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.
You can view all 240 pages of the original Bolted Book in detail as well as English translations from selected pages at www.boltedbook.com and you can join me in supporting the Kickstarter project.
Loving the branding of this Melbourne bar/restaurant called The Town Mouse by design studio A Friend Of Mine.
Lovely poster by James Brown showing the cloud classifications that Luke Howard, the ‘father of meteorology’ devised in 1803. Similarly cool is this poster showing the Morse, Semaphore and Phonetics Alphabet all in one.
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.
You can see all the talks on INK, last month’s global theme, over on the CreativeMornings theme page.
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.”
Beautifully executed by Gael Towey! Don’t miss the other videos in her series Portraits in Creativity.
That talented Jessica Hische! Here’s an interview with her on her recent USPS Forever Stamp design. What a talent!
Michael Bierut Graphic Designer – The Creative Influence Ep.13 from THE CREATIVE INFLUENCE on Vimeo.
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.
Want to see more of James? Watch this 99u talk or check out his work or his Burning Questions YouTube Channel full of advice.
The fine folks of Like Knows Like really know what they’re doing: Check out their other mini documentaries. (They’ve done one on me as well!)
Julia Rothman pointed me to Santtu Mustonen’s work. Isn’t this stunning?
“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.
Short and personal documentary about talented Jessica Walsh who is a designer, art director, and illustrator working in New York City. She is a partner at design studio, Sagmeister & Walsh and teaches at the School of Visual Arts.
Congrats to team Like Knows Like and their beautiful documentaries.
I am all for music videos that feature Ira Glass.
– 8 Ways to Recycle Your Old Smartphone
– YES! NYC’s Expanded Recycling Program to Include All Rigid Plastics for the First Time
– An introduction to Google Analytics for ecommerce
– Touching NYTimes piece: Listen to personal stories of Boston Marathon runners that were right there when the explosion happened.
– Want to learn how to combine typefaces? Tim Brown has you covered! (via)
– This video was shown at the Publishing Luxury Summit to get the audience riled up and thinking positive thoughts about luxury! (thanks Steve)
– My friends at Mailchimp are looking to hire a Software Engineer Intern.
– These Pattern Click Pens make for a really good gift.
– Your manifesto, your culture, by Seth Godin
– 3D color printer that uses paper, not plastic. (via)
– Herman Miller’s best selling office chair sheds 18lbs and piles of plastic to become slimmer, more elegant.
– How To Wash Your Hands In Space
– 25 Summer get-together food and drink ideas.
– I recently bought one of these ridiculously adorable Kikkerland USB Airplane Fans. It’s all kinds of cute and practical.
– 22 Unbelievable Places that are Hard to Believe Really Exist. (via)
– Envelope, a super minimal ipad sleeve.
– Contact Lens Owl Case. All kinds of adorable.
– Three years of the Sun in three minutes. Thanks NASA.
– Makers Gonna Make.
– My friends of Done Not Done are looking to hire a Product Designer, a Frontend Developer and a Python Developer.
This book cover for George Orwells’ 1984 by Adronauts is stunning.
(via visual poetry)
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.
Tilman, an interaction and graphic designer living and working in and near Nuremberg, Germany, posts daily geometric compositions on Geometry Daily. Beautiful.
Our speaker at the July 2012 CreativeMornings here in New York was the charming and incredibly talented Kelli Anderson. She is an artist/designer and tinkerer who is always experimenting with new means of making images and experiences. You might have seen her TED talk, or maybe her paper record player? She is one of my all-time favorite designers. And she makes amazing fudge.
A big thank you to XO Group for hosting us in their beautiful office space. And a big thank you to Ben Hallman for filming + editing the video.
I just spent an eternity browsing Post Typography. Go, get your mind blown.