Soviet Style

100 Royalty Free JPEG Files

2006 / Softcover with fold back flaps & CD-ROM
108 pp / 100 full color
ISBN: 4-86100-336-9 · Retail Price: $59.95


Workshop, Manual and Compendium

Markus Weisbeck, Michael Ott & Mathias Schmitt (Eds.)

The Space for Visual Research was established in 2013 at the Bauhaus University, Weimar, as a workshop and laboratory for experimental research into new graphic, abstract and visual worlds. Its mission is to support the exploratory search for new aesthetics, in particular by empowering design students to create their own individual imagery. A lab book, The Space for Visual Research publication is a log of visual experiments using physics, chemistry, optics and reproduction technology as a starting point for image production. Technical explanations open up possibilities for customized reproductions of each visual experiment, while commissioned interviews and essays and a carefully selected bibliography make The Space for Visual Research a useful reference tool. Thirteen projects by 22 artists is extensively documented with color and black-and-white images along with a prologue by Markus Weisbeck and Alex Marashian and epilogue by Liam Gillick.

Release Date: May 2015
English & German / Hardcover / 9 x 13 inches
184 pp / Extensive b&w and color
ISBN: 978-3-944669-80-9 · Retail Price: $42.00


Markus Dressen, Anne König & Jan Wenzel

A magazine as permanent workshop—it was in these pages that Spector Books discovered the themes that still interest them today; here they began to combine texts, images and typography into unique formats and to explore the content-based aspects of visual design. Cut+Paste was Spector Books magazine series launched in 2001, featuring essays, interviews and examples of work with artists, philosophers, authors and directors. Bundled together for the first time is the complete set of issues covering the four years the magazine was in print. With contributions from Rimini Protokoll, Slavoj Žižek, Vladimir Sorokin, Mark Hamilton, Christof Gassner, Olaf Nicolai, Aglaia Konrad, Thorsten Krämer, Gitte Villesen and others.

October 2014
4-volume set / English & German / Softcover
9 1/2 x 12 1/2 inches / 472 pp / Extensive b&w and color
ISBN: 978-3-944669-04-5 · Retail Price: $35.00


Junko Yazaki (Ed.)

This is not your grandmother’s embroidery! Welcome to “STITCH SHOW,” a collection of embroidery by up-and-coming creators, artists, brands and studios. From elaborate natural scenes of flora and fauna reminiscent of medieval tapestries to adorable knitted food items at home in any craft shop to works of art exploring complex issues, such as gender, rarely seen in the medium: this book showcases the diverse modes of expression in contemporary embroidery. Included are full-color photos of more than 50 pieces, separated into the categories of art, design, illustration, handicraft and traditional craft, accompanied by biographical information and interviews with selected artists.

January 2014 / English & Japanese
Softcover / 7 x 9 1/2 inches / 192 pp / 200 color
ISBN: 978-4-86100-878-8 · Retail Price: $38.00

Tartan Check Patterns

451 royalty free jpeg files

Did you know the Salvation Army had their own tartan pattern? Their design along with 450 other amazing plaids will fulfill any fantasy or fetish one may have with tartan checks. Definitely one of the “greats” in the Pattern book series.

BNN INC., Japan
August 2003, Softcover with fold back flaps & CD-ROM
8 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches
108 pp, 100 full-page color reproductions
ISBN: 978-4-86100-159-8 · Retail Price: $59.95

Textile Design of India

100 royalty free jpeg files

BNN INC., Japan
2004 / Softcover with fold back flaps & CD-ROM
8 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches
108 pp / 100 full color
ISBN: 4-86100-213-3 · Retail Price: $59.95


Sexy as an issue of Cosmopolitan, this fascinating volume presents thousands of runway and studio shots of the contemporary work of Japanese fashion designers. From Botanika, organic clothing designed to “let people relax through the forces of nature” to Né-net, whose designs “arise from the imagination and delusions of the designer,” the 100 emerging talents featured are pushing the limits of international fashion. Each designer profile features an artistic statement as well as recent clothing lines. Experts including Ako Tanaka, fashion editor for Vogue Nippon, and Hayato Kohama, head women’s wear buyer for Isetan, weigh in on the growth of fashion design in Japan. A must for anyone who wants to know where fashion is going next.

Bnn, Inc., Japan
2009 / English & Japanese / Softcover
7 x 10 1/4 inches / 434 pp / extensive color
ISBN: 978-4-86100-618-0 · Retail Price: $59.95


An Education In Appearances

Oliver Klimpel (Ed.)

The Visual Event contains the arguments and practical responses of students and their professors, guest artists, academics, designers and architects in the System-Design Class at the Academy of Visual Arts, Leipzig, on the potential of graphic design beyond its function as commercial product promotion. Documented in images and notes, the projects in this program test the premise of the visual event as a vehicle to contemplate situational design practice and suggest a variety of ways an extended practice may exceed the expectations of the field beyond its inherent object-given nature. For example, in her essay, “Jan Budaj and the Temporary Society for Intense Experience (DSIP): A Week of Fictitious Culture,“ curator and director of the Museum of Contemporary Arts Liepzig, Franciska Zolyom, reflects on the virtual Surrealist project and how contemporary graphic design has been used by government and corporate culture to restrict the ways we think and move.

January 2015
Softcover / 6 x 8 3/4 inches
192 pp / Extensive b&w and color
ISBN: 978-3-944669-62-5 · Retail Price: $35.00


Traditional Japanese Packaging

The thread holding this wondrous book together is Hideyuki Oka (1905 – 1995), one of the masters of Japanese graphic design and advertising. The pieces shown in the 200-plus magnificent photos here (almost all full-color) are from Oka’s personal collection of traditional packaging, using all natural materials such as bamboo, rice straw, hemp, twine, paper, ceramics and leaves. The Japanese sense of “Wa” – an evocative, hard-to-translate term conveying the aesthetic and resonance of traditional Japanese culture – infuses these remarkable examples of art elevating the stuff of everyday life. A garland of eggs or dried fish woven into straw; a ceramic orange designed to hold citrus miso; bright green candies in a hand-hewn pine box – all of these transcend their obvious “uses.” An impeccable traditional book design that opens from left to right, on beautiful heavy paper, in Japanese only.

BNN, Inc., Japan
November 2011 / Softcover / 7 1/4 x 10 1/8 inches / 208 pp / Full color
ISBN: 978-4-86100-771-2 · Retail Price: $45.00


Lost and Found

Rarely seen pieces are brought together in this eclectic collection, showcasing Italian design from the 1950s through to contemporary pieces by Marc Newson. This fully illustrated auction document, records the continually evolving avant-garde of design. Designers include Carlo Mollino, Verner Panton, Ettore Sottsass, Gio Ponti and more. The playful design and debossed cover hint at the treasures this catalog holds in experimental furniture, lighting, and objects for the contemporary home.

2008 / Softcover
6 1/2 x 10 3/4 inches / 166 pp / 146 color
ISBN: 978-0-9904955-0-5 · Retail Price: $39.95