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Aversive Aesthetics photos are designed to trigger disgust

Aversive Aesthetics photos are designed to trigger disgust | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

Merel Witteman has created a photos series that includes stepping in poo and a dead rodent to explore our fascination with disgust.

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Stunning New Book Documents 100 Years Of Black Cinema In Posters

Stunning New Book Documents 100 Years Of Black Cinema In Posters | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

Since 1973, cinephile John Duke Kisch has been documenting the evolution of African American film through a beloved, but sometimes overlooked medium -- movie posters. From "Siren of the Tropics," starring the inimitable Josephine Baker, to "Cotton Comes to Harlem," an Ossie Davis favorite, Kisch meticulously found and saved the stunning visual advertisements for films that adorned city streets and theater halls. Eventually, he amassed over 38,000 posters from 30 different countries, amounting to a massive visual history of Hollywood's relationship to race and representation.

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Waska Tatay by Raphaël Verona and Thomas Rousset

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Thomas Rousset and Raphaël Verona’s Waska Tatay is fairly ambiguous at first glance. The cover is a simple yellow-to-blue fade with the title placed inconspicuously on the spine; but the content is altogether more arresting. Using a mixture of reportage and staged portraiture the photo book documents the pair’s trip to the Altiplano region of Bolivia and their encounters with witch doctors, spiritual healers and medicine men; uncovering the rites and rituals of these ancient orders and illuminating some of their extraordinary mythologies.

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The Photographer's Playbook

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The Photographer’s Playbook is a collection of over 250 assignments and anecdotes from top photographers and photography professionals.

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Brian Gartside's Drinkable Book

Brian Gartside's Drinkable Book | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

Each book is printed on technologically advanced filter paper,
capable of killing deadly waterborne diseases. And each page 
is coated with silver nanoparticles, whose ions actively kill diseases 
like cholera, typhoid and E. coli.

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Publication: Andy Massaccesi designs Sublime for a Milan-based model agency

Publication: Andy Massaccesi designs Sublime for a Milan-based model agency | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

It might be argued that if you were to take a selection of women whose job it is to be startlingly beautiful, and then have extremely capable photographer Alessandro Furchino photograph them, you’d have a hard time making a book of the images that was anything less than lovely. That simply isn’t true, though, and Andy Massaccesi’s excellent work in designing Sublime for the model agency Monster Management is absolutely not to be sniffed at.

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Matthew Pillsbury: Talk and Book Signing

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Join Matthew Pillsbury for a walk-through of his exhibition City Stages, followed by a book signing. Also on view will be his special limited-edition portfolio. Over the past decade, Pillsbury has built several extensive bodies of work—Screen Lives, Time Frame, and City Stages—that deal with different facets of contemporary metropolitan life and the passage of time.

Aperture Gallery and Bookstore, Wednesday, March 12, 6:30 pm


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Andrea Ferrari: The pictures included in this envelope (Book)

Andrea Ferrari: The pictures included in this envelope (Book) | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it
The simple things are the most beautiful, we might tell ourselves as we open this book. Or perhaps we remain puzzled by what we see.
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Bibliothèque idéale | Clément Bonnetin

Bibliothèque idéale | Clément Bonnetin | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

Ce projet porte sur la perte de l'objet livre au profit de médias informatiques. Je fais ici un parallèle entre des vieux ouvrages dont le contenu est essentiellement culturel et la forme que ce même contenu va prendre sur internet. Le livre est relié à la japonaise et chaque page contient un code source simulé de son contenu.

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 This project is about the loss of thebook as object for the benefit of computer media. I am making a parallel between old books whose content is essentially cultural and the shape this same content will take on the internet.The book is bound in Japanese style and each page contains a simulated code source of its contents.

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herb lubalin: american graphic designer (1918—81) compact edition

herb lubalin: american graphic designer (1918—81) compact edition | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

unit editions have announced a new compact edition of their popular monograph herb lubalin: american graphic designer (1918—81).

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Friday Book Design Blog: An Essay on Typography, By Eric Gill

Friday Book Design Blog: An Essay on Typography, By Eric Gill | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

The book that I was intending to write about today is Shady Characters, by Keith Houston (Particular Books), a set of essays about little known typographical marks such as the pilcrow, ampersand and octothorpe (that’s the hashtag to you and me). It’s an eminently interesting read, if slightly disposable in its chummy prose style. It’s good that it follows typography right up and into the digital age – which has given a new life to so many forsaken marks and squiggles – but there is so ready to drop up-to-the-minute references willy-nilly that you wonder how it will read in ten years’ time, let alone eighty.

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A Tantalizing New Book on Design from the Director of Helvetica

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Director Gary Hustwit estimates that he shot some 100 hours of video and calculates that he was only able to use about 3 percent of this material for the documentaries. Instead of letting that trove of unreleased material languish, Hustwit, who worked as a book publisher before picking up a camera, has decided to turn them into what he guesses will be a 400- to 500-page tome that he hopes will be “the most comprehensive design interview book ever published, an invaluable resource for designers, design educators, or anyone interested in the creative process.”

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!!! This is a prototype of the finished book. Hustwit launched a Kickstarter campain to finance the book !!!

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This Week In Photography Books: Paul Gaffney

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“We Make the Path by Walking” is a self-published effort by Paul Gaffney, a photographer in Ireland. I’m happy to report that it’s such a cool book, we’ve made a one-week exception to our photo-eye only rule. My book stack will grow again tomorrow, so today we’ll have ourselves a rule-breaking fiesta.

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Bloomberg's Tracy Ma talks us through her best and worst uni projects

Bloomberg's Tracy Ma talks us through her best and worst uni projects | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

As Deputy Creative Director of Bloomberg Businessweek Tracy Ma is responsible for turning out page after page of stunningly-conceived graphics accompanying hard-hitting economic and political stories at breakneck speed. Together with Richard Turley and Rob Vargass she’s been responsible for transforming the title into a new benchmark for editorial design, receiving plenty of plaudits along the way. Of course it’s easy to assume that Tracy has always been visually gifted, but when we spoke to her about her university work she made it very clear that it took a long time for her to produce anything that she was really happy with…

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10 International Street Photographers Who Change The Way We See The World

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Jackie Higgins' "The World Atlas of Street Photography," published by Yale University Press, features a compendium of artists and perspectives from around the world, each fearlessly hunting the urban jungle, camera in hand. Today we're admiring the work of 10 street photographers from the "World Atlas" collection, those interested in freezing city life at its most humorous, disturbing, profound or bizarre. Whether working in Johannesburg, South Africa or Mumbai, India, the following photographers document flickering instants from the theater of the streets, thus revealing how one, small moment can potentially speak to the entire world.

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interview with artist dan mcpharlin

interview with artist dan mcpharlin | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

australian artist dan mcpharlin's sci-fi artworks have appeared on the covers of books, magazines and record sleeves all around the world.

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Deo Kyakulagira Collection Ebifananyi I

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Starting June 13th, the first publication from the Ebifanany I collection by History in Progress Uganda will be released in Amsterdam: Le photographe, Deo Kyakualgira. This event will be held at the Galerie Johan Deumens to coincide with an exhibition of the photographer's work.

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The Lost, Surprisingly Soulful Art of Corporate Identity

The Lost, Surprisingly Soulful Art of Corporate Identity | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

Nonetheless, manuals are ephemeral, and many were simply discarded when identities changed or businesses merged or closed. Now, a thick, rich compilation with the deceivingly dreary title, Manuals 1: Design and Identity Guidelines (Unit Editions) digs back up some of these treasured tomes.

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This 16th Century Book Can Be Read Six Different Ways

This 16th Century Book Can Be Read Six Different Ways | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

Sure, the Amazon Kindle might have dynamic font adjustments, and it can hold thousands of books, but can it do this? Printed in the late 16th century this small book from the National Library of Sweden is an example of sixfold dos-à-dosbinding, where six books are conjoined into a single publication but can be read individually with the help of six perfectly placed clasps. This particular book was printed in Germany and like almost all books at the time is a religious devotional text. The National Library of Sweden has a fantastic photo collection of historical and rare books where you can find many more gems like this, and this, and this.

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James Goggin and Scott Reinhard produce a beautiful catalogue for Amalia Pica

James Goggin and Scott Reinhard produce a beautiful catalogue for Amalia Pica | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

But when they do it is EXTRA-special, as in the case of James Goggin and Scott Reinhard’s exhibition catalogue for the Argentinian artist Amalia Pica. The book takes the form of a retrospective, looking back at a Amalia’s body of work over the past decade and exploring recurring themes within her practise. There’s considered imagery of Amalia’s work as well as an actual discussion of why it’s so tough to commit your work to paper and produce a book.

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Found! Rare Renaissance Illustrations That Depict The End Of The World

Found! Rare Renaissance Illustrations That Depict The End Of The World | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

Six years ago a rare 16th-century illuminated manuscript showed up at auction. Now it's been reproduced in full and published by Taschen.

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Google, Volume 1 King Zog’s

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Felix Heyes and Benjamin West, of the collective King Zog’s, came up with the idea to manually collect the first results in Google Image Search for the 21,110 words of the Oxford English Pocket dictionary, as their final project for Saint Martins, the prestigious London art school. Then they turned it into a book. Oh, what long, absurd, sleepless nights they must have spent. And yet…

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First PhotoBook shortlist Paris Photo: La Montagne Dorée by Myriam Ziehli

First PhotoBook shortlist Paris Photo: La Montagne Dorée by Myriam Ziehli | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

“The narrative structure of La Montagne Dorée is both innovative and engaging,” states Lesley Martin. The book tells the story of a region in the Swiss Alps in the midst of major real estate development. Drawing upon a local myth of a deal made with the devil to speed the construction of a bridge over an alpine valley, Ziehli creates a “fictitious” allegorical play. Each chapter of the book establishes a component of this play: the props, the cast, the costumes, and the set. “It’s a highly unusual and oblique approach to a topic that might otherwise be considered for a classic documentary story; this unorthodox structure—which in less deft hands might be utterly confounding—is clearly established at the outset with a brief text from the author and a clean, precise system of design.”

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Self published book available for 35 euros/43 chf (edition: 150 copies). Mail to myriam.ziehli@hotmail.com

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Understanding a Photograph

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John Berger’s explorations of the relationships between the individual and society, culture and politics, and experience and expression through the written word, films, photographic collaborations, and performances are unmatched in their diversity, ambition, and reach. His television series and book Ways of Seeing revolutionized the way that art is understood. 

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'Iconic' Coffee Table Book Offers 650 Photographs of Apple Products

'Iconic' Coffee Table Book Offers 650 Photographs of Apple Products | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

Jonathan Zufi, who runs the Shrine of Apple website, has spent the last several years collecting and photographing Apple’s huge array of products, from rare releases to everyday items. He’s amassed 150,000 photos, 650 of which will appear in his new 326-page book, "Iconic: A Photographic Tribute to Apple Innovation."

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