Soviet Infographics (via Seher Shah)

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Your Vigor for Life Appalls Me: Robert Crumb Letters 1958-1977
by Robert Crumb

264-page black & white 6” x 9” softcover • $19.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-560-0

Ships in: September 2012 (subject to change) — Pre-Order Now

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“R. Crumb’s writing, a dimension of his comics that usually passes underappreciated, receives a welcome spotlight in these sparsely illustrated letters that exhibit the artist’s ear for the American vernacular.” — Rain Taxi Review of Books

“I feel that my work is but a feeble expression of something that in itself is vague and doubtful… Sometimes when I probe myself I find that my intentions in art aren’t as sincere as they should be… Subconsciously I want to make myself immortal among men, leave my mark on the earth to compensate for social inadequacy… So I draw.” — R. Crumb, 1961

Spanning the most formative era of his life, from the painful years of adolescence to the fame and fortune of early adulthood, this collection of personal correspondences with two near-lifelong friends sheds light on the artistic development, bitter struggle, and ultimate triumph of the world’s greatest living cartoonist.

Crumb writes about many key events in his life: the dissolution of his first marriage, the pain of being separated from his first child, his troubles with the IRS, and his obsessions with comics, music and women (including his earliest experiences with Aline Kominsky-Crumb, now his wife of over 30 years). An entertaining and revealing look into the mind of a great artist and thinker; this is Crumb’s sketchbook of words, featuring scores of rare art, including entire letters drawn in cartoon form.

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The streets of London, as captured by London photographer Vent Fury for adidas Originals.

London, July 28-29, 2012.


Habitat 67, or simply Habitat, is a model community and housing complex in MontrealCanada designed by IsraeliCanadian architect Moshe Safdie. It was originally conceived as his master’s thesis in architecture at McGill University and then built as a pavilion for Expo 67, the World’s Fair held from April to October 1967. It is located at 2600 Avenue Pierre-Dupuy on the Marc-Drouin Quay next to the Saint Lawrence River.

Habitat 67 comprises 354 identical, prefabricated concrete forms arranged in various combinations, reaching up to 12 storeys in height. Together these units create 148 residences of varying sizes and configurations, each formed from between one to eight linked concrete units. The complex originally contained 158 apartments, but several apartments have since been joined to create larger units, reducing the total number. Each unit is connected to at least one private terrace, which can range from approximately 225 to 1,000 square feet (20.9 to 93 m2) in size.

The development was designed to integrate the benefits of suburban homes, namely gardens, fresh air, privacy, and multilevelled environments, with the economics and density of a modern urban apartment building. It was believed to illustrate the new lifestyle people would live in increasingly crowded cities around the world. Safdie’s goal for the project to be affordable housing largely failed: demand for the building’s units has made them more expensive than originally envisioned. In addition, the existing structure was originally meant to only be the first phase of a much larger complex, but the high per unit cost of approximately C$140,000 prevented that possibility.

The theme of Expo 67 was “Man and his World”, taken from Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s memoir Terre des hommes (literally “land of men”, though it was published under the title Wind, Sand and Stars). Housing was also one of the main themes of Expo 67. Habitat 67 then became a thematic pavilion visited by thousands of visitors who came from around the world, and during the expo also served as the temporary residence of the many dignitaries visiting Montreal.

Modelo comunitario Habitad 67


Last thursday at D&AD New Blood I was lucky enough to attend an event run by publishers Laurence King. It was mainly a discussion between a few of the in-house team there, Laurence King himself, part time creative director Angus Hyland (also Partner at Pentagram) and the illustrator/author Marion Deuchars.

Was great to find out more about how a book gets published, from it’s initial conception to the final design. As well as hearing their thoughts on how the publishing industry is changing. My particular highlight was hearing advice from Angus (pictured above, with his book cover designs below that), who is a bit of a hero of mine, not just for his work but also the wide range of other things he is involved in. Anyway his advice was;

  • Keep trying until you get a rejection, be persistent but not an annoyance.
  • Always spell check everything and make sure you have the name of someone to contact (and spell that right too).
  • Dig a little deeper when complimenting someone on their work, don’t just say you like the last few things they did.

He also said the 3 things he looks for in a designer;

  1. Good craft skills
  2. Creativity
  3. Enthusiasm

Overall it was a great event, and lovely of Laurence King to have some students along. Go have a look at their website and buy some books! Would recommend some, but there are far too many great ones to choose from, so go see for yourself.