Category Archives: Books on Communication Design

The F-Word, Manifested

In a period of angry frustration at his native Newfoundland – “… what cripples the vast majority of our culture and society here is the fact that we dont quite know what to be angry about. We never know where to throw the punch.” – and inspired by a
t-shirt f-ing the many icons of New York City, writer and performer Joel Thomas Hynes sat down to write his own.

The rest, as they say, is history: “… I got a little carried away. Suddenly I was writing a quilt. Maybe a sail for a boat. Maybe a manifesto.” His reworked piece wound up on stage, at a 2006 fundraiser for the Resource Centre for the Arts in St John’s. Recorded (but not broadcast) by the CBC – “And f*** the CBC for not having the nuts to put this on the radio,” reads the final line in the revised work – God Help Thee: A Manifesto first appeared in print, with an accompanying postscript, in the Fall 2008 issue of Riddle Fence, and later in Maisonneuve Magazine. Very little escapes Hynes’ expletive-laced wrath, which reads both as backlash against the idyllic quaintness of Newfoundland tourism campaigns, and ode to a place both home and heart.

In June 2011, Running the Goat Books and Broadsides published the manifesto in chapbook form in a limited edition of 375, which promptly sold out: hand typeset (an entertaining challenge, given the unprecedented number of “F”s and “k”s), letterpress printed, hand tinted and hand sewn.

Featuring impeccable wood engravings by Abigail Rorer, this perfectly packaged diatribe is now in its second printing and is available at Swipe for just $29.95 – plenty of f*** for your buck. (2011; 2nd printing 2012: Running the Goat Books and Broadsides; ISBN 9780986611322)

Word on the street is that the book’s profanity-decorated watermark-effect pages will soon be available in notebook form… We’ll keep you posted.

Oh, and if you like your swearing live, you can download an audio version of God Help Thee from the Rattling Books website.

Open Them There Doors, Toronto

Once again, Doors Open Toronto is just around the corner, and once again, we here at Swipe are thankful to be part of the extraordinary arts and culture complex at 401 Richmond Street West. A prime destination during the festival, 401 is expecting a surge of visitors over the weekend of May 26 and 27. Accordingly, Swipe will also open its doors all weekend: on Saturday from 10am to 6pm, and on Sunday from 10am to 5pm.

In celebration of this celebration of our city’s cultural, social and architectural heritage, we’ll be updating our blog with a rundown of current Torontoniana, beginning with a brand-new release from Toronto’s own Coach House Books that documents the changing facades of this city’s streets. Featuring the photographic work of Patrick Cummins, with text by Toronto flâneur Shawn Micallef, Full Frontal T.O.: Exploring Toronto’s Architectural Vernacular chronicles thirty years of local shift and change. (2012: Coach House Books; ISBN 9781551098913)

The book is available at Swipe for $24.95, and until May 31, you can also visit the Urbanspace Gallery’s free Full Frontal T.O. exhibition, with large-scale versions of many of the photographs on display.

Full Frontal T.O.: Exploring Toronto’s Architectural Vernacular
2012: Patrick Cummins and Shawn Micallef
$24.95

Unclog with CLOG

Ever feel depressed at the amount of garbage spewing forth from TV, the internet, social networking sites, CNN news flashes, digital media in general? Toppling out of screens and smart phones into living rooms, streetcars, gallery openings, intimate dinner conversations… We at Swipe can’t really talk: we blog, we tweet, we facebook, we’re total hypocrites. Well, Kyle May and the team at CLOG have decided to paddle out of the digital maelstrom, one cleanly printed magazine issue at a time. (Okay, so they do have a website in order to promote their work, but let’s not get too nit-picky here.)

Their aim with CLOG is to cut the noise. Focus. Pay attention to one thing at a time, and do it properly. From their website: “CLOG slows things down. Each issue explores, from multiple viewpoints and through a variety of means, a single subject particularly relevant to architecture now. Succinctly, on paper, away from the distractions and imperatives of the screen.”

We think we might be in love.

Issue No. 1, BIG, sold out rapidly and is now out of print. Issue No. 2, APPLE, is still available at the time of writing, though happily trotting off our shelves and out the door. We await issue No. 3, DATA SPACE, with anticipation. (If you’d like a call or email when it arrives, drop us a line to avoid disappointment.)

CLOG: BIG (No. 1): $24.95 (SOLD OUT)
CLOG: APPLE (No. 2): $24.95

The Perennial Appeal of Annuals

Cheesy gardening-related puns aside, it’s that time again! We are now fully stocked with our favourite design annuals.

2011 One Show Annual: Advertising’s Best Print, Design, Radio and TV

One Show‘s newest annuals, covering their awards selections for 2011, showcase the best of current design talent worldwide. As usual, they have produced three colourful volumes: the regular One Show annual, which presents the winners of the 2011 One Show; and the Design and Interactive issues, featuring the winners of the One Show Design and One Show Interactive competitions, respectively. For self-styled renaissance people, these three books are also available in a convenient boxed set. (2012: Rockport; ISBN 9780929837499 Advertising; ISBN 9780929837505 Design; ISBN 9780929837512 Interactive; ISBN 978092837529 Boxed Set)

The One Show, Volume 33: $82.50
One Show Design, Volume 5: $54.95
One Show Interactive, Volume 14: $54.95
One Show Three-Volume Boxed Set: $169.95

Art Directors Annual 90

This volume covers the New York Art Directors Club 2011 ADC Hall of Fame Laureates, ADC Hybrid, and ADC Black Cube awards, with the addition of this year’s new ADC Designism Award, which recognizes design with an eye to social and political change. The publication includes high-quality images of award-winning work. (2011: Ava Publishing; ISBN 9782940411887)

$62.95

46th Annual Society of Publication Design Annual

With its unique mandate to honour the best in editorial design work, the Society of Publication Design draws on a broad base of international talent. Their annual showcases the work of photographers, editorial directors and journalists, among others. (2012: Rockport; ISBN 9781592537501)

$64.95

Typography 32

This eye-catching annual showcases the 208 winning designs from among 1,500-plus international submissions to TDC Communication Design 2011, the awards of the Type Directors Club, a body comprised of industry professionals from around the globe. This year’s volume, designed by New York’s Mucca Design, is notable for its striking cover and eclectic content. The annual covers a wide range of typographic inquiry, including magazine work, logotypes, corporate identity and much more.
(2012: Harper Collins; ISBN 9780061726378)

$74.95

Communication Arts 2012 Interactive Annual (18)

Communication Arts 2012 Typography Annual (2)

Communication Arts renews its commitment to documenting innovative and inspiring work in a range of disciplines. Their newest Typography Annual features 150 winning projects in advertising, typeface design, identity, packaging, periodicals and more, exhibiting a general trend toward nostalgia and the handmade. The 2012 Interactive Annual features projects in information design, advertising, entertainment and self-promotion. (2012: Communication Arts; ISBN 07447092074803)

Each $29.95

D&AD 2011

This extensive volume covers outstanding work in the fields of branding, film production, digital media, photography, general design and creative work, and advertising. Winners receive the Yellow Pencil Award, and the more sought-after    Black Pencil Award. (2011: Taschen; ISBN 9783836528849)

$64.95

Directions 2011

The Advertising and Design Club of Canada annual awards show is widely regarded as Canada’s finest showcase of exceptional work in graphic design, advertising broadcast and print, interactive media and editorial design. The printed annual features an elegant cover design and concise layout. (2011: ADCC)

$65.00

Red Dot Design Yearbook 2011/2012: Living and Doing

This weighty (and surprisingly affordable!) two-volume set is a comprehensive yearly roundup of Red Dot‘s product design selections. Living presents products for the home and personal use, and Doing is dedicated to items such as cars, cameras, tools and various electronic devices. (2011: Red Dot Editions; ISBN 9783899391213)

$41.95

German Design Award 2011

The German Design Council is known for its discerning awards criteria, including the stipulation that a company can only enter if it already holds a national or international design award. This two-volume boxed set is a collection of the crème de la crème of current product and communication design, with a focus on work that is both innovative and user-friendly. (2012: Gestalten; ISBN 9783899553499)

$87.95