Category Archives: Art & Design

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

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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

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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

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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

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

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

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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

Massimo Vignelli and the MTA


It is hard to imagine anyone who has not come across or even been immersed in the design work of Massimo Vignelli . He was an enormous figure in the history of modernist design and set the example for generations of designers since. For New Yorkers, if you ride the MTA, you see his influence every day in the signage system his international design firm Unimark created, as codified in their NYC Transit Authority Graphics Standards Manual, as well as their iconic map from 1972 (since adapted). To explore some of Vignelli’s Canon, click the links and take a look at the titles below.

Vignelli from a to Z/ Massimo Vignelli – NK1535.V53 V53 2007


Design is one / Lella and Massimo Vignelli – NK1535.V53 D47 2004


Design is one: Lella & Massimo Vignelli / a film by Kathy Brew & Roberto Guerra – V-D G843 Des DVD – (At Circulation Desk – in library use only)


Design–Vignelli : essays / by Germano Celant, et al. – NK1535.V53 D4 1990


Unimark International : the design of business and the business of design / Jan Conradi ; foreword by Massimo Vignelli – NC999.4.U55 C66 2010

Helvetica and the New York City subway system : the true (maybe) story / Paul Shaw – Z250.5.S24 S53 2009

A Phenomenal Woman Passes


Poet Maya Angelou reading ‘Phenomenal Woman’

The caged bird sings
with a fearful trill
of things unknown
but longed for still
and his tune is heard
on the distant hill
for the caged bird
sings of freedom.
- from ‘Caged Bird’ by Maya Angelou

The NYTimes obituary for Maya Angelou reads like the life stories of 4 or 5 people, crammed into one: poet, author, journalist, playwright, singer, dancer, first black conductor on the San Francisco trolley, and more. And all of that action was translated over a lifetime into poems and memoirs that inspired and left an impression on the culture. To sample her works and collaborations:


The Complete collected poems of Maya Angelou – PS3551.N464 A17 1994


Gather together in my name / Maya Angelou – E185.97.A56 A29


I know why the caged bird sings / Maya Angelou. – PS3551.N464 Z466 2009


Life doesn’t frighten me / by Maya Angelou ; illustrated by Jean-Michel Basquiat – PS3551.N464 L54 1993 OVERSIZE


Now Sheba sings the song / by Maya Angelou ; with art by Tom Feelings. – PS3551.N464 N67 1994