Archive for the ‘Books on Communication Design’ Category

The Big Sale. It’s Big, and It’s a Sale.

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

Well, it’s finally starting to feel like spring, and we all know what that means:

Cleaning!

No? Okay then, let’s try:

Sale!

That’s right. In honour of the season and its renewing, motivating forces, we’ve decided to comb through our collection at the 401 Richmond store and reduce prices on a selection of products, books and magazines for pretty much all of the next month. It’s the inaugural Big Sale, and it’s aptly named, unlike our former annual Sidewalk Sale (which we were never actually allowed to have on the sidewalk).

Big Sale offerings include Bodoni’s mammoth Manual of Typography from Taschen;
$5 back issues of magazines and annuals such as Communication Arts, Archive and Print; a mixture of classic and contemporary products from Nava, Arzberg, Umbra, imm Living and Rosti; information-loaded digital weather-station clocks designed by Philippe Starck; past issues of the architecturally uplifting 2G Magazine (which has – rather sadly – just gone digital with the newest issue, so grab those printed copies while you can); and some elegant one-off pieces of silverware (because really, who says you need a table setting of four?).

We’ll be discounting these items, and more, right through to Sunday, May 26, when we’ll be open for the final day of Doors Open Toronto. (Another excellent reason to visit the 401 Richmond building, and Swipe in particular.)

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Not So Grimm: Communication Arts Features One of Swipe’s Own

Friday, April 26th, 2013

It’s an exciting time here at Swipe – not only is the glorious Communication Arts May/June 2013 Illustration Annual (#54) now available, but we’re proud to announce that it features the illustration work of our very own Lisa Vanin.

You may have noticed Lisa’s decorative paper birds flapping their dreamy wings in Swipe’s window display at 401 Richmond, or picked up one of her sweet bookmarks celebrating the store’s 25th anniversary – see below.


Well, her signature blend of flora, fauna and fable appealed so much to the Canadian Opera Company that they commissioned her to create the poster art for their GrimmFest performance festival, held in late 2012. The result, lush and fantastical, and a Grimm-worthy fairy tale in itself, can now be admired on the glossy pages of Communication Arts.

Packed with talent, the Illustration Annual showcases the very best illustration work of the past year, featuring both firmly established and new-to-the-scene illustrators.

So congratulations, Lisa! You’re in illustrious company.

You can view Lisa’s work at lisavanin.com, or purchase one of her enchanting zines, buttons or magnets in-store at Swipe.

Communication Arts May/June 2013
Illustration Annual (#54)

2013: Coyne & Blanchard, Inc.
$29.95

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The F-Word, Manifested

Saturday, June 16th, 2012

In a period of angry frustration at his native Newfoundland – “… what cripples the vast majority of our culture and society here is the fact that we dont quite know what to be angry about. We never know where to throw the punch.” – and inspired by a
t-shirt f-ing the many icons of New York City, writer and performer Joel Thomas Hynes sat down to write his own.

The rest, as they say, is history: “… I got a little carried away. Suddenly I was writing a quilt. Maybe a sail for a boat. Maybe a manifesto.” His reworked piece wound up on stage, at a 2006 fundraiser for the Resource Centre for the Arts in St John’s. Recorded (but not broadcast) by the CBC – “And f*** the CBC for not having the nuts to put this on the radio,” reads the final line in the revised work – God Help Thee: A Manifesto first appeared in print, with an accompanying postscript, in the Fall 2008 issue of Riddle Fence, and later in Maisonneuve Magazine. Very little escapes Hynes’ expletive-laced wrath, which reads both as backlash against the idyllic quaintness of Newfoundland tourism campaigns, and ode to a place both home and heart.

In June 2011, Running the Goat Books and Broadsides published the manifesto in chapbook form in a limited edition of 375, which promptly sold out: hand typeset (an entertaining challenge, given the unprecedented number of “F”s and “k”s), letterpress printed, hand tinted and hand sewn.

Featuring impeccable wood engravings by Abigail Rorer, this perfectly packaged diatribe is now in its second printing and is available at Swipe for just $29.95 – plenty of f*** for your buck. (2011; 2nd printing 2012: Running the Goat Books and Broadsides; ISBN 9780986611322)

Word on the street is that the book’s profanity-decorated watermark-effect pages will soon be available in notebook form… We’ll keep you posted.

Oh, and if you like your swearing live, you can download an audio version of God Help Thee from the Rattling Books website.

Open Them There Doors, Toronto

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

Once again, Doors Open Toronto is just around the corner, and once again, we here at Swipe are thankful to be part of the extraordinary arts and culture complex at 401 Richmond Street West. A prime destination during the festival, 401 is expecting a surge of visitors over the weekend of May 26 and 27. Accordingly, Swipe will also open its doors all weekend: on Saturday from 10am to 6pm, and on Sunday from 10am to 5pm.

In celebration of this celebration of our city’s cultural, social and architectural heritage, we’ll be updating our blog with a rundown of current Torontoniana, beginning with a brand-new release from Toronto’s own Coach House Books that documents the changing facades of this city’s streets. Featuring the photographic work of Patrick Cummins, with text by Toronto flâneur Shawn Micallef, Full Frontal T.O.: Exploring Toronto’s Architectural Vernacular chronicles thirty years of local shift and change. (2012: Coach House Books; ISBN 9781551098913)

The book is available at Swipe for $24.95, and until May 31, you can also visit the Urbanspace Gallery’s free Full Frontal T.O. exhibition, with large-scale versions of many of the photographs on display.

Full Frontal T.O.: Exploring Toronto’s Architectural Vernacular
2012: Patrick Cummins and Shawn Micallef
$24.95

Unclog with CLOG

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

Ever feel depressed at the amount of garbage spewing forth from TV, the internet, social networking sites, CNN news flashes, digital media in general? Toppling out of screens and smart phones into living rooms, streetcars, gallery openings, intimate dinner conversations… We at Swipe can’t really talk: we blog, we tweet, we facebook, we’re total hypocrites. Well, Kyle May and the team at CLOG have decided to paddle out of the digital maelstrom, one cleanly printed magazine issue at a time. (Okay, so they do have a website in order to promote their work, but let’s not get too nit-picky here.)

Their aim with CLOG is to cut the noise. Focus. Pay attention to one thing at a time, and do it properly. From their website: “CLOG slows things down. Each issue explores, from multiple viewpoints and through a variety of means, a single subject particularly relevant to architecture now. Succinctly, on paper, away from the distractions and imperatives of the screen.”

We think we might be in love.

Issue No. 1, BIG, sold out rapidly and is now out of print. Issue No. 2, APPLE, is still available at the time of writing, though happily trotting off our shelves and out the door. We await issue No. 3, DATA SPACE, with anticipation. (If you’d like a call or email when it arrives, drop us a line to avoid disappointment.)

CLOG: BIG (No. 1): $24.95 (SOLD OUT)
CLOG: APPLE (No. 2): $24.95

The Perennial Appeal of Annuals

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

Cheesy gardening-related puns aside, it’s that time again! We are now fully stocked with our favourite design annuals.

2011 One Show Annual: Advertising’s Best Print, Design, Radio and TV

One Show’s newest annuals, covering their awards selections for 2011, showcase the best of current design talent worldwide. As usual, they have produced three colourful volumes: the regular One Show annual, which presents the winners of the 2011 One Show; and the Design and Interactive issues, featuring the winners of the One Show Design and One Show Interactive competitions, respectively. For self-styled renaissance people, these three books are also available in a convenient boxed set. (2012: Rockport; ISBN 9780929837499 Advertising; ISBN 9780929837505 Design; ISBN 9780929837512 Interactive; ISBN 978092837529 Boxed Set)

The One Show, Volume 33: $82.50
One Show Design, Volume 5: $54.95
One Show Interactive, Volume 14: $54.95
One Show Three-Volume Boxed Set: $169.95

Art Directors Annual 90

This volume covers the New York Art Directors Club 2011 ADC Hall of Fame Laureates, ADC Hybrid, and ADC Black Cube awards, with the addition of this year’s new ADC Designism Award, which recognizes design with an eye to social and political change. The publication includes high-quality images of award-winning work. (2011: Ava Publishing; ISBN 9782940411887)

$62.95

46th Annual Society of Publication Design Annual

With its unique mandate to honour the best in editorial design work, the Society of Publication Design draws on a broad base of international talent. Their annual showcases the work of photographers, editorial directors and journalists, among others. (2012: Rockport; ISBN 9781592537501)

$64.95

Typography 32

This eye-catching annual showcases the 208 winning designs from among 1,500-plus international submissions to TDC Communication Design 2011, the awards of the Type Directors Club, a body comprised of industry professionals from around the globe. This year’s volume, designed by New York’s Mucca Design, is notable for its striking cover and eclectic content. The annual covers a wide range of typographic inquiry, including magazine work, logotypes, corporate identity and much more.
(2012: Harper Collins; ISBN 9780061726378)

$74.95

Communication Arts 2012 Interactive Annual (18)

Communication Arts 2012 Typography Annual (2)

Communication Arts renews its commitment to documenting innovative and inspiring work in a range of disciplines. Their newest Typography Annual features 150 winning projects in advertising, typeface design, identity, packaging, periodicals and more, exhibiting a general trend toward nostalgia and the handmade. The 2012 Interactive Annual features projects in information design, advertising, entertainment and self-promotion. (2012: Communication Arts; ISBN 07447092074803)

Each $29.95

D&AD 2011

This extensive volume covers outstanding work in the fields of branding, film production, digital media, photography, general design and creative work, and advertising. Winners receive the Yellow Pencil Award, and the more sought-after    Black Pencil Award. (2011: Taschen; ISBN 9783836528849)

$64.95

Directions 2011

The Advertising and Design Club of Canada annual awards show is widely regarded as Canada’s finest showcase of exceptional work in graphic design, advertising broadcast and print, interactive media and editorial design. The printed annual features an elegant cover design and concise layout. (2011: ADCC)

$65.00

Red Dot Design Yearbook 2011/2012: Living and Doing

This weighty (and surprisingly affordable!) two-volume set is a comprehensive yearly roundup of Red Dot’s product design selections. Living presents products for the home and personal use, and Doing is dedicated to items such as cars, cameras, tools and various electronic devices. (2011: Red Dot Editions; ISBN 9783899391213)

$41.95

German Design Award 2011

The German Design Council is known for its discerning awards criteria, including the stipulation that a company can only enter if it already holds a national or international design award. This two-volume boxed set is a collection of the crème de la crème of current product and communication design, with a focus on work that is both innovative and user-friendly. (2012: Gestalten; ISBN 9783899553499)

$87.95

Doubt ’til Thou Canst Doubt No More.
- Albert Guerard

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

Illustrated by Gary Taxali, this little book provides a compact vehicle for TAXI’s creative manifestos and is a source of both entertainment and inspiration. Doubt has long been an influential concept at the company’s core, and indeed shapes their philosophy: “Doubt the conventional. Create the exceptional.”


Although he lives in a world where he is shunned by pop song lyricists, house cats, big-box shoppers, classic rock radio programmers, grandmothers, and all left-brain thinkers, Doubt continues to throw dynamite at history and use his outlaw thinking to move us all forward. Some love him. Others hate him. But nobody ignores him.

The book presents 12 insights into how to use doubt as a catalyst for change. These insights are delivered by a cocky little character called Doubt.

Doubt’s teachings are supported by 38 contemporary Disciples of Doubt whose stories attest to the power of unconventional thinking to bring about positive change, and range from classic game changers like the Sony Walkman and Fuzzy Logic to less-heralded discoveries like Y-Chromosomal Adam and the Intensive Care Checklist. (2010: TAXI; ISBN 0986741809)

Each: $21.95

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Another Year Gone By, and Another Year Here to Flip Through Winning Annual Entries and Think to Ourselves, “Yeah, I Could Have Done That” …

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

It’s a new year and time to get back to work (and by work we mean flip through the annuals, slagging the work that won the awards you should have won).

One Show 32: Advertising’s Best Print, Design, Radio and TV

Once again the North American advertising and design industries’ most prestigious annual has been divided into three separate books: Advertising, Design and Interactive. While the One Show originated as an awards program focused on advertising copywriting, it is interesting to note that this year the three annuals are roughly the same size. And, once again, the Club is offering a boxed set for those who refuse to be pigeonholed. (2011: Rockport; ISBN 9780929837444 Advertising; ISBN 9780929837451 Design; ISBN 9780929837468 Interactive; ISBN 9780929837475 Boxed Set)

One Show 32 Advertising: $76.95
One Show 32 Design (Volume 4): $54.50
One Show 32 Interactive (Volume 13): 54.50
One Show 32 Three Volume Boxed Set: $164.95

89th New York Art Directors Annual

Considered by many in the industry to be one of the toughest awards programs, the New York Art Directors Club presents the latest winners in both the national and international categories (includes a DVD with the multi-media award winners). (2011: RotoVision; ISBN 9782888931478)

$89.95

45th Society of Publication Design Annual (SPD)

The Society of Publication Designers annual is the only international awards program that specifically showcases the work of editorial art directors, with sections devoted to trade, corporate, institutional, newspaper, and consumer publication design. (2011: Rockport; ISBN 9781592536696)

$64.95

Typography 31: The Annual of the Type Director’s Club

The Type Director’s Club annual is the most eagerly anticipated of the awards program showcases we carry. This 31st edition is designed by Paul Sahre, famous for his off-Broadway poster art as well as his book jacket design work for authors such as Victor Pelevin and Rick Moody. Winning designs encompass a wide scope of categories which include logo design, corporate identities, books, web graphics, magazines, and more. (2011: Harper Collins; ISBN 9780061726323).

$70.95

Graphis Design Annual 2011

The flagship annual from Graphis, published continuously since 1952. This year’s volume honours the lives of Heinz Edelmann and David Levine and their legendary design and illustration work. Also included is a Q&A section with Brand Union, a UK-based firm that was awarded for their exquisite packaging design for rare whiskies.  (2010: Graphis; ISBN 9781932026665)

Graphis Advertising Annual 2011

One of the more recent additions to the Graphis publishing program. Since its introduction in 1993, Graphis Advertising has become an important single-volume alternative to the regional and association-based annuals. In-depth features include seasoned work from advertising agencies including TAXI Canada Inc., JWT Chile, Goodby, and Pyper Paul + Kenney. (2010: Graphis; ISBN 9781932026627)

Each $84.95

Communication Arts 2010 Advertising Annual

Communication Arts 2010 Design Annual

Communication Arts recently announced that they will no longer be publishing general magazine issues and instead produce only the six annuals that have become the focus of the publishing program over the past several years. Though we will miss the critical articles that previously characterized the publication, we are gratified that the print version of theses annuals will continue to offer professionals and students an economical overview of the year’s best work.  (2010: Communication Arts; ISBN 7447092148 Advertising; ISBN 7447092147 Design)

Each: $29.95

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A Stunning Tribute to the Private Book Collector

Monday, October 18th, 2010

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Type: A Visual History of Typefaces and Graphic Styles, Volume 1 : 1628–1900

Type: A Visual History of Typefaces and Graphic Styles, Volume 2 : 1900–1938

? 2009 & 2010: Cees de Jong, Alston W. Purvis & Jan Tholenaar

Taschen has a knack, unrivaled among contemporary art and design publishers, for successfully balancing price against quality and content. By licensing existing text and photography, and through the creative use of out-of-copyright material, the publisher consistently manages to create desirable, yet affordable, books. Unfortunately, such books generally add little to the public record or to a critical understanding of their subject. Every so often, however, Taschen produces a book of grand significance. Drawn from the collection of the late Jan Tholenaar, these astoundingly beautiful surveys of the printed type specimen are probably the most consequential design books Taschen has ever published. The majority of the examples are exquisitely rare Continental specimens from the Nineteenth Century. Typical of Taschen, there is precious little explanatory text. The introductory essays, by Cees de Jong and Alston W. Purvis, are superficial and provide practically no context for the material that follows. Which would be more of a shame if the material that follows were not so extraordinary and otherwise completely unavailable. In fact, the illustrations embedded in the introduction, a Berthold Hebrew script specimen from 1924 and an Arabic and Turkish specimen from Stempel in 1922, are so lovely that it’s hard to even pay attention to the text. What these volumes also demonstrate, quite dramatically, is the continued relevance of of the private book collection as both an intellectual exercise and a cultural record. There are certainly institutional collections that rival the one amassed by Mr. Tholenaar, but such collections are typically not accessible by the public and are virtually never documented in so glorious a fashion. (2009: Taschen; ISBN 9783836511018 & 2010: Taschen; ISBN  9783836515146)

Each: $64.95

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The Typographic Grid: Essential Framework or Elegant Prison?

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

The layout grid, in its modern conception, has its origins with a group of Swiss graphic designers and educators working in the early postwar era. Ironically, while the grid was intended to create a modern system of layout flexible enough to accommodate type and image together, and to organize more complex textual hierarchies, it is firmly grounded in the structure and limitations of metal type composition. It could be argued that the enduring success of the ‘International Typographic Style’, as the methods of the Zürich and Basel Schools came to be known, has as much to do with the conventionalized visual vocabulary the typographic grid has imposed on Twentieth-Century publication design as with any inherent superiority of the approach.

In common with another mainstay of the International Typographic Style, the typeface Helvetica, the popularity of the grid approach has followed something of a typical pendulum motion, wherein a once-revolutionary idea becomes mainstream, spawns a backlash, only to be rediscovered by a new generation and readopted with uncritical reverence. For anyone who has been working as a graphic designer for more than a decade, the grid carries unfortunate associations with corporate culture – the graphic equivalent to the ubiquitous office cubicle. And as such, the sight of a psychedelic rave poster that appears to have been designed by Max Bill is simultaneously amusing and vaguely disturbing.

Grid Systems in Graphic Design / Raster Systeme für die Visuele Gestaltung, 4th Edition
? 1961 (1996): Josef Müller-Brockmann

Originally published in 1961, this seminal work on the subject, by the renowned Swiss graphic designer and professor at the Kunstgewerbeschule in Zürich, covers the process of grid development and the application of grids in modern publication design. A Bibliographic 100 title. (1996: Verlag Niggli; ISBN 9783721201451)

$99.95

The Typographic Grid
? 2000: Hans Rudolf Bosshard

Published in 2000, also by Swiss publisher Verlag Niggli, Brosshard’s sophisticated treatment can be considered a follow-up to Josef Müller-Brockmann’s Grid Systems and is, in many ways, the (obsessive compulsive) last word on the subject. Bosshard, also a professor at the Kunstgewerbeschule and a contemporary of Müller-Brockmann, looks at increasingly complex grids, discusses the limits of the system, and analyses a variety of salient examples from the International Style cannon. (2000: Verlag Niggli; ISBN 3721203402)

$129.95

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Typographie: A Manual of Design, 7th Edition
? 1967 (2001): Emil Ruder

Originally published in 1967 and now in its sixth edition, this classic textbook of the new typography is based on the curriculum that Ruder developed as head of the departments of typography and graphic design at the Allgemeine Gewerbeschule in Basel (posts subsequently held by Armin Hofmann and Wolfgang Weingart). This edition features an introduction by Ruder’s like-minded friend Adrian Frutiger. (2001: Verlag Niggli; ISBN 978372120043)

$129.95

For a thorough look at the origins and influence of Swiss graphic design in the Ruder, Hofmann, Müller-Brockmann era, see: Swiss Graphic Design: The Origins and Growth of an International Style, 1920-1965 by Richard Hollis, available, not surprisingly, at Swipe, for $62.95. (2006: Yale Art; ISBN 0300106769)

The Grid: A Modular System for the Design and Production of Newpapers, Magazines, and Books
? 1978: Allen Hurlburt

Published more than 30 years ago, this is the first and most orthodox English-language introduction to the grid as a publication design tool, and has served as the standard (hopelessly overpriced) textbook for several generations of graphic designers. (1978: John Wiley; ISBN 9780471289234)

$89.95

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Designer and the Grid
? 2005: Julia Thrift & Lucienne Roberts

One of the first post-Macintosh reassessments of the grid, The Designer and the Grid examines the work of several leading (at the time) contemporary graphic designers, including Simon Esterson, Vaughan Oliver and Ellen Upton, to explore its renewed relevance in the digital era. (2005: RotoVision; ISBN 2880468140)

$41.95

Making and Breaking the Grid: A Graphic Design Layout Workshop
? 2005: Timothy Samara

This very popular title uses case studies to explore the potential and limits of grid-based design. Projects are arranged according to function and structure, and the featured designers provide commentary on their rationale and design processes. (2005: Rockport; ISBN 1592531253)

$34.95

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Layout Essentials: 100 Design Principles for Using Grids
? 2009: Beth Tondreau

A relatively simplified introduction to grid layout, this practical guide identifies 100 typographic and layout variables, from typeface selection to optimum leading and optimum measure, that contribute to the success of most grid-based projects. (2009: Rockport Publishers; ISBN 9781592534722)

$43.95

Basics Design 07: Grids
? 2008: Gavin Ambrose & Paul Harris

An accessible, highly visual introduction, this seventh volume in the admirable Design Basics series focuses on ordering the page or screen through the effective use of the grid. (2008: AVA Publishing; ISBN 9782940373772)

$34.95

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Geometry of Design: Studies in Proportion and Composition
? 2001: Kimberly Elam

Using a clever and attractive system of vellum overlays, Geometry of Design illustrates a range of classic and modern proportioning systems and demonstrates their application in modern graphic design, industrial design and architecture. (2001: Princeton Architectural Press; ISBN 1568982496)

Grid Systems: Principles of Organizing Type
? 2004: Kimberly Elam

With Grid Systems, Elam again uses transparent overlays to make visible the hidden structures of a series of modern graphic layouts. This intuitive form of presentation makes the grid system immediately comprehensible, making this an excellent companion to a more detailed textbook treatment. (2004: Princeton Architectural Press; ISBN 1568984650)

Typographic Systems, Rules for Organizing Type
? 2007: Kimberly Elam

Typographic Systems goes beyond the Basel School grid to explore a variety of alternative, rule-based, typographic layout systems (i.e., random, radial, modular or bilateral). In common with Elam’s previous books, this study is disappointingly brief; however, it is currently the only presentation of these ideas that we have to offer and, as such, is essential student reading. (2007: Princeton Architectural Press; ISBN 1568986874)

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Grid Index, Includes CD-Rom
? 2009: Carsten Nicolai

Not strictly a ‘grid systems’ book, Grid Index attempts to codify the range of possible two-dimensional patterns, from the humble square grid to the most complex irregular and unpredictable lattice. Similar to the out-of-print and highly sought-after Neubau Modul, the book features an accompanying CD-Rom containing all of the catalogued patterns as editable vector graphic files free for use in your own layouts. (2009: Die Gestalten Verlag; ISBN 9783899552416)

$74.95

The Grid Book
? 2009: Hannah B. Higgins

For those looking to find deeper meaning in the utilitarian grid, Higgins examines the cultural significance of 10 historical antecedents to this Modernist mainstay. This is a highbrow celebration of the best of the square and the repeating: the brick, the tablet, the gridiron city plan, the map, musical notation, the ledger, the screen, moveable type, the manufactured box and the net. (2009: MIT Press; ISBN 9780262512404)

$34.95

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