Category Archives: Graphic design

Newbooks: from design to fashion, writing, film & animation.




Currently on display – 2nd floor Llandaff library. Hover over the image to see the shelf mark.


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From collage to photography and more . . . . new books March ’17

“In the digital age, the original meaning of cut and paste has been replaced with a few clicks of a mouse, which has lead to a lot of computer generated work which looks derivative and unimaginative. In response to this, there has been a resurgence of drawing and illustration and collage has recently been rediscovered.” Cut and Paste.

Bento’s Sketchbook: “The seventeenth-century philosopher Baruch Spinoza – also known as Benedict or Bento de Spinoza – spent the most intense years of his short life writing. He also carried with him a sketchbook … John Berger has imagined finding Bento’s sketchbook, wanting to see the drawings alongside his surviving words…”

In this new monograph, artist Corinne Silva considers how gardening, like mapping, is a way of allocating territory. Garden State is the outcome of exhibitions at The Mosaic Rooms and Ffotogallery. Offering an “unexpected view on gardening” (Wall Street Journal) Silva presents 53 colour plates which trace suburban settlements in Israeli occupied territories.

Sugar Paper Theories: “Forty years ago, two men went missing in southwest Iceland . . . . ” Follow the link to the library catalogue to read more about Jack Latham’s account.

Speed of Light is the first major retrospective of Terence Donovan (1936 – 1996) one of the foremost photographers of his generation.

In ‘CCCP : cosmic communist constructions photographed‘, photographer Frederic Chaubin reveals 90 buildings sited in fourteen former Soviet Republics which express what could be considered as the fourth age of Soviet architecture. They reveal an unexpected rebirth of imagination, an unknown burgeoning that took place from 1970 until 1990.

Private Lives in Renaissance Venice: This book offers a perspective on the private lives and material culture of aristocratic families in sixteenth-century Venice. Art historian Patricia Fortini Brown takes us behind the elegant, closed doors of grand palaces built along the Venetian canals – the homes of families who wished to live in a noble manner.

Graphis Design Annual 2017 is an international collection of the year’s best work from top designers in the industry.

Piet Stockmans: Cultureel Ambassadeur van Vlaanderen  Published with the support of the Flemish Community, on the occasion of his appointment as Cultural Ambassador of Flanders

Currently on display. Follow the links to the library catalogue MetSearch to read more.

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Karel Martens printed matter\drukwerk

A new addition to the collection at Llandaff Library is Karel Martens’ Printed Matter


“The work of Karel Martens occupies an intriguing place in the present European art-and-design landscape. Martens can be placed in the tradition of Dutch modernism – in the line of figures such as Piet Zwart, H.N. Werkman, Willem Sandberg. Yet he maintains some distance from the main developments of our time: from both the practices of routinized modernism and of the facile reactions against this. His work is both personal and experimental. At the same time, it is publicly answerable. Over the now 50 years of his practice, Martens has been prolific as a designer of books. He has also made contributions in a wide range of design commissions, including stamps, coins, signs on buildings. Intimately connected with this design work has been his practice as an artist. This started with geometric and kinetic constructions, and was later developed in work with the very material of paper; more recently he has been making relief prints from found industrial artefacts. This book looks for new ways to show and discuss the work of a designer and artist, and is offered in the same spirit of experiment and dialogue that characterizes the work it presents”. From the publisher – Hyphen Press – website.


This is a reference only book, which cannot be borrowed, but if you would like to read it in the library it can be found on the new books display until 9th November and then on the shelves at  741.6092 MAR

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