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Books, Design and Culture

May 16, 2014
by Dan

Steven Heller and 100 Classic Graphic Design Journals on Design Matters

In his annual visit to Design Matters, Steven Heller talks to Debbie Millman about design journals, his new book 100 Classic Graphic Design Journals (co-authored with Jason Godfrey), and the future of design magazines in print: You can also read a short … Continue reading

May 6, 2014
by Dan

100 Classic Graphic Design Journals

A copy of 100 Classic Graphic Design Journals by Steven Heller and Jason Godfrey just landed on my desk. The book will be in stores in the US and Canada later this month, and it looks fantastic: It doesn’t seem … Continue reading

August 9, 2011
by Dan

Laurence King on the Future of Design Publishing

In a great interview for Design Observer, UK publisher Laurence King discusses the future of design publishing with Mark Lamster: Illustrated book publishers, and in particular art publishers, need bookshops to survive, especially the increasingly rare specialist ones where there are discerning … Continue reading

March 10, 2010
by Dan
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Tales of the Unread

To commemorate the first year of The Second Pass website, editor John Williams asked a few readers to recommend their favorite out-of-print book and he very kindly (some might say charitably) asked me to contribute. I chose to write about … Continue reading

January 21, 2010
by Dan

Q & A with Jason Godfrey, Bibliographic

Jason Godfrey’s Bibliographic: 100 Classic Graphic Design Books was one of my favourite books last year. Published by Laurence King in the UK, the book is distributed by Raincoast in Canada (Chronicle Books in the US) and so I was … Continue reading

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