Archive for the ‘Books’ Category

Designing Design – by Kenya Hara

Saturday, September 22nd, 2007

About the Author
Kenya Hara (1958) is a graphic designer, Professor at the Art University Musashino and communication advisor for Muji.  

Representing a new generation of designers in Japan, Kenya Hara (born 1958) pays tribute to his mentors, using long overlooked Japanese icons and images in much of his work. In “Designing Design”, he impresses upon the reader the importance of “emptiness” in both the visual and philosophical traditions of Japan, and its application to design, made visible by means of numerous examples from his own work: Hara for instance designed the opening and closing ceremony programs for the Nagano Winter Olympic Games 1998. In 2001, he enrolled as a board member for the Japanese label MUJI and has considerably moulded the identity of this successful corporation as communication and design advisor ever since. Kenya Hara, alongside Naoto Fukasawa one of the leading design personalities in Japan, has also called attention to himself with exhibitions such as “Re-Design: The Daily Products of the 21st Century” of 2000.

Jeffrey Zeldman On Why To Incorporate Web Standards

Sunday, March 25th, 2007

Article by Jeffrey Zeldman.

Web standards hold the key to accessible, cost-effective web design and development, but you wouldn’t know it from surveying most big commercial sites. In this chapter, CSS guru Jeffrey Zeldman explores some of the reasons web standards have not yet been incorporated into the normative practice of all design shops and in-house web divisions, and are not yet obligatory components of every site plan or request for proposal. If you need help selling standards to your colleagues, this chapter is for you.


Designing With Web Standards, 2nd edition

Friday, February 23rd, 2007

The book that changed an industry

This classic by the father of the web standards movement sparked a global change in the way sites are designed. The first and still the only foundational web standards text, it explains what the standards are, and shows how to use them to make your site faster and more accessible—able to reach more people and kinds of devices at a lower production cost.

Industry leaders agree

Now the book that changed how sites are designed is back in a smart new second edition. Industry leaders who previewed Designing With Web Standards, 2nd edition like what they saw:

“Beauty, usability, and accessibility”

“Jeffrey and his web standards co-conspirators have made it possible for those old enemies — beauty, usability, and accessibility — to play nice together in any website.”

—Louis Rosenfeld, Publisher, Rosenfeld Media


Transcending CSS: The Fine Art of Web Design (Voices That Matter)

Monday, February 19th, 2007

As the Web evolves to incorporate new standards and the latest browsers offer new possibilities for creative design, the art of creating Web sites is also changing. Few Web designers are experienced programmers, and as a result, working with semantic markup and CSS can create roadblocks to achieving truly beautiful designs using all the resources available.


by hand – the use of craft in contemporary art

Sunday, February 4th, 2007

these days a growing number of contemporary artists
are replacing their paintbrushes for methods and materials
traditionally associated with craft.



Thursday, January 25th, 2007

Book by Tristan Manco, Caleb Neelon, and Lost Art

Is a firsthand survey of the most original graffiti scene to emerge in the past decade.

From the startlingly distinctive achievements of the internationally renowned twin-brother painters Os Gemeos to the visual powers of the ubiquitous daredevil Pichadores, Brazil’s graffiti captivates with entirely fresh ideas, techniques, and messages.Whether one’s taste is for the extraordinary creative extremes generated amid urban deprivation or for crafted murals at their most elaborate, Graffiti Brasil offers both stunning photography and in-depth history and insight…


Stencil Graffiti Archives

Thursday, January 25th, 2007

Street art is both an expression of our culture and a counterculture in itself. ‘Communication’ has become a modern mantra: the city streets shout with billboards, fly posters and corporate advertising, all vying for our attention. They almost invite a subversive response. As high-tech communications have increased, a low-tech reaction has been the recent explosion in street art.”


typography today [new edition]

Tuesday, January 23rd, 2007

typography today introduces the selected works of 88 designers from 15 countries. It traces the course of modern typography from pioneers such as Lissitzky, Tschichold and Zwart; to Emil Ruder, Karl Gerstner and Herb Lubalin; through to Wolfgang Weingart, Wim Crouwel and Kohei Sugiura. The new edition includes works by Neville Brody, April Greiman and Ahn Sang-Soo.


Saul Bass & Associates

Tuesday, January 23rd, 2007

This is a long-waited reprint of the valuable collection of materials left by Saul Bass (1920 ? 1996), the leading designer of the 20th century America. The essence of Saul Bass including his representative CI’s, graphical works, and movie titles, are collected into one book.



Tuesday, January 23rd, 2007

Record of tomato workshops which was held from 2000 till 2002. Including works by the participants, interview to tomato, the photographs of workshops and so on.