Recently Received

the modernist
The Modernist / Published by Gestalten

Looking for some new inspiration or something to add to your summer reading list? Here’s a few of the titles that we’ve received within the last month or so.

the modernist

the modernist

the modernist

the modernist
The Modernist / Edited by R. Klanten, H. Hellige
192 pages

The Modernist documents this uniquely contemporary, yet timeless aesthetic that is built upon the rediscovery and seamless melding of classical type elements and collage of the 1950s, the geometric patterns and graphic elements of the 1960s and 1970s, and the vector graphics and computer-aided montage of the 1990s. With its fresh perspective on the legacy of past craftsmanship and quality in outstanding current work, The Modernist expands our understanding of what modern graphic design can be.

nobrow 5

Nobrow5: A Few of my Favourite Things / by Nobrow
60 pages / Edition of 3000

Thirty artists were asked to create repeatable patterns from some of their favourite things, a selection of which will be turned into a variety of Nobrow products in the coming months.

luke pearson

luke pearson

Everything We Miss / By Luke Pearson
First edition print run: 3,000
Published by Nobrow
38 pages

Have you ever wondered what goes on in your life when you’re looking the other way? Perhaps you’re so drawn into what’s going on with you that you fail to notice the events taking place to your periphery—or even right under your nose? In Everything We Miss, Luke Pearson explores the dying days of a failing relationship through the infinitesimal unseen moments that surround it—and us.

robert hunter

robert hunter

robert hunter

The New Ghost / by Robert Hunter
24 pages

The New Ghost, a beautifully rendered, literally haunting tale of the afterlife intersecting with the everyday and the hidden secrets of the night sky.

Available at Nobrow as well as Amazon.

paper cutting

paper cutting

Paper Cutting / Compiled by Laura Heyenga
Preface by Rob Ryan
176 pages

Paper Cutting features work from 26 contemporary international artists who are creating images of astonishing intricacy, using little more than paper and blade. Featuring a host of new discoveries and including art by such stars as Nikki McClure, Rob Ryan, and Thomas Allen, as well as a number of emerging practitioners.

graphic design thinking

graphic design thinking

Graphic Design Thinking: Beyond Brainstorming

By Ellen Lupton
Published by Princeton Architectural Press
184 pages

Graphic Design Thinking explores a variety of techniques—from quick, seat-of-the-pants approaches to more formal research methods—for stimulating fresh thinking and solving design problems. Brainstorming techniques are grouped around the three main phases of the design process: defining problems, getting ideas, and creating form. Visual demonstrations and case studies show the design processes and solutions at work.

artwork process

artwork process

Art Work: Seeing Inside the Creative Process
By Ivan Vartanian
192 pages

Art Work reveals the artistic notetaking habits of an astonishing range of artists, filmmakers, writers, designers, and other creators by granting rare access to the journal pages and other visual materials they use to capture and foster their work. Twenty-five creatorsincluding Wes Anderson, Ingmar Bergman, Louise Bourgeois, Will Self, Richard Serra, Blek le Rat, Tony Kushner, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Merce Cunningham, and othersare profiled through a generous selection of images and essays that give context to their work in general as well as to the project being illustrated.

eric gill

Eric Gill: Notes on Postage Stamps
24 pages

Accompanied by nine of Gill’s previously unpublished preparatory drawings and sketches for stamps, Notes on Postage Stamps is a short, previously unpublished essay by Gill in which he succinctly lays out his philatelic ideas—some of which were a little too idealistic and some of which were spot-on. All of them are interesting and thought-provoking.

Notes on Postage Stamps contains fifty-six full-color illustrations, most of which will be completely unfamiliar to historians and enthusiasts of Gill’s work. An afterword by Michael Russem chronicles Gill’s seven attempts at stamp design—only two of which resulted in published stamps.

Also worth viewing:
Karel Martens: Printed Matter
Italian Modern Design Book
Giovanni Pintori Exhibition Catalog

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Does anyone know the artist that did “10″ design from the “Paper Cutting” book?

I think this person’s work was also featured on the cover of July’s How magazine. The designs are so amazing…

Great list – definitely some titles in there I’ll want to check out.

Thanks for the recommendations! I am definitely going to get the modernist

The Modernist is a curious book. There is some great work but it’s divided pretty evenly between progressive work that’s informed by Modernism and pastiche pieces created on a computer but overlayed with texture or effects to mimic print techniques.

There is also no statement or discussion. Are we in a time after Postmodernism, relooking at where Modernism ended and taking up those concerns and making them relevant to today or are we just using the results of past exploration as wallpaper? This book could have been the start of manifesto for many contemporary designers but probably ends up just as a confused coffee table book.

Great list, not aware of mank of them but its good to get good recommendations.

DT – the artist is called Yulia Brodskaya, her work is amazing, have a look at her website.

Some great recommendations – shame my birthday has been and gone!

Thanks for the recommendations. The list you have provided seems useful.

I love the book cover design for The Modernist, plus the paper cutting ’10′.

Who’s the artist behind the cover of THE MODERNIST?

I think he/she was featured in the Grain Edit-newsletter at some point, but I can’t find it.


Lars Schmidt |

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Excellent book. Really like these comments, I have to agree with most of them. Keep up the good work.