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Codex Seraphinianus

"Codex Seraphinianus, originally published in 1981, is an illustrated encyclopedia of an imaginary world, created by the Italian artist, architect and industrial designer Luigi Serafini during thirty months, from 1976 to 1978.The book is approximately 360 pages long (depending on edition), and written in a strange, generally unintelligible alphabet."

Weird.

¡Oh! ¡Un Zig-Zag

 

Published by Paga Extra, ¡Oh! ¡Un Zig-Zag is a new publication by Antonio Ladrillo. Twelve double page illustrations talking about the color and the shape. Basic color and simple geometrical shapes turned into characters that reflect through a simple text about their condition. 'We are lines!', 'We are curves!'

Farm Anatomy

Wow, you're on a blog tour right now and you didn't even know it! Well, I guess you aren't but Julia Rothman's new book Farm Anatomy is and this is our contribution to the internet's version of a victory lap. And a well deserved one at that. With over 200 pages of hand-painted illustrations (it really looks like there are thousands of drawings in this thing) the book is impressively thorough and extremely stimulating to say the least. A lot of people are writing about the book and including general images of it's contents so I thought I would focus on showing my favorite part of the book – the beautiful illustrations and end-paper-like patterns for the chapter intro pages. If these don't trigger your curiosity I don't know what will. Make sure to add this one to the short list of holiday gift recommendations.

P.S. I helped photograph the cover image you see above for Pitch Design Union's post earlier in the week. She made a Shepards Pie! Check it out

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Typeforce 2 Book Release

Firebelly is hosting an open house tonight (Thursday October 20th, 2011 from 6:30PM – 8:30PM at 2701 W. Thomas in Chicago) to show off their new studio and officially release the TYPEFORCE 2 books. The book is a catalog of the Chicago based typography show Firebelly puts on each year. The event is free and all are welcome to come through. The books are $20 and come with a free edition of last years book.

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This is a Print Handbook

This is a Print Handbook looks like a nice little addition to any students personal library. Wait, who am I kidding, I could use this book! Who doesn't need a little pocket guide print. If for no other reason than to help when explaining to a client why a web image isn't high enough quality to print. I know we could all use a hand there.