Chronicle Books Office Tour

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Thanks to Geoff Wagner and the rest of the crew at Chronicle Books for  for taking the time to show me around the Office.  It’s a beautiful space with lots of nice architectural details including exposed bricks, beams and piping. Large globe fixtures dot the ceilings and remind me of the original Lightolier ball lights that are often found in the Eichler homes of the Bay Area. The entrance to the building hosts a bookshop open to the public. Towards the front of the shop, new books are showcased on top of rustic planks of wood recycled from one of the building’s previous tenants. The top floor features an employee lounge with floor to ceiling window walls and nice views of the Soma district.

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Dirty Laundry: Art of the Stain in Modern T-Shirt Design

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Going to be in Hawaii sometime this month? The Nuuanu Gallery in Honolulu is hosting an exhibition called Dirty Laundry: The Art of the Stain in Modern T-Shirt Design. The basic concept is that they asked designers to stain t-shirts with a medium of their choice (grass, wine, lipstick, etc.) and then design custom artwork that uses the stain as an integral design element. Lots of cool artists and designers are participating including Mike Perry, Damien Correll, Frank Chimero, Kris Chau, Wyeth Hansen and Tim Gough.

You can check out the full roster and get details about the show at the Dirty Laundry website.

1960s – 1980s Which? Magazine Covers

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Which? magazine offers reviews and advice for various products and services. It looks like it’s a British version of Consumer Reports magazine. In addition, to the cool cover each issue features interesting information graphics and illustrations. Some of the illustrations remind me of the work of Bill Sokol. Anyone know who the art director for the magazine was?

You can check out some of the issues over at the always yummy Delicious Industries.

We have a winner!

Be sure to check the grain edit RSS Feed/ Email update today.  We have announced the winner in the Raymond Savignac Poster Giveaway!

Thanks to everyone who participated! We will be announcing a new giveaway soon.

Design Coordination and Corporate Image – FHK Henrion

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Design Coordination and corporate image – FHK Henrion + Alan Parkin c1967

This is an excellent book on the subject of corporate identity. All the big design guns are in here. The best part, for each case study the designer explains the problems he encountered and his thoughts behind the design etc.

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Morten Iveland

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I love this image of Morten Iveland’s new typeface, Bolda. Apparently it’s inspired by 1970′s tennis, dart, and ping-pong fashion — a grossly under-represented field of design, in my opinion. Morten lives in Oslo, Norway, where he is a designer at Apt. I was immediately drawn to the design of his site, and his mad photo skills.

Check out Bolda in action.

Otl Aicher Munich 1972 Olympics Design Exhibition

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The Natalie and James Thompson Art Gallery located within San Jose State University is hosting an amazing exhibition of graphic design by the office of Otl Aicher for the 1972 Munich Olympics. The exhibition features, posters, books, brochures and signage conceived for the 1972 Olympic identity program. Now you can get a close look at all those pretty isotypes, icons, pictograms, symbols and whatever else you might want to call them.

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The Raymond Savignac Olivetti Print giveaway, again!

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Last December we gave away a Raymond Savignac poster. Since then we’ve received emails from people interested in the poster, so we decided to give one more away.

poster details: This is not an original, but rather a reissue of the original poster Savignac created for Olivetti in 1953. We received this copy directly from the Olivetti Society in Italy.

Sounds great, but how do I enter to win?

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Sebastião Rodrigues: Graphic designer

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Beautiful work by Portuguese designer Sebastio Rodrigues (1929- 1997)

You can see a video of Sebastiao in action here.

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Steven Harrington & Justin Krietemeyer exhibition

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For those of you in the L.A. area, Subliminal Projects Gallery has a new exhibition entitled Somehow We All Seem Connected which features new work from Steven Harrington and Justin Krietemeyer of National Forest Design. Two awesome designers with long last names. The exhibition marks their first show in Los Angeles in four years and runs August 23 through September 19.