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Here’s the latest round of books and goods to hit our shel­ves. This week’s ent­ries include items from Nobrow, Chro­nicle Books, Lars Mul­ler, The Walt Dis­ney Family Founda­tion Press and Prin­ce­ton Archi­tectu­ral Press.

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Magic, Color, Flair: The World of Mary Blair
By John Cane­ma­ker / Published by the Walt Dis­ney Family Founda­tion
176 pages / Hardco­ver / 10″ x 12.25″

By John Cane­ma­ker, the com­pa­nion cata­log to The Walt Dis­ney Family Museum’s 2014 spe­cial exhi­bi­tion with the same name Magic Color Flair the world of Mary Blair. The aut­ho­ri­ta­tive col­lec­tion of Blair’s lifework, inclu­ding her pre­co­cious early pain­tings, con­cept art from her Dis­ney days, and the wildly won­der­ful artistic inno­va­tions of her later life. With an intro­ductory essay by exhi­bi­tion cura­tor and Aca­demy Award-winning John Cane­ma­ker, this indis­pen­sable book is a bold, lively look into the work of an equally bold and lively artist, whose inva­lu­able influ­ence and keen eye hel­ped shape some of the world’s favo­rite Dis­ney experiences.

Avai­lable at Ama­zon and The Walt Dis­ney Family Museum Shop.

Also be sure to visit the exhi­bi­tion on view now through Sept.7th 2014.


Rolf Mul­ler: Sto­ries, Systems, Marks
Edi­ted by Jens Mul­ler  / Published by Lars Mul­ler
128 pages / 5 ¾ x 8 ¼ in

This book is the first mono­graph dedi­ca­ted to the desig­ner Rolf Mül­ler who is known above all for his design of the visual iden­tity of the Munich Olym­pic Games in 1972. Shortly after gradu­a­ting from the famous Ulm School of Design, his for­mer pro­fes­sor Otl Aicher ent­rus­ted him with this work, which set new stan­dards in inter­na­tio­nal design. In paral­lel, he established his design firm Büro Rolf Mül­ler in Munich. On the basis of selec­ted pro­jects, the book attempts to sketch the men­ta­lity and met­hods of his design

Avai­lable at Ama­zon, Lars Mul­ler and your local book shop.

HfG Ulm: Con­cise History of the Ulm School of Design
Edi­ted by Jens Mul­ler / Published by Lars Mul­ler
128 Pages / 5 ¾ x 8 ¼ in

The Ulm School of Design (HfG Ulm) ranks among the world’s most impor­tant insti­tu­tions of the 20th cen­tury in moder­nist design. Its foun­ders Inge Aicher-Scholl, Otl Aicher and Max Bill wan­ted to con­tri­bute to the sha­ping of a new and bet­ter world after the ter­rible expe­ri­ences of the Nazi regime and the Second World War. The mea­ning of design today can­not be under­stood wit­hout con­si­de­ring the deve­lop­ments at HfG. That applies not only to the design of appli­an­ces and com­mu­ni­ca­tions, but also to the pro­fes­sion of desig­ner, design educa­tion, met­ho­do­logy and design theory—ranging from the rela­tions­hip between design and sci­ence up to the ques­tion of what rela­tions­hip design should adopt with art and crafts, or busi­ness and soci­ety. This mas­sive impact of the HfG is all the more astounding, con­si­de­ring that it existed for only 15 years, from 1953 to 1968. This book pro­vi­des a con­tex­tual and bro­adly illust­ra­ted history of the HfG Ulm.

Avai­lable at Ama­zon, Lars Mul­ler and your local book shop.


 Nobrow 9: It’s oh so Quiet
Published by Nobrow
128 pages 

This year’s Nobrow maga­zine, Nobrow 9: It’s Oh So Quiet, deals with the con­cept of silence. How is silence expres­sed? Can it be visual?

As we hurtle along at bre­ak­neck speed accom­pa­nied by the great cacop­hony of modern life, we rarely expe­ri­ence a moment of silence. Silence, with its impli­ca­tion of still­ness and abso­lute purity, becomes an impossi­bi­lity. So how does an artist appro­ach such a theme? World-renowned cre­a­tors turn their hand to uni­fy­ing the sen­ses in this uni­que, inter­na­tio­nal showcase con­tai­ning 60 pages of illust­ra­tion and 60 pages of ground-breaking comics in uni­que four spot colour.

Wit­hin the stack of these weighty pages is work by artists such as Bianca Bag­na­relli, Will Mor­ris,  Joe Todd Stan­ton, Lisa Per­rin, Jim Sto­ten, Jamie Coe, Ella Bai­ley, Joseph Lam­bert, Nata­lie Andrew­sen and many, many more.

Avai­lable at Ama­zon, Nobrow and your local book shop.


Big Meals for Little Hands
By Sebastien Gue­nard, Alad­jidi Vir­gi­nie, Caro­line Pelis­sier and Marion Bil­let
Published by Fly­ing Eye Books
56 pages

Big Meals for Little Hands is fil­led with super-delicious, easy-to-make French reci­pes!  This gor­geous new cook-book teaches all about sea­so­nal coo­king, for a healthy and more envi­ron­men­tally cons­cious cuisine.

Char­ming illust­ra­tions of ani­mal cha­rac­ters by illu­stra­tor Marion Bil­let will attract kids to the healthy reci­pes of Miche­lin star­red chef Sébastien Gué­nard. This book is just the tool for parents loo­king for fun pro­jects to do with their kids while teaching them how to cook and eat healt­hily and sustainably.

Avai­lable at Ama­zon, Fly­ing Eye Books and your local book shop.


Type on Screen: A Cri­ti­cal Guide for Desig­ners, Wri­ters, Deve­lo­pers, and Stu­dents
By Ellen Lup­ton / Published by Prin­ce­ton Archi­tectu­ral Press
208 pages / 7″ x 8.5″

Type on Screen is the defi­ni­tive guide to using clas­sic typo­grap­hic con­cepts of form and structure to make dyna­mic com­po­si­tions for screen-based appli­ca­tions. Cove­ring a broad range of tech­no­lo­gies, from electro­nic pub­li­ca­tions and web­si­tes to videos and mobile devices, this hands-on pri­mer pre­sents the latest infor­ma­tion avai­lable to help desig­ners make cri­ti­cal cre­a­tive deci­sions, inclu­ding how to choose type­fa­ces for the screen, how to style beau­ti­ful, fun­c­tio­nal text and navi­ga­tion, how to apply prin­ciples of ani­ma­tion to text, and how to gene­rate new forms and expe­ri­ences with code-based operations.

Avai­lable at Ama­zon, PA Press, and your local book shop.


Artists, Wri­ters, Thin­kers, Drea­mers: Portraits of 50 Famous Folks & All Their Weird Stuff
By James Gul­li­ver Han­cock / Published by Chro­nicle Books
112 pages / 7 1/4″  x 9 1/4″

This cul­tural who’s-who illu­mi­na­tes 50 famous figu­res, from Leo­nardo da Vinci to Coco Cha­nel, through the fasci­na­ting tri­via of their lives. Artist James Gul­li­ver Han­cock depicts histo­ri­cal icons in quirky anno­ta­ted portraits sur­roun­ded by their asso­ci­a­ted pos­ses­sions, bag­gage, and foi­b­les. Hemingway’s hob­bies, Ame­lia Earhart’s pre­fer­red des­sert, Mar­tin Lut­her King Jr.’s favo­rite TV show—each portrait reve­als the ordi­nary quirks of these extra­or­di­nary people and cap­tu­res their per­so­na­li­ties in the process.

Avai­lable at Ama­zon, Chro­nicle Books and your local book shop.


 Hand-Lettering Led­ger: A Practi­cal Guide to Cre­a­ting Serif, Script, Illust­ra­ted, Ornate, and Other Totally Ori­gi­nal Hand-Drawn Sty­les
By Mary Kate McDe­vitt / Published by Chro­nicle books
192 pages / 8 3/4″ x 8″

This work­book fea­tu­res step-by-step les­sons on a range of sty­les plus more than 120 practice pages, making it the ideal place to learn and per­fect this in-demand design skill.

Avai­lable at Ama­zon, Chro­nicle Books and your local book shop.


Schema Note­book Col­lec­tion
Published by Chro­nicle Books
6″ x 8″

Each center-sewn, foil-stamped note­book in this stun­ning trio fea­tu­res brand new cover artwork by James Jean and a dotted grid interior.

Avai­lable at  Ama­zon, Chro­nicle Books and your local book shop.


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