Indie Design Books You Have Never Seen

I recently discovered a book publisher, Mark Batty, that is so off the beaten path, that I fell in love with their art books immediately. They see design in everything: from menus, Japanese matchboxes, sticker art, skateboards, bathroom graffiti to Arabic Tattoos.

They pull the definition of "art" off the gallery walls, and they put it in the hands of the people.
I would describe this publisher as the "underground indie art publisher who takes design very seriously."

Here are a sampling of their unusual books:

(fyi: In case anyone's interested-I am not receiving any compensation for recommending this publisher.
I just really love their products)

    PEEL: The Art of the Sticker

    February 3, 2008

    Dave and Holly Combs traveled to New York City from Indianapolis, Indiana, to assist with Sept. 11 recovery efforts. While exploring Manhattan during their off hours, they were inspired by the wealth of stickers they saw all over the city. These stickers made such an impact that the Combses started PEEL, the first street-art magazine [...]

    Paper Bags & Office Supplies

    June 30, 2009

    In the early 1990s a renewed spirit of co-operation and do-it-yourself initiative took hold of the North American punk and hardcore scenes. The new DIY approach didn’t stop at booking your own tours and self-releasing records, now it involved putting together the very packaging for those records. Hand-gluing sleeves, silk-screening manila envelopes and raiding thrift [...]

    Going Postal

    Postal stickers have long been a preferred substrate used by street artists to get up. Of course, because stickers from the US Postal Service, UPS, DHL and FedEx are so readily available, most of these stickers get lost in the fray, especially if you don’t know what you’re looking for.
    That’s where graffiti photography legend Martha [...]

Mark Batty Publisher, LLC 36 West 37th Street, Suite 409 New York, NY 10018
Phone +1 347.830.6271 Fax 917-591-4144

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1 comment :

Anonymous said...

I just really love their product.

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