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Álvaro Itzamá

Book Design from Xalapa

PRESENTED ON OCT 20, 2011
IN XALAPA @ VOL 8

In this presentation, Álvaro Itzamá takes us on a tour of various book projects he's worked on, each quite different from the other. (in Spanish)

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Books in the Age of the iPad

BY CRAIG MOD
@ VOL 68 ON JAN 27, 2010

Print is dying. Digital is surging. Everyone is confused. GOOD RIDDANCE. As the publishing industry wobbles and Kindle sales jump, book romanticists cry themselves to sleep. But really, what are we shedding tears over? This presentation is in JAPANESE, but head over here to read Craig Mod's amazing blog post about it.

"Presentation of the Day" on August 7, 2013.

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A Spanish Hotel in Hanoi

BY EL FABRICANTE DE ESPHERAS
@ VOL 13 ON MAR 28, 2012

El Fabricante de Espheras talk about one of their projects in which they were tasked to redesign a Spanish hotel in Hanoi -- it opened in May of last year. The concept was based on bamboo, and they used aspects of traditional Vietnamese culture for the design. The new interior is very restrained and "quiet," especially compared to the loudness seen outside on the streets of Hanoi. In the presentation, they also cover how they worked together with the Vietnamese, surmounting difficulties in communication. (in Spanish)
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Urban Agriculture

BY IXCHEL LECHUGA
IN XALAPA

Ixchel Lechuga's presentation is all about why the city center can and should produce agriculture products. She makes her point by highlighting some of the advantages that can be felt by both the countryside and the city. (in Spanish)

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Washed Books

BY ANJA KIRKEBY
IN AALBORG

Anja Kirkeby explains the topic of her presentation (in Danish): "I use books as the material in my present work and process them in different ways. I have washed 70 books in my washing machine on different programmes in order to see how paper, binding, soap, spindry and other factors influence the sculptures. I took them out of the machine and dried them exactly the way they came out. Now I know a lot more about the effect of washing in a machine, about the difference between a sculpture and a lump of papier-maché and what soap and fabric softener does to the colour of the items. The proces emphasized discussions on: what is art (and what is not), is changing a book blasphemy or transformation from one artform to another, and is a book only a book when it is readable? By exhibiting my books I have experienced what happens when we meet the unexpected on our way through everyday life, and the necessity of being provoked to see and grasp the ordinary in surprising new ways."

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What are Artist’s Books

BY KAREN VERNON
@ VOL 4 ON NOV 15, 2012

Karen Vernon is a book artist living in the Blue Mountains and here she shares her passion for artist's books. The books that she displays here are individual works of art, combining aspects of traditional bookbinding with numerous other artistic disciplines. The examples chosen by Karen push the limits of what defines a book. 

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Five Senses Of Design

BY MINORU YOKOYAMA
@ VOL 103 ON MAY 29, 2013

In this presenatation, Minoru Yokoyama talks about his book, Five Senses of Design. Attractive design relies not only on shape but also, more importantly, on real experiences using your five senses. This workbook aims to stimulate your five senses through a variety of twelve design exercises.

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How Books Bring People Together

BY LEAH COSTELLO
@ VOL 30 ON NOV 20, 2013

Leah Costello is founder of the Bon Mot Book Club, which brings community leaders and authoer together to share and exchange ideas. In her presentation, Leah explains how her passion for books and reading helped her become engaged in the socio-political world. 

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From Concept to Completion

BY JOSH ALVES
@ VOL 11 ON FEB 21, 2014

Josh Alves is a children's book illustrator and cartoonist from Glenburn, Maine. He's illustrated chapter books, picture books, and has created graphics and animations for interactive books and mobile games. He shares his experience of self-producing his first children's book, "Lilly Bristol, Dinosaur Wrangler".

"Presentation of the Day" on April 3, 2014.

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Cutting Pages

BY CHARLENE ASATO
@ VOL 19 ON DEC 13, 2013

Charlene Asato joins us from the Big Island and has enjoyed creating with paper for many years. She finds it very exciting that a simple fold changes a two-dimensional plane into a three-dimensional form and artist’s books provide a wonderful avenue to convey this energy.