FEATURED: IDEA MAGAZINE

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Wordshape offers IDEA | アイデア Magazine for sale online. 

With a history spanning more than fifty years, IDEA stands as the leading international graphic design publication in the world, mixing graphic design history, criticism, and showcases of design work in a mix of English and Japanese. Notoriously difficult to obtain in the United States reliably, our partnership with IDEA offers graphic designers and design readers in the US and globally the ability to purchase IDEA at notably low cost.

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Cern

SALE! USD $120.00 for all 40 weights (instant download)

Cern is a family of 40 weights of neutral, yet formally nuanced grotesk typefaces that takes inspiration from Helvetica, Akzidenz Grotesk, Univers and the original metal types from Switzerland, yet has a slightly larger x-height for more pronounced legibility.

Writing Writing

Publications

USD $12.00 postpaid (international air shipping included)

A new collection of writing and design by Ian Lynam, Matthew Monk, Randy Nakamura, Chris Ro, and Gail Swanlund

Pudding #1

Publications

USD $40.00 postpaid (international shipping included)

We are so happy to feature the very first issue of Pudding, a new bilingual English/Korean design and music journal!

Why is the salaryman carrying a surfboard?

Publications

USD $30.00 postpaid (international shipping included)

“Why is the salaryman carrying a surfboard?” is a Japanese and English bilingual book by Ray Masaki about the history and context of institutional white supremacy and Westernization in the Japanese design industry.

IDEA #394: Class for Graphic Design Circle of Education, Research and Practice

Idea + Publications

USD $55.00 postpaid (international shipping included)

The latest issue of IDEA is devoted to different aspects of design education globally.

Total Armageddon: A Slanted Reader on Design

Publications

Sale! $10 off! USD $30.00 postpaid (international SAL shipping included)

Total Armageddon is a 400-page book of design writing from Slanted Publishers edited by Ian Lynam.

The Impossibility of Silence: Writing for Artists, Designers & Photographers

Publications

USD $27.00 postpaid (International shipping included)

The Impossibility of Silence is a 200+ page paperback for creative folks interested in approaching writing about their vocation and culture.

A Natural History of Printer’s Flowers

Idea + Publications

USD $50.00 postpaid (international shipping included)

A beautifully printed 156-page A4-format book devoted to historical typographic ornament.

Moji no Mihon Font Identification Guide

Publications

USD $35.00 postpaid (international shipping included)

Moji no Mihon is the ultimate guide to identifying Japanese fonts in the digital age! This 280-page softcover book includes specimens of key characters of hundreds of Japanese fonts so that you can identify type on the fly!