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An inspirational call for entries video…to launch the 2nd Annual Rethink Communications $18,000 Scholarship for Langara College, and the Communication and Ideation program. Sounds like a really interesting program.

“To enter the contest, submit a black hard cover sketchbook containing interesting ideas showcasing your creativity. Winner will be selected by Rethink according to the following criteria: clarity, relevance, fresh thinking, as well as quality of ideas, craft, and execution.

Would love to hear from anyone who enters!

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After months of reading this magazine online, I thought i should share. IdN is an international publication for creative people, “an international designers’ network.” Their mission is to ‘amplify and unify the design community’, and they have many methods for ensuring that this happens. They create magazines, books, dvds, and tote bags among other things! Opening an issue of IdN Magazine is like stepping into a gallery, a visual gallery – photography, illustration, typography, architecture, graphics, fashion, culture, and motion graphics cover each page, and then some! 

Thier 15th Anniversary book has been published and it is worth a look. it is over 400 pages of commissioned work by 250 creators who they have collaborated with over the past decade. This hardcover book is only 59.00, includes a DVD 9 and is available now. 

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‘What do You Love?’ looks at not only the past, but imagines what the future could be, through the eyes of some very creative people.


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Obama’s campaign was innovative in almost every way. This was the first time there had ever been an internal design team in a political campaign. Scott Thomas’ was the Design Director responsible for the Obama Campaign, designing everything, ensuring consistency between print, web and other media. Watch this great video from Behance to hear the inside story of the Design behind the campaign.

Now, Scott Thomas ‘has collaborated with artists and designers to create Designing Obama, a chronicle of the art from the historic campaign.’ A beautiful glossy book featuring the work of about 100 artists and designers. And it just makes sense that this would be done in an equally innovative way.

“Opposed to going the conventional publishing route we’ve decided to publish, promote and print it ourselves. We are funding it [in a similar manner as the campaign] through Kickstarter [whose mission iit is to help fund creative projects and ideas]. The book was beautifully designed in our very own studio.”

“Support the project; fund its creation. Our goal is the amount needed for a minimum run. We will order as many books ordered. No overstock and wasted paper. We hope you support our approach.” If they do not meet the $65,000 goal [the amount needed for a minimum book run], by November 4th, the books will not be printed, and pledgers will not be charged. As of tonight, they had 446 backers and a total of $29,079. With 42 days to go I think they are sure to get there.

I supported this approach by making a pledge of $50.00 towards this project, and in return I will receive a special edition copy of the book with a white sleeve. The idea is innovative, and will be the model for many future self-published books, self-produced products…who knows where this could lead. 

Here is a link to the video talking about the project.

Wow. Wish I’d thought of it…!


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“Concave Scream’s style is melancholic yet hopeful. Musically, the band believes in moving forward and not stagnating. Therefore, every album sounds distinctly different.   The band has just completed recording their 5th album; a self financed 9-track instrumental titled Soundtrack for a Book.”

When I first came across this site i wasn’t quite sure what it was. But it got my attention.
Concave Scream is an independent band from Singapore that has been together for about 15 years.  ‘Soundtrack For a Book‘, their latest project is hypnotizing and unique.
They re-use old classic books as a CD cases, and from the image above, it seems as though they leave the book intact. Not just the cover.
Titles range from Heidi, to Call of the Wild and The Secret Garden, and they can be purchased on their site.

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61Kqt-xq26L._SS500_10 Years worth of classic New York Store Fronts, about a third of  which have closed, are collected in this book by James and Karla Murray.  The book not only tells a story with the great images, but with oral history from the shop owners themselves.

Gred DeLiso of Munrovia Pictures has created this short documentary about the couple and their passion for their work – photographing Store Fronts around the city. They talk about their love of graffiti and fonts, and how that led ultimately to the store front project about 10 years ago.

The book, Store Front: The Disappearing Face of New York (Hardcover) is a beautiful look into what New York once was, before the chain stores and luxury condos took over.

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Not sure how I feel about this…it is the same idea as the 3D baseball cards that I blogged about a while ago.  I love technology as much as the next guy,
but I guess I am a bit of a purist when it comes to my printed material.  An indication of how traditional media is desperately trying to keep pace with digital technology.

Check it out for yourself, in the July issue of Popular Science.

I remember seeing the 2008 October issue of Esquire that had printed 100,000 copies using e-ink for the cover. They were the first to use electronic paper technology in this way.

If I want to see moving images, I will go online.  But hey…that’s just me, guess I am just old fashioned.
Can’t a magazine just be a magazine?  
How long before we see an augmented reality version of Brad Pitt on the cover of  Vanity Fair?

Where The Wild Things Are, a Maurice Sendak classic – and one of my favourite kids books is now a soon to be released Spike Jonze film. The trailer was released a few days ago. I love it…great visuals, great music.















I love all books – and I love this site!  Many of the books featured are hand made, all of them are works of art, all of them unique.

Never sleep is a book by Dress Code, the design company headed by Andre Andreev and G. Dan Covert. They have written a book to share their experiences in becoming graphic designers. They tell stories and personal anecdotes about design and what they have learned along the way, from high school to the present. Devoted to the ‘plight’ of young designers and students, they have also created a web site with lots of resources to help them as they go out into the real world. Check out

Browse through Book By Its Cover, for books you may not see anywhere else. Some of the titles to check out,  Pop-Up PornHow can I be Expected to Work on a Day Like This?ABC3D (which I wrote about on another blog) All the Wrong People Have Self Esteem…and so many more.

artsole1Art & Sole, a new title from publisher Laurence King, explores and celebrates collaborations between sports shoe brands and artists. A book in two parts, the first explores ‘Sneakers & Art’ –  sneakers designed by artists, the second part ‘Art & Sneakers’ – looks at art inspired by the shoes themselves. This book sets out to examine contemporary, cutting-edge sneaker design, focussing on the creative side of sneaker culture. We see the best in collaborations between artists and major brands. “These shoes are at the sharp end of sneaker culture – not shoes that can be found in your average sports shop.”

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While some may say this is sacrilege, I love it! Mike Perry (author of Hand Job) has an exhibit at The Giant Robot Gallery in NY, Called ‘The Patterns Found in Space’. A Doodler extraordinaire, Perry creates new typefaces and graphics that inevitably evolve into his new work, he has a great belief that the “generating of piles is the sincerest form of creative process.” (I tend to agree!).  The exhibit opens March 7th – April 8th, 2009.mike-perry-chair-1

















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