Design Critical Texts Vol. 4
Can you live your life with just one hundred things? That is the question that product designer Mortiz Grund asks in One Hundred, the winner of the prestigious Wilhelm Braun-Feldweg award for critical writing in the field of design. Grund, a co-founder of Berlin’s Sustainable Design Center, chose just one hundred personal items as a starting point for intelligent observations on products, relationships, and meaning in the everyday world. His living experiment lasted seven years and is documented here in a thoughtful collage of notes, observations, stories and other texts. Equal parts sustainable manifesto, performance art and design philosophy, One Hundred asks what design really means in the age of consumption.
5 1/3 x 7 2/3 inches/ 176 pp
Retail Price: $29.95
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Petra Eisele & Isabel Naegele (Eds.)
For font fanatics and book designers, here’s an irresistible addition to any library. This oversized, impeccably produced volume brings together a collection of one- or two-page facsimiles of historic books on book design and typography, annotated to illustrate important contemporary points on book design and typography. The collection begins with Arts-and-Crafts texts from Otto Eckmann (1900) and Peter Behrens (1902) and then progresses through highlights by Moholy-Nagy (1923) and a wildly playful couple of pages from Kurt Schwitters (1924). The examples move forward in time, fonts morphing through the decades. The book ends with Alex Negrelli’s manifesto, “The Revolution won’t be set in Garamond” (2010) and Johannes Bergerhausen’s Decodeuincode (2011). Though written in German, this book gets its point across loud and clear to anyone who speaks the language of design.
9 1/2 x 12 1/4 inches/ 244 pp/ Full b&w and color
Retail Price: $59.95