Vanja Golubovic

Vanja Golubovic

Vanja Golubovic is a graphic designer that splits her time between Geneva and Berlin. Having an affection for music, film, and theater, she often collaborates with cultural institutions. I’m especially fond of her work for Tresor, a Berlin-based techno club and recording label. Fusing dynamic photography, neon colors, and dense textures, she creates posters that express the music’s pulsating rhythms and the venue’s lively ambiance. Uniting these elements is a rigid grid system that provides a visual hierarchy and represents the illustrious cage that the DJs perform in.

Vanja Golubovic

Vanja Golubovic

Vanja Golubovic

Vanja Golubovic

In addition to the club’s posters, here are some of her other projects:

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Joonghyun Cho

Joonghyun Cho

Seoul-based graphic designer, Joonghyun Cho, crafts inventive and highly conceptual posters that capture the essence of the institutions that they promote. This can easily be seen within his vibrant series for the Asia Lighting Design Forum. In each poster, he spells out the event’s acronym with layered gradients that beautifully represent the movement of light and the effects of its properties. Clever and alluring, his work has been recognized by numerous publications including, Communication Arts Korea, Nylon Korea, and Notefolio Magazine.

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Bráulio Amado

Braulio Amado

Bráulio Amado is a graphic designer living and working in New York. From comics to music videos, he takes on a number of creative endeavors and always seems to do so with humor and authenticity in mind. I’m particularly impressed with his ongoing poster work for music venues throughout New York. Abstract and experimental, these designs fuse lush gradients with illustrations and photographs in a collage-like fashion. Adding to these compositions, he layers in expressive typography that accentuates the pieces and acts as an analog counterpoint to the purely digital work.

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TwoPoints.Net

Two Points

Founded by Lupi Asensio and Martin Lorenz, TwoPoints.Net is a design studio known for their flexible visual identities (FVI). Rather than being static and repetitive, the studio believes that an identity system should be adaptable. This can easily be seen in their work for ADI’s Delta Awards. Using a series of icons, they created a versatile system that could be incorporated into the event’s branding, typeface, and awards.

Two Points’ appreciation for the efficiency of FVIs also fueled the studio to develop a program that helps their clients create designs on their own. While working with Tonangeber, a website for sharing playlists, Two Points created “supertool” — a program that guides DJs through the design process while maintaining the constraints of Tonangeber’s identity system.

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2016 Holiday Gift Guide: Design & Illustration Books

Grain Edit's 2016 Holiday Gift Guide

Here it is! Our annual Design Book Gift Guide! In this list, we’ve compiled our favorite titles from the past year. We hope this helps you find the perfect gift for your loved ones this holiday season.

 

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Graphic Stamps: The miniature beauty of postage stamps
Editors: Tony Brook Adrian Shaughnessy
Stamps selected by Iain Follet Blair Thomson
Essay: Mark Sinclair
Published by Unit Editions
328 Pages

The Archive Series is a bibliographic celebration of graphic design archives and collections. The first title in the new series is devoted to the design of postage stamps. Sourced from the collections of stamp design experts Iain Follett and Blair Thomson, the book celebrates the brilliance of postage stamp design from around the world.

Available at Unit Editions

Karel Martens

Prints
By Karel Martens
Published by Roma Publications
48 pages

This artist publication contains a sequence of unique letterpress monoprints, made by Karel Martens between 2014 and 2016, reproduced at actual size (except for two larger prints). It is available in two different cover versions which is the result of a printing experiment by printing all the content of the book in 3 layers on one print sheet, which was cut and folded into two different covers.

Available at Roma Publications, Amazon, and your local bookshop.

Hall of Femmes Barbara Stauffacher Solomon

Hall of Femmes: Barbara Stauffacher Solomon
By Hall of Femmes AKA Samira Bouabana and Angela Tillman Sperandio
Published by Hall of Femmes

A Hall of Femmes book about Californian Supergraphics pioneer Barbara Stauffacher Solomon.

Barbara Stauffacher Solomon was the first to create what came to be known as Supergraphics: monumental graphics designed in harmony with architecture. Her iconic style – mixing Swiss Modernism and West Coast Pop – pioneered the look of California Cool, an important moment in graphic design history.

In addition to an impressive portfolio, she boasts a fascinating life story. Ranging from being a teenage flamenco dancer, to marrying a well-known film director, to suddenly finding herself a young widow with a child to support. At a crossroads, she moves to Switzerland to study under the influential modernist designer Armin Hofmann, before returning to the U.S and creating influential designs that were bigger and bolder than her Swiss counterparts.

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Official Symbol of The American Revolution Bicentennial: Guidelines for Authorized Usage; Official Graphics Standards Manual

Official Symbol of The American Revolution Bicentennial: Guidelines for Authorized Usage; Official Graphics Standards Manual
Designed By Bruce Blackburn
Published by Standards Manual
52 pages + 8 panel jacket

The 1976 American Revolution Bicentennial symbol was the logo for America’s 200th birthday party and a precursor to the NASA logo that Bruce Blackburn would design in 1974.

This edition is a perfect facsimile of the original, wrapped in a black jacket with a foil stamped foreword from Bruce Blackburn and an essay from Christopher Bonanos. The first 1,976 copies are limited edition, featuring a hand-placed original bicentennial post stamp from ’76.

Available at Standards Manual and your local bookshop.

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Design By Wangzhihong.com
By Wang Zhi-Hong
Published by Faces Publications and Cité Publishing
504 pages

Design By Wangzhihong.com is a collection of the work of one of Taiwan’s top book designers, Wang Zhi-Hong. From typography manuals to Albert Einstein’s Ideas and Opinions, Wang has tackled a range of translated volumes for Asia’s book market. Often employing geometric illustrations and minimal layouts, his work is clean, bold, and intriguing. His approach has earned him international recognition including six of Taiwan’s Golden Butterfly Awards, Kasai Kaoru’s Choice Award, and Excellent Works from the Tokyo Type Directors Club.

Available at Cité Publishing and your local bookshop.

The Brutal World

This Brutal World
By Peter Chadwick
Published by Phaidon Press
224 pages

A curated collection of some of the most powerful and awe-inspiring Brutalist architecture ever built. This Brutal World is a global survey of this compelling and much-admired style of architecture. It brings to light virtually unknown Brutalist architectural treasures from across the former eastern bloc and other far flung parts of the world.

Available at Amazon and your local bookshop.

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Mapping Graphic Design History in Switzerland
Edited By Rober Lzicar and Davide Fornari
Published by Triest Verlag für Architektur
328 pages

This volume presents eleven original essays on the production, mediation and consumption of graphic design artifacts and processes, as well as their respective discourses, by authors from the German, French and Italian-speaking areas of Switzerland.

Mapping Graphic Design History in Switzerland discusses theoretical and methodological approaches for historical research on graphic design; helps to establish graphic design history as an academic field in Switzerland; and aims to make this discourse accessible to researchers and professional graphic designers in Switzerland and abroad.

The texts are illustrated with around 100 color and largely unpublished images. In addition to the academic texts, the publications contains three visual essays on the history of graphic design in Switzerland, as well as an extensive list of literature and other references.

Includes an epilogue and prologue by the editors and contributions by Constance Delamadeleine, Davide Fornari, Roland Früh, Invar-Torre Hollaus, Barbara Junod, Leslie Kennedy, Robert Lzicar, Corina Neuenschwander, Franziska Nyffenegger, François Rappo, Michael Renner, Bettina Richter, Teal Triggs, Amanda Unger, Peter Vetter. With visual essays designed by Diana Iennaco, Marina Prado and Leonardo Signori

Available at Draw DownAmazon, and your local bookshop.

Alain Grée

Alain Grée: Works by the French Illustrator from the 1960s-70s
By Alain Grée
Published by PIE International
224 pages

This is the very first art collection title introducing his beautiful illustrations selected mainly from his work during the 1960s and 1970s. More than 200 art works are showcased, some of which are only available today in antique books. In addition, this title features Grée’s original paintings, rough sketches and interviews. This is a treasured collection for adults who have grown up with Grée’s books, who will recall their own childhood days, as well as a good reference for those studying illustration.

Available at Counter-PrintAmazon, and your local bookshop.

Explorations in Typography

Explorations in Typography (Second Edition)
By Carolina de Bartolo with Stephen Coles and Erik Spiekermann
Published by 101 Editions

A brand new edition of Explorations in Typography is now available. It has been revised and expanded to include more typesetting examples and more typefaces as well as a visual index of page layouts and grids. Along with the same excerpt from Erik Spiekermann used in the first edition, this edition also features the writing of Stephen Coles who composed all new typeface descriptions and an index of alternates for each that are low-cost or free for educational use.

Available at 101 Editions and your local bookshop.

British Rail Corporate Identity Manual

The British Rail Corporate Identity Manual
Created and edited by Wallace Henning
Published by Henning Limited
472 pages

Leaves on the lines, the wrong kind of snow, and soggy stale sandwiches never really helped British Rail become a brand that was truly loved by the nation. Yet, in 2011 the readers of Creative Review voted British Rail’s ‘double arrow’ as their sixth favourite logo.

This book celebrates the British Rail Corporate Identity in its entirety – not only it’s distinctive symbol but it’s full graphic design programme, from detailed specimens of the famous Rail Alphabet typeface to the livery of the Inter-City 125. With full agreement from the Department of Transport – this iconic manual initially created in 1965 have been published as a new, high specification book.

The nature of the ring binder system used to hold the individual Sheets of the original Manual has meant most, or quite possibly all sets of the Manual were never complete. This publication is the only printed full collection of the British Rail Corporate Identity Manual. Outside of museums, archives and private collections, this is only physical form of the Manual.
 
Foreword by Michael C Place, Creative Director and Founder of Build. Introduction by Tony Howard, former Head of Design at British Rail.

Available at British Rail Manual and your local bookshop.

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Typograf Oldřich Hlavsa

By Barbora Toman Tylová
Published in 2015 by Akropolis Publishing House in cooperation with Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague
592 pages

For the first time, a publication summarizes the extensive graphic works of an author, whose work is an important chapter in the history of Czech graphic design of the late 20th century.

In his works, Oldrich Hlavsa (1909 – 1995) focuses especially on the typographic design of books. With the number of designed books, amounting nearly two thousand, he significantly formed the view on creation, function, and purpose of books. He is a follower of Czech avantgarde, works of Karel Teige and Ladislav Sutnar, but through his typographic work the constructional and functional elements get a new meaning.

He left a deep imprint on the history of graphic design with his four publications about fonts, illustration, and books.

His Typograficka pisma latinkova was published in 1957, followed by its English translation A Book of Type and Design published three years later. Three volumes of Typographie were published in 1976, 1981 and 1986. Oldrich Hlavsa was a member of a number of international applied graphic art institutions and committees, he took an active part in work of various international book culture and typography juries; he presented his work both at home and abroad. The quality of his work repeatedly received many local and international awards. For many years, he would take the top places at the competition for the most beautiful Czechoslovak book, and in 1991, he received the prestigious Gutenberg prize of Leipzig, as recognition of his extraordinary lifetime work in book art.

The extensive monograph starts with studies of Barbora Toman Tylova, Jan Rous, and Iva Knoblochova. The following pictorial part describes the essential milestones of Hlavsa’s innovative and unique art work, which is relatively and comprehensively described in the bibliography of Hlavsa’s book and magazine work. The publication is accompanied by a summary of Hlavsa’s theoretical articles, interviews, and reviews of his work, and Hlavsa’s correspondence with reputable Czech and foreign figures in the 20th century design (L. Sutnar, A. Frutiger, H. Zapf).

Available at OldrichHalvasa.ch and your local bookshop.

Postage Stamp Designs – From Kafka to Loriot

Postage Stamp Designs – From Kafka to Loriot
By Hans Günter Schmitz
Published by Niggli Verlag
160 pages

The world’s first official postage stamp was issued in May 1840: the legendary “One Penny Black” with the profile of the Queen of England. The new payment system in the field of logistics by Sir Rowland Hill quickly gained hold all around the world. For the first time, this publication discusses the significance and functions of postage stamps as prominently visible elements of communication design.

The expressiveness inherent in the small-sized images and the very peculiar and heterogeneous mage vocabulary of this medium of mass culture is analyzed based on more than 40 designs by Hans Günter Schmitz. The book also presents concepts that were not implemented, in addition to sketches, studies, and variations – from Adenauer to the film festival Berlinale, from a mathematicians’ congress to the famous Wuppertal suspension railway.

Available at Niggli VerlagAmazon, and your local bookshop.

Draplin

Draplin Design Co.: Pretty Much Everything
By Aaron James Draplin
Published by Harry N. Abrams
256 pages

Esquire. Ford Motors. Burton Snowboards. The Obama Administration. While all of these brands are vastly different, they share at least one thing in com­mon: a teeny, little bit of Aaron James Draplin. Draplin is one of the new school of influential graphic designers who combine the power of design, social media, entrepreneurship, and DIY aesthetic to create a successful business and way of life.

Pretty Much Everything is a mid-career survey of work, case studies, inspiration, road stories, lists, maps, how-tos, and advice. It includes examples of his work—posters, record covers, logos—and presents the process behind his design with projects like Field Notes and the “Things We Love” State Posters. Draplin also offers valuable advice and hilarious commentary that illustrates how much more goes into design than just what appears on the page. With Draplin’s humor and pointed observations on the contemporary design scene, Draplin Design Co. is the complete package for the new generation of designers.

Available at Amazon and your local bookshop.

NASA Graphics Manual

National Aeronautics and Space Administration Graphics Standards Manual
Designed by Richard Danne Bruce Blackburn
Published by Standards Manual
220 Pages

The NASA Graphics Standards Manual by Richard Danne and Bruce Blackburn is a futuristic vision for an agency at the cutting edge of science and exploration.

The book features a foreword by Richard Danne, an essay by Christopher Bonanos, scans of the original manual (from Danne’s personal copy), reproductions of the original NASA 35mm slide presentation, and scans of the ‘Managers Guide’, a follow up booklet distributed by NASA.

Available at Standards Manual, Counter-Print, and your local bookshop.

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Ghost
Written by Blaise Hemingway and Jesse Reffsin and illustrated by Chris Sasaki and Jeff Turley
Published by Illustratus

Ghost is a chilling new collection of short stories from a team of writers and illustrators with roots at Pixar, Disney and Paramount. Produced by Illustratus, Ghost marks the studio’s first foray into publishing. If the book is indicative of future releases, then they are off to a very good start. Sizing in at 9.25” x 12”, this mighty tome (or should I say tomb?) contains 13 hair-raising vignettes told through the voice of a reclusive groundskeeper. In each tale, the author meticulously summons the spirit of campfire nights of a youthful past through vivid storytelling that is equally engaging as it is terrifying. Interacting with and shaping the words are a series of dense and haunting visuals. Employing snow-bleached landscapes, speckled textures and muted tones, the images take on an ephemeral and otherworldly quality. The end result is aesthetically stunning and will serve as a worthy benchmark for a new generation of ghost stories.

Available at Illustratus and your local bookshop.

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TD 63-73: Total Design and its pioneering role in graphic design (Expanded Edition) 
By Ben Bos / Edited by Tony Brook and Adrian Shaughnessy / Design by Spin
Published by Unit Editions
520 Pages

Total Design began in Amsterdam in 1963. Ben Bos joined the founders (Wim Crouwel, Benno Wissing, Friso Kramar and the Schwarz Brothers) from the outset. Together and individually, they set new benchmarks for typography, identity design, cultural design, exhibition design and product design. These benchmarks have rarely, if ever, been surpassed.

The expanded edition of TD 63-73 is a unique insider’s account of Total Design’s golden period. It contains hundreds of images from the TD archive, and in Ben Bos’s text the reader is given a personal history of a design group that remains as important today as it did when it launched in 1963.

Expanding on this original edition, this new edition features an updated and extended text by Ben Bos that looks beyond 1973, as well as many previously unseen images from his personal archive.

Available at Unit Editions

Very Graphic - Polish Designers

Very Graphic - Polish Designers

Very Graphic - Polish Designers

Very Graphic - Polish Designers

Very Graphic - Polish Designers

Very Graphic - Polish Designers

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Very Graphic: Polish Designers of the 20th Century
Edited with introduction by Jacek Mrowczyk. Preface by Piotr Rypson, Krzysztof Lenk, Agata Szydowska.
Published by Culture PL
448 Pages

VeryGraphic: Polish Designers of the 20th Century is the first comprehensive history of Polish graphic design. The book showcases its immense and diverse legacy, from the world-renowned Polish Poster school to the lesser-known achievements of artists in the field of applied graphic design, including books and covers, typography and lettering, logos and visual identification as well as packaging. Chronologically detailing the work of over 60 of the most prominent Polish designers, the volume offers a review of Polish graphic design unprecedented in its scope. The cover of each copy is hand-painted, rendering it a truly one-of-a-kind object.

Available at Amazon, artbook.com and your local book shop.

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The Music Library: Revised and Expanded Edition
By Jonny Trunk / Published by Fuel
248 Pages

This new and expanded edition of The Music Library contains twice the content of the original book, featuring 625 rare sleeves from 230 music library companies of the 1960s, 1970s and early 1980s. The amazing cover designs of over 100 newly discovered library albums are beautifully reproduced (alongside all the sleeves contained in the first book) and accompanied by exhaustive, updated captions.

Available at Amazon, artbook.com and your local book shop.

The ABC of Custom Lettering

The ABC of Custom Lettering

The ABC of Custom Lettering

The ABC of Custom Lettering:A Practical Guide to Drawing Letters
By Ivan Castro / Introduction by Ken Barber of House Industries
Published by Korero
140 Pages

This practical and inspirational workbook features easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions for hand drawing a range of letterforms, from Modern Roman and Gothic through to Latin, Script, and Interlocked. Offering traditional instruction methods with a modern twist, this reference also comes with gallery sections for inspiration and accompanying projects to practice your technique.

Available at Amazon and your local book shop.

Design for People - Scott Stowell

Design for People - Scott Stowell

Design for People – Stories About How (and Why) We All Can Work Together to Make Things Better
Edited by Chappell Ellison, Bryn Smith, Scott Stowell. Introduction by Karrie Jacobs. Foreword by Douglass G.A. Scott. Text by Wynton Marsalis.
Published by Metropolis Books
256 Pages

Most design books focus on outcome rather than on process. Scott Stowell’s Design for People is groundbreaking in its approach to design literature. Focusing on 12 design projects by Stowell’s design firm, Open, the volume offers a sort of oral history as told by those involved with each project–designers, clients, interns, collaborators and those who interact with the finished product on a daily basis.

Available at Amazon, artbook.com and your local book shop.

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Min: The New Simplicity in Graphic Design
By Stuart Tolley
Published by Thames Hudson
288 Pages

As creatives take contemporary design in fresh and exciting directions, they are also waving goodbye to the ornate patterns that have saturated our visual culture for the past decade.

MIN is the first thorough look at this rebirth of simplicity in graphic design. It showcases around 150 outstanding minimalist designers working across a wide range of formats and media – from independent magazines and album covers to corporate identity and branding.

Available at Amazon, Thames Hudson and your local book shop

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Max Bill
Published by Fundacion Juan March
Edited by Manuel Fontán del Junco, María Toledo.
Text by Karin Gimmi, Jakob Bill, Manuel Fontán del Junco, Neus Moyano, Fernando Marzá, María Amalia García, Gillermo Zuaznabar.
352 Pages

This gorgeously designed, hefty volume—the most thorough Bill overview ever published in English, and the only monograph in print—presents Bill’s oeuvre both chronologically and thematically, across every facet of his multifaceted oeuvre: painting, graphic art, sculpture, architecture, book and magazine design, industrial and furniture design, graphic design and advertising typography—from large-format posters to small inserts in periodicals—as well as his designs for exhibition spaces.

Available at Amazon and artbook.com

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Herb Lubalin: Typographer
Editors: Adrian Shaughnessy Tony Brook
Published by Unit Editions
208 Pages

Herb Lubalin claimed not to be a great typographer. ‘In fact,’ he said, ‘I’m terrible, because I don’t follow the rules.’ This new book proves the opposite. On every page it features Lubalin’s typographic genius (logos, layouts, lettering and typefaces), and places him at the forefront of 20th century typographic innovation.

Available at Unit Editions and your local bookshop.

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Alexander Girard: A Designer’s Universe
Published by Vitra Design Museum
Edited by Mateo Kries, Jochen Eisenbrand.
Text by Susan Brown, Jochen Eisenbrand, Barbara Hauss, Alexandra Lange, Monica Obniski, Jonathan Olivares.
512 Pages

Alexander Girard was one of the most important modern textile artists and interior designers of the 20th century. He combined Pop and Folk art influences to create a colorfully opulent aesthetic language whose impact continues to be felt today. This richly illustrated catalogue draws on the vast holdings in Girard’s private estate, which were exhaustively investigated for the first time at the Vitra Design Museum. The book presents the oeuvre of the multitalented designer in all its facets, while offering the first scholarly, critical examination of his work.

Available at Amazon, artbook.com and your local book shop.

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How to Write an Email
By Justin Kerr
Published by Extracurricular Press
109 Pages

The biggest mistake new employees make in the corporate world is thinking that hard work is what leads to success. The reality is that some basic and often overlooked behaviors are the real keys to thriving in the workplace. Part survival guide, part corporate myth-buster, How to write an email shows you how to raise your profile and make the most of your time in any organization.

Available at Amazon, Extracurricular Press and your local book shop.

Action Time Vision

Action Time Vision

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Action Time Vision
Editors: Tony Brook Adrian Shaughnessy
Consultant Editor: Russ Bestley
Published by Unit Editions
320 pages

Action Time Vision: Punk Post-Punk 7″ Record Sleeves [Unit 26] is a celebration of DIY graphics from the punk and post-punk eras. You might call it outsider graphic design.

Few of the sleeves showcased here are beautiful in the normal sense of the word. But they all have an urgency and an exhilarating disregard for design conventions that makes them exceptional. They are all clarion calls for independence and freedom from pop industry norms.

The work in this book is culled from the record collections of designer (and Unit Editions co-founder) Tony Brook, and leading punk scholar Russ Bestley. As one of the world’s leading authorities on punk and post-punk music, Russ has contributed an insightful essay to the book.

Available at Unit Editions and your local bookshop.

Listen Listen

Listen Listen

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Listen! Listen!
By Ann Paul Rand
Published by Princeton Architectural Press
32 pages

Paul Rand and his wife, Ann, wrote this book for their daughter, Catherine, to explain the interplay of sound and color. Rand’s distinctive paper-cut illustrations of bold shapes and bursts of color beautifully complement Ann’s rhythmic text, encouraging children to listen and repeat noises they hear every day: the “blop” of a raindrop, the “wham!” of a shutting door, the whisper of the wind in the trees, and the “crunch crunch” of buttered toast.

Available at Amazon, Princeton Architectural Press, and your local bookshop.

The Journey

The Journey

The Journey

The Journey
By Francesca Sanna
Published by Flying Eye Books
48 pages

“I look up to the birds that seem to be following us. They are migrating just like us. And their journey, like ours, is very long, but they don’t have to cross any borders.”

What is it like to have to leave everything behind and travel many miles to somewhere unfamiliar and strange? A mother and her two children set out on such a journey; one filled with fear of the unknown, but also great hope.

Based on her interactions with people forced to seek a new home, and told from the perspective of a young child, Francesca Sanna has created a beautiful and sensitive book that is full of significance for our time.

Available at Amazon, Flying Eye Books, and your local bookshop.

Locomotion

Locomotion

Locomotion

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Locomotion
By Golden Cosmos
Published by Nobrow Press
20 pages

Designed by Golden Cosmos, this beautiful concertina book folds out to a stunning 139 cm panorama detailing the history of trains and locomotives. The wraparound cover also includes facts for each panel of the panorama; beginning with the very first steam engines and traveling through time to the trains we use today.

Available at Amazon, Nobrow Press, and your local bookshop.

Floodgate Companion

Floodgate Companion

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Floodgate Companion
By Robert Beatty
Published by Floating World Comics
112 pages

Floodgate Companion is Robert Beatty’s debut monograph, a cosmic and immersive collection of artwork from the renowned album cover artist.

You may not know his name, but chances are you’ve seen his work. Robert Beatty is the artist behind those drippy, trippy, technicolour sleeves donning your favorite albums by Tame Impala, Neon Indian, Oneohtrix Point Never, Peaking Lights, Real Estate, and countless others. Taking aesthetic cues from airbrushed cosmic album art and avant garde animation of decades past, Beatty updates the style utilizing an idiosyncratic combination of digital and hand drawn techniques resulting in a timeless feel.

Created alongside a vast body of album cover and illustration work over the span of several years, Robert Beatty’s Floodgate Companion presents a parallel reality of unpublished artwork recalling the heyday of paperback science fiction, experimental animation, and outsider private-press psychedelic records. A cosmic and immersive artifact, Floodgate Companion is a gateway into a familiar yet alien world of imagined sci-fi novels and unheard music, shifting stylistically through airbrushed grotesques, abstract comics, and psychedelic op-art collages framed in asemic type.

Available at Amazon, Floating World Comics, and your local bookshop.

Art Marks

Art Marks
Designed by Leterme Dowling
Compiled and published by Counter-Print
208 pages

Art Marks is a compendium of logos from galleries, photographers, artists, museums, educational institutions, theatres, musicians, architects and designers from all over the world.

Available at Counter-Print and your local bookshop.

So You Want To Publish A Magazine

Do You Want To Publish A Magazine

Do You Want To Publish A Magazine

Do You Want To Publish A Magazine

So You Want to Publish A Magazine
By Angharad Lewis
Published by Laurence King
168 pages

So you want to publish a magazine? Start here!

This guide shows you how to take your concept from idea to proper publication, step by step. It covers all the nuts and bolts of indie magazine publishing, from budgeting and distribution to design and print. Inspirational and informative, this book gives you the behind-the-scenes information you need to take your idea all the way to print, and beyond. It’s a must-have for anyone who loves magazines or dreams of starting their own.

Available at Amazon and Laurence King and your local bookshop.

The Intelligent Lifestyle Magazine

The Intelligent Lifestyle Magazine

The Intelligent Lifestyle Magazine

The Intelligent Lifestyle Magazine
By Francesco Franchi, Christian Rocca
Published by Gestalten
272 pages

Francesco Franchi is the art director of IL: Ideas and Lifestyle, the monthly magazine supplement to the Italian daily newspaper Il Sole 24 Ore. From its typography concept to its infographics, its striking editorial design makes a significant contribution to the high brand recognition that IL enjoys worldwide.

The Intelligent Lifestyle Magazine is the first comprehensive monograph about this magazine. From an insider’s perspective, it tells the story of how IL’s consistent visual and journalistic quality developed. Numerous examples are used to explain editorial concepts and branding elements. The book offers inspiration for art directors, designers, media professionals, and anyone who ever wished they could learn more about this groundbreaking Italian publication in English.

Available at Amazon and Gestalten and your local bookshop.

The Age of Collage Vol 2

The Age of Collage Vol 2

The Age of Collage Vol 2

The Age of Collage Vol 2

The Age of Collage Vol 2

The Age of Collage Vol. 2
Edited by Dennis Busch Gestalten
Published by Gestalten
320 pages

A comprehensive collection of examples ranging from subversive to museum-worthy, this striking showcase positions collage between provocation and commerce. Presenting the work of more than 70 collage artists—from established names including John Baldessari and Richard Prince to up-and-coming talents such as Lola Dupré and Mat Maitland—the book explores the seemingly endless creative possibilities that result when disparate images are brought together in unexpected ways.

Available at Amazon and Gestalten and your local bookshop.

Look Inside

Look Inside

Look Inside

Look Inside

Look Inside

Look Inside
By Juan Velasco and Samuel Velasco

Published by Gestalten
232 pages

Looking at the outside of things such as architecture, anatomy, or vehicles does not usually reveal much about their internal structures and functions. To learn more, we need to see inside them. Look Inside features infographics that cut up or take apart their subjects and make them transparent. The resulting cross sections and interior views present precise detail in multiple layers.

Look Inside starts with a discussion of Arnhem Land, the earliest known cutaway illustrations, showing that even 28,000 years ago, humans had a fascination with how things internally work: the processes that are hidden from the human eye. Including work from both centuries past and the cutting-edge present, Look Inside is an unparalleled compendium of cutaway techniques and their wide-ranging applications. Works from Jewish-German physician Fritz Kahn’s imagine the human body as a mechanized factory; Kahn’s visual metaphors show conveyor belts and offices instead of veins and valves. Exploded images of classic sports cars allows Fabian Oefner to show every piece of the automotive puzzle from the body shell to individual tiny screws. Richard Orr’s scientific pieces represent the natural world and continue in the genre’s traditional thread of handmade illustrations; whether a beaver lodge or an arctic circle landscape, Orr presents a vivid natural world or layers and scientific hierarchies. The luxurious collection within Look Inside was curated by renowned information designers and creative directors, Samuel and Juan Velasco. The Velasco brothers have provided invaluable and inspirational insight in the history and theory of cutaway illustrations and visual storytelling.

Available at Amazon and Gestalten and your local bookshop.

Tomi Ungerer

Tomi Ungerer Spread

Tomi Ungerer

Tomi Ungerer: A Treasury of 8 Books

Tomi Ungerer: A Treasury of 8 Books
By Tomi Ungerer
Published by Phaidon
Page 320

Eight classic picture books by the legendary author, brought together in one lavish slipcased volume.

This glorious treasury brings together eight iconic tales by Tomi Ungerer, featuring well-known classics (The Three Robbers, Moon Man, Otto), acclaimed recent works (Fog Island), and lost gems (Zeralda’s Ogre, Flix, The Hat, and Emile), some of which are being published for the first time in 50 years! Special features include a personal letter from Tomi, new quotes and anecdotes about each story, an exclusive interview, photos and previously unpublished materials from the making of some of his most celebrated works, such as storyboards, sketches, photographs, and images that inspired him.

Available at Amazon and Phaidon and your local bookshop.

Mid-Century Modern Architecture Travel Guide- West Coast USA

Mid-Century Modern Architecture Travel Guide- West Coast USA

Mid-Century Modern Architecture Travel Guide- West Coast USA

Mid-Century Modern Architecture Travel Guide- West Coast USA

Mid-Century Modern Architecture Travel Guide- West Coast USA

Mid-Century Modern Architecture Travel Guide: West Coast USA
By Sam Lubell
Photography by Darren Bradley
Published by Phaidon
384 pages

A must-have guide to one of the most fertile regions for the development of Mid-Century Modern architecture.

This handbook – the first ever to focus on the architectural wonders of the West Coast of the USA – provides visitors with an expertly curated list of 250 must-see destinations. Discover the most celebrated Modernist buildings, as well as hidden gems and virtually unknown examples – from the iconic Case Study houses to the glamour of Palm Springs’ spectacular Modern desert structures. Much more than a travel guide, this book is a compelling record of one of the USA’s most important architectural movements at a time when Mid-Century style has never been more popular. First-hand descriptions and colour photography transport readers into an era of unparalleled style, glamour, and optimism.

Available at Amazon and Phaidon and your local bookshop.

IMPACT_1.0

IMPACT 1.0

IMPACT 1.0

IMPACT 2.0

IMPACT 2.0

IMPACT 2.0

Impact 1.0: Design magazines, journals and periodicals [1922–73]
Impact 2.0: Design magazines, journals and periodicals [1974–2016]

Edited by Tony Brook and Adrian Shaughnessy
Design by Spin/Unit Editions

Published by Unit Editions
Each book is 384 pages

In these two new books you will find the covers of design magazines, journals and periodicals of all kinds. They come from different eras – the 1920s to the present day. They come from many countries – including Japan, India, Russia, Switzerland, USA and Iran. And they cover many topics – graphic design, typography, architecture, interiors, print, theory and history. But above all, they are brilliant specimens of innovative visual design.

There’s no better place to view the stylistic rollercoaster of graphic design than the covers of design magazines – it’s a fast-track education in the history of design and typography. As Steven Heller notes: “As we head deeper into the age of hand-held devices, covers will become obsolete. So, it is for this reason that preserving and archiving these documents of international design, one cover at a time, is beyond useful.”

Available at Unit Editions and your local bookshop.

No Sleep

No Sleep.: NYC Nightlife Flyers 1988-1999
By Adrian Bartos AKA DJ Stretch Armstrong and Evan Auerbach
Published by powerHouse Books
224 pages 

No Sleep. is a visual history of the halcyon days of New York City club life as told through flyer art. Spanning the late 80s through the late 90s, when nightlife buzz travelled via flyers and word of mouth, No Sleep. features a collection of artwork from the personal archives of NYC DJs, promoters, club kids, nightlife impresarios, and the artists themselves. Club flyers, by design, were ephemeral objects distributed on street corners, outside of nightclubs and concert halls, in barbershops and retail shops, and were not intended to be preserved for posterity. Through the 90s, they became both increasingly prevalent and more sophisticated as printing technology evolved. Overnight, however, with the birth of the internet, the club flyer essentially disappeared, and despite it being common at one time for promoters to print thousands of flyers for any given event, they are now hard to come by.

Available at Amazon, powerHouse Books, and your local bookshop.

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Neo Neo

Neo Neo

Neo Neo is a Swiss design studio led by Thuy-An Hoang and Xavier Erni. They collaborate with cultural institutions around the world, including Geneva’s Contemporary Art Center and Tokyo’s National Film Center. Not afraid to get a little funky, the studio uses bold and sometimes surprising visuals and mediums within their designs. For Geneva’s La Bâtie Festival, an event in which the city celebrates music and art, the studio employed a long splash of toothpaste as the festival’s key graphic. No matter what they decide to use, their pieces are always chic, fresh, and a testament to the current state of Swiss design.

Neo Neo

 

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Kyle Metcalf

Kyle Metcalf

Kyle Metcalf is a Canadian illustrator whose work has graced the pages of The Walrus, Swerve Magazine, and The New York Times. Using thick black outlines and soft colors, he creates charming characters that are often caught in comical situations. Much of this humor comes from a sense of nostalgia that is present throughout his work. Many of the personalities found in his illustrations seem bewildered by their middle age and yearn for their youth. These themes are also present in his still life compositions that portray novelty toys and articles from the past.

Kyle Metcalf

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Janne Iivonen

Janne Iivonen

Janne Iivonen is a contemporary devotee of ligne clair, a drawing style made popular by Hergé, the creator of The Adventures of Tintin. Inspired by observing the world around him, Iivonen beautifully captures modern life and the behavioral idiosyncrasies that come with living with today’s technologies. His charming illustrations and relatable characters have helped him accumulate an impressive portfolio of clients including The GuardianTime Magazine, and GQ.

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Janne Iivonen

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Upland Sour Ales

Upland Sour Ales

Young Laramore teamed up with artist Michael Cina to brand Upland Brewing’s wood-aged sour ales. Cina crafted abstract compositions that represent the brewery’s careful blending of different batches to create complex flavors. This collaboration resulted in a vibrant packaging and advertising campaign that signifies the craft and artistry that is put into every bottle.

Upland Sour Ales

Upland Sour Ales

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