99
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24 MAZES

Written by Fried, Henry
A trap for the pencil. An escape for the mind. A good maze is both a picture and a puzzle, a work of art that you travel through. It offers different sensations of physical movement, as well as an emotional journey--through hope and disappointment, insight and confusion, to an ultimate triumph. It is one of the great hybrid art forms, like opera or the comic strip.
September 12, 2017 | Paperback | Laboratory Books | 64 Pages |
$10.00
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TRACES OF WORDS: ART AND CALLIGRAPHY FROM ASIA

Written by Nakamura, Fuyubi
The artistic fusion of words and images is an intrinsic part of the cultural, social, and spiritual beliefs of Asia. From traditional calligraphy to contemporary forms of digital and mixed media, the blending of artwork with written language has the power to transform words into material culture and invite the viewer to experience rather than merely read the text.
August 20, 2017 | Hardcover | Figure 1 Publishing | 176 Pages |
$40.00
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GLORIOUS FREEDOM: OLDER WOMEN LEADING EXTRAORDINARY LIVES

Written by Congdon, Lisa
The glory of growing older is the freedom to be more truly ourselves--with age we gain the liberty to pursue bold new endeavors and worry less about what other people think. In this richly illustrated volume, bestselling author and artist Lisa Congdon explores the power of women over the age of forty who are thriving and living life on their own terms.
October 3, 2017 | Hardcover | Chronicle Books | 152 Pages |
$19.95

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