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Our recent excitement over Frank Chimero’s self-published manifesto The Shape of Design has seemingly ignited some kind of design-based, word-crazy fire! Over the last few weeks, our Recently Launched page has been loaded with beautifully crafted books on all matter of fascinating subjects, from current events to the internet to — of course — robots. Check out a few of the highlights, below, and browse more great writing projects on our Discover page.

Made Handsome: Art & Fiction Journal by Nate Utesch

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Dedicated to gathering work from a globally based community of active artists, Indiana-based collective Ferocious Quarterly are all about … well … everybody! Their democratic ethos — “If it can fit on our pages, it’s welcome” — and method of approaching highly relevant subject matter with an eye toward whimsy combine to create a thoughtfully packaged, and distinctly good looking, magazine. Their next issue, “Made Handsome,” which will compile illustrations and short fictions based on real-life newspaper headlines, will be available as a limited edition, hardcover book through Kickstarter. Excellent!


The Manual by Andy McMillan

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The Manual presents a seemingly counterintuitive concept that, in my opinion, is still pretty cool: a limited run print magazine focused on web design. Each issue features six in-depth, high-minded feature articles and a bonanza of design-nerd goodies, providing a nuanced discourse on the place where contemporary design and internet culture collide. Creator Andy McMillian sums it up best:

More and more of us hear the call to carve out a definition — a visual and written language — of professional web design that is powerfully, distinctly, and intelligently its own…Through it all, it’s a magazine for people whose love of design runs through their veins and who bring that searing, addictive, euphoric, brain-aching love to their work and to their lives.

Even if you’re not up to snuff on the latest HTML5 controversy or CSS stylesheet, The Manual’s good looks/super smart approach promise to entertain and engage.

Teller: A Magazine of Stories by Teller Magazine

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I love stories, and Teller is a whole magazine of them! The publication specializes in finding ways to leverage photography, fiction, art, and poetry as instruments of creative story-telling, and their second issue promises such idiosyncratic delights as “the mysterious death of Paul the Octopus in the context of a history of animal spies” and “how police might utilize the waggle dance of bees in the fight against horticultural crime.” It’s silly, but smart; goofy without sacrificing its sharp wit. In conclusion, I totally dig it.


The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Diani&Devine

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With more than a little of their tongues-in-cheek, comedians/generally creative people Gabriel and Etta are teaming up to replace every use of the “N-word” in Mark Twain’s classic novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn with the word “Robot.” Why? Because robots are “cool,” the duo claim, but they’re really fighting satire with satire; creating a razor sharp commentary on the unwillingness of America’s educational system to engage in difficult and nuanced subject matter with its students. Quoting their hilarious, deadpan project video: “We still get all of Twain’s themes about slavery, freedom, and all that stuff — without having to confront the uncomfortable, and, frankly, inconvenient facts, about our nation’s past.” Whether or not you agree with their principles, it’s definitely some interesting food for thought.