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The Memory of an Elephant: A Most Unusual Children’s Book for Lovers of Mid-Century Modern Design
The Memory of an Elephant: A Most Unusual Children’s Book for Lovers of Mid-Century Modern Design

An immeasurable treat for kids and introspective grownups alike.

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The Book of Trees: 800 Years of Symbolic Diagrams Visualizing Human Knowledge
The Book of Trees: 800 Years of Symbolic Diagrams Visualizing Human Knowledge

How the humble tree became our most powerful visual metaphor for organizing information and distilling our understanding of the world.

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Iconic Italian Graphic Artist Bruno Munari’s Rare Vintage “Interactive” Picture-Books
Iconic Italian Graphic Artist Bruno Munari’s Rare Vintage “Interactive” Picture-Books

Pioneering visual storytelling that endures as a manifesto for the magic of paper books.

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Discipline, Quality vs. Quantity, and the Power of Intellectual Elegance: Remembering Massimo Vignelli
Discipline, Quality vs. Quantity, and the Power of Intellectual Elegance: Remembering Massimo Vignelli

“Quality stems from intellectual elegance, and is precluded from the vulgar mind.”

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What It Takes to Design a Good Life
What It Takes to Design a Good Life

“Busy is a decision… You don’t find the time to do things — you make the time to do things.”

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Thoughts on Design: Paul Rand on Beauty, Simplicity, the Power of Symbols, and Why Idealism Is Essential in Creative Work
Thoughts on Design: Paul Rand on Beauty, Simplicity, the Power of Symbols, and Why Idealism Is Essential in Creative Work

“Catering to bad taste, which we so readily attribute to the average reader, merely perpetuates that mediocrity.”

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The Best Illustrations from 150 Years of Alice in Wonderland
The Best Illustrations from 150 Years of Alice in Wonderland

Down the rabbit hole in enchanting reimaginings.

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Shepard Fairey on Capitalism, Freedom, Selling Out, and What Makes Great Art
Shepard Fairey on Capitalism, Freedom, Selling Out, and What Makes Great Art

“I believe in capitalism with some checks to chill out the evil greedy element. Capitalism is a way for hard work to yield rewards.”

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A Visual History of Typewriter Art from 1893 to Today
A Visual History of Typewriter Art from 1893 to Today

How Victorian female stenographers pioneered a unique art form with newfound notoriety in the digital age.

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A Visual Dictionary of Philosophy: Major Schools of Thought in Minimalist Geometric Graphics
A Visual Dictionary of Philosophy: Major Schools of Thought in Minimalist Geometric Graphics

A charming exercise in metaphorical thinking and symbolic representation.

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