Extended Hours for Finals – Spring 2014

Starting tomorrow, Friday, April 25th, until the end of the semester, the SVA Library is again extending its hours for the end of the semester to give students a quiet place to study and get work done. Need respite from your partying roomie? Come on down and stay up late!

Extended hours Spring 2014
Friday Apr. 25 – Sunday May 4
Mon-Thurs: 8:30-11
Fri: 8:30-10
Sat: 12-8
Sun: 12-10

Earthly Hap Day!

Time to celebrate this terrestrial sphere we call home. This year’s Google’s doodle honoring the occasion is particularly lovely (keep clicking on the image to toggle between animations).
Given the beautiful day, you would be forgiven for avoiding the library altogether and soaking in the sunshine. But should you want some books for company or research, below are a few titles that might be of interest.

Earth / editor-in-chief, James F. Luhr – QE501 .E27 2003

Ocean / by Fabien Cousteau et al. – GC21 .O23 2006

The Human face of climate change / Mathias Braschler, Monika Fischer – QC903 .B743 2011

Love Earth : 100 eco ideas + 100 eco designs / edited and produced by Viction Workshop Ltd ; concepts & art direction by Victor Cheung – NK1520 .L68 2011

Planet Earth as you’ve never seen it before : the complete series / BBC Worldwide – Film: V-D F684 Pla DVD v.1-5
And book: QB631.2 .P57 2006

Material world : a global family portrait / by Peter Menzel, text by Charles Mann – GN406.M45 1994

What I eat : around the world in 80 diets / photographed by Peter Menzel ; written by Faith D’Aluisio – TX353 .M437 2010

How Many ’100 Best Animated Films’ Have You Seen?

TimeOut polled experts and came up with a list of the 100 Best Animated Movies. We dug through it to see what the SVA Library owns and what we didn’t. The good news is that we had 89 out of the 100. The bad news is that there were only three titles we did not have that are also available to purchase (or the right format).
That means “The Bugs Bunny & Road Runner Movie”, “When the Wind Blows”, and “It’s Such a Beautiful Day” by Don Hertzfeldt will soon be added the collection. If you see any of the following available on NTSC Region 1 DVD, let us know! What we do not have: Feherlofia (Jankovics), Goodbye Mr. Christie (Mulloy), The Tale of the Fox (Starewicz), Only Yesterday (Takahata), Mind Game (Yuasa), Consuming Spirits (Sullivan).

Looking through the list, are your favorites included? Any titles you think should have made the list but didn’t? Let us know in the comments.

Here are their Top 10:
10. Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009) – V-AN A535 Fan DVD
9. The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) – V-AN B877 NigC DVD
8. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) – V-AN D476 Sno DVD
7. The Iron Giant (1999) – V-AN B573 IroS DVD
6. Dumbo (1941) – V-AN D476 Dum DVD
5. The Incredibles (2004) – V-AN B573 Inc DVD
4. Toy Story (1995) – V-AN D476 Toy1 DVD
3. My Neighbor Totoro (1988) – V-AN M592 My DVD
2. Spirited Away (2001) – V-AN M592 Spi DVD
1. Pinocchio (1940) – V-AN D476 Pin DVD

Definitive Fairy Punk Eno Place Lego Set – new books!

The LEGO book / by Daniel Lipkowitz. – TS2301.T7 L455 2012

Brian Eno : visual music / by Christopher Scoates – N6797.E55 A4 2013

Fairy tale comics : classic tales told by extraordinary cartoonists / edited by Chris Duffy – PN6720 .F35 2013

Fashion : the definitive history of costume and style / produced in association with the Smithsonian consultant, Susan Brown – GT511 .F365 2012

Art & place : site-specific art of the Americas. – NX456.5.S57 A78 2013

Punk : an aesthetic / edited by Johan Kugelberg and Jon Savage – ML3534 .P863 2012

Food for Fines – Spring 2014

Need to clear some fines in order to graduate or check stuff out, or maybe just to have a clean slate? This semester we are extending the normal Food for Fines period to three weeks!

When: April 14-May 5 (last day of the semester)
What: You bring in canned food items. Each one knocks $2 off your fine total.

All of the food goes to City Harvest, to help those in need. Clear your fines for a good cause – everyone wins!

Image by Helen Kwok.

Beautiful Disposable Paper Hippie Hole – new books!

Disposable skateboard bible / by Sean Cliver – GV859.8 .C55 2009

Beautiful darkness / Fabien Vehlmann & Kerascoët – PN6747.V44 J6513 2014

The Hole / Øyvind Torseter – PZ7.T645742 Ho 2013

Hippie chic / Lauren D. Whitley. – GT596 .W44x 2013

S.H.I.E.L.D. by Steranko : the complete collection / script, Stan Lee, Roy Thomas ; layouts, Jack Kirby

Paper cutting : contemporary artists, timeless craft / compiled by Laura Heyenga – TT870 .P26 2011

Eco-fonts? Typography in the News


You may have seen the story recently about high schoolers who calculated that the US government could save as much as $400 million dollars by switching from Times New Roman to Garamond, because the latter used so much less ink due to its thinner lines. Appealing as this proposal might be, it had some flaws to do with legibility (since 12 point Garamond is really 15% smaller than 12 point Times New Roman, therefore harder to read) and government printing costs have more to do with per page contracts with outside vendors than direct ink purchases. That said, the basic idea is sound, as shown by the case of Matthew Carter’s Bell Centennial, which made mid-70s phone books more legible while cutting ink costs.

In the wake of this news, Ryman Eco, a free font designed to reduce ink use by 33% has just been offered to the public in order to cut environmental waste and printing costs. To my amateur’s eye, it resembles Helvetica in outline, but built with fine lines that “take advantage of how ink bleeds on paper“. At a small size, it appears solid. Scaled up, the lines create a dynamic look.
>>[Ryman-eco creator and Monotype Director Dan]Rhatigan says that the key with Ryman Eco was to find the perfect balance between saving ink, legibility and esthetics, which he did by looking at how our eyes and brains compensate by filling in ‘missing’ areas of what we see.<<

In the stacks:

Design futuring : sustainability, ethics, and new practice / Tony Fry – NK1510 .F77 2009

20th-Century type / written by Lewis Blackwell – Z250.A2 B57 2004

Getting it printed : how to work with printers and graphic arts services to assure quality, stay on schedule and control costs / Mark Beach & Eric Kenly. -Z243.U5 B4 1999

Green graphic design / Brian Dougherty ; with Celery Design Collaborative – NC997 .D64 2008

Eco design : the sourcebook / Alastair Fuad-Luke. – TS171.4 .F83 2002