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Now Available: Fifty Type Specimens: From the Collection of...

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 10:04:06 -0500









Now Available: Fifty Type Specimens: From the Collection of Tobias Frere-Jones, a great stocking-stuffer for the holidays! More info here.

Veterans of WWII tell their stories: Ukrainian-born Sasha Maslov...

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 11:31:03 -0500

Roscoe C. Brown Jr., The Bronx, NY

Jack J. Diamond, Miami, FL

Stuart Hodes, New York, NY

Veterans of WWII tell their stories: 

Ukrainian-born Sasha Maslov circled the globe interviewing and photographing participants in World War II (soldiers, field workers, resistance fighters, and others) for Veterans: Faces of World War II. To celebrate our service members this Veterans Day, we present three Americans and excerpts from their stories:

Roscoe C. Brown Jr., The Bronx, NY
“My training occurred in Alabama, where there was a famous black university, the Tuskegee Institute. I graduated as a fighter pilot in March 1944. I left to go overseas and join the 332nd Fighter Group at Ramitelli airfield.… On March 24, 1945, I was one of the first American pilots to shoot down a jet plane. I shot down an Me 262 over the heart of Berlin. Near the end of the war, we went there to bomb a tank factory on the edge of the city. We didn’t know we were going to meet any enemy fighters. Then we heard them. They had jets coming out to attack the bombers. I flew down beneath the bombers, turned away from a jet so he didn’t see me, then turned back and blew him up.”

Jack J. Diamond, Miami, FL
“I was captured as a private first class, and it was during the coldest winter in Europe. I was wearing my galoshes, but my feet already got frozen, and it sucked! The Germans knew about my feet, and two of them took me to the hospital. But there was nothing the doctor could do, as I had no boots. However, there was a German officer who made sure that I didn’t have to walk in the woods with other prisoners without putting on my galoshes. There was not enough food for the Germans themselves, so they gave us next to nothing to eat. All Americans were treated this way, not only the Jews. There were all types of prisoners there, but they segregated us… the Americans were in one part of the prison and the Canadians in another. I was never segregated on the basis of being a Jew, but a dogface will be a dogface, no matter what army he’s in!”

Stuart Hodes, New York, NY
“You were allowed to get about ten hours of training, then you had to fly solo. I soloed at about nine hours. No sooner had I gotten the plane off the ground when it hit me that I loved flying. I loved being in charge of the machine, entering a new dimension. I was absolutely crazy about it…. [After the war] I became a dancer, a foolish thing to do. I stayed a dancer most of my life… People don’t quite understand: it’s like flying. When you fly, you’re magically taken away from the everyday world. When you dance, the same thing happens, only you’re still on the ground.”

Fred Lyon, who has been photographing San Francisco for more...

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 16:40:50 -0400





Fred Lyon, who has been photographing San Francisco for more than 75 years, presents his latest homage to that mythic city in images taken between 1940 and 1960. In honor of the new book, San Francisco Noir, the Leica Gallery is hosting an exhibition of his photographs, which opens tonight with a signing and reception, 6–8pm. 

Exhibition: San Francisco Noir
Photographs by Fred Lyon

The Gallery at Leica Store San Francisco
October 12 – December 30

Happy 90th Birthday to Futura!Nice article by Meg Miller on this...

Thu, 05 Oct 2017 10:00:32 -0400






Happy 90th Birthday to Futura!

Nice article by Meg Miller on this iconic typeface over at AIGA Eye on Design.

The book, Never Use Futura, by Doug Thomas, coming Oct 17.

Dear Data co-author, Giorgia Lupi, is interviewed on Design...

Tue, 03 Oct 2017 12:03:37 -0400




Dear Data co-author, Giorgia Lupi, is interviewed on Design Observer today, listen here!

Enjoy the peaceful pleasures of origami with Mark Boltho’s...

Tue, 03 Oct 2017 10:50:32 -0400

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Enjoy the peaceful pleasures of origami with Mark Boltho’s new book, The Art and Craft of Geometric Origami, published today by PAPress.

Happy World Architecture Day!Take a moment to consider the...

Mon, 02 Oct 2017 12:56:34 -0400


Happy World Architecture Day!

Take a moment to consider the potential of architecture – and, indeed, socially-conscious architects – to transform the lives of human beings across the globe.

Look closer with: Revolution of Forms, Eero Saarinen, Rural Studio at Twenty, Chandigarh Revealed, and Alvar Aalto Houses.

Louise Fili at the New York Art Book Fair!Saturday 9/23 at 1pm:...

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 14:22:41 -0400


Louise Fili at the New York Art Book Fair!

Saturday 9/23 at 1pm: Designer and author Louise Fili will be signing her books at the PAPress table (S02). Gràfica de les Rambles will be available, plus cool pencil sets too!

MoMA PS1, 22–25 Jackson Ave, Long Island City

Michael Bierut’s new book, Now You See It and Other Essays on...

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 09:23:01 -0400


Michael Bierut’s new book, Now You See It and Other Essays on Design, will be available at the PAPress table (S02) at the New York Art Book Fair this weekend at MoMA PS1. Get it early, not on sale until 11/7!

MoMA PS1, 22–25 Jackson Ave, Long Island City

PAPress at THE NY ART BOOK FAIRVisit Princeton Architectural...

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 14:54:32 -0400



Visit Princeton Architectural Press at the New York Art Book Fair this Thur-Sun at MoMA PS1! We’ll be selling new Fall books and backlist favorites at 30% off.

Table S02

Thursday 9/21 – Sunday 9/24

MoMA PS1, 22–25 Jackson Ave, Long Island City

Handcrafted Maine on our Instagram!Join Katy Kelleher and Greta...

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 14:01:53 -0400





Handcrafted Maine on our Instagram!

Join Katy Kelleher and Greta Rybus, authors of Handcrafted Maine, as they take over the Princeton Architectural Press Instagram feed to share some images from their trips around the seraphic lands of Maine and the avid artisan culture that permeates the Pine Tree State. Here’s a sneak peek of what you can expect:

“To meet the makers featured in Handcrafted Maine, we drove down windy dirt roads, hiked through fields of high grass, rode in aluminum boats to the rocky islands of the Atlantic, and coasted over miles of frozen lake in the back of a dogsled. We saw parts of Maine we never knew existed, and met people who are living bold, fearless lives away from it all. We spoke with brewers and painters, weavers and farmers. In our Instagram takeover, we’ll bring you along with us into the wild forests and private islands of Maine.”

Mail BoxDesigned by Present & Correct

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 11:36:26 -0400

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Mail Box

Designed by Present & Correct

Only a few weeks left to enter our open poster call!Entries due...

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 12:32:03 -0400


Only a few weeks left to enter our open poster call!

Entries due midnight June 30th.

Open Call: Posters for Change

Fri, 09 Jun 2017 17:39:54 -0400

Designer spotlight: Katty HuertasKatty Huertas, a recent submitter to our Posters for Change open call, is a Colombian designer currently based in the Washington D.C. area. Her work explores the female identity, double standards, animal rights, and other subjects. Huertas works in a variety of mediums that include painting, sculpture, fiber art, digital drawing, and animation. In this conversation with Princeton Architectural Press, she describes the relationship between political urgency and design.PAP: What was the impetus behind your Climate Change Is Real digital poster?The idea came to me after Trump announced he was going to pull out of the Paris Climate Accord. Before he was elected, especially with the Obamas living there, I remember looking at the White House as a place of hope.I lived in Southern Florida for five years, and I remember seeing Trump’s buildings near the beach. Back then they didn’t mean anything to me. However, hearing the announcement of his presidency made me think of those buildings going slowly under water, a real concern for Florida.I decided to mix these two ideas, so I illustrated the not-so-hopeful White House going under water. The digital poster has an animated GIF version in which you can see water flowing up and down.PAP: For easy reproduction, most political graphics since the sixties have been made by silkscreen printing, or by illustration software. With the exception of the Climate Change is Real poster you just described, why do you often gravitate toward painting instead?When I want immediate results I gravitate toward digital production for the reasons you describe.When I paint, I have a very specific plan in mind. For example, I did a self-portrait series that dealt with identity, image, and obsession. For me, the idea of painting reinforced the notion of obsession. I think that when someone sees a painting instead of a flat vector shape, it is easier for them to imagine the work that went into it.PAP: What was your reaction when Trump pulled out of the Paris Climate Accord last week?It felt like a huge step in the wrong direction. I recently watched this video which shows how the Republican Party has changed its views on climate change. This used to be a bipartisan concern, and it’s really amazing to witness the mental gymnastics they employ to deny something that most scientists—and even their past selves—agree on.But to be honest, what surprises and depresses me the most is the attitude of regular people who believe in what they say. Although inexcusable, if some politicians are getting paid to deny science, at least there is a logic behind their behavior. I simply don’t understand what a regular person gets out of it. When I uploaded the animated version of the Climate Change is Real poster to my Tumblr, I got a comment that said, “Yes it always changes, duhh.” I went to this person’s page and it was full of Trump propaganda. I just don’t get it.PAP: What is the most clever political poster you’ve seen recently? Who are your favorite artists that combine political practice and design?I saw this image by Jaime Anderson titled My Body, My Choice and I thought it was so clever. I also love the work of Kelli Anderson, especially the animation she did for National Public Radio’s report “Talking While Female.” Kenzo Mayama Kramarz’s project on Trump’s tweets called “First Hundred Tweets” is also visually stunning and informative.Posters for Change, our open call for submissions of political designs, has been extended to June 30. Please visit our website for information on how to submit.The digital poster (above) and the painting Women’s Rights Are Human Rights (below) were both created by Kat[...]

Type Directors Club: Create Your Own Lettering with Martina...

Mon, 05 Jun 2017 10:55:30 -0400




Type Directors Club: Create Your Own Lettering with Martina Flor
June 10 @ 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
This TDC event is sold out but the book (The Golden Secrets of Lettering) is available now!

The Library Journal says, “This gorgeously written, well-argued...

Sat, 03 Jun 2017 18:24:33 -0400


The Library Journal says, “This gorgeously written, well-argued title will help backyard gardeners see all creatures, from insects to elk, as visitors to be welcomed rather than pests to be removed.”

Nancy Lawson will be signing copies of her new book, The Humane Gardener, in Maryland, Delaware, and New York in the first weeks of June. This book sold out quickly in April but now it’s back in stock — so there’s still plenty of time in the current season to implement the strategies you’ll find within. Get yours signed here:

June 3
Behnke Nurseries
Beltsville, MD

June 10
Bombay Hook Wildlife Refuge
Smyrna, DE

June 11
Green Festival Expo
New York City

June 16
Northshire Bookstore
Saratoga Springs, NY

June 17
Garden Tour
Saratoga Springs, NY


Call for Entries — Deadline: June 15 June 30thPrinceton...

Mon, 22 May 2017 11:48:28 -0400


Call for Entries — Deadline: June 15 June 30th

Princeton Architectural Press calls for original posters advocating for social and environmental justice, economic equality, and human rights. 

As many as 100 posters will be chosen to be published in book form. 

All royalties will be donated to organizations who support progressive causes.

sciencefocus: In this beautiful image each digit of pi is...

Tue, 09 May 2017 11:33:19 -0400



In this beautiful image each digit of pi is connected to its successive digit. The outer ring is divided into segments that represent the numbers 0 to 9, each of which has its own colour. The connecting lines show links to the positions of the numerically corresponding segments. For example, the “14” in “3.14…” is drawn as a link between segment 1 at position 2 and segment 4 at position 3.

It comes from The Book of Circles, a new book from author and designer Manuel Lima, which celebrates the beauty and versatility of circles.

Image © Cristian Ilies Vasile

Brillante Pencils by Louise Fili: 6 metallic colors in a...

Mon, 08 May 2017 17:52:43 -0400



Brillante Pencils by Louise Fili: 6 metallic colors in a beautiful box. See more on the DieLine blog.

Also available: Tutti Frutti Pencils for coloring & Perfetto Pencils for writing and correcting.

In the Hudson Valley this Saturday!PAPress moved to our office...

Thu, 04 May 2017 15:08:46 -0400


In the Hudson Valley this Saturday!

PAPress moved to our office in Hudson last year, and this year we are so excited to be a local publisher participating in the Hudson Children’s Book Festival. We hope you can come join us to take a peek at some of our brand new children’s titles (as well as old favorites). The festival will feature readings and meet and greets with 75 children’s and young adult authors and illustrators, live performances, food, fun and more!

Saturday May, 6th, 2017
10 am to 2:30 pm 
215 Harry Howard Avenue
Hudson, NY
Free and open to the public

Full details on participating exhibitors, authors, and performers including information on free transportation to and from the festival.