Studio On Fire



Today I would like to introduce to you a very special book. This is a compilation of work by Ben Levitz’s Design Studio (and Letterpress Service) Studio On Fire. The book of the same name was published by Gestalten and shows Studio on Fire’s many small and large art works. This book is a true source of inspiration and does not cease to amaze how rich in detail work is becoming thanks to traditional printing techniques. For anybody who wants to take a look behind the scenes of Studio On Fire, watch the video below:

Video by gestalten tv.

Gestalten Verlag: Studio On Fire is at the forefront of the current letterpress movement—the rediscovery of old printing machines and techniques by young designers. The phenomenal detail and haptic sensuousness of their work have made this Minnesota-based company a seminal reference for how to effectively blend current and classical graphic design styles with production methods.

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Arabesque 2 – Graphic Design from the Arab World and Persia


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Fall is here. The days are getting shorter, the wind is cold and the temperature is getting frosty. Just perfect to stay home, cuddle up on the sofa and grab a good book to read. Here’s my recommendation: Arabesque 2. It was published this year in September by Die Gestalten. The two editors Ben Wittner and Sascha Thoma take you to the arabic and persian world. Impressively they show us how cultural and modern influences mix into its own new style.

Die Gestalten Verlag: “Arabesque 2 is a collection of recent cutting-edge work by young designers and activists from the Arab world and Iran. The examples of typography, graphic design, logos, editorial design, and illustration presented here chart a compelling course between local visual convention and a modern international style that is emblematic of the increasing cultural emancipation of the entire Middle East. The book’s rich selection of groundbreaking visuals is supplemented by texts and interviews that describe the environments in which the featured designers and artists work. Arabesque 2 also includes a preface by John Martin, co-founder of Art Dubai, and a CD-ROM with 4 typefaces related to its themes.”

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Designing logos – Inspiration


As a graphic designer one of the most frequent tasks is designing a logo. A large and well arranged collection of different logos can be found in the book Symbol by Angus Hyland and Steven Bateman published by Laurence King Publishing Ltd. The book contains 1300 symbols which are grouped by different visual attributes. Every symbol has information about its client, designer, logo meaning and origin respectively. A few selected logos have a more information about their development process. I like skimming through this book, sometimes just to read one of the development stories, but I also like going through the book just before I start a new project for Cohezion simply to get myself into a creative mode. Definitely a very recommendable book.About the authors: Angus Hyland studied Art and Design at the Royal College of Art. He has been partner at Pentagram, London since 1998. Hyland has already published 5 books including C/ID: Visual Identity and Branding for the Arts and the Picture Book: Contemporary Illustration. Steve Bateman is a freelance writer who has worked together with leading design agencies of the UK. Bateman regularly writes articles for the Grafik magazine. He also writes for Nico, Varoom and ISTD Condensed.

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