November 17, 2014

Typeface combinations used in design books

The authors of the following books work with type for a living, and although they weren’t all responsible for their book designs, I was intrigued to know what typeface combinations were chosen to represent their words.

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October 21, 2014

Remember those great Volkswagen ads?

“...if you simply appreciate wit and style, you'll enjoy this book.”

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August 21, 2014

Keep experimenting

Job applicant advice from design business owner Drew de Soto.

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July 23, 2014

G . F Smith, 1885 onwards

I always appreciate the work that paper specialist G . F Smith puts into the company’s print material. The 2014 "Portrait of a Company" book is no exception.

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April 8, 2014

The Geometry of Type

A lovely typographic primer by Stephen Coles, with a foreword from Erik Spiekermann.

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March 7, 2014

On negotiating your design salary

A chapter from Ted Leonhardt’s new book Nail It: Stories for Designers on Negotiating with Confidence — a collection of true stories about designers getting the salaries they deserve.

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December 7, 2013

Graphic Icons: Jan Tschichold

Excerpted from Graphic Icons: Visionaries Who Shaped Modern Graphic Design, the new book from John Clifford.

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September 20, 2013

Blank Slate: A Comprehensive Library of Photographic Templates

I've talked before about how showing identity work using Photoshop mockups can really bring an idea to life. So it was interesting to get Blank Slate in the post, courtesy of Gestalten.

Blank Slate

You know the idea...

Blank Slate

Blank Slate

The book is a hardback reference catalogue that might make it a little easier to find the exact "blank slate" you're looking for. More than 1,000 images are labelled with codes that correspond to the TIFF files on the included DVD.

Blank Slate

All images are available on white and on black backgrounds, except for the few in the sadly lacking "environment" section — it's a shame there isn't a wider variety here.

Blank Slate

Blank Slate

Blank Slate

Blank Slate

Blank Slate

I've built a decent library of these images, but this is a nice alternative to signing up to a stock photography website, and I'm sure I'll make use of it at some point soon.

Get a copy of Blank Slate from Gestalten or on Amazon.com / Amazon.co.uk.

September 11, 2013

The Design Method

The Design Method is a new book by Eric Karjaluoto, creative director and founding partner of smashLAB. He kindly took time to answer a few of my questions on his latest work.

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June 4, 2013

15 Years, 115 Projects

15/115 (15 Years, 115 Projects) is the second book from designer Mark Bloom of Mash Creative.

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March 27, 2013

Popular Lies About Graphic Design

An attempt to debunk the various misconceptions, half truths and, in some cases, outright lies which permeate the industry of design.

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October 19, 2012

10,000 hours

“A good four or five years after graduation is needed for designers to begin to find their feet.”

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October 4, 2012

Book Mountain, by MVRDV

The Book Mountain library in Spijkenisse, Netherlands, is designed as an advert for reading.

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David Airey
Brand identity design

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