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  • It's Lonely in the M...

    How behind the times I am... I just now found out that Unhappy Hipsters has a book coming out. Full of the photos and accompanying quotes we have read and loved, along with some "awesome" home tips, It's Lonely in the Modern World is a an 'add to cart' no-brainer. You can order it from Barnes and Noble ($13.29) or Amazon ($13.57). "It’s Lonely in the Modern World is full awesome tips on how to turn your ho-hum house into a pinnacle of modern design, with just a few swaths of white paint and a rough concrete floor (plus or minus ...

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  • Pinhole Cameras: A D...

    Sure, maybe your phone takes okay photos, but does it take weird, interesting, surprising, one-of-a-kind photos that only a pinhole camera can capture? And, did you know you can make a pinhole camera from just the stuff sitting around your house? With excellent information and step by step instructions (illustrated), author Chris Keeney has compiled a variety of pinhole cameras that you can make at home. Oatmeal canisters, mint tins, matchboxes, and more... all inexpensive ways to take some truly original shots. Check it out.

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  • US Constitution

    Can you name one right or freedom guaranteed by the first amendment? What about the second? Do you know what part of the government has the power to declare war? Answers below. Take the Full Civic Literacy Exam and find out how you score compared to the average citizen (and most local elected officials). If you fail, or even if you pass, think about adding this palm-sized version of the US Constitution to your mobile library. It includes the complete Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and every constitutional amendment to the present day. Also available from Amazon for $21.07. Q: Can ...

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  • Social Memories

    Ah yes, of course, an analog version of your Facebook data. Here's how it works. You add the app to your Facebook and it manipulates data over a time period (selected by you) and then the app transforms it to a 28-page book format. Haven't you always wanted to read your Facebook like an actual book? Eh...no...but, everything's going analog these days anyway, haven't you heard?

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  • A Collection A Day B...

    If you've enjoyed following Lisa Congdon as she documented her 2010 Collection a Day project, then you'll most likely want to buy a signed copy of her book, right? All 365 collections are shown in full color photographs, and in chronological order, of course. Available from Collection A Day, $35.00. Designed and published by UPPERCASE.

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  • Graphic USA: An Alte...

    Cicada Books presents Graphic USA, an alternative guidebook to 25 American cities written and illustrated by graphic designers. Graphic USA gives you an insider's view of the best (and occasionally weird) restaurants, hotels, galleries, bars and coffee shops, all with quirky illustrations/graphics by the artists that live in each city. It's quite like reading a friend's notes on interesting places that you should see, with tidbits and paragraphs to help you along your way. The book has been designed by Joana Niemeyer at design studio April and edited by Ziggy Hanaor at Cicada. Here's a few pages to give you ...

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  • Andrew Zuckerman: Mu...

    Remember Andrew Zuckerman's Bird and Creature books? Now he's entered into the world of music with a book and iPad app featuring portraits of over fifty musicians. The app has the added bonus of individual films included (see below). To see more, visit the site: Andrew Zuckerman: Music And, of course, here's the video showcasing the Music app: Andrew Zuckerman Music App from Andrew Zuckerman Studio on Vimeo. Actual book cover, which seems slightly less exciting compared to the app....

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  • Six Books of Euclid

    For anyone interested in geometry, this book is a must have. Not familiar with the name Euclid nor the images on the cover of the book? Here's some context: Oliver Byrne (c. 1810–c. 1880) translated the theorems of Greek mathematician Euclid (aka the "Father of Geometry") into colorful diagrams and figures in order to make learning easier. Considering the distinct Mondrian feel you get while examining the pages, it's remarkable that Byrne created the original edition of Euclid in 1847. More images below. For more information, visit Taschen Books.

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  • Objectivity: A Desig...

    I only had a brief moment to skim through this at the bookstore, but yeah, it's definitely a must-have for any design enthusiast. Objectivity: A Designer's Book of Curious Tools is a new illustrated book highlighting over 400 tools and objects ranging from everyday objects to the more exotic and highly specialized. In my opinion, this book is much more interesting and educational than the Objectified movie, which I only found to be so-so. 20.80 x 20.80 cm 192 pages Images via Thames and Hudson

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  • Phaidon Design Class...

    We featured Phaidon Design Classics "a monstrous 3 volume set of books that covers the last 200 years of product design " a few years back. Recently released is a digital version specifically for the iPad, taking full advantage of its gesture interface and gorgeous display. It's quite a deal at just under 20 bucks, and well, you don't need to spend any more money if you bought yourself an iPad to begin with. Non iPadders can purchase the original 3 book set for $175.

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  • 3D Typography

    Whether you're interested in typography or not, this book is one visual treat that will leave an impression. Featuring experimental 3D typography from over 100 international designers, typographers and artists, there's all sorts of interesting methods of creating typography captured through photography, with some pictures truly worthy of hanging-on-the-wall-as-art. As stated on the publisher's website, the featured artists "return the literal heft to letters." Nice. To learn more about the book visit 3D Typography's website. Excerpts/pics shown below. Jeanette Abbink & Emily CM Anderson Size: 8.7 x 11 inches Publication Date: June 2010 ISBN: 978-0-9841906-2-1

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  • The Selby Is in Your...

    You might be familiar with The Selby, and if so, you might have already ordered your copy of the book. If you're not familiar with either, take a look. Both are chock full of interesting interiors* of the many creative individuals that Todd Selby comes across. *Interesting in that they're not very 'designer', they're more real-life sort of places, which is refreshing compared to shelter mags where they shoot/make everything super perfect.

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  • The Hand of the Arch...

    If you're a fan of architecture and Moleskines, then most likely you'll be interested in this limited edition book. It's filled with drawings from 110 internationally renowned architects, so you'll have a glimpse into the minds of some of the best and brightest. Plus, there's a companion blank journal (A4 Cahier) to fill with your own brilliant future builds. Set includes the 272 page Moleskine Folio filled with architectural sketches and an A4 Cahier with 120 blank pages.

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  • 20 Japanese Architec...

    This is a gem of a book for anyone interested in Japan, architecture, or just a good, solid interview! 20 Japanese Architects is the culmination of Roland Hagenberg's work as an internationally renowned author and filmmaker, who has been lucky enough to delve deep into the lives and souls of twenty of Japan's most influential modern architects. The book is 308 pages featuring conversations with major forces including Tadao Ando (Pritzker Prize winner), Hiroshi Hara, and Kengo Kuma (LEAF Award winner); available in English and Chinese. Continue reading to see and hear an excerpt from the book read by art critic and ...

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  • The Contact Sheet

    The Contact Sheet by Steve Crist takes us into pre-iPhoto days with a behind the scenes tour of some of the most iconic images ever taken, and all the shots before and after that were taken to capture that one unforgettable moment. Film-nostalgic fans, photo buffs, and anyone who loves to know about the process just as much as the final product will definitely find this to be an interesting read. Features over forty iconic photographers such as William Claxton, Chuck Close, Robert Doisneau, Nan Golding, Dorothea Lange, Julius Shulman, and Jeanloup Sieff. 192 pages Dimensions: 10.2" x 8.4" x 0.9" Images via Amazon

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