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October 19, 2016
by Dan
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The Bolted Book Now on Kickstarter

The Designers & Books Kickstarter to publish a facsimile of Fortunato Depero’s 1927 ‘Bolted Book’ (mentioned previously here) is now live:

September 23, 2016
by Dan
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The Bolted Book

Designers & Books, in collaboration with the Center for Italian Modern Art in New York and the Mart, the Museum of modern and contemporary art of Trento and Rovereto, Italy, is launching a Kickstarter campaign on October 18 to publish a new facsimile … Continue reading

July 14, 2015
by Dan
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50 Books / 50 Covers 2014 Winners

Design Observer has announced the winners of their 2014 50 Books | 50 Covers competition, organized in association with AIGA and Designers & Books. The fifty winning covers can be seen here… …and the fifty winning books, here. My 2014 cover selections are here.

April 29, 2015
by Dan
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Ladislav Sutnar: Visual Design in Action — Facsimile Edition

I don’t post too many crowd-funded publishing projects here on the Casual Optimist — there are so many of them, and so few seem really significant — but I’m more than happy to support the Designers and Books‘ campaign to create a facsimile reprint of Visual Design in Action by … Continue reading

November 27, 2013
by Dan
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Shadow Type and The Designers & Books Online Book Fair

Steven Heller and Louise Fili talk about their beautiful new book Shadow Type in a new video for Designers & Books: The video is part of the Designers & Books Online Book Fair, a wonderful directory of design books that … Continue reading

November 19, 2013
by Dan
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Steve Kroeter: Design Books Within Reach

In a video for Design Within Reach, Steve Kroeter, the president of Archetype Associates and founder and editor in chief of Designers and Books, talks about the books that inspired him:

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