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Mail Books For Good

By Tom Ran

Published: March 28, 2013 under Publishing

A dust cover designed to fold into an evelope ready to be mailed and donated.

Photo: Mail Books For Good

Re-gifting isn’t always a bad thing, especially when it pertains to charity. Australian ad agency, BMF, launched a campaign called Mail Books For Good, in which they help donate books to homeless and disadvantage individuals in the easiest way possible. They came up with an ingenious idea of designing a dust cover that doubles as an envelope ready to be dropped in the mail. When you’re finished with the book simply fold the dust jacket over to seal its content. It wraps neatly into a prepaid package ready to be sent off. BMF partnered with Random House Australia to realize this idea. It currently only has a handful of titles under the campaign but the concept can be translated with ease to make it scaleable and effective. via Creative Review.

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Printed Pages

By Tom Ran

Published: March 25, 2013 under Publishing

Printed Pages, formerly It's Nice That

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It’s Nice That, the popular British design and art blog coming out of London has been publishing a quarterly under the same name for several years now. The latest issue is changing it up a bit and is somewhat rebooting itself with a new name and format, clearly and unmistakably called Printed Pages. The 84-page magazine is now saddle stitched with a new cover price of £4. Issue one of Printed Pages includes interviews with Sagmeister & Walsh and Chris Ware, a peep into Apartamento’s found Omar Sosa’s apartment, a look at Why Not Associate’s portfolio and much more. Printed Pages is available now on their site, Company of Parrots and will be making its way to U.S. bookstores shortly.

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Apology Magazine

By Tom Ran

Published: March 14, 2013 under Publishing

First issue of Apology Magazine with a cover photo by Roe Ethridge.

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Jesse Pearson wants to apologize for the culture he helped cultivate during his tenure at Vice Magazine. A culture he subscribed to until several years ago when his interests deviated from the ironic, indifferent and cynical identity associated with the publication. The former editor of Vice departed in 2010 and has taken up a new role by launching a lit and culture quarterly of his own. Simply and appropriately titled Apology, it works with familiar photographers from Vice like Richard Kern, Ryan McGinley, Terry Richardson and Roe Ethridge with stories from current literary heros including Rivka Galchen and Arthur Bradford. There’s even an ode to the sometimes forgotten punctuation, the semicolon. Though the tone may be different his past readers will be familiar with some of his subjects – Like the 58-page interview with Tim and Eric. Pick up Apology Issue No. 1 directly from its site or other fine bookstores and museums.

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Kindling Quarterly

By Tom Ran

Published: January 7, 2013 under Publishing

Chris Cole on the cover of Kindling Quarterly.

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The publishing world has covered creative individuals in many forms but this may be the first of its kind. Kindling Quarterly arriving later this month is a new magazine about fathers in the creative field. It attempts to divert stereotypes and traditional roles that fatherhood plays all the while quoting rap lyrics, referencing Charles and Ray Eames and sharing insight into artists’ lives and their kids. It is a refreshing take on parenthood that will most likely appeal to a wide range of readers. The inaugural issue includes a studio visit with Dan Funderburg, a culinary adventure to the Australian wilderness with Rohan Anderson, a talk with furniture designer and maker Jason Roskey of Fern and much more. Whether you’re a dad, a father-to-be, or neither, Kindling Quarterly will more than likely pique your interest.

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Carl Aubock Book Launch

By Tom Ran

Published: November 1, 2012 under Publishing

Carl Auböck The Workshop

Photo: Mondo Cane

We’ve been looking forward to the release of this publication since the announcement from powerHouse earlier this year. Carl Aubock’s first American book on his life’s work will be released in a couple of weeks. To celebrate the launch, Mondo Cane will host a reception next Thursday, November 8th. As a dealer of many of Aubock’s rare designs, owner Patrick Parrish appropriately consulted on the title. You’ll be able to purchase the book a few days before its official release date at the reception.

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The Unknown Hipster Diaries

By Tom Ran

Published: October 31, 2012 under Publishing

The Unknown Hipster Diaries

Photo: August Editions

Jean-Philippe Delhomme’s illustrations are instantly recognizable. His spindly colorful characters are synonymous with Glenn O’ Brien’s “The Style Guy” columns on GQ and with his alter ego “The Unknown Hipster.” His adventures are well documented on his blog by the same name, from bowling with Tom Sachs to his wanderings in Bushwick. Descriptively recounted, Delhomme is an insider with an outsider’s perspective, his experiences are to be envied. Since 2009, The Unknown Hipster has made his way to whatever important art or fashion events have taken place as well as reflecting on the quieter moments of his life. A new book will compile the best stories from the blog from a new imprint called August Editions started by Dung Ngo, the senior editor of architecture and design publications at Rizzoli. To celebrate the launch of the book a reception will be held next Thursday at Bookmarc with a second event at Colette on December 15.

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FEATURES

Alya Kazakevich

By Raven Keller
Alya Kazakevich in her shop in the Lower East Side

Photo: Rose Callahan

On a damp and muggy summer morning on the Lower East Side, Alya Kazakevich slowly stitched up the edges of a leather coin purse and recalled her childhood in Eastern…

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Workstead

By Tom Ran
Partners Robert Highsmith and Stefanie Brechbuehler

Photo: Samuel Bristow

Stefanie Brechbuehler and Robert Highsmith, are the partners behind Workstead. The two met at Rhode Island School of Design while studying architecture and opened their studio in 2009,…

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M.Nii John Moore

By Tom Ran
M.Nii Tailor, Waianae, Hawaii 1959

Photo: Tom McBride

The photo is one of the few relics that remain of M.Nii’s history. An image that recalls the golden age of American surf culture. Three friends in front…

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