Just my Type

Simon Garfield‘s lovely book, “Just my Type” tells the history of typography like a storybook, is quite accurate, includes much fun trivia and even has info about stuff like why comic sans became so popular. Made me stop disliking comic sans : )

I really do highly recommend reading this book even if you know everything in it. It’s a fun and very good read and the book design will make you proud to display on your shelf.


jacket + bookmark

Interesting and amazing idea to use book jackets and bookmarks together, by Igor Udushlivy.

I love how the jackets and bookmarks work, as a book lover and a bookmark collector.

“What motivated you to become a graphic designer?”

Some quotes on “what motivated you to become a graphic designer?” answered by various graphic designers around the globe from the book Becoming a Graphic Designer by Steven Hiller & Teresa Fernandes. There are quite a lot designers who have answered these questions but I typed a few that I felt that I was close to. You can buy the book from here.

“I remember being starved for visual stimuli, even before I knew what that meant. I remember looking at every detail of every sign, poster, picture, page, book, newspaper, magazine, comparing the styles and distribution of information. And it wasn’t just words and pictures but also the shapes of letters that formed the words, the spaces between the letters, and the messages and feelings – the total combination of things conveyed. I remember being twenty-one and someone telling me I might as well be earning credits for being so visually obsessed and perhaps someday being paid to make things.” -Sharoz Makarechi

“I was always interested in design – in the old theater posters brought to me by my father from Poland, in the matchbooks and menus I collected as a teenager. I studied art and photography until I took my first typography and design classes, at which point my varied interests suddenly found form together and made sense.” -Kelly Doe

“As far back as I can remember, I was very interested in art, which to me consisted of the graphic illustrations in comic books, along with the ads and the amazing products that they offered. Growing up in a small town in Iowa, I’m not sure I had ever heard of the words graphic design until I received a catalog from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.” -Charles Spencer Anderson

“I was interested in typography since I was a little kid. My uncle was a calligrapher and he brought me some of those old Speedball lettering books, which always interested me. At the time, I thought those were all the typefaces available in the world – in that book. I practiced drawing them, but then I became a fine art major in college. Back then there was really nothing known as design. Most design, as far as a kid would know, was associated with advertising. I didn’t want to do advertising mainly because it seemed so commercial and so much of it seemed to be based on cleverness rather than artistic ability. So I went into fine art. I’d often mix type with my drawing in a sort of a juvenile, high-schoolish kind of way. And I was still getting the type from that Speedball book.” -Martin Venezky

“I used to collect shopping bags and labels, like hang tags from clothes, and put them up on my wall. But beyond that, I really didn’t know that graphic design existed until later on in high school. I always felt that I wanted to go into advertising; when I started thinking about colleges, that’s what I wanted to study. And graphic design, I guess, popped up about then.” -Michael Ian Kaye

“I liked the fact that design was disciplined and rigorous, that it was a part of everyday “real” world; the fact that you could actually make a living at it was reassuring for my parents.” -Jeffery Keedy

“I had to make a choice of what to study, and I had taken some art classes in high school that I really liked, but my parents felt that it wasn’t very practical. When we went to the university the teachers were proud to tell my parents that now there was this new field of graphic design where you could be creative and still make money. So everybody was happy. That’s how I got started.” -Rita Marshall

“What fascinated me about graphic design was the notion of organizing information in a logical and emotional way through the use of space, size, and color. I haven’t changed much; the same things still excite me today. My formal education was basically architecture, not graphic design. My first jobs were in every design area, too many to mention here. The most important notions I was taught as a student was “an architect should be able to design anything from a spoon to a city” and that “less is more.” My life reflects those notions.” -Massimo Vignelli

A Star Wars Vision by Enki Bilal

Enki Bilal is a French comic book creator, comics artist and film director. I have known about him since last year, when one of my friends lent me one of his comic books named The Black Order Brigade (Les Phalanges de l’Ordre Noir) and I really like his illustration style, so I was very surprised to discover that he made an illustration for Star Wars. I don’t really have much information about this particular illustration though, but it seems like it’ll be part of a book that will be published in the fall of 2010.

The Art of Tim Burton

I really do want “The Art of Tim Burton” (and the deluxe edition which has his signature, too) but I guess I will resume dreaming of it, because I haven’t got money :D

The deluxe edition’s description:

“For the first time ever a comprehensive look at the personal and project artwork of Tim Burton.

Hardcover with cloth slipcase.

Hand signed inside cover.

Includes numbered and individually signed lithograph – ready for framing, not folded.

Over 1000 illustrations and 430 pages plus foldouts.”

And the description of the book is:

“The Art of Tim Burton is the definitive compilation of forty years of Tim Burton’s artistry, including film concepts and hundreds of illustrations from his personal archives, edited under the creative guidance of Burton himself. This comprehensive 434 page book is grouped into thirteen chapters that examine common themes in Burton’s work, from his fascination with clowns to his passion for misunderstood monsters, to his delight in the oddities of people. Many of Burton’s friends and collaborators offer their thoughts, insights and anecdotes about Tim Burton’s style and artistic approach to life.

Artwork from the following films and projects are included in this book: Alice in Wonderland (2010), Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007), Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Corpse Bride (both 2005), Big Fish (2003), Planet of the Apes (2001), Sleepy Hollow, (1999), Mars Attacks! (1996), Ed Wood (1994), The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993), Batman Returns (1992), Edward Scissorhands (1990), Family Dog (1987), Batman (1989), Beetlejuice (1988), Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure (1985), Frankenweenie (1984), Vincent (1982), and Hansel & Gretel (1982). The book also contains additional drawings from his illustrated book of poetry The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy & Other Stories (1997), and from The World of Stainboy web shorts (2000).

Text By: Leah Gallo, Design by: Holly Kempf, Edited by: Derek Frey, Leah Gallo & Holly Kempf


Personal text contributions by friends and fellow creatives including:

Allison Abbate, Colleen Atwood, John August, Rick Baker, Helena Bonham Carter, Felicity Dahl, Johnny Depp, Danny Devito, Danny Elfman, Carlos Grangel, Ray Harryhausen, Martin Landau, Rick Heinrichs, Christopher Lee, Lindsay Macgowan, Shane Mahan, Ian Mackinnon, Alex Mcdowell, Victoria Price, Ken Ralston, Paul Reubens, Deep Roy, Winona Ryder, and Richard Zanuck.”

You can click the picture above to go to Steeles Publishing to purchase the book.



My copy of Shigenobu Kobayashi’s Colorist finally arrived (because I was waiting since the order on 20th of October.) I haven’t really examined the book, but I flipped through it, and I think it looks pretty interesting. I really do hope it’s easy though, seemed a bit complex..

The description of the book is: “The Colorist seeks nothing less than to demystify color aesthetics. After three years of extensive travel and research, color specialist Shigenobu Kobayashi has devised a stunningly simple method for pinpointing personal color preferences. A series of clear-cut exercises allows you to accurately define your color sense and then locate it on an “image scale” in order to select compatible color schemes for home or office, or even wardrobe.

Next, Kobayashi illuminates the underpinnings of color in everyday and ornamental settings, revealing the hidden technique beneath each successful color scheme. He introduces a full range of colors for all moods and tastes, then presents eight psychological color types to assist you in putting your own color profile to practical use in the bedroom, den, playroom, or office.

With over 500 color photographs, 50 charts, and hundreds of sample “color-scale chips,” the Colorist not only delivers a unique method of defining color sense but provides invaluable insights into the art of using color, making it an indispensable guide for home owners, decorators, artists, and designers—indeed, anyone who works with or enjoys color.

You could order the book from amazon.