Last 30 days.
Last 30 days.
I'm no angel when it comes to shopping at independent bookshops. I buy from Powell's when I can, but I do end up on Amazon when prices are just too good (or that much better)—last week I got 3 packages from Amazon sellers.
My trip to Monograph Bookwerks today reminded me just how wonderful it is to have an indie bookseller around, though. Whenever I'm there, I find books I might never stumble upon on the oodles of shelves at Powell's.
See, Monograph is a small shop, but an excellently curated one. While I've definitely found graphic design books of interest, I also find that I am able to cross over into other disciplines more easily (architecture, fine art, etc). This is partly because the place is small, welcoming (and frankly so cozy and gorgeous, I just WANT to stay there as long as possible).
But the other thing that really helps is the shop owner, Blair Saxon-Hill, who is always offering suggestions once she sees what I'm looking at. Today I admired her Swatch watch (showing her my own) as I purchased a gift for a friend. Next thing I knew, I was drooling over a massive volume of Swatch's collections over the years. I couldn't buy the book (budget!!), but it was such a great reminder that this would never happen, even at a place like Powell's.
Sometimes less (smaller) is more.
Yosemite's been a second home for me since I can remember. My parents met working there in the the 70s, I went to the High Sierra Camps many years with family—then worked there 2 summers during undergrad (May Lake and Sunrise High Sierra Camps respectively).
I've always loved maps and park signage—though not as consciously as when I became a designer. Recently I went for a quick backpacking trip in the High Country and this was all the paperwork and maps we needed/used.
I also documented a lot of the signage (see the unedited set on flickr), just for my own enjoyment. There's certainly quite a lot of visual breaks happening, but there's a lot of charm in that—especially for a place that doesn't need to rely on a brand (it's the 8th Wonder of the World, if you ask me!). There are some real gems though. Namely the trail junction signs, Yosmite Concessions (DNC) logo, and the various iterations of logos for the concession services locations in the park (The Ahwahnee, Curry Village, Wawona Hotel, Yosemite Lodge, White Wolf Lodge, and Tuolumne Meadows Lodge).
Ephemera above includes: High Country Map, Wilderness Permit Agreement, Bear Facts (given at the park entrance), Bear-siting form (for back country sitings), The Yosemite (by John Muir), Invoice/parking permit/Guest Card for one night at Tuolumne Meadows, Yosemite Guide (given at the park entrance), Map of Tuolumne Meadows Lodge (tent cabins), Postcard map of the High Sierra Camops, and a map of the full park.
The images below are from an invoice, so excuse the quality. There seems to be some consistency issues for this treatment, but overall, I think it's a lovely solution for the place.
Here are some of the signs seen around the park!
A new cover for Counterpoint Press. The two novellas in this book are insanely sad.
Similarly Different - Private View, Portland, Oregon, USA 05/08/13
We transformed room 320 in PSU's Art Building, for the second of the Similarly Different exhibitions. The show will be up for the next month or so. It was a good turn out, and a really nice way to round off the project.
There are plans to keep this collaboration between PSU and UCA Farnham going next year, quite how, we aren't yet sure, but watch this space!
(We are also looking at creating more formal relationships between the Graphic Design Course at PSU and Graphic Communication at UCA Farnham, so keep an eye out for those developments as well).
These are some 'specimens' I picked up at The Sandy River Delta yesterday.
Practicing with some new software that will allow me to post more book variations, more quickly. Nothing can replace photographs of the real thing, but I have to admit this is pretty cool too.
This cover was just approved and is forthcoming from Counterpoint Press.