Following on from his sold-out “Insert Complicated Title Here” lecture at Harvard last year, Virgil Abloh has now announced plans for a book of the talk. Launching at the ongoing Venice Biennale, the book is part of “The Incidents” series from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design and will print various aspects of the talk.
Key themes in Abloh’s lecture include a “cheat code” of advice he wishes he had received, as well as how to cultivate a “personal design language” and a behind-the-scenes look at his design process. At the book launch — at Grafiche Veneziane — Abloh is set to “live print” unique book covers that will be available at the event. Following the Venice launch, the 96-page book is set to get a wider release and will retail at $14 USD.
In related news, Virgil also gifted his collaborative Nike football jerseys to his old high school.
**initial release of a book titled “Insert Complicated Title Here” from my lecture at @harvardgsd introduction c/o @oooooana at the architecture Venice biennale tomorrow. location details above. brief: “What’s my DNA?” Virgil Abloh asks to an overflowing auditorium at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. Abloh goes on to provide his audience with a “cheat code”—advice he wishes he had received as a student. He then unpacks a series of “shortcuts” for cultivating a “personal design language.” Trained as an architect and engineer, Abloh has translated the tools and techniques of his student days into the world of fashion, product design, and music. His label, Off-White, works in seeming contradictions, marrying streetwear with couture, collaborating with brands like Nike, Ikea, and the Red Cross; musicians like Lil Uzi Vert and ideas based on texts from the likes of Rem Koolhaas. Impervious to hurdles (“They literally don’t exist.”), Abloh takes us behind the scenes of his design process, sharing the essentials of editing, problem-solving, and storytelling. He paints a picture of his DNA, and then flips the question: What’s your DNA? “Insert Complicated Title Here” is the sixth title in the book series The Incidents based on uncommon events at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design from 1936 to tomorrow. Copublished by the Harvard University Graduate School of Design and Sternberg Press. Series design by Åbäke Softcover, 96 pages, 13.5 x 21 cm, $14.00 ISBN 978-3-956793-81-3 Forthcoming May 2018.