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Sharon Tate: Recollection Book Publication, and Signing Event

Stephen Schmidt | June 15, 2014 | Books, Graphic design, Photography, Pop Culture, Publishing

Sharon Tate: Recollection, by Debra Tate, was published this month by Running Press Publishers. Designed by Duuplex Creative Director Stephen Schmidt, with David Wills, the book is a beautiful photo tribute to Sharon Tate’s personal and professional life.

On Saturday, June 14th, author Debra Tate signed copies of her book at Just Fabulous in Palm Springs. There was a good turnout with all signed copies of Sharon Tate: Recollection selling out during the event. It was a wonderful way to celebrate the book’s publication.

Book designer Stephen Schmidt (left) with author Debra Tate

Book designer Stephen Schmidt (left) with author Debra Tate

Author Debra Tate

Author Debra Tate

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Author Debra Tate and one of the many customers who lined up for her signature.

Just Fabulous owner, Stephen Monkarsh (left) with author Debra Tate

Just Fabulous owner, Stephen Monkarsh (left) with author Debra Tate

Just Fabulous owner Stephen Monkarsh (second from left) with his terrific staff.

Author Debra Tate with Just Fabulous owner Stephen Monkarsh and his staff

Many thanks to Stephen Monkarsh, owner of Just Fabulous, and his terrific staff for putting on a fun book signing event!

Sharon Tate: Recollection is a one-of-a-kind celebration of Sharon’s life and career, her influence as a fashion icon throughout the world, and in effect presents a sociological portrait of the 1960s—its youth culture, the sexual revolution, the rise of independent cinema, and Hollywood’s changing studio system. In this impressive photo book, Sharon Tate’s story emerges through quotes and short essays—recollections—by her sister, Debra Tate, as well as by those who knew and have been influenced by her.

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Highlights include a Foreword by Roman Polanski, and retrospective quotes by Mia Farrow, Warren Beatty, Richard Avedon, Truman Capote, Dominick Dunne, Orson Welles, Barbara Parkins, George Harrison, David Niven, Deborah Kerr, Yul Brynner, Kirk Douglas, and many others — in addition to rare and classic photographs by David Bailey, Milton Greene, Philippe Halsman, Shahrokh Hatami, Terry O’Neill, Peter Basch, John Engstead, Peter Brüchmann, Neal Barr, Pierluigi Praturlon, Curt Gunther, and Jean-Jacques Bugat.

Click here to purchase Sharon Tate: Recollection, at Amazon.com.

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For additional information and to view more photos from the book, please visit SharonTateRecollection.com.

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Duuplex-designed AND Design + Construction Site Launches

Stephen Schmidt | April 7, 2014 | Design, Graphic design, Interior Design, Retina screen, UI design, Web

The new AND Design + Construction portfolio website, designed and developed by Duuplex, has launched: www.andsf.com. The site features a gorgeous image display that auto detects whether a site visitor is viewing with a regular or high resolution screen. AND site visitors with a high resolution screen are treated to crystal clear hi res portfolio images. Other features of the site include an elegant portfolio interface with space saving project titles menu, project info overlay, and thumbnail navigation images tucked away at the bottom of the screen. A WordPress powered content management system makes for easy site updates.

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Hollywood in Kodachrome Book Signing – Palm Springs

Stephen Schmidt | December 6, 2013 | Books, Graphic design, Photography, Pop Culture, Publishing

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David Wills (left) and Stephen Schmidt

On Saturday, November 30th, Just Fabulous of Palm Springs hosted a Hollywood in Kodachrome book signing event with author David Wills and book designer Stephen Schmidt. Published in November 2013 by It Books!Hollywood in Kodachrome is a unique collection of vibrant color Hollywood celebrity photographs focused on the decade of the 1940s. The book features an entertaining and informative introductory essay by David Wills.

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The crowd gathers

Stephen Monkarsh, Owner, Just Fabulous (left) with David Wills

Stephen Monkarsh, Owner, Just Fabulous (left) with David Wills

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Stephen Schmidt with his proud parents, Loretta and Reynold Schmidt, enjoying the festivities.

Many thanks to Stephen Monkarsh, owner of Just Fabulous, and his staff for putting on a fun book signing event!

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An outstanding publishing achievement, Hollywood in Kodachrome includes previously unpublished portraits of Clark Gable, Bette Davis, Cary Grant, Lana Turner, Errol Flynn, Lucille Ball, Frank Sinatra, Elizabeth Taylor, John Wayne, Marilyn Monroe, and many others.

The book also features work by many of the great photographers of Hollywood’s golden era — George Hurrell, Clarence Sinclair Bull, John Engstead, Paul Hesse, Ernest Bachrach, Bernard of Hollywood, Robert Coburn, Ray Jones, Bud Fraker, Frank Powolny, Eugene Robert Richee, and many others — to create a stunning portfolio of images that pays homage to the richest, clearest, most brilliant, and archivally dependable film stock in history.

Click here to purchase Hollywood in Kodachrome, at Amazon.com.

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For additional information and to view more photos from the book, please visit HollywoodInKodachrome.com.

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HollywoodinKodachrome.com website

 

Duuplex-designed Rizzoli Bookstore E-commerce Site Launches

Stephen Schmidt | November 14, 2013 | Branding, E-commerce, Graphic design, Publishing, Web

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Renowned illustrated book publisher Rizzoli has launched its new E-commerce website: www.rizzolibookstore.com. Designed and developed by Duuplex, the Rizzoli Bookstore site features an elegant shopping experience for Rizzoli book fans to purchase all books from Rizzoli’s catalog in addition to selected illustrated books from other publishing houses. The site is managed by the client through a content management system developed by Duuplex. Having worked with Rizzoli on various architecture and design book projects—from The Houses at Sagaponac (2003) to Karimspace (2009)—Duuplex is proud to be the chosen design and development team to bring E-commerce capabilities to Rizzoli’s online offering. The site has been well received by the client and its customers — just in time for the 2013 holiday shopping season!

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