Underground Japan: Art on the street, now online & in print

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[Alyson Kuhn] Nancy Peacock and Guy Cooper have just digitally published Underground Japan, a book of photos of Japanese manhole covers, taken on their trip last fall. They selected Blurb.com as their publisher, bookstore and gallery — showing how quickly technology has evolved the way books are produced and enjoyed.

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Nifty new notebook (analog)

Want a nice new notebook for spring? Useful yet clever? Smart ’n’ artful? Handily accessorized? Chronicle Books is looking out for you! And you can look at a video (67 well-spent seconds, we assure you) previewing the Designer’s Notebook, to be released on April 21. The notebook was conceived and designed by Andrew Schapiro and Brad Mead while they were working as design fellows at Chronicle Books. Fine idea, fellows!

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GAIN, the AIGA business conference, returns for fall 2010

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“Design (Re)Invents” is the theme of the 2010 Gain conference, the premier business-of-design conference held every two years by AIGA. Set for Oct. 14–16 in New York City, the conference will be moderated by Paola Antonelli and features an amazing lineup of speakers.

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Inside the studio: Tomorrow Partners

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If there is a model for what sustainable design should look and act like in the new century, as of today it might have to be Tomorrow in Berkeley, Calif. For the latest in our studio series, Tomorrow Partners founder and creative director Gaby Brink takes us on a tour of where the powers of sustainability and design intersect.

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ENTER THE ICON6 ROADSHOW: DEADLINE IS APRIL 5

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ICON6, the 2010 installment of the biennial Illustrators Conference, will again feature the Roadshow, where the work of 100 artists is selected for a special portfolio salon. The deadline for self-nominations to be considered for the Roadshow is fast approaching: April 5.

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Inside the studio: Designing & cooking with Louise Fili (special recipe, too!)

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The work of Louise Fili — one of the most celebrated designers of our time — is richly allusive, with a depth of connotations … but always instantly, effortlessly recognizable as hers alone. Here she describes how her studio and love of cooking activate, enliven and inform her practice, and she offers a personal recipe.

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