Gestalten TV

Coralie Bickford-Smith on Book Design for Gestalten.

Coralie Bickford-Smith In-house designer of Penguin Books, is the subject of this latest release for Gestalten TV. Her role as an in house designer for Penguin has allowed her to create incredible designs for a popular book series that has attracted worldwide attention.

Bickford-Smith talks about her opportunity to work with sumptuous materials and Victorian binding that she has infused with modern interpretations to update these classics. Her design work which was introduced in Gestalten’s Fully Booked: Ink on Paper show the influence of the golden age of the  craft of bookmaking and publishing.

In video below, Bickford-Smith talks about the process of book design and the significant role of research, her process, and how she got struck by the book of love at a very early age. She also talks about why the best in book design is yet to come.

The Life of Cycle, Gestalten and Velo – 2nd Gear.

velo2_sideOne of the reasons I like Gestalten, besides the fact that they make really cool books, is the fact that they produce short films to promote them. Really well made little films that sometimes extend the content of the book, and sometimes promote it. In the case of “The Life of Cycle” they are promoting their new book “Velo – 2nd Gear”.

The video not only promotes the contents of the book, it introduces you to individuals that are featured in it, places mentioned int he book, and shows of the wonderful page layouts that make up the book itself.

Velo – 2nd Gear illuminates and celebrates contemporary bike culture from classic to high tech. From the fixed gear scene to fashionable city cruisers. In addition this book showcases today’s most outstanding and unusual bicycles and their riders.

The book introduces coveted manufacturers, specialized boutiques, and historical tours. Velo – 2nd Gear also explains how each bike scene cultivates its own distinct codes through everything from the choice of bike frames, clothing, and by visiting specific events or establishments. The book shows why, for more and more people, bikes have  replaced their cars as the mode of transporatation that best express their identity.

Monday Inspiration, “Type Nerd”.

Any graphic designer that is worth their weight is a type nerd. You might not admit it in public, but deep down you know you are. Jessica Hische is a type nerd and isn’t afraid to tell the world. Why? Because she is one of the best type designers going today.

About a month ago, Gestalten held a two day workshop with Hische and recorded the session as well as an interview with her. The video below is a little Monday inspiration from an ADC Young Gun and one of Print Magazine’s “New Visual Artists”. Enjoy.

The Design of Service and Education.

It’s Friday and I am rendering a rather large video which has my Mac tied up for the next 30 minutes. So, what do I do when rendering video? I look for inspiration on the internet. This morning I found “The Design of Service and Education” from the folks at Gestalten. It features the founder of IDEO, Bill Moggridge, and is worth a watch.

As founder of the legendary Silicon Valley-based design company IDEO and current director of the Smithsonian Institution’s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum in NYC, Bill Moggridge surely knows a thing or two about the value, function, and importance of design. Gestalten.tv met the man who designed the first ever laptop to realize why today’s increasing services are a design opportunity, to discover the richness of variety of the Cooper-Hewitt’s historical collection, and to learn why design in the US still needs to get more recognition.