News 03/2012

Oded Ezer's design for the New American Haggadah gives a fresh visual interpretation to an ancient book. The notion behind the design of this book was to merge, visually, the history of the Jewish nation with the traditional text of the Haggadah.

Read each year around the Seder table, the Haggadah recounts through prayer and song the extraordinary story of Exodus, when Moses led the ancient Israelites out of slavery in Egypt to wander the desert for 40 years before reaching the Promised Land.



"A superb example of Oded Ezer’s work" –Etapes International

"The book’s minimalist design, by Oded Ezer, looks like a catalog for a MoMA typography exhibition" –The New York Times 

"The serious commentary is leavened by the handsome design which has Hebrew letters floating across the pages" –NY Daily News


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 AGI's Pieter Brattinga (1931–2004) published a remarkable series of experimental publications between 1955 and 1974. These square booklets were called Kwadraat-bladen and were meant to promote the public relations of his family's printing company, Steendrukkerij de Jong & Co, founded in Amsterdam and later based in Hilversum.

The Kwadraat-bladen dealt with graphic design and typography, architecture, lithographic art and various kinds of artistic experiments. Sometimes they were published on the occasion of exhibitions in the canteen of De Jong & Co. The Kwadraat-bladen and the exhibitions had a great continent-wide reputation. The vernissage of the exhibitions attracted a crowd of the international design elite. 

Unit Editions (London: Tony & Patricia Brook + Adrian Shaughnessy) has published a book about the 36 editions of the “KBs”. It includes works by celebrities like Chagall, Buckminster Fuller, Sandberg, Bons, Munari, Rietveld, Crouwel (the New Alphabet), Beeke.



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Bruno Monguzzi. Fifty years of work.

 In conjunction with the past exhibitions at the House of the Artists in Tehran, Iran; at the Max Museo in Chiasso, Switzerland; and at the Vignelli Center in Rochester NY, USA, three publications have appeared:

Bruno Monguzzi. Fifty Years of Paper, 1961—2011.

Texts by Antonio Boggeri, Pierluigi Cerri, Louis Danziger, Ikko Tanaka, Dieter Bachmann, Phil Baines, Mario Pagliarani, Nicoletta Ossanna Cavadini, Claude Lichtenstein, Giovanni Anceschi, Franc Nunoo-Quarcoo, Bruno MonguzziItalian/English256 pages, Skira Editore, Milan 2011

"The best book about design we saw in a long time".–Cyan

Bruno Monguzzi. Maestro of Form and Function.

Texts by Antonio Boggeri, Majid Abbasi, Bruno MonguzziFarsi/English120 pages, Momayez Foundation, Aban Book Publisher, Tehran 2011

Bruno Monguzzi. Vibrant Silence.

Texts by Makie Kubo, Bruno MonguzziJapanese/Englishin Idea 351, Seibundo Shinkosha, Tokyo 2012




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At the end of  January Italo Lupi inaugurated the great Museum of the History of Bologna (4300 square metres and 890 metres of  itinerary). Bologna, the seat of the oldest University in Europe, is a historical city rich in monuments. The museum is in an old building (Gothic at first and then Baroque). Nothing is hanging on the walls, everything “navigates” in free structures in the middle of the rooms, signalled by neons. An overflowing graphic design covers all the  panels and directly hosts, with confidence, the original exhibits: paintings and statues.Architecture and Exhibition Layout: MARIO BELLINI






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Tomoko Kawakami Miho

 Tomoko Kawakami MihoSeptember 2, 1931 – February 10, 2012


Tomoko passed away peaceably on Friday, February 10, 2012.  A long-time resident of New York City, she established her firm in 1974, and renamed it Tomoko Miho Design in 1982.  Over her long and distinguished career as a graphic designer, Ms Miho received many awards, including the AIGA Gold Medal in 1993. She served on the AIGA Board of Directors and was a long-time member of the Alliance Graphique Internationale (AGI).

Her work has been exhibited in both the United States and Europe, and is in the permanent collections of the Library of Congress, the Smithsonian Institution, the Victoria & Albert Museum in London and the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

Tomoko spent her early years in Los Angeles, three years in Gila River, Arizona during WWII, and finished high school in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Her inspiration and appreciation for the art world began when she enrolled at the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles.

She is survived by her brother Paul Kawakami of Los Angeles, and her nieces and nephews.

–Eric Breitbart/Paul Kawami

Link to a beautiful article about her by Veronique Vienne written on the occasion of her AIGA medal.

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Book sculptures situated between notation and constructionIncluding a sculptural work by the artist

Since the seventies at the latest, the book has played an increasingly prominent role as an artistic medium. Helfried Hagenberg was one of the first artists to work with paper in a sculptural context. His conceptual works retain the essential form of the book while at the same time taking it to different dimensions. The artist reflects the interplay between form and content, and regards his work as an “eternal search that takes place between vision and meaning.” With the most delicate of techniques and mathematical precision, he creates so-called psaligraphic sculptures—sort of three-dimensional works that portray the nature of the book. Containing various groups of works, sculptures, and collages, this extensive publication shows a different side of the book—not least through an integrated psaligraphic sculpture—in the truest sense of the word.

Edited by Wolfgang Wittrock, texts by Martina Dobbe, Helfried Hagenberg, graphic design by Iris Grazikowske, Helfried Hagenberg, Christian Odzuck

German/English2012. 208 pp., 204 ills., 120 in color22.10 x 27.20 cm
hardcoverISBN 978-3-7757-3187-4







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Javier Mariscal IPad drawings


 Mariscal has an exhibit of his iPhone and iPad drawings at 

La Sala Vinçon (Exhibitions hall)Passeig de Gràcia, 9608008 Barcelona

Tel. (+34) 93 215 6050 (Ext. 222)

Wednesday, February 29–March 31, 2012.from 17:00 PM.



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About this competition:

To us, the movement "occupy" is not really having a strong support and clear directions. We believe that not everything has been expressed and created about this matter yet. The main issues on which it is based are not new, were here before in history and will not disappear in the future.

Our main focus on "Occupy" are directed toward "What's next" ? We hope that through this competition, with your help, and the motivation of your students, posters that propose ideas and solutions for a sustainable future will be created and ideas for a dialogue about social inequalities will be expressed.

The first posters are already coming in and we are exited to announce that we have decided to offer this poster competition for FREE.

The deadline is April, 30th.

We are very proud to have cast a great Jury and we plan to present their individual selection online. The best 99 posters generated from this competition should be exhibited and receive awards and prizes. We are in the process of refining the competition, so awards have not been defined yet. Check out our website or facebook account for upgrades.

In the action, Erik had the idea to create a sort of non-profit organization called "NextbByDesign" based on the idea that design can help to change the world. We hope that this first competition will be the first of a series of events where design will help to make a difference.

Many greetings and thank you in advance to spread the word, Jean-Benoit Levy

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Two New books by Dimitris Arvanitis

The first book is: Dimitris Arvanitis / Social Design (Posters). ISBN 978-960-8375-26-0 

115 Social Posters for the Greek Economical Crisis and not only.


The second Book is: Dimitris Arvanitis /  Short Stories about Design ISBN978-960-8375-09-3

How it is to work over 30 years on design in Greece: Short stories, interviews, lectures etc. (in Greek Language).





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Metropolis Magazine recently named Peter Bilak a Game Changer for "expanding the range of digital typography, he is opening the Internet to cultures around the world."


"As a student in Czechoslovakia in the 1980s, Bilak was often frustrated by the fact that his language wasn’t supported by most typefaces. Even though it’s a Latin-based script, “all the accents weren’t available for Czechoslovak,” he says. “I had to make my own letters to complete the fonts.” He went on to develop typefaces for Russian and Greek, but the real breakthrough came with Arabic…

"When Bilak presented his work with Arabic at a design conference in India in 2006, people began to wonder if something like that could work in India, a country with over 100 languages, at least 12 scripts, and provinces that can each designate its own official language in addition to English."

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