The Collective keeps members up-to-date on design trends,

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March 8, 2020

Due to the latest global restrictions on air travel, this month's review will lovingly and nostalgically explore the world of airline and airport design.

AIRLINE: Style at 30,000 feet (Keith Lovegrove, 2013) 

Divided into four sections covering fashion, food, interior de...

December 1, 2019

To accompany our current Forum question - "What Items are in your Design Tool Kit?" - we collected ideas and tips from fellow production designers who shared their favorite items.

Bellow are some suggestions to take on your next design adventure!


The first item...

November 30, 2019

This month, a dispatch from Lisbon, Portugal - a collection of resources on tile, which I'm currently surrounded by!

5000 YEARS OF TILES (Hans Van Lemmen, 2013) 

A comprehensive review of tile art and production worldwide, from earliest times to the present day. The book...

September 22, 2019

This month, to accompany our Forum question "How Do You Craft a Career", we review books on production design careers, written by or about established colleagues. 

BY DESIGN: Interviews with Film Production Designers (Vincent LoBrutto, 1992) 

The book is compri...

July 28, 2019

This month features a brilliant subject - Neon! We are joined by Matt Dilling, partner at Lite Brite Neon Studio, who was kind enough to share some of his favorites here. If you ever find yourselves in Kingston, NY, you should stop by Matt's incredible studio, meet the...

May 26, 2019

This month's subject is postcards: these seemingly mundane, utilitarian images hold more than meets the eye! They are a great resource for production design research and sometimes are the only records of bygone enviornments.

 AN AMERICAN ODYSSEY (Taschen, 2014) 


March 24, 2019

This month features my latest obsession - pattern. In our work, we often design wallpaper and fabrics - where can we get our inspiration from? Here are a few places to start - 


Dover Publications is an American book publisher that pr...

January 20, 2019

This month features the results of a recent weekend in Berlin, where I visited book stores and dug through crates at some book sales events. Here are the uncovered gems, to inspire us all for the new year:

STRANGER IN POLAROID (Otto Grokenberger, 2018)


November 10, 2018

This month's review highlights genre-bending books that combine photography and text, inspired by the recent re-publication of the "The Sweet Flypaper of Life", with photos by Roy DeCarava's and story by Langston Hughes. 


August 26, 2018

The iPad has evolved into a useful tool for production designers: easy to carry around during scouts and on location, great resolution to display photos on the go, and a convenient storage place for all production documents. Most importantly, as the iPad stylus has imp...

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