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Future Fonts Today!

Is Google designing the ‘font of the future‘ for the Android? At this stage in the type game, it’s hard to imagine any one typeface dominating the future, but in terms of adapting to new mediums (like smart phones), it makes sense that Google and Apple would be pushing the boundaries of type development.

To explore further:

Reading letters : designing for legibility / Sofie Beier – Z250.A4 B44 2012

Designing for small screens : mobile phones, smart phones, PDAs, pocket PCs, navigation systems, MP3 players, game consoles / design by Studio 7.5 – TK7882.I6 D47 2005

Simple and usable : web, mobile, and interaction design / Giles Colborne. – QA76.9.U83 C65 2011

Using type / Michael Harkins- Z246 .H368 2010

Lettering & type : creating letters and designing typefaces / Bruce Willen, Nolen Strals – Z250 .W598 2009

Designing Multi-Device Experiences An Ecosystem Approach to User Experiences Across Devices / Michal Levin – QA76.9.U83 2014

Happy 29,771 days! – Good bye, On Kawara


Conceptual artist On Kawara, whose most well known work was a series of date paintings that began in 1966, has stopped marking the passage of days.
Roberta Smith on On Kawara in the NY Times: >>The “Today” series, part of the Duchampian tradition of making art directly from dumb reality, treated each date as a ready-made. The works seemed straightforward — even obvious — and maddeningly repetitive, suggesting the Zen passivity of John Cage’s acceptance of noise as music. But they were also diaristic and meditative and could resonate with existential, psychological and scientific implications about the time-space continuum.<<

To explore Kawara's work and Conceptual Art:

On Kawara : date painting(s) in New York and 136 other cities / edited by Tommy Simoens, Angela Choon – N7359.K38 A4 2012

On Kawara : ‘tribute’ / Jonathan Watkins, René Denizot. -N7359.K38 W36 2002

Tokyo, 1955-1970 : a new avant-garde / Doryun Chong – N7355.4 C46 2012

Conceptual art / Tony Godfrey. – N6494.C63 G63 1998

Six years : the dematerialization of the art object from 1966 to 1972 …/ edited and annotated by Lucy R. Lippard. – N6494.C63 L56 1997

User Centered Designs and Designers

UI vs. UX Designers – do you know the difference? Specialization in the design of interfaces and experiences is a natural effect of the growing attention paid to how people use software and objects.
To explore the field:

A project guide to UX design : for user experience designers in the field or in the making / Russ Unger and Carolyn Chandler – HD69.P75 U54 2009

Sketching user experiences : getting the design right and the right design / Bill Buxton. – TS171 .B89 2007

Designing for interaction : creating smart applications and clever devices / Dan Saffer. – QA76.9.H58 S24 2007

Simple and usable : web, mobile, and interaction design / Giles Colborne. – QA76.9.U83 C65 2011

Designing interfaces / Jenifer Tidwell. – QA76.9.U83 T55 2006

Seductive interaction design : creating playful, fun, and effective user experiences / Stephen P. Anderson. – TK5105.888 .A5285 2011

Paddle Your Trick to Sweet Sea Witness – new books!

Paddle your own canoe : one man’s fundamentals for delicious living / Nick Offerman – PN2287.O275 A3 2014

Michaël Borremans : as sweet as it gets / edited by Jeffrey Grove – N6973.B538 A4 2014 OVERSIZE

Witness : art and civil rights in the sixties / Teresa A. Carbone and Kellie Jones ; with Connie H. Choi, Dalila Scruggs, Cynthia A. Young – N8217.C36 C37 2014

Sea / Mark Laita – TR729.M37 L35 2011

The One Trick rip-off + Deep cuts / story and art, Paul Pope – PN6727.P665 O53 2013

Considering a Move to Memphis – Ettore Sottsass Redux

Is the 1980s, Ettore Sottsass spawned/Post Modern style called Memphis made a come back? In this era, Post Post Modern in a way, it’s hard to know what’s in, since we are more aware of the multiplicity of trends out in the wild.

Mod to Memphis : design in colour 1960s-80s / Anne Watson – NK2395 .W37 2002

Ettore Sottsass : architect and designer / Ronald T. Labaco – NA1123.S66 L33 2006

The Curious Mr Sottsass : photographing design and desire / Ettore Sottsass – TR654 .S589 1996

80s style : designs of the decade / by Albrecht Bangert and Karl Michael Armer ; foreword by Ettore Sottsass. – NK1390.B26 1990

Postmodernism : style and subversion, 1970-1990 / edited by Glenn Adamson and Jane Pavitt – NX456.5.P66 P673 2011

July 4th Holiday Hours


The SVA Library will close at 1pm today, Thursday the 3rd, and remain closed during the 4th of July Holiday. The library will reopen to our regular Summer Hours on Monday, the 7th.
Have a great long weekend!

(Image via Colourbox – available through the SVA Library’s Find Articles and Images page under the Images tab)

Hidden, Degenerate Capital of Fashion Trees – new books!

A Queer History of Fashion: From the Closet to the Catwalk / edited by Valerie Steele – TT507 .Q62 2013

Degenerate Art: The Attack on Modern Art in Nazi Germany, 1937 / edited by Olaf Peters – N6868.5.N37 D44 2014

The Book of Trees: Visualizing Branches of Knowledge / Manual Lima – AZ108 .L56 2014

Capital in the Twenty-First Century / Thomas Piketty – HB501 .P43613 2014

No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Surveillance State / Glenn Greenwald – JF1525.W45 G74 2014

Scorsese’s Silence – the Importance of Sound Design in Film

Tony Zhou’s Every Frame a Painting is a series of appreciations of specific elements of film art. So far he’s covered visual comedy using Edgar Wright as an exemplar, lateral shots, and the one scene, one shots of Stephen Spielberg. The video above highlights the importance of sound design, and silence in particular, in the work of Martin Scorsese.

Below are some titles from the collection on sound design in film and Scorsese’s filmography.

Practical art of motion picture sound / David Lewis Yewdall. – TK7881.4 .Y48 2003

Sound design : the expressive power of music, voice, and sound effects in cinema / by David Sonnenschein – TR897 .S66 2001

Sound for film and television / Tomlinson Holman. – TK7881.4 .H63 2002 OVERSIZE

Sound-on-film : interviews with creators of film sound / Vincent LoBrutto (SVA faculty member – PN1995.7 .L63 1994

Scorsese up close : a study of the films / Ben Nyce. – PN1998.3.S39 N93 2004

Scorsese on Scorsese / edited by David Thompson and Ian Christie. – PN1998.3.S39 A3 1996

Mapping Anatomies of Show – new books!

Show time : the 50 most influential exhibitions of contemporary art / Jens Hoffmann. – N6486 .H64 2014

Walking and mapping : artists as cartographers / Karen O’Rourke – NX175 .O76 2013

Herman and Rosie / Gus Gordon – PZ7.G6573 He 2013

Drawing ideas : a hand-drawn approach for better design / Mark Baskinger + William Bardel -NC730 .B318 2013

Anatomies : a cultural history of the human body / Hugh Aldersey-Williams. – QP38 .A36 2013

New York over the top / Max Kozloff – TR659.8 .K69 2013

A Sugary Sphinx in Williamsburg

Have you seen Kara Walker’s A Subtlety: or the Marvelous Sugar Baby in the soon to be developed Domino Sugar Factory? It will only remain on view through July 6! Open Fridays 4–8pm, Saturdays 12–6pm, and Sundays 12–6pm and free to the public.

To explore Walker’s work in the stacks:

Bureau of refugees / Kara Walker – N6537.W239 A4 2008

Kara Walker: Narratives of a Negress / writings by Kara Walker – NX512.W36 A4 2007

Kara Walker : my complement, my enemy, my oppressor, my love / organized by Philippe Vergne – N6537.W239 A4 2007

Seeing the unspeakable : the art of Kara Walker / Gwendolyn DuBois Shaw – NC910.5.W35 A4 2004

Kara Walker : pictures from another time / editor, Annette Dixon – N6537 .W324 A4 2002