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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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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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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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The Art & Culture of Book Covers

BY GREG LILLY
@ VOL 12 ON MAY 23, 2015

Do you judge a book by its cover? It's okay, most everyone does. That's why publishers put so much into book cover design. As both a publisher and an author, Greg Lilly tries to find that perfect balance between just enough to interest you, and too much clutter to pick it up.

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The Creative Evolution of the Colouring Book Lady

BY MEL ELLIOT
@ VOL 1 ON OCT 01, 2015

"If anybody would ask me what I wanted to be when I grew up I would say 'I want to go to the Royal College of Art in Kensington Gore.' I had no idea where Kensington Gore was. I didn't care where it was, I just wanted to go there. I had a book about from the Royal College of Art and I loved the people in it, and I wanted to be one of those people."

In The Creative Evolution of the Coloring Book Lady from PechaKucha Night Bexhill-on-Sea Vol. 1Mel Elliott takes us on a journey from her childhood dream to attend The Royal College of Art, to an early project for an advertising agency, to self publishing a Kate Moss colouring books and beyond. She continues to grow her business "I Love Mel" and practice, developing a range of products including temporary tattoos, t-shirts and card games.

This was "Presentation of the Day" on Tuesday, December 15th, 2015. 

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The Concept Book Store - Ta Kao Books Store

BY 小子 GODKIDLLA
@ VOL 26 ON OCT 10, 2015

PR manager of Ta Kao Books, designer of Godkidlla, first considered the different mindsets of people from different cities across Taiwan, before founding the Ta Kao bookstore with a friend (he originally hoped that the business would resonate amongst Kaoshiong's readers). By combining a bookstore with a café and event space, his diversified operation has come to delight a plethora of different customers. He now looks forward to operating in the unique style of Japan's concept bookstores, offering a more refined selection of books.