Design & Architecture picks for January

A colourful selection of new items this month, featuring architectural reinvention and repurposing, and design books on colour palettes, animation, hand-lettering, and more.

Image from FishpondThe terrace house / edited by Cameron Bruhn & Katelin Butler.
“With British precedents and working-class origins, the Australian terrace house was once the home of bohemian artists, share-housing students and urban trailblazers. Today a new generation of homeowners are reimagining the terrace house for twenty-first-century living. This book is a catalogue of twenty of these renovations. It looks at the design challenges of terrace houses in general terms and describes the individual treatment of each property based on the site, the existing structure, the requirements of the owner, and the vision of the chosen architects.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverHigh Line : the inside story of New York City’s park in the sky / Joshua David and Robert Hammond.
“The High Line is among the most innovative urban reclamation projects in memory. Two young citizens with no prior experience in planning and development collaborated with their neighbors, elected officials, artists, local business owners, and leaders in horticulture and landscape architecture to create a park celebrated worldwide as a model for creatively designed, socially vibrant, ecologically sound public space. Now the High Line–a half-mile expanse of plants, paths, staircases, and framed vistas–runs through a transformed West Side and reminds us that extraordinary things are possible when creative people work together for the common good.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverNew eco homes / Manel Gutiérrez.
“Discover the latest in eco-friendly home architecture and design. New Eco Homes features twenty-two sustainable homes from around the globe that showcase the newest innovations in environmentally minded home design. Inside you’ll find the latest design strategies such as various ways to use natural light and ventilation to reduce energy consumption, new methods to integrate home construction into the surrounding landscape, and the numerous recycled and green construction materials that are available today. This inspiring book is the perfect resource for creating a welcoming and sustainable home.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book cover202 outstanding modern interior designs / Marta Serrats.
202 Outstanding Modern Interior Designs is a lushly illustrated resource that will inform and inspire homeowners and designers. More than 800 full-color photographs of the world’s most beautiful interiors showcase modern design at its very best. The designs range from expansive homes to smaller homes with space limitations. 202 Outstanding Modern Interior Designs is a valuable resource for all professionals and students.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverHand-lettering for everyone : a creative workbook / Cristina Vanko.
“Hand-lettering is more popular than ever. This beautiful and inviting book serves as an inspiring primer and an interactive workbook. Creative prompts encourage readers to create their own serifs, create lettering from found objects, make a type self-portrait, collage with found type, recreate a favorite book cover with hand-lettering, play with shading and perspective, and more. Featuring a lively (and hand-lettered) design and engaging exercises, the book will appeal to designers and illustrators as well as doodlers, hobbyists, and anyone who enjoys putting real pen to real paper.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverEvery thing we touch : a 24-hour inventory of our lives / Paula Zuccotti.
“Can objects tell the story of our lives? Imagine how your day would look if you recorded everything that you touched. From smartphone to soap, from spice to spoon… Would they tell a bigger story? Driven by this idea, Paula Zuccotti travelled around the world to find people from an incredible array of ages, cultures, professions and backgrounds. She asked them to document every object they touched in 24 hours. From a toddler in Tokyo to a cowboy in Arizona, from a cleaner in London to a cloister nun in Madrid, Every Thing We Touch is their story told through the objects they own, consume, need, choose, treasure and can’t let go.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverArtist’s & graphic designer’s market 2016 / Mary Burzlaff Bostic, editor.
“Do you want to establish or expand a career for yourself in fine art, illustration or design? Grow your art business with these resources: Complete, up-to-date contact information for more than 1,700 art market resources, including galleries, magazines, book publishers, greeting card companies, ad agencies, syndicates, art fairs, and more; Articles on the business of freelancing–from basic copyright information to tips on promoting your work; Informative articles on the art of business, online social networking, and the benefits of slowing down to create better work.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary) (Reference only)

Syndetics book coverThe nine old men : lessons, techniques, and inspiration from Disney’s great animators / Andreas Deja.
“Walt Disney’s team of core animators, who he affectionately call his “Nine Old Men,” were known for creating Disney’s most famous works, as well as refining the 12 basic principles of animation. Follow master animator and Disney legend Andreas Deja as he takes you through the minds and works of these notable animators. Rare sequential drawings from the Disney archives also give you unprecedented access and insight into the most creative minds that changed the course of animation.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book cover100 Years of Colour: Beautiful images & inspirational palettes from a century of innovative art, illustration & design [hardback]
“This beautiful book features 100 carefully chosen images from the graphic arts, each representing a colour palette for every year of the 20th century. The images are taken from a variety of sources including magazines, book covers, adverts, posters, illustrations and postcards. The palettes taken from the images are displayed in a number of ratios, demonstrating the different effects achieved when altering the dominant colour. Ten palettes per decade gives an authentic overview of the colours and trends of an era, making this an ideal historical reference for anyone working in set or interior design, graphic design, illustrations or fashion.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverMovie posters re-imagined : alternative designs for the world’s favorite cult films / introduction, David Thomas.
“The world’s best, wittiest lowbrow designers reimagine movie posters for 150 cult films that are built into the DNA of any movie buff. Nightmare on Elm Street, Psycho, Metropolis, Star Wars, and many more films are given new art by the likes of Grimb, Coop, O’Connell, Alderete, Hertz, Pullin, and more. Almost always better than the originals, these new visual takes on iconic movies will delight anyone with an interest in film.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)