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Reader Recommends: How To Be An Artist

Unit reader Nigel Ball tells us about one of his favourite art books: Bill Drummond’s enigmatic and highly entertaining How To Be An Artist from 2002.

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What I’m Reading: Jesse Reed

Jesse Reed, designer and co-founder of studio Order and publishing imprint Standards Manual, tells us about his favourite art and design books – and what he’s currently reading.

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Reader Recommends: Ladislav Sutnar

Unit reader Ana Bettencourt tells us about one of her favourite design books: a facsimile edition of Ladislav Sutnar: Visual Design in Action, a visionary text on the design of information originally published in 1961.

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The design of Studio Culture Now: Julia interview

We talk to Julia studio’s Valerio Di Lucente about his approach to designing Studio Culture Now, from structure and typeface choices, to the influence of archiving and ensuring the emphasis was on the “workshop rather than the work”.

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Ken Garland book — free to download

A reminder that our long sold-out 2012 monograph, Ken Garland: Structure and Substance, is still available to download for free as a PDF, in honour of Ken’s recently awarded LDF Lifetime Achievement Medal.

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Studio Culture Now extract: Sara De Bondt

In this extract from Studio Culture Now, Sara De Bondt talks about her initial vision for the studio, how she approaches the administrative side to her business and her working process — plus how she balances creativity and profitability.

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Typographics ti: magazine

Typographics ti: – the quarterly journal of the Japan Typography Association – turns 40 this year. To mark the occasion, we look at some of its striking covers from the early 1980s that we included in our Impact 2.0 book.

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Selling Letraset in Japan

Our Letraset book includes examples of the promotional literature the company created to sell its product — here, we feature some of its print ads created specifically for the Japanese market in the 1970s.

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A lockdown reading list

Last week we asked our newsletter subscribers to nominate a favourite design-related book that they’ve turned to for inspiration in these strange and stressful times. Here are their recommendations.

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Studio Culture interviews — free to download

We’ve made some of the Q&A interviews from our very first book, Studio Culture: The Secret Life of the Graphic Design Studio (2009), available as a series of free, downloadable PDFs – and you can grab them here.

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