Earlier this year we opened our bookstore in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, where we sell a carefully selected collection of graphic design books that range from newly published monographs to rare vintage classics. We aim to provide a thoughtful selection that is relevant to young and seasoned designers alike. At a time when PDFs are more ubiquitous than printed books, we think it’s important to preserve the physical space where like-minded people can gather and explore new ideas.

After witnessing enthusiasm for the bookstore from the international design community, we decided to make our offerings available to purchase in the Standards Manual online shop. We think good design should be available to everyone, regardless of location.

A rotating stock of titles are currently available from some of the best publishers around, including:

Abrams Books
Harper Collins
Lars Müller Publishers
Laurence King
Niggli Verlag
Phaidon
Princeton Architectural Press
Taschen
Unit Editions
and many more.

If you’re in Greenpoint, we’d love for you to stop by to say hello and browse the books — and for those who live elsewhere, we’re open to suggestions of titles you’d like us to stock.


We are pleased to announce the official release of the EPA Graphic Standards System. Since the Kickstarter campaign in April, we’ve been hard at work to produce the book, which is easily the most complicated title we’ve published.

After its founding in 1970, the EPA quickly became a vital nation-wide environmental agency — but their graphic design and communications strategies were lacking, resulting in millions of dollars being wasted annually. Chermayeff & Geismar Associates (now Chermayeff & Geismar & Haviv) set about to solve this issue by designing a detailed and thoughtful system to employ consistent standards of design throughout the agency. Now, their EPA Graphic Standards System is available as a faithful reissue, printed at the same size as the original, and employing the original vibrant Pantone inks.

The book also includes a foreword and introduction by designers Tom Geismar and Steff Geissbühler, an essay by Christopher Bonanos, and 48 pages of photographs from the EPA-commissioned Documerica Project (1970-1977).

The EPA Graphic Standards System is available to order here.


We’re excited to announce the official release of our newest title, New York City Transit Authority: Objects, featuring photographs by Brian Kelley. This catalogue of objects sourced and documented by Kelley is the first of its kind — presenting a previously uncollated archive of New York’s historic subway system through a unique array of over 400 artifacts.

“Kelley’s acquired objects tell a greater story of New York City’s past. For him, The NYCTA Project remains a photography experiment and self-funded hobby, archiving the culture of his home city. For the rest of us, it’s an intimate view of the city’s history, merging design and infrastructure over the past 150 years.”
— Eric Greene, Columbia University

Recent press includes:
It’s Nice That
The Verge
Fast Co. Design
Curbed New York

Objects is available to order from our website, or in-person from the Standards Manual book store.


 


We are pleased to share that the Standards Manual bookstore is now open to the public. As part of our new design office, Order, in Greenpoint, the bookstore showcases not only our own publications, but also a hand-picked selection of new and vintage books from a variety of publishers, including Unit Editions, Phaidon, Taschen, Laurence King, and many more. Our collection focuses exclusively on graphic design titles, making us (we believe) the only graphic design bookstore in New York.

Recent press includes:
Design Milk
Architect’s Newspaper
Bedford + Bowery
Fast Co

Standards Manual bookstore is open Monday-Friday 10am–6pm; Saturday 12pm–6pm.

Learn more

 


We’re thrilled to announce our fourth title, The EPA Graphic Standards System reissue. Designed in 1977 by Ivan Chermayeff, Tom Geismar, and Steff Geissbuhler, the manual details a customized system created to unify the federal program’s communications across hundreds of offices. This manual beautifully encapsulates the role design has played in advancing federal programs for public good.

This facsimile reprint will include every page of the original EPA Graphic Standards System, as well as a foreword by designer Tom Geismar, a historical essay by Christopher Bonanos, and 48 photographs from the EPA-commissioned Documerica project. Each copy will be protected in a custom made slipcase, built from recycled board and blind embossed with the EPA logo.

The book is currently being available on Kickstarter and will start shipping October 2017.


On May 3, 2016, Strand bookstore in New York organized a talk between Richard Danne, designer of the NASA Standards Manual, and Pentagram partner Michael Bierut.

The sold out event was a fantastic insight into Danne’s creative process and the difficult time he had after the NASA “worm” logo was rescinded in 1992. 

If you were unable to make it to the event (or even if you were), you can now watch the full video here.


We’re very happy to announce our third title, a facsimile reprint of the The American Revolution Bicentennial symbol graphics standards manual.

The American Revolution Bicentennial (ARB) symbol was the logo for America’s 200th birthday, and a precursor to the NASA logo that Bruce Blackburn would design a couple of years later.

The long-forgotten manual is now available as a perfect facsimile of the original, wrapped in a black blind embossed dust jacket, and features a foreword by Bruce Blackburn and an essay by New York magazine’s Christopher Bonanos.

Check out the book and get more information here.


We’re on press in Minnesota for our next book.

Stay tuned for more information on this title which will be a slight departure in format for us. The prints are looking amazing and we’re super excited to share it with you.

Hint: Fourth of July…


We’re wrapping up the 2nd printing of the NASA and NYCTA book here in Verona, Italy. 

It’s a pleasure to work with such talented and detail orientated printers. It’s amazing to see the care that goes into each stage of the printing process, from the digital files to the finished sheets.