Typographische Monatsblätter Archive

Typographische Monatsblätter

Louise Paradis, along with the guidance and support from friends and staff at the ECAL/University of Art and Design Lausanne, has launched an amazing website dedicated to the Swiss magazine Typographische Monatsblätter. Focusing on the years 1960-1990, the online archive features covers, typeface identification as well as interviews with many of the magazine’s contributors. Enjoy!


Sophie Alda

Sophie Alda
A friend turned me onto London based illustrator Sophie Alda’s work, and I immediately fell in love. The content of her work is so strange and exciting, especially when she juxtaposes architectural buildings with unusual figures. Her use of muted tints and shades of color are a nice touch, as well as the various abstract forms she creates. Definitely be on the lookout for this gal!



redesign / inspire

RE:DESIGN/Inspire will take place at the Public Hotel in Chicago on Sept 23 + 24. For these talks, the attendees sit down with creatives that have accomplished the ultimate trifecta—they imagine, execute, and inspire others. These small-scale discussions will take on the ultimate goal of any creative type—to be consistently and innovatively inspired. For more info including a full list of speakers check out the event website.


Ze Cardoso

ze cardoso

Ze Cardoso is a designer, illustrator and artist hailing from Oporto, Portugal. Recently graduated, Ze has a number of interesting self-initiated projects on his site. I really like the colors and personality in this stamp project, a collaborative effort for CTT, Portugal’s national postal service. They’re bold and playful, and would make sending letters much more enjoyable.


Joohee Yoon

joohee yoon, illustration

Joohee Yoon is an talented print maker with a fun colorful aesthetic. I was first introduced to her work a while ago through a friend that happened to have an amazing promo she created. Since then, I’ve been following her work closely and am always impressed by her meticulous eye for details. The textures she creates through layering are beautiful, as are the various patterns in her work. This illustration for NPR’s 2013 calendar captures everything I love about her work.


Herb Lubalin: American Graphic Designer 1918—81

herb lubalin book

I’m really looking forward to the upcoming release of Unit Editions’ Herb Lubalin monograph. This meticulously researched book offers a complete career overview of Herb Lubalin, beginning with his early days as one of the original Mad Men in the New York advertising world of the 50s and 60s, and continuing into the years of his greatest achievements as one of the world’s most influential typographers and graphic designers.

More details after the jump.


Swiss Photobooks: 1927 to Present

swiss photobooks

My interest in photography has grown recently and i’ve been on the prowl to find quality books on the subject. One of my latest additions and the one i’m most excited about traces the history of the Swiss Photobook.  Compiled by the Swiss Photographic Foundation (Fotostiftung Schweiz) and published by Lars Mueller, Swiss Photobooks from 1927 to the Present highlights classic and influential titles that exlemplify the era. Weighing in at 7.5 pounds, the massive visual compendium features lush spreads, in-depth summaries, an extensive bibliography and introduces over 60 pieces. A pleasure to look at and an engaging read, this volume is a well-crafted ode to the distinct character of the Swiss Photobook.


Dragon Brush App

Grain edit fave John Solimine recently teamed up with Andy Hullinger and NY-based app development team Small Planet to create a new interactive storybook called Dragon Brush.

Based on a traditional Chinese folktale, Dragon Brush is the story of Bing-Wen, a young boy who loves to paint. When given a magical brush that makes drawings come to life, Bing-Wen must use his art and his wits to outsmart the greedy Emperor.

Dragon Brush Features narration by Matt Berninger and music by Aaron Dessner and Bryce Dessner, from the acclaimed band, The National. Check out the site for more info.


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Recently Received

paris in color

Here’s the latest round of books/guides to hit our mail box.