Design by the Book - Episode 1

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Meet "the maker"
A self-described "maker" of stuff, Mike Perry makes books, magazines, newspapers, clothing, drawings, paintings, and illustrations. Check out his work at

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What's a Heidelberg Windmill?
Letterpress printer Rebecca Kutys prints her work on a Heidelberg Windmill press. Check out her work at

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Who's that guy?
That's artist Mike Perry,, drawing in the title sequence.

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Grace Bonney runs Design Sponge,, a popular Brooklyn-based design blog. NYPL approached her to collaborate on a project together in the summer of 2008.

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600,000+ free images
Get inspiration from The New York Public Library via your home computer. More than 600,000 free digital images are available in our digital gallery

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John Pomp's Studio
John Pomp also makes lighting fixtures. Check out his studio online at

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Lorena Barrezueta
Ceramist Lorena Barrezueta is known for her Gourmet Collection, which reinterprets the ubiquitous disposable aluminum food containers in fine porcelain

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She traced the cartoon character Garfield as a child, but now as a pattern designer and illustrator, Julia Rothman's work has appeared on everything from wallpaper, to pillows and letterpress prints to canisters,

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The New York Public Library holds a wealth of unexpected sources of inspiration for artists and designers: from vintage valentines and textile patterns, to fabric samples and turn-of-the-century menus from around the world. For this online-only miniseries, Design by the Book, NYPL partnered with the leading design blog Design*Sponge to invite five New York City-based artists to sift through its collections in search of inspiration. Watch as the artists, who range from a glassblower to a letterpress printer, create unique works inspired by what they found. The artists are: Lorena Barrezueta, Rebecca Kutys, Mike Perry, John Pomp, and Julia Rothman. Music for the series was provide by Clear Tigers.

This is great, I'm very excited to see what happens!

This was really nice to start the day with. Can't wait to see episode two when I get home from work!

What a cool idea to connect these artists with the NYPL collection! Makes me want to see the next installments...

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