Eric Gill: Notes on Postage Stamps

< p>The second book in the Kat Ran Essays in Philatelics series, Eric Gill: Notes on Postage Stamps, provides interesting insight into the history of Gill’s not-so-successful career as a stamp designer. The essay is relatively short, spanning about 20 pages, but does an excellent job of illustrating Gill’s stamp designs, as well as his personal character. (Click to enlarge) The book consists of a historical record of Gill’s history of designing postage stamps, which...

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Shaping Text

Shaping Text by Jan Middendorp boldly and concisely describes itself right on its front cover. This book will show you how shaping text can help you grab, hold, direct and manipulate the reader’s attention. Within its pages you will find a wealth of information about reading behaviour, design strategies, typefaces, typesetting, technical challenges and possibilities The books contents accurately match its description. (Click to enlarge) Divided into six sections, the book follows the...

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Jazz Covers from the 1940s to 1990s

If you’re a fan of jazz music or design in any shape or form it is worth your time to take a look at Jazz Covers, a recent release from Taschen. The huge two volume set contains an immense amount of visual and historical information about a wide variety of jazz album cover art created between the 1940s and the 1990s. (Click to enlarge) The books are in a square format, are nice and large, and are quite heavy, which gives you a good preview of the quantity of images inside. The covers...

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The Print Handbook

(Click to enlarge) In the world of graphic design there comes a point when your skills are really put to the test, and that’s when your work comes rolling off the press completing the transition from digital to tactile. Hopefully things go great and everything looks just as it did on screen and exactly as you expected it, but that’s definitely not always the case. To help you cut down on those times when things don’t come out looking just right you might want to pick up a...

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An interview with David Sherwin on Creative Workshop and Success by Design

As part of a new series of interviews with authors, Andy Polaine interviews David Sherwin about the background to the writing of his successful and extremely useful book, Creative Workshop and the development of his new book, Success by Design to be published in November, 2012. David Sherwin has also reviewed several books for The Designer’s Review of Books in the past. Andy Polaine: What was the inspiration for writing Creative Workshop in the first place? David Sherwin: The idea for...

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Make Space, How to Set the Stage for Creative Collaboration

As a designer, I’m always thinking about how spaces function and how they affect the way we interact with each other. When I visit design studios, I curiously observe the space and I’m typically surprised by the lack of spatial design. Work spaces are evolving as companies move toward more transparent, collaborative environments – thus the dynamics of space must be considered. Make Space, How to Set the Stage for Creative Collaboration offers insights, tools, and templates...

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Mobile Web Design by Cameron Moll

Mobile the user; not mobile, the device. Mobile is more than just being wireless. Mobility transcends freedom from wires; it suggests an entirely different user experience. This quote from Mobile Web Design by Cameron Moll sums up the essence of his book perfectly. When designing for mobile devices, designers and developers need to think about more than just aesthetics. The portability of mobile devices has placed a much greater need on designers to understand the context of use, and how...

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The journey of larks, Life and Punctuation..?

I have been delaying reviewing User Design’s – aka Thomas Bohm’s – series of self-published illustrated books, The journey of larks, Life and Punctuation..?. Partly this has been a lack of time, but partly it is because I’m not quite sure where to situate them. I’ll take each book in turn: The journey of larks (Click to enlarge) The journey of larks is a play on collective nouns: “a failing of students,” “a snooze of lectures,” “an...

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Organic from Kapitza

Organic is the second release from the London-based Kapitza studio, run by sisters Nicole and Petra Kapitza. The book is 224 pages filled with colorful patterns inspired by the Kapitzas’ love of chance and randomness in the natural world. The patterns, which range in shape and scale, demonstrate a playfulness with color, layering and proportion. Organic is a paperback volume, handsomely printed on a soft, uncoated paper which makes the book a delight to handle. In his introduction to...

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Characters: Cultural stories revealed through Typography

Review by Veronica Grow Like most typo cognoscenti, Stephen Banham is fondly known for being somewhat fanatical and nerdy on the subject of type and letters. In my opinion, it takes the obsession of one such fanatic to compile such a vast treasure of information, so clearly, in the form of this fascinating book named Characters. Characters focuses on the cultural role that typography plays (especially in the guise of signage) in defining the flavor and character of the City of Melbourne...

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