Pop ’n’ Shop

I recently received a nifty-gifty alphabet book called ABC3D, by Paris-based graphic designer Marion Bataille. The mass-market marvel, printed in China, is based on Bataille’s 2006 livre d’artiste called Op-up. Nary a word of text, not even a title page. Most of the letters pop up, some pop out, and others do double duty.

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Marian Bantjes: Queen o’ the Thistle

Last summer, Marian Bantjes and Pentagram teamed up to refresh the iconic Strathmore thistle. Marian’s reinterpretation went against the creative brief, against Michael Bierut’s direction, and against Marian’s own initial inclination. Her presentation showed the explorations leading up to her radical redo of the thistle. She described this direction as “essentially not calligraphic. It’s basically geometric. A little bit old, a little bit new. Kinda bitchin’.” Who could resist? Certainly not us.

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