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Petite Pattern Book

The Best Collection: Vivid

Whether you design textiles, graphics, books, advertisements or websites, you can’t find a more fertile source of inspiration than these book/CD collections of patterns from the unique Japanese publisher BNN. These two books, Vivid and Soft, are essentially “greatest hits” compilations from BNN’s best-selling Petit Pattern Book series of the last few years. For each book, the cutest 200 patterns have been chosen from the ten volumes of the series and re-worked in new colorways, while 100 new patterns have been added – for a total of 300 mind-expanding patterns. In Vivid, the patterns and designs pulse with energy. Think plaids, Op-Art oscillations, Gee’s Bend quilts, Marimekko and Christmas wrapping paper. A gallery of photos in each book offers great starting points for using the patterns. As always, all the patterns are in the public domain. Each volume comes with an easy-to-use CD accessible for Mac and PC users in jpeg and eps formats. There are also instructions on using the CDs in Photoshop and Illustrator, including how to tile patterns, how to change the color of a pattern, and how to turn a pattern into desktop “wallpaper” for your computer. You’ll wonder how you lived without these.

BNN, Inc., Japan
2010 / English & Japanese / Softcover w/CD-ROM
6 1/2 x 8 inches / 360 pp / full color
ISBN: 978-4-86100-652-4 · Retail Price: $59.95

Petite Pattern Book

The Best Collection: Soft

Whether you design textiles, graphics, books, advertisements or websites, you can’t find a more fertile source of inspiration than these book/CD collections of patterns from the unique Japanese publisher BNN. These two books, Vivid and Soft, are essentially “greatest hits” compilations from BNN’s best-selling Petit Pattern Book series of the last few years. For each book, the cutest 200 patterns have been chosen from the ten volumes of the series and re-worked in new colorways, while 100 new patterns have been added – for a total of 300 mind-expanding patterns. In Soft, the volume’s turned down, but not the style: think vintage kimonos, baby showers, a day at the spa and Martha Stewart on acid. A gallery of photos in each book offers great starting points for using the patterns. As always, all the patterns are in the public domain. Each volume comes with an easy-to-use CD accessible for Mac and PC users in jpeg and eps formats. There are also instructions on using the CDs in Photoshop and Illustrator, including how to tile patterns, how to change the color of a pattern, and how to turn a pattern into desktop “wallpaper” for your computer. You’ll wonder how you lived without these.

BNN, Inc., Japan
2010 / English & Japanese / Softcover w/CD-ROM
6 1/2 x 8 inches / 360 pp / full color
ISBN: 978-4-86100-653-1 · Retail Price: $59.95

Petite Pattern Book

Pop & Modern

These book/disc combinations each feature 140 creativity-inducing patterns. Use them as backgrounds, screen-savers, wrapping paper, textiles, book covers, you name it – the only limit is your imagination. You’ll be amazed at the variety within each category. You can use any pattern as is, or change size and color to your liking. All are presented in EPS files for Illustrator and JPEG files for Photoshop.

BNN, INC. Japan
July 2007 / Softcover / 6 x 71/2 inches
190 pp / full page color
ISBN: 978-4-86100-523-7 · Retail Price: $45.00

POSTER GRAPHICS

Yusuke Shouno (Ed.)

Despite the vast changes in the technology of information distribution, the good old, two-dimensional, printed-on-paper poster is still the unrivaled king of advertising. No genre of design better illustrates Charles Eames famous dictum: “Design is a plan for arranging elements in such a way as best to accomplish a particular purpose.” This inspirational collection of 300 recent posters from around the world proves that the poster is thriving. Richly illustrated, the selection goes far beyond commercial advertising, straight to the front lines of contemporary design practice, considering the poster as perhaps the most experimental form of graphic work today. A must-have for design libraries, the book includes work by young design greats as HORT (Berlin) and Atlas Studio (Zürich) plus a complete index with short bios of each designer in Japanese and English.

BNN, INC., JAPAN
September 2013 / English & Japanese
Softcover / 7 1/2 x 10 1/4 inches / 272 pp / Full color
ISBN: 978-4-86100-884-9 · Retail Price: $49.95

Power Graphixx

PGDVD

Gas As Interface Co. Ltd., Japan
2002 / 32 minutes, multiple works
DVD in plastic jewel box, 4:3/ Color/ NTSC
5 1/2 x 7 1/2 inches
ISBN: 4-86083-210-8 · Retail Price: $49.95

Reala

Reala DVD

Gas As Interface Co. Ltd., Japan
2003 / 53 minutes, multiple works
DVD in plastic jewel box, 4:3/ Color/ NTSC
5 1/2 x 7 1/2 inches
ISBN: 4-86086-228-0 · Retail Price: $49.95

Run Wrake

Dinner Time

Gas As Interface Co. Ltd., Japan
2002 / 45 minutes, artist interview, 11 motion graphics
DVD in plastic jewel box, 4:3/ Color/ NTSC
5 1/2 x 7 1/2 inches
ISBN: 4-86083-214-0 · Retail Price: $49.95

Ryan McGinness

Video Happiness

Gas As Interface Co. Ltd., Japan
2002 / 193 minutes, 7 motion graphics
DVD in plastic jewel box, 4:3/ Color/ NTSC
5 1/2 x 7 1/2 inches
ISBN: 4-86083-223-X · Retail Price: $49.95

SALES PROMOTION DESIGN FOR SHOP

Minao Ichikawa & Chisa Ito (Eds.)

Shopping bags, boxes, labels, cards, packaging and containers are all opportunities for branding and sales promotion. This large reference book introduces cutting- edge promotional design for a wide variety of Japanese products in food, fashion, sweets and other goods and is a true tool for graphic designers and anyone needing inspiration for creating an identity or just a new shopping bag design for clients. Even though the book explores the world of valued paper objects, it is also a great source for the DIY crowd creating identities for their own brick-and-mortar shops. The shopping bag designs alone are brilliant, let alone the logos and fonts used by the stores. This is a power-packed tool for enjoyment or reference by designers, shop managers and advertising agencies and others. English is limited, but the visuals are so rich that the lack of translation is not an issue.

BNN, INC., JAPAN
February 2016 / English & Japanese / Softcover
8 ¾ x 11 ½ inches / 176 pp / Extensive color
ISBN: 978-4-86100-987-7 · Retail Price: $45.00

Petite Pattern Book

Scandinavian Style

These book/disc combinations each feature 140 creativity-inducing patterns. Use them as backgrounds, screen-savers, wrapping paper, textiles, book covers, you name it – the only limit is your imagination. You’ll be amazed at the variety within each category. You can use any pattern as is, or change size and color to your liking. All are presented in EPS files for Illustrator and JPEG files for Photoshop.

BNN, INC. Japan
July 2007 / Softcover / 6 x 71/2 inches
190 pp / full page color
ISBN: 978-4-86100-386-8 · Retail Price: $45.00