Thursday, 14 October 2010


A new addition to the ridiculous design rules series bought to us by Bis Publishing is Never Use Pop Up Windows and 50 Other Ridiculous Web Rules featuring imagery by our very own Nick Morley.

The fourth part in the Ridiculous Design Rules series by Anneloes van Gaalen, this new part is about ridiculous rules in the use of the Web. It is not only about Web design, but also about rules that apply to communicating through the Internet. Think of the do’s and don’ts and etiquette in the use of e-mail and the idea of publishing everything you do or think on social sites, such as Hyves, Facebook and YouTube. In these pleasing and insightful books, it is not about laying down the law. For each of the 51 rules covered, Van Gaalen refers to quotes by famous designers who think there is something to the rule or who have made a personal variation of it.

Author: Anneloes van Gaalen
Design: Born 84
Format: hardcover
Dimensions: 17 x 12 cm
Pages: 160

Wednesday, 13 October 2010


Just arrived, hot off the press of Laurence King, is this wonderful new book Graphic Design for Fashion

Fashion is a high-impact, fast-paced industry that demands an aspirational visual message and requires constant reinvention. Graphic design for fashion must represent the core values of the brand while pushing boundaries and expectations.

Often seen as a showcase relationship for a design studio, the seasonal nature of the end product provides a limitless testing ground for new ideas and innovative production solutions.

This visually led book contains a global selection of the best graphic design studios’ work within the fashion industry – from packaging and lookbooks to swing tags and invitations – with exclusive insights from both clients and designers. The book features not simply the visual identities of big budgets and luxury brands, but showcases the creative processes of the world’s leading design studios.

With each of the four chapters printed on a different paper stock, the book itself reflects the exciting graphic developments in the field of fashion. The result is a visually diverse collection of graphic design, which is a rich source of inspiration for new and groundbreaking production techniques and a perfect reference point for those across the creative industries.

Born in Austria, Simone Pasztorek studied graphic design in Vienna and later graduated from Central St Martins, London. After working for TANK magazine, she joined with Jay Hess under the name byBOTH. She has designed magazines, books and packaging, mainly for fashion clients.

800 illustrations
240 pages
280 x 216 mm

Monday, 11 October 2010


Possibly one of the most challenging memory games to date, The Quick Browm Fox Jumps over the Lazy Dog is a fantastic way to learn to recognise Typefaces both for their obvious characteristics and subtle differences. Or, if like a few designers I know, it is an opportunity to test and show off your knowledge of Type and Typography.

Attractively finished, the game includes 25 variations of the letter ‘A’, each in a different letter type. Players attempt to find the matching A’s in the same letter type. The player who has the highest number of matching letters wins the game.
Typographic information about the letter is included on the card, and a separate folder provides a general history of the typography.

As you play, you increasingly recognize what are often very subtle differences between the letters and more about the details of the letter types. They become progressively easier to recognize and distinguish from one another (even Univers and Helvetica!) Among the letter types included in the game are Akzidenz Grotesk, Baskerville, Centaur, Garamond, Helvetica Rockwell, Times New Roman, Univers and many more.
The game was assembled and designed by the Brazilian design studio, ps.2 arquitetura + design.

Design: ps.2 arquitetura + design
Format: hardcover
Dimensions: 2 x 25 cards

Also available to buy online


To celebrate and promote an initiative of Prince Charles to promote the use of wool from Britain and the Commonwealth, the famous street of tailors is closed to traffic for the day to enable dozens of sheep to graze on specially laid turf. Farmers and sheep dogs are also present at this launch event for the Campaign for Wool. Having arrived in Soho with much time to spare, we jumped off the bus and hot footed it to Saville Row to check out the sheep and feel a little home sick.

More details on the campaign for wool can be founds in the current issue of Selvedge available in store and online