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Posted by Will Hudson,

The amount of things we are getting through the post at the moment is phenomenal (despite the best efforts of the Royal Mail). Thanks to everyone who has sent them through, it is however turning into an impossible task of reviewing everything so we’re sorry if you don’t see something you sent us, it might be featured in the coming weeks.

This week we’ve got books, bikes and… a mask.

Regular. Graphic Design Today
R. Klanten, S. Ehmann, A. Mollard. Published by Gestalten
A combination of great curation, great design and great production values makes any Gestalten book worth a look. As the ‘Tactile’ generation reaches it’s tipping point it’s time to get back and show a little love towards the great graphic design that’s currently being produced. Regular documents the current state of graphic design and presents a new generation of creative excellence. A book that captures the next generation of design excellence perfectly, one that will be looked at for a long time to come.
www.gestalten.com/…

The Map as Art: Contemporary Artists Explore Cartography
Katharine Harmon and Gayle Clemans. Published by Gestalten
For a subject that should in theory only yield one or two variations of “a diagrammatic representation of land or sea” this book unearths a plethora of alternatives. The combination of information and illusion make this the sort of book you can get completely lost in, no less than 160 contemporary artists are included alongside a series of essays on the subject. For anyone interested in maps, this book is for you.
www.papress.com/…

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Philip Carter
Code 1057 of the Traffic Sign Regulations, 1982 refers to “cycle lane, track or route, schedule 6 (road marking).” Like the models of bikes that cycle over them everyday, Code 1057 documents the individual; big, small, familiar and quirky interpretations of the official Department of Transport template. Be warned you will never be able to look at another road marking of a cycle path again without thinking of this book.
www.carterwongdesign.com

The Uncle Hans-Peter Party
Tuesday 17 November, 8pm at the ICA London
How can you not post a mask? The mask in question is that of Uncle Hans-Peter and you to could be the proud owner of one soon. From the creators of Francis and Homo Zombies comes an experience that incorporates animation and participation, go and assume the persona of Uncle Hans-Peter for one night only.
www.letmefeelyourfingerfirst.com
www.comicafestival.com

It’s All About Paradise 2
Curated by Ned McConnell and Tila Rodriguez-Past. Designed by Aneel Kalsi
It’s All About Paradise 2 refers to a second paradise where nothing is as ideal as the original. Having not seen the actual exhibition it’s hard to comment but the well designed catalogue is enough to get me interested.
Exhibition runs 17—31 October. Blank StudiosGallery, 108 North Street, Portslade, Brighton. BN41 1DG
www.itsallaboutparadise2.com

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Posted by Will Hudson

Will founded It’s Nice That in 2007 and is now director of the company. Once one of the main contributors to the site he has stepped back from writing as the business has expanded. He is a regular guest on the Studio Audience podcast.

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