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A miniature manifesto for the infinite possibilities of the book form, by one of the most famous living book designers. In Book Manifest, world-renowned Dutch designer Irma Boom presents her vision on the nature, meaning and relevance of the book.⁠⁠ ⁠⁠ The 3rd edition of this classic is based on an in-depth study Irma Boom conducted in the Vatican Library. The result is both an overview of the history of the book and a retrospective of 350 books designed by Irma Boom during her career. Alongside reproductions, Boom extensively discusses the relationship between her work and older book forms. This 1000-page, richly illustrated book, wants to inspire and encourage to experiment this most enduring of forms.⁠⁠ Buy...

In 2018 Dutch graphic designer Karel Martens received a package from artist-curator Pierre Leguillon that contained filled-in Japanese forms which Leguillon had found at a street market in Tokyo. Martens was intrigued by the collection of thin paper with a rectangular black-blue layer of carbon on the back. He started to print on these back sides, but because the overprinting on the carbon layer caused unwanted damage, he switched to printing them on the front sides, creating a beautiful correlation between his abstract forms and colour combinations and the ones of Japanese bureaucracy.⁠   Buy...

After a visit at the artist poster exhibition Honey, I rearranged the collection from the Lempert Collection, Thierry Chancogne and Jérôme Dupeyrat kept on wondering: Why Graphic Design and art appear for most people still as apples and oranges? Art posters, artists posters, posters made by artist, posters made from artists...

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...