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Reads tagged with “design”

Mr. Tiger Goes Wild: A Charming Modern-Day Fable about Authenticity and Acceptance
Mr. Tiger Goes Wild: A Charming Modern-Day Fable about Authenticity and Acceptance

Exorcising our repressed selves’ longing for freedom through lovely vintage-inspired illustrations.

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Henry Hikes to Fitchburg: Lovely Illustrated Children’s Adaptation of Thoreau’s Philosophy, Full of Universal Wisdom for All
Henry Hikes to Fitchburg: Lovely Illustrated Children’s Adaptation of Thoreau’s Philosophy, Full of Universal Wisdom for All

An existential walk into what money can and can’t buy.

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The Magic and Logic of Color: How Josef Albers Revolutionized Visual Culture and the Art of Seeing
The Magic and Logic of Color: How Josef Albers Revolutionized Visual Culture and the Art of Seeing

“A thing is never seen as it really is.”

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The Comic Book Universe, Distilled in Infographics
The Comic Book Universe, Distilled in Infographics

What a physical history of saying “Good Grief” has to do with superhero undergarments and the pizza toppings of the Ninja Turtles.

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The Best Books on Writing, NYC, Animals, and More: A Collaboration with the New York Public Library
The Best Books on Writing, NYC, Animals, and More: A Collaboration with the New York Public Library

A celebration of timelessly wonderful reads in an elaborate diorama of papercraft book sculptures.

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Rare Book Feast: John Christopher Jones’s Seminal Vintage Vision for the Future of Design
Rare Book Feast: John Christopher Jones’s Seminal Vintage Vision for the Future of Design

Sowing the seeds of human futures, one pioneering worksheet at a time.

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Culinary Advice from James Beard, Illustrated by the Provensens
Culinary Advice from James Beard, Illustrated by the Provensens

“Take time to cherish the old and to investigate the new.”

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The Story of a Cover Girl: Leading Designers and Illustrators Reimagine Nabokov’s <em>Lolita</em>
The Story of a Cover Girl: Leading Designers and Illustrators Reimagine Nabokov’s Lolita

“Love itself is not selfish, devouring or cruel, but in human beings it suffers a terrible coexistence with those qualities.”

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Stunning Handcrafted Felt-on-Felt Typographic Homage to Melville’s <em>Moby-Dick</em>
Stunning Handcrafted Felt-on-Felt Typographic Homage to Melville’s Moby-Dick

“Almost forgetting for the moment all thoughts of Moby Dick, we now gazed at the most wondrous phenomenon which the secret seas have hitherto revealed to mankind.”

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10 Famous Creators’ Secret Obsessions and Little-Known Talents
10 Famous Creators’ Secret Obsessions and Little-Known Talents

Feynman’s sketches, Monroe’s poetry, Plath’s drawings, Magritte’s album art, and more.

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