Standards Manual Book Store For Designers


Parse & Parcel readers know we’re on a mission to make resources available to all creatives. So when we learn about like-minded endeavors, we have to share. Like so many creatives, we enjoy the pleasure of discovering a little gem. Especially those that have been given new life. This was the case when we were setting up the sample studio. In addition to the massive amounts of paper and print samples we keep on hand, we’re smitten with nostalic design memorabilia. When Jesse Reed and Hamish Smyth launched their reissue of the 1970 New York City Transit Authority Graphics Standards Manual on kickstarter, we backed it in the first few days. Its home is on the coffee table in our lounge area and always gets by our design friends who visit. There is definitely something about analog resources that attracts creatives. Luckily, Jesse and Hamish launched Standards Manual, a book store for designers.


As a purveyor of graphic design books, the shop carries not only their own Standards Manual releases, but also a hand-picked selection of books from a variety of publishers. Located in Brooklyn, they are the only specialized graphic design bookstore in New York City, carrying a slew of vintage design titles.

“We strive to archive and preserve lost artifacts of design history and make them available to future generations. Being designers ourselves, we value high quality books. As an independent publisher, we are able to produce our books using only the finest papers, printing, and finishing methods. We don’t cut corners when it comes to quality.” We’ll say.

The duo hopes to host events and lectures in the future. They’re also starting to speak with a few incredible designers  for book launches at the space. While we haven’t had a chance to visit the space in person, it is definitely on our list for our next visit. For those of you lucky enough to be nearby you can check it out at 212 Franklin Street, Brooklyn, New York from 10-6pm, Monday through Saturday.

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