"The Bolted Book"

First published in 1927, Depero's volume on avant-garde design and book-making is known as "The Bolted Book" for the two industrial aluminum bolts that bind its pages.

An Italian Futurist artist and designer, Depero filled his monograph with typographic experimentation, innovative layouts and work in a wide range of media.

"Depero Futurista" "is universally recognized as a landmark avant-garde example of the "book as object," according to the Kickstarter campaign page to bring the book back into print.

The Kickstarter campaign launched in October for a goal of $249,000; at last count, more than $258,000 had been raised.

Behind the effort are Designers & Books, the Center for Italian Modern Art in New York (CIMA), and the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art of Trento and Rovereto, Italy (Mart), which houses the Depero archives. The plan: to publish a new facsimile edition that will be the first exact copy of of the book since its original publication 90 years ago.

The campaign is currently promising to send a completed book in July 2017 to those who pledge $127; for smaller pledges, a tote bag and a poster are available.

When the bolts are removed, the pages become 240 prints that can be displayed on a wall, the campaign page points out.

All 240 pages of the original "Bolted Book" can be viewed at www.boltedbook.com.

"Paul Rand: A Designers's Art"

Last month, graphic designers rejoiced when Paul Rand's major contribution to the field got a highly anticipated reprint by Princeton Architectural Press.

Arguably the most influential graphic designer of the 20th century, Rand was behind the logos for IBM, UPS and ABC, among many others. He published his monograph in 1985, including 27 essays that reflect on his process and theory as well as more than 200 illustrations.

An afterword from prominent art director, author and critic Steven Heller is included in the new edition.

Rand's "intense belief in the rightness of form in all design established a veritable territorial imperative for design thinking," Heller writes.

"Paul Rand: A Designer's Art" is available for $50 from Princeton Architectural Press.

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