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Perfect Pair of 2011 Calendars

I just tore the November page off my 365 Typography Calendar and though I've got all of December until I'll need a new one, I thought I'd point out a pair of excellent 2011 calendars. As one of two members of the Dwell creative team without a smart phone, I'm still very much in the habit of writing my appointments down. And nothing suits me better than seeing a massive wall calendar filled up with trips, meetings, and dinners. Here are two I'd be happy to tack up, and considering that I'm moving into a bigger apartment later this month, I just might.
December 2, 2010
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Penguin Postcards

Fie on all your letter-pressed stationary cuteness, your silly squirrels and schooners! Save on postage! Send a postcard! Better still, send one emblazoned with a classic book jacket from the prince of paperbacks Penguin. The new box set Postcards from Penguin: One Hundred Book Covers in One Box displays the best in Penguins cover design in postcard form. So drop a note, or better yet, stuff a stocking.  
November 9, 2010
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Evil People in Modern Homes

I was wandering around William Stout's architectural bookstore the other day when I came across Yale University graphic design student Benjamin Critton's wonderful tabloid treatise Evil People in Modern Homes in Popular Films. It's been noted many times that villains always wind up in cool modern homes in movies, but here's a sustained take on the phenomenon (in newsprint, no less) that spans the design and film canon from Diamonds are Forever to the Big Lebowski. I had a chat with Critton and here's what he had to say about his project.
October 21, 2010
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Gusto: A Guide to Restaurant Design

Just as the whole is greater than the sum of its parts, "the essence of restaurant design cannot be found in any one element but in the unity of all ingredients working together to create a singular experience." So begins the book Gusto: A Journey Through Culinary Design. Capitalizing on publisher Gingko Press's ability to cull together top-notch examples of graphic and interior design, Gusto is a tasty roundup of nearly 60 restaurants, bars, and cafes—event mobile eateries—from around the world (presented in 256 pages overflowing with 750 photos and illustrations).  
October 21, 2010
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On the Level

Sadly there's no blueprint for how to best work with an architect. Follow the example of the Smiths, though, and you'll come out ahead.
October 12, 2010
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Ill Communication

The Joneses went for a splashy starchitect to design their new home. Then things took a turn for the worse.
October 12, 2010
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Exploded View

There is so much rolled up in a building—form, function, historical reference, materials, craftsmanship—that developing a comprehensive opinion on its design can be daunting. If you want to decode what exactly separates inspired buildings from insipid ones, realize that you’ve got to get past your initial gut response.
October 12, 2010
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Beyond Thunderdome

Ten years from now, a hundred, a thousand? Yeah, we know what architecture will look like then.
October 12, 2010