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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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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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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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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.

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I Love Books

BY ANJA LUTZ
@ VOL 13 ON NOV 07, 2014

Anja Lutz is a Berlin-based book designer specialising in contemporary art publications. She studied at London College of Communication and the Jan van Eyck Akademie. She was Visiting Professor at the American University of Beirut and the Bauhaus University in Weimar, as well as Design Fellow at Akademie Schloss Solitude. She is the initiator of the experimental publication platform shift!, that has won numerous awards and was present at various festivals and exhibitions. Anja is also co-founder and art director of The Green Box art editions, a publisher of artist books. She develops and designs in close collaboration with the artists and has recently published the first interactive art e-book.

"I am interested in local crafts and the Hampi crafts project, initiated by Jaaga. I am also planning to research popular crafts in and around Bangalore. The way I work with artists when designing their books, is always a collaborative one. The same goes for the »shift!« publication projects, where collaboration is at the heart of the activity, drawing from each other's ideas, inspiration and expertise. In the same way I want to view a book on local crafts, by not just doing a book about, but first and foremost a book with the crafts people. This could also go as far as including their crafts in the actual making of the book.

I would also like to put a focus on the sustainability aspect of local and popular crafts, insofar as they offer highly inventive ways of using and reusing material. This re-appropriation of existing and often discarded material constitutes an important aspect of how we use the possibilities around us, with awareness and respect. I believe there is a lot to learn from the people who produce these re-appropriations and I would like to research their approaches and products. And seek an exchange with them, to develop new items and ideas based on their knowledge and experience."

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Ediciones Acapulco

BY SELVA HERNÁNDEZ
@ VOL 37 ON SEP 25, 2014

To write and to be read, electronic media is the best option now a days. This reality provides of a new dimension to the paper format. Selva Hernandez opts for a different way of making books. With Ediciones Acapulco she promotes hand in hand distribution through direct sales or social media. The idea of colaborating directly with the author in the production and design of the book result in the creation of objects in which the typography is intrinsically related to its form.

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Is the Book a Threatened Species

BY MICHEL STREICH
IN BLUE MOUNTAINS

Michel Streich explores the notion that have many wondering, "Will digital media replace the printed book?" Let's see what we can read into this...

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