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Finding Forte—A Typographic Search for Traces
“Forte,” this lively and friendly typeface that everyone knows, has been used, misused, and overused for over six decades now, ever since it was published by The Monotype Corporation in 1962. Well-known figures in the typographic world like Stanley Morison and Vincent Connare have stood in the limelight of this typeface’s sprightly lifelines. But the typeface’s designer, Karl Reißberger, remained little known. Until now.

This book traverses the world in search of “findings” such as Reißberger’s early posters, original designs, and advertising materials to trace the origin story of the “typeface everyone knows.” Sixty years after “Forte’s” first appearance, it has found new life as Toshi Omagari’s revised typeface, “Forte Forward.” Its release accompanies this book.

Also finding its way into this book on Forte are the artistic visions of thirty-one contemporary artists who have examined “Forte’s” formal language in dialog with its historical outlines. The interpretations of these international creatives open up new approaches to typography.

Editors: Mara Reissberger, Tom Koch
Publisher: Slanted Publishers
Release: September 2022
Format: 17 × 24 cm
Volume: 224 pages
Language: English, German
Workmanship: Hardcover with glossy spot varnish, thread-stitching, full color
ISBN: 978-3-948440-42-8
Price: € 29.–

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The Nest—The CalArts Poster Archive Print By Scott Massey
The Nest is a book, conceived and designed by Scott Massey, about process—the process of designing, and how it changes both what we make and who we are. The Nest is also a book about memory—how memory builds up in layers and influences our experiences, as well as the things we make. The focus of The Nest is a series of posters created in celebration of the exhibition Inside Out & Upside Down: Posters from CalArts 1970–2019. The Nest documents Scott Massey’s use of appropriation, collage, layering and re-working to generate 200 unique and vibrant compositions that each tell a different story about creative discovery.

The Nest was born when Massey, a CalArts alum, was commissioned by curator Michael Worthington to design and print a poster for the Inside Out & Upside Down exhibition. Due to the outbreak of COVID-19, the exhibition at the Redcat in Los Angeles, CA had been postponed. With the world still in the throes of the global pandemic, this was seen as a time to dig deeper, to reflect on what makes each of us unique and what inspires our lives. At the heart of The Nest is an interest in the way form-making can be influenced by not just the circumstances of the present moment, but just as much by history—from the Bauhaus to Swiss Modernism to the variants of Postmodernism that stemmed from CalArtsand Cranbrook.

Using elements that represent the history and range of the storied CalArts poster archive, this project is an exploration of aesthetic strategies brought to life by blending both digital and analog processes. Layer by layer, step by step, The Nest closely examines each phase of designing those 200 posters. It is a celebration of process and a deep dive into the ever-evolving design values that guide one along the creative process. The Nest is full of personal narratives, conversations about process, the always difficult journey of making, and how memories can guide and inspire. Through interviews, essays, and conversations among designers, The Nest looks to illuminate what it truly takes to start something and to keep going no matter the resistance, until you find your way out.

Conversations and writing by: Denise Gonzales Crisp & Gail Swanlund / Ed Fella & Martin Venezky / Bijan Berahimi, Stefano Giustiniani & Laura Bernstein / Ethan A. Stewart / Juliette Bellocq & Louise Sandhaus / Ian Lynam / Paul Sahre, George Bates & Scott Massey / David Karwan & Michael Worthington  / Joseph Conway / Martin Venezky & Jon Sueda

The Nest—The CalArts Poster Archive Print:
Freedom to Fall Flat On Your Face or the Space To Create A New History.

Publisher: Slanted Publishers
Concept and Design: Scott Massey
Editors: Ethan A.Stewart
Release: September 2022
Format: 216 × 278 mm
Volume: 272 pages
Language: English
Workmanship: Hardcover
Printing: Offset with fluorescents and metallic spot colours by Stober Medien
Binding: Thread-stitching
ISBN: 978-3-948440-11-4
Price: € 45.–
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American Bauhaus By Erik Schmitt
American Bauhaus creates a unique space for the history of Black Mountain College, which provided a new creative home for many World War II refugees in Europe from 1933 to 1957 and allowed the Bauhaus to live on in the United States. A unique place of freedom and creativity that became home to some of the most impor­tant artists of the 20th century!

In 1992, the Partner and Creative Director at studio1500 Erik Schmitt attended the reunion of Black Mountain College in San Francisco. The school is credited with shaping some of the greatest artists in American history: Willem de Kooning, John Cage, Merce Cunningham, Buckminster Fuller, Franz Kline, and Robert Rauschenberg among them. Schmitt was invited because his two aunts and their family friend Ruth Asawa attended BMC. He took extensive notes that day and took photographs at the cocktail party after the event at Ruth Asawa’s home. Those quotes and photographs are the foundation of the book American Bauhaus.

Each quote has a page devoted to it. The quote is presented in its entirety along with the time it was uttered. A fragment of the quote is also reproduced at a large scale bleeding off the edge of the page and traveling onto the following spread. In essence, it is an evocation of the interplay of the conversation that took place on that day. The name of the book, American Bauhaus was inspired by a quote Erik Schmitt recorded on the day of the reunion by Peter Oberlander who remembered Joseph Albers saying “Black Mountain is a minimal version of the Bauhaus … Go there.”

American Bauhaus

Publisher: Slanted Publishers
Content and Design: Erik Schmitt
Release: May 2022
Format: 17.78 × 25.4 cm
Volume: 112 pages
Language: English
Cardboard: Metapaper EcoFibres Jute, 300 g/sm
Paper: Metapaper Extrarough Warm White, 105 g/sm
Printing: Silkscreen printing (cover), offset printing with spot color
Bookbinding: Open stitch binding, black thread
Printer: Stober Medien
ISBN 978-3-948440-38-1
Price: € 29.– / $ 35.–
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