B4055. William Addison Dwiggins: Stencilled Ornament and Illustration B4055. William Addison Dwiggins: Stencilled Ornament and Illustration Expanded Edition by Dorothy Abbe and Bruce Kennett. 2015. 112pp. 6.75"x9". Paper.
A classic from the man who coined the term graphic design - There has never been anyone in the design world like William Addison Dwiggins (1880-1956). The first American to call himself a graphic designer, he applied his prodigious talents in the fields of typography, calligraphy, illustration, and even puppeteering - a more fitting title might have been Renaissance man. He is best known for his book designs, which combine his expertise in calligraphy, use of stencils, and typography. Very little has been published on Dwiggins, until now. The first of several planned volumes on his incredible legacy, this reprint of Stencilled Ornament & Illustration includes the original book, hand-set in an experimental Linotype face he designed, along with stencils and plates illustrating a dizzying array of graphical elements. A new introduction by Bruce Kennett shows how Dwiggins used ornaments, rules, and other elements in his final book and jacket designs. Originally published in a letterpress edition of 120 copies, this important book introduces the unique genius of Dwiggins to a broader audience. 144 illustrations, 24 in color.
B4057. In Progress: See Inside a Lettering Artist’s Sketchbook / Hische In Progress: See Inside a Lettering Artist’s Sketchbook and Process, from Pencil to Vector by Jessica Hische. 2015. 176pp. 8"x10". Hardcover.
This show-all romp through design-world darling Jessica Hische’s sketchbook reveals the creative and technical process behind making award-winning hand lettering. See everything, from Hische’s rough sketches to her polished finals for major clients such as Wes Anderson, NPR, and Starbucks. The result is a well of inspiration and brass tacks information for designers who want to sketch distinctive letterforms and hone their skills. With more than 250 images and metallic silver ink printed throughout to represent her penciled sketches, this highly visual book is an essential - and entirely enjoyable - resource for those who practice or simply appreciate the art of hand lettering. Jessica Hische is a letterer and illustrator based in San Francisco. Forbes has twice recognized her in its annual 30 Under 30 list in the art and design category.
B4090. Decorated Lettering / Pickett B4090. Decorated Lettering by Jan Pickett. 2016. 128pp. 8"x10".
A highly-visual guide to the techniques and materials for decorated calligraphy with a strong contemporary feel. The variety of colorful exercises and projects provide a fresh, modern look, but still grounded with traditional letterforms. Inspiration abounds, and each chapter is accompanied by a wave of ideas for using techniques from embossing to watercolor. Jan is a Fellow of the SSI.
B3798. 75 Artist Books: The Kaldewey Press / von Lucius 75 Artist Books: The Kaldewey Press, New York, A Catalogue Raisonné by Clemens von Lucius. 2011. 364pp. 6.7"x9.5". Flexcover. Note: these sale copies are shelfworn.
The Kaldewey Press, established in 1985, has produced 75 artists’ books. It is one of the leading presses for contemporary artist books, and its exquisite volumes have been exhibited worldwide, including at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. The proprietor, Gunnar A Kaldewey, has collaborated with artists such as Mischa Kuball, Jonathan Lasker, Heribert C. Ottersbach, Richard Tuttle, and Not Vital. These limited edition books have featured writers from many countries and periods, from Lao Tsu and Ovid to Samuel Beckett and Paul Celan. This profusely illustrated catalogue raisonné presents in detail all seventy-five books published to date, with individual descriptions, an introductory essay, and an interview with Gunnar A. Kaldewey. The press is located in Poestenkill, NY. Approx. 500 illustrations.
B4128. Alice: A Survey of the Calligraphy of Alice B4128. Alice: A Survey of the Calligraphy of Alice by Jerry Kelly. 2017. 144pp. 8"x11.5". Hardcover
Alice Koeth, known professionally simply as Alice, is one of the most respected calligraphers in the world today, though relatively few of her works have been published in book form. The vast majority of her graphic output remains unseen and uncollected. This book, compiled, with Alice’s active participation, has over 140 illustrations, showing the depth and breadth of her artistry. Jerry's introduction and Donald Jackson's eloquent appreciation set her work in context. Most works are illustrated in color, many are presented full-page.
Over a career spanning more than 60 years, Alice’s artistry exemplifies taste, technique, wit, and her own unique graphic style. A keen understanding of craft, respect for tools, and interest in historical forms have contributed to her command of various calligraphic styles, written with extraordinary skill. Best known are her masterful posters for The Morgan Library from the 60s & 70s, which have been graciously photographed by the Morgan for this book. More of her graphic work was created for a wide assortment of clients—commercial enterprises, publishers, universities, organizations, and individuals.
B4176. Studio Handbook: Lettering & Design B4176. Studio Handbook: Lettering & Design by Samuel Welo. 2017 (1931). 232 pp. 4.75"x7.25". Softcover.
This beautifully designed little book reflects the elegance of the Art Deco period and will prove a useful and entertaining resource for modern typographers and graphic artists. In addition to demonstrating the appeal and effectiveness of great lettering, it abounds in material that designers can adapt - borders, ribbons, dingbats, rules, and more. Like the 1931 first edition, it is printed in two colors and graced with a decorative hardcover binding.
Reprint of the Frederick J. Drake & Co., Chicago, 1931 edition.
DVD67. Foundational: Reggie Ezell DVD67. Foundational DVD by Reggie Ezell.
Part of a new series of instructional Calligraphy DVDs from Reggie Ezell. For beginning and intermediate students. Video is approximately 70 minutes and covers "all aspects" of the topic. Reggie has taught calligraphy for over 30 years, and his yearlong courses have been among the most highly regarded and sought after in the U.S. and Canada. This DVD is formatted for North American DVD players.
B4201. Edward Johnston: A Signature for London / Taylor B4201 Edward Johnston: A Signature for London by Richard Taylor. 96pp. 7"x9". Paperback.
It’s one of the most iconic features of London life, yet perhaps the least celebrated: the Johnston typeface, which has decorated signage throughout the entire London Transport system for a century. This book celebrates the Johnston typeface and its creator, Edward Johnston (1872-1944), bringing him long-overdue recognition as one of the key creators of our shared visual image of London life.
Richly illustrated with images from the London Transport Museum - including maps, posters, station signage, and much more - the book traces the evolution of the Johnston typeface from its first use in 1916 through the many subtle changes it’s undergone in the century since, all the way up to its broad deployment for the 2012 London Olympics. No lover of London life or transportation buff will want to miss this beautifully designed and produced volume.