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Like design standards manuals? Then you'll love this new bookstore

Perhaps it's the contemporary obsession with nostalgia, but somehow, just like Brutalism, dated design manuals have made a comeback. Thanks to a few within the design industry—notably "typomaniac" Erik Spiekermann and filmmaker Gary Hustwit—the thirst for graphic design guides and their retro-chic has flourished. These books have become coffee table musts. But where to buy them? Sure, they can be purchased online, but if we are to truly wind back the analog clock, nothing quite beats a visit to a proper bookstore and a new one in Brooklyn has the answer.

Graphic designers Hamish Smyth and Jesse Reed opened their new graphic design bookstore yesterday, along with their new design office, Order. Located in Greenpoint, the store was designed by New York architect Miran Jang in collaboration with Smyth and Reed. According to the owners, it is the only specialized graphic design bookstore in New York City.

Order specializes in branding, corporate identity, publications, signage, and wayfinding design. The Brooklyn-based pair favors a straightforward typographic approach, preferring function over decoration. Their work has been recognized by institutes such as the Type Directors Club and The American Institute of Graphics Arts.

Formerly of Pentagram, Smyth and Reed are also the two designers behind Standards Manual. The venture started off when they unearthed a 1970 edition of the New York City Transit Graphics Standards Manual and decided it would be a good idea to reproduce it. A 2014 Kickstarter campaign asked for just over $100,000 to print 1,000 books. The pair eventually raised more than $800,000. People actually wanted this, who knew?

Naturally, a second standards manual followed, this time for NASA and also from the 1970s. And this time their fundraising fell a mere $58,000 shy of $1 million. Their current Kickstarter, for the 1977 EPA Graphic Standards System, has already reached its goal.

These design manuals and a selection of curated graphic design books from a variety of publishers including Chronicle Books, Gary Hustwit, Harper Collins, Hartley and Marks, Hachette, Laurence King, Niggli, Phaidon, Prestel, Unit Editions, and Yale University Press are available to purchase at their new store.

Standards Manual store 212 Franklin Street Brooklyn, New York

Hours: Monday–Saturday, 10–6 p.m.

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Obit> Legendary type designer Adrian Frutiger passes away at 87

The master of optical type and genius behind typefaces such as Univers, Avenir, and Frutiger, Adrian Frutiger passed away earlier this month on September 10 at the age of 87. If it wasn't for Frutiger, we may be misreading gate numbers, having to step ever closer to read departure lounge notice boards, and letting type get in the way of our lives. This may sound extreme, but as one of the first to properly investigate the legibility of type, Adrian Frutiger paved the way for future typographers and designers such as Erik Spiekermann, contributing to many of the typefaces we take for granted today. AN is a benefactor of Frutiger's work, using the typeface Univers in its printed publication, while JFK International and a whole host of airports employ his eponymous Frutiger for their signage. Without his pioneering work we may be disadvantaged on a mass scale in terms of identifying what it is we're actually meant to be reading. The Swiss-born type designer carried out rigorous tests when developing his works, examining readability at different distances, seeing what shapes and forms were easy to discern from one and other. Despite his death, his work will undoubtedly live on, making our meanderings through airports, train stations and other areas that employ his signage all the more easier.
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Pentagram and WXY team up for supersized aerial signage at Rockaway Beach's new boardwalk

The architecture studio WXY, engineering firm C2HM, and Pentagram have partnered to rebuild the boardwalk on Rockaway Beach. When it's complete in 2017, the new boardwalk will be a five and a half mile long segmented cement walkway featuring graphic signage that can only be read from the air. The approximately 50-foot-by-100-foot letters span the length of the boardwalk to spell out "Rockaway Beach" in dyed blue concrete. The blue reflects the walkway's proximity to the ocean while remaining clear against the surrounding pale concrete. Paula Scher at Pentagram is leading the design team. The boardwalk is part of a $140 million Rockaway Beach coastal resiliency plan that includes dune restoration, geotextile sandbags to protect buildings near the beach, and concrete retaining walls to keep sand in place during severe storms. The first mile, from Beach 86 Street to Beach 97 Street, opened just in time for beach season this year.
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Typography & Truth, a conversation with Errol Morris

Errol Morris took the podium at the Grolier Club, the venerated New York City typography and tome institution, to talk about his 2012 experiment to uncover the influence of a typeface. His experiment ran in the New York Times' Opinionator column and asked readers whether they were optimists or pessimists, based on the text. However, one small, but key, paragraph was rendered in one of six fonts on different computers (only one of the 45,000 respondents wrote Morris having noticed the difference), and this evaluated whether people believed the passage to be true. "It started off as a kind of  'what if' joke. I wondered if a typeface could influence our belief in truth or false," revealed Morris. One font, though close to the others in the poll, proved a "statistically meaningful" revelation in terms of truthfulness and believability. Baskerville was the slight outlier, which Morris revealed in a two-part follow up that has been collected in the 44th of the Pentagram Papers series. And, Michael Bierut was on hand to moderate. The typefaces, three serif and three sans serif, were chosen for their familiarity in academic publishing and computer operating systems. Comic Sans was selected because "it provokes a lot of people, even me," declared Morris who is a self-confessed pessimist. "I may never have experienced it [optimism] but it fascinates me that so many are optimists despite the insurmountable evidence against it. Formerly a devotee of Bembo typefaces, Morris now writes in Baskerville.
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On View> The Boston Society of Architects digs into the future of typography in new exhibition

  Stereotype: New directions in typography The Boston Society of Architects 290 Congress Street, Suite 200 Boston, MA Through May 25 The Boston Society of Architects (BSA) is currently exploring the boundaries and possibilities of traditional typography with an exhibition called Stereotype: New directions in typography. To delve into the future of the form—and to raise questions about what is next for it—the BSA is presenting works from 14 up-and-coming and established designers from around the world.   “By exploring the opportunities at the intersection of technology and design, this new breed of artists is expanding the boundaries of traditional typography and integrating elements from the fields of animation, craft, performance, nanoscience, and graffiti into their work,” said the BSA in a statement. To push past a conventional understanding of typography as purely two-dimensional, the exhibition incorporates “time, movement, and the third dimension.”
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Hooked on Fonts: Chicago Typographers Party Like They Just Don't Kern

Apparently, Chicagoans are bonkers for typography. Jeff Sanchez, Graphic Design Manager for the International Interior Design Association, invited us to Typeforce 5, “the annual showcase of typographic all-stars.” Hosted by the Co-Prosperity Sphere down in Bridgeport, this was the most well attended opening we’ve been to in ages. Eavesdrop bumped into old AN pals, like local designer Michael Savona and Gravity Tank power players Robert Zolna and Moritsugu Kariya. Robert, Eavesdrop wouldn’t mind a new day job, so, if you hire us, rest-assured we’d never use Comic Sans or Chiller in communications with clients. Call us!
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Quick Clicks> Liquid Letters, Grad Cities, Future Weaving, Shoe Dice

Living letters. Typeface designer Ruslan Khasanov created a liquid typeface by inking letters onto a porcelain sink and photographing their movement as they slid down the drain. The white on black animated GIFs reveal letters that strangely resemble those amoebas we studied under the microscope back in high school bio. More at Co.Design. Great cities for 20 somethings. Recently graduated? Looking for a creative, liberal-minded, inexpensive city with low unemployment? GOOD magazine has published a tally of top cities for young adults. Austin, Philadelphia, Detroit, and Washington D.C. garnered top spots. Weaving futures. The future of weaving: Austrian designer collaboration "mischer’traxler" has fused art and technology in their latest invention, a machine that weaves depending on how many people are watching. Sensors located on the basket weaving frame detect how many people are standing nearby, adding different colors per person. Co.Design called it “passive interaction.” Show me the shoes. For shoe company Shoesme, Dutch designer Teon Fleskens has designed a flexible, interchangeable shoe display system, according to Contemporist. The main element, large white dice, can be stacked and rearranged to various table and counter-level heights and can also be used for seating.