Product design junkies will be in awe of Patented, a thick tome featuring 1000 design patent documents from the United States Patent and Trademark Office. The one-of-a-kind field guide includes patents from well-known names such as Louis Comfort Tiffany and Buckminster Fuller, to more surprising entries from celebrities such as Francis Ford Coppola (packaging for beverages – wine perhaps?) and Prince (guitar, obviously.) Author and architectural designer Thomas Rinaldi offers readers and future patent makers more than a century of product and industrial design that’s been organized chronologically from 1900 to 2020. The uniform aesthetic of the patent drawings means all 1,000 designs are illustrated in the same style — from bottle openers to bicycles. If you don’t have a shelf big enough for Patented, don’t worry. You can just go and design a patent for one. $35.95 U.S. Order from your local independent bookstore or at Phaidon All images courtesy of Phaidon.
The Osuza Canvas is a backpack made for folks who like to make things. The premium black canvas backpack is intended for painters, photographers, architects, designers — basically anyone who needs to safely and securely carry random tools and gear with them on a regular basis. Inside mesh pockets and multipurpose molle loops keep your things where you want them. The backpack is expandable up to 40 liters, has weatherproof closures, and can be customized with patches and pouches to express your personality or promote your brand. $349.00 (Free shipping in the U.S.) All images courtesy of OSUZA.
Princeton Architectural Press has added two new products to their popular Grids & Guides series of tools for visual thinkers. The Grids & Guides Drawing Pad is a large-format drawing pad for the desk, drawing table, job site, or on the go. Fifty pages of extra-large graph paper are bound to a black board and perforated for easy tear out. Each sheet of classic blue graph paper offers more than 100 square inches of space to draw and sketch your next amazing idea. $16.95 Also new from PAP is the Grids & Guides Tracebook set, which includes two notebooks filled with 60 pages of tracing paper. The cover flaps fold inside the book, providing handy structure for sketches, designs, or lists. Remove the flaps, and the design remains, while the grid disappears. The tracing sheets are also perforated. $18.95 All images courtesy of Princeton Architectural Press.