In our latest round of book finds we feature titles from William Wondriska, Friends of Type, Veritas and Princeton Architectural Press. It’s a brief. but solid list filled with solid additions to any library. See all the books after the jump.
By William Wondriska / Published by Universe
32 Pages / 6.5″x10.2″
A reprint of a rare, much-sought-after 1960s-era children’s book beloved by the graphic design world and children’s book collectors, Puff’s midcentury modern aesthetic will appeal to adults and children alike. A design darling, Puff by William Wondriska illustrates an imaginary world in which sometimes the small but brave gestures are important. Puff is a tale about an old-fashioned small steam engine who lives a very unexciting life in a train yard. Puff daydreams that he could swim or imagines traveling to such distant lands as Egypt, India, France, and even to outer space. Puff’s chance to prove his mettle finally arrives when a newer modern engine pulling circus cars breaks down during a snowstorm. Puff bravely hooks to the cars and manages to bring the circus into warm sunshine. Playfully mixing type with bold graphics, Puff is a beautifully illustrated and charming underdog story that will appeal to design fans and people of all ages.
Vintage Values: Classic Pamphlet Cover Design from 20th Century Ireland
Edited by Lir Mac Carthaigh / Intro by Niall McCormack / Published by Veritas
This beautiful gift book showcases over one hundred high-quality pamphlet covers from the archives of the Catholic Truth Society of Ireland. The collection unearths striking designs and illustrations by some of Ireland’s most inventive commercial artists from the 1920s to the 1960s, and offers a unique insight into Irish culture in the middle years of the twentieth century.
Inside the Rainbow: Russian Children’s Literature 1920-1935: Beautiful Books, Terrible Times
Edited by Julian Rothenstein and Olga Budashevskaya / Published by Redstone Press
320 Pages / 7.75″ x 11.8″
Inside the Rainbow reprints for the first time in English a unique compendium of Soviet-era picture books from the 1920s and 1930s–a high point in the history of children’s literature. In the dark and dangerous world of revolutionary Petrograd, some of the greatest Russian poets and artists of the century came together to create a new kind of book for children, one that reflected the endless possibilities of a brave new world. Managing for a time to escape the scourge of state censorship, these books became a haven for learning, poetic irony, burlesque, and laughter. Showcasing more than three hundred brilliant examples from this golden age of illustration and design, Inside the Rainbow also includes translated poems, stories, and key texts by those who bore witness to the Russian revolution.
Grids and Guides: 3 Notepads for Visual Thinkers
By Princeton Architectural Press
Sketch, catalog, plot, thumbnail, dream, and develop with these three distinctive, colorful tablets—a companion to our bestselling Grids & Guides Notebook. Each pad in this new format features handy scientific resources—from precise measurements to Pythagoras’s constant to the golden ratio—to spark creative thinking or aid in the design process. Whether used for list making, letter writing, imaginative doodling, or visualizing designs, this collection of portable graph-paper pads is an essential tool for right-brainers and left-brainers alike.
Available at Amazon and your local book shop.
Let’s Go Letter Hunting: A Field Guide for Typographic Expeditions
By Friends of Type / Published by Princeton Architectural Press
160 Pages / 6″ x 8.3′
Letter hunting, type spotting, font finding—whatever you want to call it—designers, typographers, and handletterers have long taken to the streets for inspiration in the bountiful and amazing examples of type that surround us. Whether hunting for forgotten vintage signage, a perfect piece of street art, or colorful handpainted ephemera, this lightly guided notebook from the popular design collective Friends of Type (authors of the Keep Fresh, Stay Rad Postcard Box) provides ample space to record, sketch, and riff off all the letters in the world that are fit to hunt.
Available at Amazon, Princeton Architectural Press and your local book shop.
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