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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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To purchase any of the products or titles mentioned here, please visit Swipe at 401 Richmond Street West, call us toll-free at 1-800-56-swipe or email us at info@swipe.com.

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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To purchase any of the products or titles mentioned here, please visit our downtown Toronto locations, call us toll-free at 1-800-56-swipe or email us at info@swipe.com.

2G : International Architecture Review from Barcelona (As Opposed to 2G, Gary Glitter’s Third Studio Album)

Thursday, May 10th, 2012

Launched in 1997, 2G International Architecture Review, from Barcelona-based Editorial Gustavo Gili, has, in the short time since its introduction, become the most respected chronicle of contemporary architecture. Each issue is divided into three sections. The first two offer a critical examination of the work of a single architect, beginning with an introductory essay by renowned critics and colleagues, and followed by an in-depth presentation of 10 to 15 representative projects documented with full-page photographs and detailed plans and elevations. The final section, called Nexus, provides the featured architect an opportunity to write about their own work and to present their ideas as they see fit. Thus, 2G offers a unique opportunity to contrast the architect’s stated intent with critical interpretations of their work.

2G #60: Lacaton & Vassal
? 2012: Iñaki Abalos, Anne Lacaton, Jean-Philippe Vassal & Karine Dana

With a professional career of more than twenty years behind them, French architects Anne Lacaton & Jean Philippe Vassal, to whom 2G devoted an issue of in 2001, continue to pursue their own coherent, personal approach to architecture. Theirs is a position far removed from formal originality, being based, instead, on an ethical conception that upholds the essential idea of the architect’s social responsibility. Lacaton & Vassal have constructed a discourse of their own that, although seemingly simple, embraces the complexity of contemporary reality. (2012: Editorial Gustavo Gili; ISBN 9788425223457)

2G #58/59: Kazuo Shinohara
? 2011: Enric Massip-Bosch, David B. Stewart, Shin-Ichi Okuyama & Kazuo Shinohara

Kazuo Shinohara (1925-2006) has proved to be the most influential architect of his generation in shaping contemporary Japanese architecture. Shinohara carefully selected the photographs and texts that accompanied each project, and even refused Gustavo Gili’s first proposal in 2001 to revisit and photograph his buildings. This publication has only been possible after his death in 2006, thanks to the generosity of the heirs. This double issue of 2G focuses solely on his single-family homes and is the result of a long process of research to identify the site and condition of each of the houses. Some no longer exist, others have been altered considerably, but fortunately the majority remains and have been photographed exclusively for 2G by the Japanese photographer Hiroshi Ueda. Spanish/English. (2011: Editorial Gustavo Gili; ISBN 9788425224140)

2G #55: Robbrecht and Daem
? 2010: Ivona Blazwick, William Mann & Paul Robbrecht

Paul Robbrecht and Hilde Daem have been active as architects in the Belgian city of Ghent since 1975. Their buildings address different typologies, from cultural buildings, spaces for art and public spaces to conversions of old offices, in which painstaking construction with traditional materials and schemes that are simple in layout and of great spatial richness inscribe their work within a certain central-European tradition of the ordinary. Issue 55 presents eighteen projects by Robbrecht en Daem, fifteen of them built, which extend from public spaces for various Belgian cities (Antwerp, Ghent and Knokke) and urban amenities of major importance like Bruges Concert Hall to small projects inserted in the landscape, like a cabin the woods, a pair of observation towers and a dovecote. English/Spanish. (2010: Editorial Gustavo Gili; ISBN 9788425223747)

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2G #54: Joao Vilanova Artigas
? 2010: Joao Vilanova, Guilherme Wisnik & Kenneth Frampton

The Brazilian mid-century modernist master, whose poetic constructions built upon the plastic-concrete language of Sao Paulo school of the 1950s. This extensive monograph on his public works and private residences of the 1940s through 70s illuminate an eclipsed contributor to Brazilian architectural history. English/Spanish. (2010: Editorial Gustavo Gili; ISBN 9788425223532)

2G #52: Sauerbruch Hutton
? 2010: Barry Bergdoll, Louisa Hutton, Matthias Sauerbruch & Philip Ursprung

Dividing their time between London and Berlin, Matthias Sauerbruch and Louisa Hutton are known for a practice that eschews the straight line and a muted palette, designing curvaceous buildings with bold, bright colours. (2010: Editorial Gustavo Gili; ISBN 9788425223365)

$59.95

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2G #51: MGM Morales Giles Mariscal
? 2009: Laurent Beaudouin, Sara de Giles, Jose Morales & Carlos Muro

This issue examines the work of another iconoclastic regional practice: in this case the Sevillean studio MGM Arquitectos. In both their high-density residential projects and public buildings, MGM infuses a distinctly contemporary architecture with the traditional interplay of interior and exterior space typical of Andalusian architecture. (2009: Editorial Gustavo Gili; ISBN 9788425223143)

$59.95

2G #50: Sou Fujimoto
? 2009: Toyo Ito & Julian Worrall

Sou Fujimoto is the most representative practitioner of a distinctively Japanese style in contemporary architecture which incorporates traditional Japanese attitudes toward nature and the relationship between interior and exterior space. Fujimoto is one of the youngest architects to be profiled in 2G, and his work has been restricted primarily to smaller residential projects and a variety of conceptual exercises. The issue features a critical assessment by renowned Japanese architect Toyo Ito, in many ways Fujimoto’s conceptual antecedent. (2009: Editorial Gustavo Gili; ISBN 9788425222931)

$59.95

2G #48–49: Mies van der Rohe : Houses
? 2009: Beatriz Colomina, Moises Puente & Hans Christian

This double issue focuses an aspect of Mies’ body of work that, up to now, has been poorly documented. All of Mies’ single-family dwellings, in both Germany and the United States, are examined in new commissioned photos from Hans-Christian Schink, along with the original drawings and other archival material. Essays by Beatriz Colomina and Moises Puente provide critical context and a special section catalogues the known unbuilt residential projects. (2009: Editorial Gustavo Gili; ISBN 9788425221880)

$129.95

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To purchase any of the products or titles mentioned here, please visit our downtown Toronto location, call us toll-free at 1-800-56-swipe or e-mail us at: info@swipe.com.

Celebrate the World Premiere of Gary Hustwit’s New Design Documentary

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

On September 9th, we will be celebrating the world premiere of Urbanized as part of the Toronto International Film Festival.

Gary Hustwit (Helvetica/Objectified) returns with the final documentary in his design film trilogy.  Urbanized focuses on the design of cities and features some of the world’s foremost architects, planners, policymakers, and thinkers, including Sir Norman Foster, Rem Koolhaas, Jan Gehl, Oscar Niemeyer, Amanda Burden, Enrique Peñalosa, Alejandro Aravena, Eduardo Paes, Rahul Mehrotra, Ellen Dunham-Jones, Ricky Burdett, James Corner, Michael Sorkin, Bruce Katz, Candy Chang, Edgar Pieterse, and many more, including extraordinary citizens who have affected change in their cities.

Who is allowed to shape our cities, and how do they do it? And how does the design of our cities affect our lives? By exploring a diverse range of urban design projects in dozens of cities around the world, from massive infrastructure initiatives to temporary interventions, Urbanized frames a global discussion on the future of cities.

Check out the TIFF schedule here!

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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To purchase any of the products or titles mentioned here, please visit our downtown Toronto location, call us toll-free at 1-800-56-swipe or e-mail us at: info@swipe.com.

Just in! 2G: Abalos + Sentkiewicz

Friday, February 4th, 2011

2G #54: Abalos + Sentkiewicz
? 2010: Florencio Manteca, Philip Ursprung & Inaki Abalos

2G # 56 has arrived! This issue of 2G includes work by Abalos + Sentkiewicz, an office standing out on the Spanish and international architecture scene for its original integration of architecture, landscape and environment. Fifteen recent works and projects carried out by Inaki Abalos and Renata Sentiewicz are featured, preceded by introductory essays from Philip Ursprung and Florencio Manteca. Closing this issue are two articles reflecting on sustainability as an aesthetic, as well as a conversation between Abalos, Sentkiewicz and Enrique Walker. English/Spanish. (2011: Editorial Gustavo Gili; ISBN 9788425223754)

Sketches of Spain: El Croquis

Friday, February 26th, 2010

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We have just received a pair of new issues of the beautiful El Croquis from Madrid.

El Croquis 147 – Toyo Ito, 2005 – 2009

El Croquis 148 – Collective Experiments

? 1982 (2010): Fernando Márquez Cecilia & Richard Levene

Founded in 1982, El Croquis (‘the Sketch’ in Spanish) is consistently the most beautiful architectural periodical published anywhere in the world. With editorial in both Spanish and English, El Croquis examines the work of the world’s notable architects in an ongoing series of beautifully designed, bimonthly hardcover monographs. Unique to the publication is the comprehensive manner in which each architect’s projects are documented, with plans, sketches, and insights into all aspects of the design process. It is this level of detail, coupled with Hisao Suzuki’s gorgeous photography, that has made El Croquis BUILT’s most requested publication – despite the somewhat painful price.

In addition to the current issue, we will be stocking some of El Croquis’ most popular back issues including those on Rem Koolhaas and OMA, Herzog & de Meuron, Steven Holl, and Tadao Ando.

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El Croquis 20/64/98 – Rafael Moneo, 1967 – 2004: $219.95
El Croquis 44/58 – Tadao Ando, 1983 – 2000: $149.95
El Croquis 52/73/103 – Zaha Hadid, 1983 – 2004: $179.95
El Croquis 78/93/108 – Steven Holl, 1986 – 2003: $179.95
El Croquis 86/111 – MVRDV, 1991 – 2002: $149.95
El Croquis 87/120 – David Chipperfield, 1991 – 2006: $179.95
El Croquis 109/110 – Herzog & de Meuron, 1997 – 2002: $129.95
El Croquis 123 – Toyo Ito, 2001- 2005: $99.95
El Croquis 129/130 – Herzog & de Meuron, 2000 – 2006: $129.95
El Croquis 131/132 – OMA/Rem Koolhaas Volume 1: $149.95
El Croquis 134/135 – OMA/Rem Koolhaas Volume II: $149.95
El Croquis 139 – SANAA/Sejima Nishizawa, 2004 – 2007: $129.95
El Croquis 141 – Steven Holl Architects: $99.95
El Croquis 143 – Gigon / Guyer, 2001 – 2008: $99.95
El Croquis 144 – EMBT Enrique Miralles / Benedetta Tagliabue, 2000-2009: $99.95
El Croquis 145 – Christian Kerez, 2000-2009: $99.95
El Croquis 146 – Souto De Moura, 2005-2009: $99.95
El Croquis 147 – Toyo Ito, 2005-2009: $99.95
El Croquis 148 – Collective Experiments: $99.95

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To purchase any of the products or titles mentioned here, please visit our downtown Toronto location, call us toll-free at 1-800-56-swipe or e-mail us at: info@swipe.com.

It’s January. It’s Annual Season. It’s Time to Engage in that Time-Honoured Tradition: Resenting the Success of Others …

Friday, January 8th, 2010

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).

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One Show 31: 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. (2010: Rockport; ISBN 9780929837406 Advertising; ISBN 9780929837383 Design; ISBN 9780929837420 Interactive; ISBN 9780929837437 Boxed Set)

One Show 31 Advertising: $87.50
One Show 31 Design (Volume 3): $62.50
One Show 31 Interactive (Volume 12): $62.50
One Show 31 – 3 Volume Boxed Set: $187.50

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88th 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). (2010: RotoVision; ISBN 9782888930853)

$99.95

44th 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. (2009: Rockport; ISBN 9781592535866)

$74.95

Typography 30: The Annual of the Type Directors Club

The Type Director’s Club annual is the most eagerly anticipated of the awards program showcases we carry. This 30th edition, designed by Werner Design Werks, includes the winning entries from both the TDC55 Typography Competition and the TDC2 2009 Type Design Competition. Also included is a reprint of the original pages from the fifth TDC Competition held in 1960. (2010: Harper Collins; ISBN 9780061726316).

$77.95

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Graphis Design Annual 2010

The flagship annual from Graphis, published continuously since 1952, this year’s volume features linked essays by Robert Priest, one of the platinum winners in this Annual; Office, who branded David Eggers’ non-profit pirate store in San Francisco; and Goodby, Silverstein & Partners, creators of HP’s Vivienne Tam mini-laptop campaign. (2009: Graphis; ISBN 9781932026535)

Graphis Advertising Annual 2010

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 Adrian Pulfer and Lynn Dangel of Dangel Advertising explaining the latest Crate and Barrel campaign; DeVito/Verdi’s Jay Marsen and Alexei Beltrone on their Legal Sea Foods mock-newspaper ads; and Jim Prior of The Partners discussing the inspiration behind an exhibition for The National Gallery of London. (2009: Graphis; ISBN 9781932026566)

Each $84.95

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Communication Arts 2009 Advertising Annual

Communication Arts 2009 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.  (2009: Communications Arts; ISBN 007447092074801)

Each: $29.95

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To purchase any of the products or titles mentioned here, please visit our downtown Toronto location, call us toll-free at 1-800-56-swipe or e-mail us at: info@swipe.com.

Swipe Opens a Second Shop at 401 Richmond: BUILT, Books on Architecture

Thursday, May 14th, 2009

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The rumours are true, Swipe has opened a second shop in a beautiful, high-profile suite on the ground floor of 401 Richmond Street West. BUILT, Books on Architecture is hoped, in the fullness of time, to fill the void left by the (really, really depressing) closure last year of the venerable Ballenford Books. For more than 30 years a succession of Susans served the community with a commitment and a level of expertise that we cannot hope to match, at least in the short term. In fact, so as not to make matters worse for our colleagues, Swipe avoided architecture as a subject area altogether for as long Ballenford was in business, with the result that we now feel embarrassingly ill-prepared and uninformed. So … um … help!

E-mail us and let us know what you need, want, or would just like to see at the new shop. Or drop by and see what’s here and what’s missing. We’re open Monday to Saturday from 10 am to 6 pm and we’ve even got windows! Please help us to make this your community bookstore.

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thinkToronto? think Swipe!

Monday, February 9th, 2009

Starting February 10th, Spacing Magazine will be displaying the winning entries to the urban design ideas competition ThinkTORONTO (a summary may be seen in the in the current issue of the magazine) in the Urbanspace Gallery directly adjacent to Swipe at 401 Richmond West. For those who haven’t seen the issue, Spacing invited Torontonians 35 years old or younger to submit creative ideas on how to improve the city’s public spaces. Even if you’ve studied the issue it’ll be worth a visit as the exhibit includes several entries that didn’t quite make it into the magazine.

Opening Reception:
When: Thursday, Feb. 12, 7-10pm
Where: Urban Space Gallery, 401 Richmond St. W. 1st floor
How Much: free
RSVP: Facebook listing

Personally, as a non-driver (Junction 40 bus to Dundas West station, subway to the Spadina streetcar and down – all with a two-year-old in tow), I loved the proposal for a smartphone driven social-network on the TTC . And I can’t think of a better place downtown for a public park than the parking lot at the corner of Queen and Soho. My first bookstore job (circa 1980) was at an antiquarian shop in the building that was torn down to create this open space in the first place. A couple of years later I was working for Marc Glassman at Pages who should be credited (along with 401 Richmond neighbour Martin Heath at CineCycle) with bringing outdoor cinema to Toronto, with shorts and features projected on the exterior wall of the rattan warehouse that later became the Bamboo (you cannot imagine what a feat it was to get away something like that in the era of the Ontario Censor Board). It’s a space resonant with history for me and for culture in this city. – David

And remember, always available at Swipe:

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If you love your ’hood, what better way to wear your heart on your sleeve than by wearing your station on your lapel.

Spacing Subway Stations Buttons, Singles: $2.00
Spacing Subway Stations Buttons Downtown Set: $15.00
Spacing Subway Stations Buttons Complete System Set: $48.00

Spacing Magazine

Celebrating its fifth year, Spacing Magazine is the Canadian Society of Magazine Editors ‘Magazine of the Year’, and is also possibly the best issues-oriented magazine ever published in Canada. Spacing Magazine Current Issue: $7.00

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To purchase any of the products or titles mentioned here, please visit our downtown Toronto location, call us toll-free at 1-800-56-swipe or e-mail us at: info@swipe.com.