“Being a designer is like being that friend with a pickup truck, and it’s always moving day.”
– Jay Quercia
Book lovers, this is for you:
In 1927, the Italian Futurist artist and designer Fortunato Depero created a monograph of his work unlike anything that had been seen before. Called Depero Futurista, or “Depero the Futurist,” it is also known as The Bolted Book, because it is famously bound together by two large industrial aluminum bolts.
Filled with bold typographic experimentation, daring layouts, and featuring work in nearly every artistic and design medium, it is universally recognized as a landmark avant-garde example of the “book as object.”
Long unavailable, The Bolted Book is now coming back to print. Designers & Books, the Center for Italian Modern Art in New York (CIMA), and the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art of Trento and Rovereto, Italy (Mart), which houses the Depero archives, are collaborating to publish a new facsimile edition, which will be the first exact copy of Depero Futurista ever produced since its original publication 90 years ago.
You can help reissue The Bolted Book as it appeared in its original form and return this resonant piece of design history to the present.
Considered modern design classics, Steve Frykolm’s Herman Miller Picnic Posters are in the permanent collections of museums all over the world, including the Museum of Modern Art.
The Picnic Posters offers a rare glimpse into Steve’s meticulous archives unearthing sketches and stories over 40 years old, alongside a visit to reprint his first picnic poster from 1970.
Just launched: An archive of Seymour Chwast’s body of work. This archive is a treasure trove of epic proportions. Featuring selections from the designer’s personal collection, the site includes posters, books, packaging, typography, painting, sculpture, editorial illustrations, and ephemera from the 1940s to the present.
I am thrilled to share Paula Scher’s CreativeMornings talk in which she takes us through different types of ink she’s worked in and the way she feels about them.
Paula Scher’s event was generously hosted by the MoMA.
This beautiful short film follows one of my all-time favorite visual storytellers, Maira Kalman, as she curates her exhibition “Selects.” The reopening of the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum features this collection—an exploration of life, love, joy and loss.
The film traces the story behind one of the exhibition’s highlights: Abraham Lincoln’s pocket watch, restored to tick again for the first time in 150 years. It’s an extraordinary opportunity, Maira observes, to “connect us to history, dreaming and the future.”
Michael Bierut talks about his mentor Massimo Vignelli, how the internet has changed the way we do design work in the 20th century and what make a logo endure. Also, watch his fantastic CreativeMornings talk here.
Here’s a beautiful and very private glimpse into the life of Brooklyn based designer and educator James Victore.
“I was already at my desk on my first day of work when Massimo arrived. As always, he filled the room with his oversized personality. Elegant, loquacious, gesticulating, brimming with enthusiasm. Massimo was like Zeus, impossibly wise, impossibly old. (He was, in fact, 49.) My education was about to begin.”
Michael Bierut remembering design legend Massimo Vignelli
Envelope design by Erik Marinovich.
Massimo Vignelli’s son put out a call last week saying that the the graphic design legend has fallen ill and requested letters from those he might have inspired or influenced during his long career. Designers all over the world have been mailing letters, and posting them online as well, tagging them #dearmassimo. Gizmodo is currently featuring some of them. Love it so much when our community comes together.
Have you written Massimo yet?
Wonderful interview with the legendary and wise Milton Glaser, as part of Costa Rica’s International Design Festival.
The launch of Vine, the Instagram of video, has been fascinating to watch over the past few weeks. Obviously everyone is trying to figure out what works, but users like Mark Weaver sure found a unique way to play with the format. His LEGO Vines are my personal favorites. Imagine a stop motion art project using Lego bricks and Vine. See the growing archive over on legovines.tumblr.com.
Is there anything more fascinating than seeing how people live? In this case, IDEO founder David Kelley.