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New(ish) Annuals for 2009

It’s a new year and time to get back to work (and by work we mean flip through the annuals slagging the work that won the awards you should have won).

One Show 30: Advertising’s Best Print, Design, Radio and TV

For those of you who missed last year’s One Show, the most prestigious North American industry annual has been divided into three separate books: Advertising, Design and Interactive. Given its reputation as the copywriter’s annual, it’s been interesting for us here to note that the Design volume does, in fact, sell at least as well as the Advertising section. This year the Club introduced a boxed set for those who refuse to be pigeonholed. (2009: Rockport; ISBN 9780929837369 Advertsing; ISBN 9780929837383 Design; ISBN 9780929837376 Interactive; ISBN 9780929837390 Boxed Set)

One Show 30 Advertising: $76.95
One Show 30 Design: $54.95
One Show 30 Interactive: $54.95
One Show 30 3 Volume Boxed Set: $164.95

Typography 29: The Annual of the Type Directors Club

Perhaps not the best year for what is otherwise the best annual published in North America. Still something of a “gotta’ have it anyway” situation for type aficionados. (2008: Harper Collins; ISBN 9780061582776)

87th New York Art Directors Annual

Considered by many in the industry to be one of the toughest to earn awards, this book presents the latest winners in both the national and international categories (comes with a DVD). (2009: RotoVision; ISBN 9782888930228)

Typography 29: $65.95
87th New York Art Directors Annual: $82.50

Graphis Design Annual 2009

We don’t have to do much explaining of Graphis. It’s one of the most respected and well-printed of the annuals. Categories represented include advertising, photography, brochures, and editorial. (2008: Graphis; ISBN 9781932026139)

Graphis Advertising Annual 2009

A premier showcase of 300 print ads from around the world, arranged into trade categories. (2009: Graphis; ISBN 9781932026528)

Graphis Advertising 2009: $83.95
Graphis Design Annual 2009: $83.95

Also recently published:

New York Festivals 16: $69.95
Epica Book Twenty One: Europe’s Best Advertising: $69.95
Directions 2008: $61.95
Communication Arts 2008 Advertising Annual: $29.95
Communication Arts 2008 Design Annual: $29.95
3×3 Illustration Annual 5: $21.95
Society Of Illustrators: $48.95


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At Least Someone Keeps Their Blog Up-to-date (Unlike Us)

The Swipe entry on BlogTo was recently updated with a nice description and photos of the new store. It resulted from a lengthy discussion of the state of independent book retailing with unexpectedly insightful BlogTo writer Derek Flack. The result is not your usual commercial blog puff-piece, hinting, as it does, at the dire realities of the industry evinced by the loss of design community stalwarts Ballenford, Another Man’s Poison, and Mirvish. Swipe insiders might have followed a thread on Grant McCracken’s always engaging This Blog Sits at the Intersection of Anthropology and Economics Anyhow, enough doom and gloom, this blog supposed to be helping us sell stuff.


Local Design, Local Material, Local Manufacture

Swipe celebrates the return of legendary Canadian ceramics designer Koen De Winter. A long time Design Director at Montréal based Danesco, De Winter finally has an extensive line of his own in active production. Here De Winter and Atelier Orange succeed in the technical challenge of fusing local clay stoneware with porcelain elements during firing in order to create a beautiful contrast of material and colour. The line is dishwasher and microwave proof and is hand-produced in Saint-André-Avellin, Québec, Canada.

Lemon Press with Base $32.95
Oil / Vinegar Bottle $45.95
Small Mortar and Pestle $35.95

Born in Antwerp, Belgium, De Winter studied ceramics technology in Belguim and Holland in the 60′s. Prior to emigrating to Canada in 1979, De Winter’s designed several lines for the Danish housewares manufacturer Rosti, some of which remain in production today. As a professor at the Université du Québec à Montréal and President of the Association of Canadian Industrial Designers, De Winter has made a significant contribution to the establishment of industrial design as a rigorous profession in Canada. Having previously won the Design Canada Award, De Winter was, in 2005, honoured with Flanders Design’s Henry van de Velde Career Award.


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A French kiss – LIP watches are back!

French industrial design is under-represented here at Swipe. Not because we don’t try, mind you. It just that with the Euro the way it is we have to be careful how much European product we offer. Nothing wrong with $400 teapots as such, but that’s not what we are trying to do here. And so when compared with the sublime beauty of Scandinavian design, the lyrical recklessness of the Italians and the formal rigour of Germans, French designers seem to come up short. French industrial design has a history of stars and comets. The comets come and go and leave you wondering what all the fuss was about. The stars dominate thoroughly. Give that France is the largest net exporter in the E.U. you’d expect that the public here might know the name of even one French designer aside from Starck.

So we’re glad to be able at least to represent last generation’s star in the Swipe firmament with these extraordinary watches by Roger Tallon. Tallon, most notable as the designer of the TGV, visited us at the DX soon after the inaugural journey of the Eruostar linking London and Paris. His work for LIP in the seventies was contemporary without being merely fashionable. I spent the next 15 years wading through the debris that results from a canned search on E-Bay for “LIP” and “watch” (think Barbie lip-gloss/watch combos) trying to get my hands on one of Tallon’s watches, without any luck. Recently American watch manufacturer Nixon has done quite well for themselves with suggestively similar designs. Now (maybe a couple of years too late?) LIP has finally relaunched the series ($325 to $595).

Arguably, the most famous of these is this iconic Aluminum cased Chronograph, originally designed by Tallon in 1973, as part of the Mach 2000 series. The design is easily recognizable with its protruding multicolored crown and chronograph controls set inside the negative space of the asymmetric aluminum watch case.


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