Bookshelf News

Posted on Monday, October 15, 2012 by Lindsey Westbrook

Work from California
Moravian Gallery, 2012
Paperback, 64 pages, $5

Graphic Design faculty member Jon Sueda curated the exhibition this catalogue documents, and edited and designed the book. It features the work of numerous exceptional graphic designers who are based in California and make work that directly interprets or reflects upon California as subject matter. The featured designers include CCA faculty members Bob Aufuldish, Jeremy Mende, Martin Venezky, Eric Heiman, Christopher Simmons, Emily McVarish, Geoff Kaplan, Brett McFadden, and Scott Thorpe, and recent alumnus James Edmondson. Graduate Design faculty member Megan Lynch also contributed interviews to the publication. The show took place at the 25th International Biennial of Graphic Design Brno in the Czech Republic in 2012.

To order the book, please email marie.pazderkova@moravska-galerie.cz.

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Posted on Monday, October 15, 2012 by Lindsey Westbrook

Make It So: Interaction Design Lessons from Science Fiction
Rosenfeld Media, 2012
Paperback/PDF, $39

Many designers enjoy seeing the interfaces created for science fiction films and television shows. Freed from the rigorous constraints of designing for real users, sci-fi production designers develop blue-sky interfaces that are inspiring, humorous, and even instructive. By carefully studying these "outsider" user interfaces, designers can derive lessons that make their real-world designs more cutting edge and successful.

In Make It So, MBA in Design Strategy chair Nathan Shedroff and coauthor Christopher Noessel discuss how sci-fi interfaces have been there (almost) from the beginning; sci-fi creates a shared design language that sets audience expectations; if an interface works for an audience, there's something there that will work for users; and bad sci-fi interfaces can sometimes be the most inspiring. The book sets forth 150 lessons and 10 "meta-lessons" across hundreds of examples that developers can use to enhance their real-world interfaces.

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Posted on Monday, October 15, 2012 by Lindsey Westbrook

California Design 1930-1965: Living in a Modern Way
MIT Press, 2011
Hardcover, 360 pages, $60

Fashion Design and Visual Studies faculty member Melissa Leventon contributes the essay "Distinctly Californian: Modernism in Textiles and Fashion" to this catalogue, which accompanied a major exhibition at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the first comprehensive examination of California's mid-century modern design. The book includes 350 images (most in color) of furniture, ceramics, metalwork, architecture, graphic and industrial design, film, textiles, and fashion, and 10 incisive essays that trace the rise of the California design aesthetic, from specific design influences and innovations in solid-color commercial ceramics to inspirations from Mexico and Asia, new schools for design training, new concepts about leisure, and the conversion of wartime technologies to peacetime use.

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Posted on Monday, October 15, 2012 by Lindsey Westbrook

The Littlest Birds Sing the Prettiest Songs
Chronicle Books, 2012
Hardcover, 128 pages, $24.95

The San Francisco-based artist Jennie Smith celebrates the folk song tradition with her illustrated renderings of 13 soulful songs, including time-honored Scottish ballads, classics by the likes of the Carter Family, contemporary favorites by Gillian Welch, and more. Smith’s work was featured in the 2006 Whitney Biennial, and has been exhibited throughout the United States and internationally. The book includes a foreword from contemporary folk legend Michael Hurley, complete lyrics, and playable tablature or sheet music for each song.

The book is designed by CCA alumni Jennifer Tolo Pierce and Brooke Johnson (Graphic Design 2003).

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Posted on Monday, October 15, 2012 by Lindsey Westbrook

Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here
PM Press, 2012
Paperback, 300 pages, $20

On March 5th, 2007, a car bomb was exploded on al-Mutanabbi Street in Baghdad -- the historic center of Baghdad bookselling -- wounding more than 100 people and killing more than 30. This anthology, long in preparation, begins with a historical introduction to al-Mutanabbi Street and includes the writing of Iraqis as well as a wide swath of international poets and writers who were outraged by this attack. The publisher PM Press, is local, and the book is coedited by the San Francisco bookseller Beau Beausoleil with the poet Deema Shehabi. Steve Dickison (Writing and Literature faculty), is one of many contributors.

Exploring the question “Where does al-Mutanabbi Street start?,” the book looks at both communities and nations, seeking to show the commonality between a small street in Baghdad and other individual cultural centers. Chapters examine al-Mutanabbi Street as a place for the free exchange of ideas, a place that has long offered its sanctuary to the complete spectrum of Iraqi voices, and a place where the roots of democracy took hold many hundreds of years ago.

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Posted on Monday, October 15, 2012 by Lindsey Westbrook

Inside HBO’s Game of Thrones
Chronicle Books, 2012
Paperback, 192 pages, $14.95

Michael Morris (Graphic Design 2004) is a designer at Chronicle Books and art directed this companion to HBO's Game of Thrones, which exists in seven foreign editions and an Amazon-only special edition that includes a package and a second book that Morris designed himself.

The book gives fans new ways to enter the show’s fictional world and discover more about the characters and the plotlines. Hundreds of set photos, production and costume designs, storyboards, and insider stories reveal how the show's creators translated George R. R. Martin's best-selling fantasy series into the world of Westeros. It features interviews with key actors and crew members that capture scripted and unscripted moments from the first two seasons, as well as a preface by George R. R. Martin. It is bound in a lavishly debossed padded cover.

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Posted on Monday, October 15, 2012 by Lindsey Westbrook

The Art of Nonfiction Movie Making
Praeger, 2012
Hardcover, 248 pages, $48

The past few years have featured such blockbusters as Super-Size Me, Fahrenheit 9/11, Sicko, March of the Penguins, and An Inconvenient Truth. And as news articles proclaim a new era in the history of documentary films, more and more new directors are making their first film a nonfiction one. But in addition to posing all of the usual challenges inherent to more standard filmmaking, documentaries also present unique problems that need to be understood from the outset. Where does the idea come from? How do you raise the money? How much money do you need? What visual style is best suited to the story? What are the legal issues involved? And how can a film reach that all-important milestone and find a willing distributor?

Film Program chair Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman (co-founders of Telling Pictures Inc. and Academy Award-winning documentary filmmakers) tackle all of these important questions with examples and anecdotes from their own careers.

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Posted on Monday, September 17, 2012 by Allison Byers

When Doug Caldwell went to see the movie X-Men, he wasn't thinking about his day job. But what he saw would change his life ... and the way the U.S. military makes war.

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Posted on Thursday, September 13, 2012 by Lindsey Westbrook

Gilgamesh
Contra Mundum Press, 2012
Paperback, 344 pages, $18

Composed over 2,500 years, then lost in the deserts of Iraq for 2,000 more, Gilgamesh presents a palimpsest of ancient Middle Eastern cultic and courtly lyrics and lore. It is the story of a visionary journey beyond the limits of human experience. The legends it collects ultimately informed Greek and Egyptian myths, Hebrew Scriptures, and Islamic literature. Scholarly translations of Gilgamesh often dilute the expressive force of the material through overzealous erudition. Popular versions of the poem frequently gloss over gaps in the text with accessible and comforting, but ultimately falsely ecumenical language. In this new version, Stuart Kendall (Critical Studies chair) animates the latest scholarship with a contemporary poetic sensibility, inspired by the pagan worldview of the ancient work. Transcriptions of all of the available tablets and tales have been harnessed to present a fluid and holistic text, true to the archaic mind.

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Posted on Thursday, September 13, 2012 by Lindsey Westbrook

No Straight Lines: Four Decades of Queer Comics
Fantagraphics, 2012
Hardcover, 304 pages, $35

This book, edited by Writing and Literature faculty member Justin Hall, showcases some of the best and most interesting queer comics of the last four decades. The work tackles complex issues of identity and a changing society with intelligence, humor, and imagination. No Straight Lines showcases major names such as Alison Bechdel, Howard Cruse, and Ralf Koenig; high-profile, cross-over creators who have dabbled in LGBT cartooning, such as the legendary artist David Wojnarowicz and media darling and advice columnist Dan Savage; and many talented but lesser known creators whose work deserves wider attention.

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