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The Dictionary of Color Combinations is probably one of the most beautiful books we ever held in our hands. After it has been sold out for a long time, we finally have it back in stock and are mesmerized as before.⁠ The pocket size jewel offers 348 color combinations based on Sanzo Wada's original 6-volume work from the 1930s. Wada was ahead of his time in developing traditional Japanese and Western influenced colour combinations, helping to lay the foundations for contemporary colour research. The compositions of two, three, and four tones could not be more intriguing and with its index registering the CMYK code of every shade used it is an indispensable tool for every designer.⁠ Buy...

Bi-Scriptual celebrates the growing interest in the field of multiscript design. Eight scripts are selected for this purpose based on the number of people who use them around the world and on historical and political factors. The scripts are Arabic, Chinese (Hansi), Cyrillic, Devanagari, Korean (Hangul), Hebrew, Greek and Japanese (Kanji, Hiragana, Katakana). Using hundreds of illustrations and prototypes by numerous designers and studios, and featuring lengthy texts by international experts, Bi-Scriptual reveals the charms of working simultaneously with two writing systems, which we occasionally come across in city posters, signage, lettering and type design. Being particularly sensitive to the the world’s socio-cultural diversities makes this volume one of a kind in the realms of typography. Buy...

Whether it is a representation of a Homeric moment, a snapshot of the hellish ten-year-old troublemaker Bart or a solemn intellectual disposition featuring Lisa, “A Final Companion To Books From The Simpsons” is a new volume about the books which appeared in The Simpsons. Assembled by French graphic designer Olivier Lebrun and published by Yellow Press, this final collection is displayed in faint yellow and shades of grey screenshot photos of book references that exist within the Simpsons universe, whether taken from real life or invented to suit the plot of the episode. From ‘Flander’s Bible” and “Fear of Flying”, to “Crazy Things Old Ladies Say” and “The Big Book of British Smiles”, to “Ein + 1 = 0”, “From Loser to User” to “Things Fall Apart” an anthology of 339 titles which appeared throughout the years in the legendary tv series. Buy...

The fourth issue of Pressing Matters explores the broad reaches of the craft of printing. Visiting a collection of huge presses in Norway, a Czech studio mixing the methodological with the modern and conversing with Iranian printer (and paralympic athlete) Mohammad Barrangi Fashtami, plus presenting the brothers bringing attention to a near extinct animal with prints, these are some of Pressing Matters’ proposed projects taking us to new geographically and technically stretched limits. Meeting up with creative printers who conveniently use whole processes of printing to boost their work and enrich their personal lives. Interestingly, the making of this edition involves interactive field trips by the magazine's creator John Coe in which his two co-founders Jake Kennedy and Jo Hounsome plus twelve members of John’s family have participated. Buy...

What a beautiful magazine! Dazzling with a range of wildly saturated colours, fluorescent inks and oozing visuals, the second issue of Eye on Design presents a variety of designers and their works from different times and cultural backgrounds. A laborious attempt to capture in one title the plurality of experiences and the common associations between graphic design, sensorial and drug-induced, mind-bending experiments. In addition to touching on topics of mental health and substance abuse, Eye on Design speaks about the lesser known stories of the women who contributed to the explosive visual creativity of the post 1960s psychedelia and today’s equivalent to these years of kaleidoscopic posters, maddening patterns and healthy doses of optical illusion. Buy...

Published by ByDesign Conference in Bratislava, Slovakia, Backstage Talks celebrates dialogue within the design community about “the big questions”. Frank, critical and engaging this magazine is an essential supplement to the everyday small talk conversations among design practitioners which tend to be more about lifestyles or the practical concerns of some upcoming project rather than about the complex issues that affect the quality and purpose of design. Through a one-question section and ten interviews, Backstage Talks investigates how design can improve business (and vice versa) by focusing on creating a balance between product utility and beauty. Buy...

Design As An Attitude explores the power of design in creating a better world. Inspired by the last few years intense economic, political and ecological vulnerabilities, New York Times and Frieze magazine columnist Alice Rawsthorn assembles narrative essays to chart the different aspects of contemporary design. From looking into Moholy Nagy’s motto “design is not a profession but an attitude” which he first introduced in his monumental book Vision in Motion (1947), to contemplating the differences between art and design, and the importance of diversity and “dirty architecture, fuzzy theory, and dirty design” in crafting design projects, Design As An Attitude is a real, compelling page-turner. Buy...