7. Booktalk Seven

Date: 21 May 2013
Venue: The Book Club (EC2A 4RH)
Participants/Friends: Yingtong, Hyunho, Natalie

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Thinking through Painting: Reflexivity and Agency beyond the Canvas, by Isabelle Graw, Daniel Birnbaum and Nikolaus Hirsch
Published by Sternberg Press
ISBN 978-3-943365-10-8
book as artwork 1960/1972, by Germano Celant
Published by 6 Decades Books
ISBN 978-0-9829694-0-3

Kinfolk (magazine) vol. 3 & 4
Published by Simon and Schuster
ISBN 978-1616283889 &  978-1616284053

Roy Lichtenstein, a retrospective
Tate Publishing
ISBN 978 1 84976 009 6




6. Booktalk Six

Date: 21 May 2013
Venue: CSM graphics studio
Participants/Friends: Hyunho, Natalie, Yingtong

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From the Collection of Sol LeWitt, by Andrea Miller-Keller and John B. Ravenal
Published by Independent Curators Incorporated
ISBN 0-916365-13-1

Invisible Cities, by Italo Calvino
Published by Harcourt Books
ISBN 978-0156453806
The Poetics of Space, by Gaston Bachelard
Published by Beacon Press
ISBN 9-780807-064733

The Redstone book of the Eye, a compendium of visual surprise, by Julian Rothenstrain
Published by Random House
ISBN 9780224086868
Liberte, un poeme de la Resistance, by Paul Eluard
Published by Flammarion
ISBN 978-2-0812-5388-9


From the Collection of Sol LeWitt
An exhibition catalogue from a travelling exhibition containing works collected by Sol Lewitt. The collection of other people’s works was gathered and exchanged in the 60s. Although there seems n strategy in creating a particular collection, the artworks he collected seem to match and echo each other nonetheless and is helped by the fact that the artworks are all printing in black and white in the catalogue. The book also has really nice paper!

Invisible Cities
A fictional book narrating spaces and describing imaginary cities. The writing describes memories of these cities and they are described in a manner that makes them seem so real. As you keep reading it becomes clear that all the different places are actually the same city. The book was translated from Italian, and the city described sounds similar to Venice. The layout of the book is slightly strange, the pages do not mirror and the contents page seems a bit unclear at first, but the content definitely makes up for it all.
The Poetics of Space
To echo the other book, this is also a book about the narrating of spaces. This time the writing is more analytical and philosophical. It describes the space itself in the home and is based a lot on nostalgia, intimacy and our memories of our home. The book is translated from french, and still contains the quotations in french at the start of each chapter. The book is split into different themes, for example a whole chapter talking about corners and how a space can immediately have negative connotations. The printing of the book looks very nice, as it is very dark and the titles look letter-pressed even though they are not.

The Redstone book of the Eye, a compendium of visual surprise

A book collecting different images over centuries relating to the eye with a nice hand-written introduction by David Shrigley. Throughout the book the eye isn’t described in a scientific way but more how the eye appears across the years in art, film and some diagrams. The quite large book size allows the images to be shown nicely and the small amount of text to be well considered. Overall a really nice collection of the appearance of the eye over several sectors, themes and time periods.
Liberte, un poeme de la Resistance
A fold out book where each page unfolds to reveal more of the poem and illustrations cut from paper to match the writing. The poem is one of Eluard’s most famous writings and brought hope and comfort to the Resistance during World War Two. The poem was translated into many languages and distributed over Europe. Millions of copies were parachuted down by Royal Air Force planes. The poem has a very repetitive structure to it that could easily be memorised by the Resistance. The different page sizes, soft colours and cut out illustrations seem to really reflect the freedom expressed in the poem.


5. Booktalk Five

Date: 15 May 2013
Venue: CSM graphics studio
Participants/Friends: Hyunho, Natalie, Yingtong, Alissa, Phil (guest appearance)

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Peacemaker’s Handbook/ Handbuch Fr Friedensstifter, by Robert Lax
Published by Pendo
ISBN 3-86612-175-X

Riddles in Mathematics, by Eugene P Northrop
1963 & 1975 Reprints
Published by Pelican Books
ISBN 0-14-02-0478-4 (1975)

The Printer’s Terms, by Rudolf Hostettler
Published by SGM
(OCLC 836753431) ?
Brown’s Index to Photocomposition Typography, by Bruce Brown
Published by Greenwood
ISBN 0-946824-00-2

Changing Cultures of Planning
Published by Architecture Workroom Brussels
ISBN 9789081953504
The melancholy death of the oyster boy & other stories, by Tim Burton
Published by Harper Collins
ISBN 0-688-15681-9

Comedy Carpet leaflet
Pavement Licker Zine


Peacemaker’s Handbook/ Handbuch Fr Friedensstifter

A poetry book that has the same poem written in English on the left page and in German on the right page. The words in the poems are divided by syllables in most cases, and sometimes by single letters. This separation gives an interesting texture typographically; long thin lines on each page.

Riddles in Mathematics

Two same books in terms of content, yet the covers are different. The one with the abstract numbers is reused from an older version. This cover came about when abstractions with non-fiction books were first being used. We found that using an abstract cover for a book with the content on mathematics was a nice solution to a subject that must be hard to illustrate and visualise.


(Original version of the Astrop’s cover from 1960/61 pic.twitter.com/3qX8dm0pVk from Phil

The Printer’s Terms

This is a a comprehensive overview, and set of definitions, in three languages of the printing and associated trades. And although the trade has changed radically there is still much that can be gained from the content, and visually the book is a real delight with various weights of Gill Sans used throughout and complimented by concise and precise line illustrations.
Sadly my copy, given by our photosetting & letterpress technician at St Martin’s many years ago doesn’t have its dust jacket, but see Catherine Dixon’s appreciation in Eye 68 (2008) http://www.eyemagazine.com/feature/article/terms-of-reference
Brown’s Index to Photocomposition Typography
This book focuses on a narrower area than The printer’s terms and captures a fleeting moment in typesetting history. After a comprehensive index of type terminology the book then presents the typefaces available at that time, the machines on which they were available, and practical information about how to specify spacing for each system and guides for copyfitting. Quite an amazing achievement and one which was very quickly eclipsed by technology. PostScript and device independent type appeared in 1984 and within less than a decade the typesetting houses running all the equipment described in this volume were history.

Changing Cultures of Planning

One of the winners of the Fernand Baudin Prize in Brussels. There are a lot of very nice details that make up the overall aesthetic of this book. The strong vertical margin deals well with all the text in the book, and the indented questions and paragraphs in the interview section works well. Having the interviews on different stock than the architectural diagrams creates a nice division and further makes a lovely white/yellow stripy pattern on the spine. The typography throughout the book needs to be strong to hold together all the different styles of architecture, drawings and photographs. All the architectural diagrams are also very interesting and are all held together very nicely in this well designed and thought out book.
The melancholy death of the oyster boy & other stories
A small hardcover book from an exhibition about Tim Burton’s drawings in L.A. Tim Burton’s short but ‘sweet’ (and some not so sweet) poems accompanied by his creatively simple drawings.

Comedy Carpet leaflet
We visited the Comedy Carpet in Blackpool after the design studio who created it came to visit CSM to give a lecture about it. This is the catalogue that goes along with the carpet, an explanation of the comedians and the quotations. The type is quite funky, which goes well with the second contribution, a zine called Pavement Licker. The type on the back page is similar to the style of the comedy carpet front page. The type all fits within a centred square, using different type sizes for different lines.
Pavement Licker Zine
Is a contribution from people on the topic on London. A playful zine, with lots of puns and play of words that are expressed in hand-drawn typographic ways. Throughout there is a mix of expressive typography and illustration. The whole feeling of the zine is quite childlike and rude which fits the collage and bold drawing look.