Designers & Books Fair 2015™

The very promising “Designers & Books Fair 2015™ “ has been scheduled for October (2nd-4th), in New York City at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), a collaboration between Designers & Books and FIT.

This continues to be the only book fair in the world focused on design at its broadest — architecture, experience design, fashion, graphic design, interior design, landscape architecture, product and industrial design, and urban design.

A portion of the proceeds from the Fair will benefit the Gladys Marcus Library, which serves not only the immediate FIT community but also the larger design community in the New York City area and beyond.

This year’s Fair will include more than 70 U.S. and European design book publishers and booksellers displaying and selling the newest titles for the fall and upcoming holiday season, as well as important backlist titles. There will also be notable rare and out-of-print book dealers and established and indie magazines.

If you would like to visit, here are the key points:

>   Where:
FIT: 27th Street and 7th Avenue (northwest corner)

>  When:
Friday, Oct 2 : 600 pm to 900 pm
Saturday, Oct 3 : 1100 am to 700 pm
Sunday, Oct 4 : 1100 am to 600 pm

>   Books from more than 70 publishers (some giving fair discounts of up to 60%)

>   10 rare and out-of-print book dealers

>   7 programs featuring noted design and art community members such as Milton Glaser, Steve Heller, Irma Boom, Daniel Libeskind, Peter Bohlin, and Philip Pearlstein.

>   Includes a completely new program—-“Experiences with Authors“—-which offers those who purchase books at the fair the chance to win special experience prizes with an array of design world luminaries such as Michael Bierut, Louise Fili, Chip Kidd, DJ Stout, Fern Mallis, Jesse Reed/Hamish Smyth, André Leon Talley, Gary Hustwit, Julie Iovine, Eames Demetrios, and many more.

The complete list of Experience prizes is listed here.

Designers & Books Fair 2015™

Chip Kidd

Judge This

The winner of the Experience drawing for Judge This will receive a personally guided tour — by Chip Kidd — of “Chip Kidd Presents: Batman Black and White: The Sketch Covers.” This exhibition, presented at the Society of Illustrators gallery on East 63rd Street, in New York, features an extensive selection of Batman drawings drawn from Kidd’s personal collection. The exhibition runs through Nov. 7

To enter this drawing, purchase Judge This at any time during the Fair.

This author will sign books on Sat., Oct. 3, 1:00 p.m – 2:00 p.m.

Louise Fili

Graphique de la Rue

The winner of the Experience drawing for Graphique de la Rue will receive an invitation for two to join Louise Fili at her East 23rd Street studio in Manhattan for gelato and a tour. Also included for the winner: a box of Louise’s Perfetto Pencils.

To enter this drawing, purchase Graphique de la Rue at any time during the Fair.

This author will sign books on Sat., Oct. 3, 3:00 p.m – 4:00 p.m.

DJ Stout

Variations on a Rectangle: Thirty years of Graphic Design from Texas Monthly to Pentagram

The winner of the Experience drawing for Variations on a Rectangle: Thirty Years of Graphic Design from Texas Monthly to Pentagram will have the opportunity to join the book’s author, DJ Stout, on a New York City “mural crawl.” Stout, who is known for his advocacy of the art of illustration, will start the tour at the Society of Illustrators bar and then he and the winner will be whisked away in a limousine to five other Manhattan drinking establishments featuring important murals including the King Cole Bar at the St. Regis Hotel with its whimsical Maxfield Parish mural, the bar at the Carlyle Hotel featuring a mural by Ludwig Bemelman, the creator of the Madeline children’s book series, the Edward Sorel mural at the Monkey Bar depicting sixty Jazz Age icons and more. At each stop Stout will regale his lucky guest with the story of the mural and its creator–and he’ll buy them a cocktail or two along the way.

To enter this drawing, purchase Variations on a Rectangle at any time during the Fair.

This author will sign books on Sat., Oct. 3, 4:00 p.m – 5:00 p.m.

Michael Bierut

How to . . .

The winner of the Experience drawing for How To . . . will receive an invitation from Michael Bierut to join him for lunch at his New York design firm, the renowned Pentagram, followed by a tour of his studio.

To enter this drawing, purchase How to . . . at any time during the Fair.

Michael Bierut will not be present at the Fair, but signed copies of his book will be available for purchase on Sat., Oct. 3, 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.and unsigned copies will be available during the entire Fair weekend.

Ina Saltz

Body Type 2: More Typographic Tattoos

The winner of the Experience drawing for Body Type 2: More Typographic Tattoos  will receive a signed copy of the first Body Type book, Body Type: Intimate Messages Etched in Flesh. Also, you will be accompanied by Ina Saltz to the Saved Tattoo studio in Williamsburg (NY), where you will meet celebrated tattoo artist Stephanie Tamez. At the studio you’ll receive a tour and have the opportunity for a one-on-one consultation with Tamez — and, if you are up for it, you’ll also get one of Tamez’s  “one-hour tattoos.”

To enter this drawing, purchase Body Type 2: More Typographic Tattoos at any time during the Fair.

This author will sign books on Sat., Oct. 3, 6:00 p.m – 7:00 p.m.

Jesse Reed & Hamish Smyth

The New York City Transit Authority Graphics Standards Manual full-size reissue

The winner of the Experience drawing for the 1970 NYCTA Graphics Standards Manual full-size reissue will be able to meet Jesse Reed and Hamish Smith at Pentagram New York, where they are designers, located in the Flatiron neighborhood of Manhattan, take a tour of the studio, and have the opportunity to browse through the original 1970 Graphics Standards Manual designed by Unimark International. You’ll be able to take photographs, ask questions, and discuss the history of the original and reissued Manual.

To enter this drawing, purchase The New York City Transit Authority Graphics Standards Manualfull-size reissue at any time during the Fair.

Reed and Smyth will sign books on Sat., Oct. 3, 6:30 p.m – 7:30 p.m.

Maria Papaefstathiou

VISUAL DESIGNER since 1996 and blogger since 2010. Living in Athens, Greece. She has been focusing her research on poster design and particularly on social poster design and portrait design. Her main poster project is a series of posters celebrating great personalities of traditional and popular culture in Greece and Jamaica. These include actors, singers, musicians, poets etc. This is an ongoing project. “I believe that design is a powerful tool that we designers can use to spark enthusiasm, change mindsets and bring positive actions to our world and our culture”. FOUNDER AND EDITOR OF GRAPHICART-NEWS.COM BLOG. She carefully curates high-quality designs, illustrations, and art, from all over the world that will teach and provoke other designers. Many consider her blog to be an exceptional educational tool. CO-FOUNDER OF THE INTERNATIONAL REGGAE POSTER CONTEST which was launched on December 2011, partnering, the creative activist Michael Thompson aka Freestylee. (