The New Yorker Encyclopedia of Cartoons

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Packed with nearly 100 years of New Yorker cartoons, The New Yorker Encyclopedia of Cartoons: A Semi-Serious A-to-Z Archive is a two-volume collection of thousands of the wittiest, most cutting and relatable blips of social commentary. Organized by long-tenured editor Bob Mankoff, this encyclopedia is less an index than it is insightful commentary on the past 20 years of life in the Western world.

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Seetal Solanki’s visually striking Why Materials Matter is an investigation into the materials—manmade and organic—that make up the world around us. From its bold green exterior to the individually captivating images inside, readers will be hooked as Solanki explores ancient dyeing techniques to current endeavors by artists, designers, scientists and more to create new materials, in turn creating a better world.

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Hannah Starkey: Photographs 1997-2017

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With pages and pages of photographer Hannah Starkey’s tender portraits of women, Hannah Starkey: Photographs 1997-2017 spans generations, backgrounds and intentions. Starkey’s photographs are personal but somehow distant, contemplative and cinematic, evocative and striking. This book is a thoughtful collection for those interested in exploring the concept of the female gaze. Price is in Pounds.

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Perhaps the USA’s most significant and influential graphic designer, Paul Rand (who created iconic logos for IBM, UPS and many other brands) was, and remains, undeniably important to the industry. Featuring 200 illustrations and 27 essays, Paul Rand: A Designer’s Art is a comprehensive guide to his work, philosophy, methods and impact. Visually enthralling, insightful, and educational—this book is for designers and enthusiasts alike.

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The Current: New Wheels for the Post-Petrol Age

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From eco-friendly power to wild designs, The Current: New Wheels for the Post-Petrol Age showcases the future of bikes—as well as a few cars and three-wheelers. From the stunning wooden and steel AVIONICS V1 to Alta Motors’ Redshift St concept, Cake’s striking Kalk, designs by Night Shift and more, the book is full of covetable bicycles. Readers can delve into the electric revolution over 208 pages—exploring engineering, design, custom creations, classic brands and more.

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Menu Design in America

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With 100+ years of printed menu graphics, Menu Design in America is more than a design book—it’s a big slice of nostalgia. With plenty of information by design writer Steven Heller and culinary historian John Mariani, the pages offer a plethora of history surrounding the culinary and graphic arts. Whether the creations are classy, kitsch or somewhere between, they each add value to the rich catalogue.

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Barry McGee Catalogue

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Writer Katya Tylevich’s Barry McGee, which examines the beloved multidisciplinary artist, is the accompanying catalogue and essay from McGee’s show at Cheim & Read earlier this year. With sketches, photos and more, the 72-page book traces his delightfully uncategorizable work—and thankfully doesn’t attempt to explain it.

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The latest from LA-based publisher Hamburger Eyes, No. 36: The Continuing Story of Life on Earth, is a 120-page perfect-bound collection of the beloved Boston Herald photographer Arthur Pollock’s work. Hamburger Eyes has been publishing—be it on Xeroxed paper or otherwise—for almost 18 years now.

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Zanele Muholi: Somnyama Ngonyama, Hail the Dark Lioness

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Zanele Muholi’s Somnyama Ngonyama, Hail the Dark Lioness features 90+ self-portraits that explore the complex existence of black women. Each image is powerful and different from the last—exploring race, sexuality, gender, identity and more in thoughtfully provocative ways. “I am producing this photographic document to encourage individuals in my community to be brave enough to occupy spaces—brave enough to create without fear of being vilified,” Muholi says. Also within the pages are 20 written contributions—including a conversation with curator, writer and art historian Renée Mussai.

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The Japanese Garden

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Across 300+ pages, garden designer Sophie Walker explores the magic of the Japanese Garden—from 800 years of history to the various aesthetics and philosophies incorporated. Undeniably, the Japanese garden is an art form of its own, and a living one. This book features 100 examples—with accompanying essays and notes by artists, architects and more.

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Pixy Liao: Experimental Relationship Vol. 1

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Brooklyn-based, Shanghai-raised Pixy Liao explores relationships—specifically expectations of Chinese women within heterosexual couplings—through her striking photography. “I started to experiment with this relationship. I would set up all kinds of situations for Moro and I to perform in the photos. My photos explore the alternative possibilities of heterosexual relationships,” she pens in Experimental Relationship Vol. 1. The book, which won the Juror’s Special Mention of Aperture at the Paris Photo Book Awards, is just part of her ongoing Experimental Relationship project.

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Mickalene Thomas: I Can’t See You Without Me

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Focused on some of her most significant muses, Mickalene Thomas: I Can’t See You Without Me is a gorgeous collection of the Brooklyn-based multi-disciplinary artist’s portraits. With plenty of her signature rhinestone-adorned pieces, the selection of work draws inspiration from classic portraiture, popular culture, blaxploitation and beyond. Exploring identity, sexuality, race and agency, Thomas depicts her subjects in a manner that is somehow grounded and tender, but other-worldly and ethereal at the same time.

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The Art of the Fold: How to Make Innovative Books and Paper Structures

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Offering insight and instruction on how to make all kinds of folded creations, artist Hedi Kyle (who also worked as Head Conservator at the American Philosophical Society and Adjunct Professor at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia) explores the art of paper structures in this 192-page tome. From blizzard books to the fishbone fold and beyond, there are plenty of projects, but the book also helps to build the foundations on which to invent your own structures. It’s a thoughtful and comprehensive book that elevates the concept of “crafting.”

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Steve McCurry: A Life in Pictures

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Over 392 pages and 40 years of work, Steve McCurry: A Life in Pictures is incredibly extensive. From his first foray into journalistic photography during the 1977 Johnstown floods to his “Afghan Girl” photo, to today, the book contains some 350 images—of which 100 have never been published. Along with personal anecdotes, notes and artifacts, the book is a comprehensive insight into a fascinating career.

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Atlas of Brutalist Architecture

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There are 878 buildings by 798 architects stuffed into the aptly titled Atlas of Brutalist Architecture. Readers can browse over 1,000 photographs of these glorious structures—some still standing, others long gone—across 560 pages. The oft-misunderstood style is celebrated in all its emotive and powerful glory throughout this comprehensive book.

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Design for Children

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Kimberlie Birks’ Design for Children is a 536-page history lesson on child-oriented design—from furniture to toys, accessories, vehicles and more. Inside, there are 650 illustrations that preserve the timeless designs of yesteryear and promote the quality ones that still exist today; they’re stylish, functional and thoughtful products that serve (or served) a significant purpose in children’s lives.

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