My Favorite Books: Part V

Well here’s another another one that wasn’t published last year (decided just to  take the 2010 out of the title from now on), but as I acquired it recently, I’m adding it to the list.

When I was about 8, a TV advertisement used to run for a local “themed room” motel that was located nearby.  They boasted having a jungle room, a Queen of Hearts palace (w/ heart-shaped tub), a caveman cave, and even a knight’s castle.  After seeing it a couple of times, I begged my mom to let me have my upcoming birthday party there, unable to comprehend that it was for ADULTS ONLY.  Luckily my mom sort of ignored the request and suggested that I have a sleepover at the house instead.

Anyway, when I saw this book, Love Hotels: The Hidden Fantasy Rooms of Japan, I was obsessed.  Alien Abduction Play Room?  Check.   Hello Kitty S&M Room? Check.  Subway Car Room? Check.  They even have a Gulliver’s Travels Room with some sort of creepy legged snowman.  Amazingly strange.

A few rooms:

Also see My Favorite Books Part I,  Part IIPart III, Part IV

All images by Misty Keasler


My Favorite Books of 2010: Part IV

I meant to space these book posts out a bit, but my other post for today needs some editing, so here it is!  You can never indulge in too many books, right?  My other favorite book from 2010 wasn’t actually published last year (like the rest), but I did buy it last year, so I’m counting it anyway.

Otherworld Uprising, Shary Boyle

“Otherworld Uprising is the first major monograph for Toronto-based Shary Boyle, who is known for her uncanny and exquisite porcelain figurines that skillfully subvert the historical expectations inherent to this traditional material.  Through dream-like references to mythology and fairytales, her imagery illustrates female desire from a female point of view.”

Also see My Favorite Books Part I,  Part II, Part III

My Favorite Books of 2010: Part III

My third favorite book of 2010 was The Surreal House by Jane Alison.  Published in conjunction with a Barbican Art Gallery exhibit of the same name, it brings together a unique blend of art, photography, film, and architecture, while exploring the idea of dwelling as a place of mystery and wonder.

It explores “the home” in every surreal sense of the word, including “the haunted house, the cabinet of curiosities, the ruined castle, the cage, the cave, the box, the labyrinth, the bell jar, and the womb” all while showcasing classic and rare surrealists works.  Beautiful images and well written.

Also see:  My Favorite Books Part I & Part II

Naughty Vintage SciFi Novels

These are pretty amazing.  Too bad you can’t get illustration work like this anymore.. I would love it if I got a job to illustrate something entitled Those Sexy Saucer People.  Dream job!

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My Favorite Books of 2010: Part II

The second book I can’t seem to get enough of is:

Nick Cave: Meet Me at the Center of the Earth.

If you are unfamiliar with his work, he can best be described as a fabric sculptor, dancer, and performance artist, known mainly for his Soundsuits: wearable fabric sculptures that are bright, whimsical, and other-worldly.  This book is well designed, has  beautiful photos, and is full of inspiration.

My Favorite Books of 2010: Part I

Now that the holidays are over, and we have a miniature dying tree in our living room, I think it’s safe to talk about some of my favorite books this year.  I loved them all so much, I bought 2 copies of each, one as a gift and one for me (this explains why I almost went broke this Christmas).  Anyway, first up:

Maske by Phyllis Galembo

Amazing photographs that document various costumes of traditional masqueraders  and carnival characters from all over Africa.  This book is so incredible, I had a hard time edited the images to some of my favorites.

Ark Booktower

The Victoria & Albert Museum in London invited nineteen architects to submit proposals for structures that examine notions of refuge and retreat for their 1:1 exhibition. From these nineteen concept submissions, seven were selected for construction at full-scale, one of them being this massive book tower (almost 6,000 books!) by Rintala Eggertsson Architects. Pretty amazing, wish I could see the show!

On exhibition at the V & A until August 30th.

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Three Dudes & Pat, Canada 1909

Pretty great autochromes from around the world in 1909, see more here.

Throw Back Uniforms

I know it’s officially baseball season and all, but the NFL draft begins today, and that’s all it takes to get me excited about the upcoming football season.   I have been trying to get my hands on a copy of The Illustrated History of the American Football Uniform for quite awhile now, but it appears to be decades out-of-print and very hard to find.  Here are a few favorite images I have saved.

Decatur Staleys (aka: da Bears!), 1922  &  Green Bay Packers, 1921

New York Giants, 1934  &  Detroit Lions, 1940

Chicago Bears, 1936  &  Los Angeles Rams, 1948

Duluth Eskimos 1926  &  Cleveland Browns, 1950

I Lego N.Y. Book

It’s here!  I’m really excited to get Christoph Neiman’s I Lego N.Y. book, which has all the cute images that made the web-rounds a few months back.

Taro Gomi Doodle Books

OK, I just found the perfect gift..  for anyoneTaro Gomi is an illustrator whose work I have loved since before I even knew I wanted to be an illustrator.  Probably best known for his book, Everyone Poops (hehe), he also has a series of coloring/doodle/activity books that are fun for kids and adults alike.  Some pages are blank, some are a collaborative effort, and others have art directions.  My favorites include:

Draw babies. Make them as cute as you can.

Make up a recipe using rice. Draw the finished product.

Oh, no! It’s a wolf! Make sure he doesn’t eat the pigs!

The passengers are throwing confetti.

Get them HERE.

Maybe Bruce Wayne Bought It

Heritage Auction Galleries in Dallas just reported that a rare copy of Detective Comics No. 27, graded an “8″ on a scale of 10, from 1939  (where “The Batman” first appeared) just sold for a record $1,075,500.  Holy millions, Batman!

Slash: Paper Under The Knife

I’ve really been meaning to go see this at the Museum of Arts and Design.  It showcases artists who are all inspired by paper, and use it in many ways as their medium.  Slash runs through April 4th, 2010.

Ariana Boussard-Reifel

Chris Kenny

Mia Pearlman

Nava Lubelski

(detail below)

Jen Heuer

Sometimes I can’t believe how lucky I am to have such amazingly talented friends in so many different fields.  It’s truly one of the benefits to going to art school.

Jen Heuer is a graphic designer who does book covers, collages, photography and typography.  She’s like a really cute, pint-sized design monster.

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Rest In Peace Lenny

Lenny Tribute Leonard Bacich Wes Cox

Lenny Bacich passed away yesterday. His impact on generations of designers is huge; he was kind, strange and had a serious set of eyes on him. For four or five decades he was the wizard behind the curtain of the Pratt Institute Industrial Design program, the cultivator of talent, and the guardian of decades of three dimensional design principles which he has instilled in thousands of students.  He impacted my time at Pratt, and my life, in an indelible fashion.  Always youthful, inquisitive and insightful, he had a way of finding what your strengths and weaknesses were, and helped hone them into something better.  He believed in his students, he delighted in life, and his life and his work were intrinsically intertwined- he loved teaching.   I am thankful that he went in style; that he had a class today that he missed- he is and will be missed.

I don’t think there are many former students of Lenny who don’t ever think to themselves “what would Lenny say?” while they are making an aesthetic decision.  Thousands of beautiful objects look the way they do because of design decisions made while thinking “what would Lenny say?”

Wes Cox

First class with Lenny, Fall 1999

February. 4, 2010


Lenny Tribute Leonard Bacich Stephen Floyd

Lenny preached constantly that the key to making things visually interesting is found in the two simple words “Contrast and Variety. He also told us that those two words didn’t just apply to art and design, but applied to our lives as well. He told us that he lived his life by those two words… “contrast and variety”. He surrounded himself with a great variety of people with contrasting personalities and backgrounds. He sought out a variety of different experiences and contrasting opinions. He truly believed that contrast and variety wasn’t just the key to making the world visually interesting, but that those two words are also the key to leading a life full of variety, interest and excitement. I have never forgot that final lecture of my freshman year, and continue to strive to live by those same two words.

When I came to Pratt my intended major was Graphic Design. I had Lenny for 3D Design my freshman year. I excelled in his class and one day he asked what I was planning to major in. I said “Graphic Design”.  He said “No you’re not”. This banter went on for weeks until the day came when I had to declare my major and register for sophomore year classes. I saw him right before I went for my academic advisement appointment and he asked again, “What are you going to major in?” As usual, I replied… “Graphic Design”. He laughed and walked away. I was really intending on declaring graphic design as my major but when the academic advisor asked me I blurted out “Industrial Design”. I almost couldn’t believe it, but yes, that is what I said. I have never regretted that decision in part because I was able to spend 3 years taking Lenny’s classes at Pratt, and I wouldn’t be were I am today without that, being one of the most valuable parts of my education.

Stephen Floyd

First class with Lenny, Fall 1998

February. 4, 2010

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Lenny’s Lookout for great PDF downloads

Lenny was critical to the formation of this book and I highly recommend it. Elements of Design: Rowena Reed Kostellow and the Structure of Visual Relationships

Stephen and I both felt like Lenny’s design children, as  I am sure many of you did… Larry I know you did,

More of Lenny’s children…

Josh Longo

Color Maven

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