Bauplatz Kreativit├Ąt (Creative construction site)
Bildschulen Schweiz (literally Swiss image school — art schools for children and young adults) has created a book called Bauplatz Kreativit├Ąt (Creative construction site). The textbook contains 160 pages of richly illustrated information on the childrens’ art schools, the classes they offer and the criteria for keeping up their high standards in Switzerland’s educational landscape. The book presents an unprecedented panorama of knowledge and experience, aiming to stimulate a work in progress and promoting the establishment of further art schools for children and young adults.

What is a Swiss image school? What does it mean to be creative? And what exactly is child creativity? What does the future of these schools look like and how can they be implemented?

The publication includes writings and interviews from professionals and is aimed at teachers, parents, designers, artists and other professionals in the field of arts and communication. Published by the Konferenz Bildschulen Schweiz (Swiss Conference of Art Schools for Children) and Karo Publishing.

215 x 280 mm, 160 pp., 130 illustrations, hardcover with sewn binding, 1st edition of 1,500, in German.
ISBN 3-9521009-8-6, Price CHF 38, EUR 35 (postage not included).

Weingart: The Man and the Machine.
As Professor of Typography, Wolfgang Weingart was one of the reasons why many design students came to study at the Basel School of Design. He lectured about the program all over the world and his posters became well-known throughout the design community. Mr. Weingart’s work as a teacher and visiting lecturer has not only strengthened his students as ers, but has also played a decisive role in modern typography and design. His students have now taken the opportunity to reflect on his teaching, their experiences in and out of the typeshop, the projects they created, as well as Weingart’s own work which has not only been an inspiration, but has made a significant impact on their lives as professionals.

The collection of 77 statements is boldly illustrated with photos of Mr. Weingart, portraits of the individual students and work from his teaching. And for the first time ever published, an essay by Dorothea Hofmann explains how the Advanced Class came into being at the Basel School of Design. The establishment of the program in 1968 was preceded by nearly two decades of continuous refinement of an educational model developed by Armin Hofmann, with support from Emil Ruder and the City of Basel’s Department of Education.

The words from Weingart’s students – many of them given endearing and often witty nicknames, which are also listed in the book – paint vivid pictures of their mentor and reflect the true dedication and respect which they continue to hold for him today.

167 x 215 mm, 96 pp., 116 black and white plates, hardcover, sewn binding and bookmark. Book design by Susan Knapp.
Limited edition in English. ISBN 3-9521009-7-8. CHF 34, $34, EUR 34 (shipping not included). Although this project was made possible in part with generous support from Vitra Design Foundation, we are still in need of some further funding to cover all of the costs. Any donations no matter how large or small will be greatly appreciated! Please click the Buy Now button below to order books or the Donate button to support production costs. You may pay using your PayPal account or credit card. Orders from Switzerland may be placed directly to us via email.

Susan Knapp: Spaghetti Dinner — The Early Works 1977–1983.
The technology used in has changed just as much as the terminology used to describe the profession. This publication pays hommage to old school commercial art from the 1970’s and early 1980’s. Handdrawn letterforms, in combination with self-adhesive lettering tape was not an economic or aesthetic decision, but the result of having very limited possibilities to create letterforms.

11.5 x 14.8 cm, 20 pages, 22 illustrations, limited edition.

Patrick Lindon Industrial Design: Sweet Dreams.
Seven concise statements on Moods and Interpretations in Aircraft Interiors from a designer’s perspective, including the translation of corporate identity into the third dimension, colour, light and form, human factors, tranforming dreams into reality, maintenance issues and visions for the future. Boldly illustrated with sketches, renderings, technical drawings and photographs.

11.5 x 14.8 cm, 36 pages, 18 full color and black and white plates. Limited edition. Price on request.

Patrick Lindon: Aircraft Interiors – The Basics.
Six concise chapters on contemporary air travel, time management, effective design for passenger comfort, teamwork and the ups and downs of production. Illustrated with drawings, renderings and photographs documenting the creative process of aircraft interiors and seating design.

115 x 148 cm, 36 pages, 22 full color and black and white plates. Limited edition. Price on request.

Patrick Lindon: The Making of a Business Class Seat.
Concisely presented with background information and reflection on the design process concerning shape, color and space – from LOPA to final rendering. “When designing a business class seat, and you do not know what the next step is, instead of adding another part to complicate the problem, try to minimize the design to the absolute essentials.”

11.5 x 14.8 cm, 36 pp., 21 full color plates, in English, 2007, limited edition. Price on request.

Barbara Rettenmund, Susan Knapp and Liliane Steiner: Kinderstadtbuch Basel (Children's Basel Book).
The Kinderstadtbuch Basel contains 100 objects in the City of Basel which are of particular interest to children and their families. There is a selection of prominant historical points of interest, such as the Mittlere Brücke (Middle Bridge), City Hall and the Basilisk (a legendary reptile reputed to be king of serpents and said to have the power to cause death with a single glance), as well as lesser known things which one stumbles across in Basel: for example Schooryyse (shoe scrapers) or Grenzmarkierungen (property markers), plus an array of fountains, monuments and hidden oddities. There are 5 suggested walking tours on which adults and children may discover together many secrets of Basel, plus a full-color map of the city.

128 pp., 2nd edition in German, 2004, CHF 29, EUR 29, $29

Karo Publishing: Abandoned Mailbox.
Exhibition catalog, including a forward by Dr. Henri St. Ferner, Volksdruckerei/Basel, 24 pp., in English and German, 2003.

Limited edition. Out of print.

Andreas Fiedler (ed.): Really Real.
Exhibition catalog, ARK/Basel, 64 pp., in German, 2003.

Price CHF 28, EUR 28, $28

Gregori Bezzola: Order.
Exhibition catalog, Grisons Museum of Fine Art/Chur, 48 pp., in German and English, 2001.

Price CHF 32, EUR 32, $32

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