A favorite quote from Shaughnessy’s, “How to Be a Graphic Designer without Losing Your Soul.” This book is packed full of sage advice appropriate for everyone from the aspiring designer to the seasoned pro who might be thinking about starting up a studio of their own.
So pleased with this standout volume from Unit Editions. Lance Wyman: The Monograph showcases the extensive career of a truly prolific graphic designer.
From the publisher:
This monograph is the first major publication devoted to Lance Wyman’s entire output. It showcases the achievements of a long and productive career, from his early work for General Motors, through his iconic designs for the Mexico 68 Olympics, to the Minnesota Zoo and his more recent projects.
I have tremendous respect for book design and its designers. I think most people underestimate the process and effort it takes to produce a truly great cover—it can be a rigorous exercise in efficiency of type and image that must check the boxes on several demands. At a bare minimum, it should conceptually capture the essence of the story within and ideally do it at a glance. It also needs to be visually compelling so that it captures people’s attention as they browse hundreds of other covers on display. When this combination of things occurs, the results can be stunning.
The New York Times recently posted their top picks for the Best Book Covers of 2014. You can see a few below but be sure to check out the article on the NYT website to see the entire list.
Looking forward to getting my hands on the recently re-imagined Recorder magazine from Monotype. First published in 1902, The Recorder was originally used to showcase new developments in typography but this time around, the magazine’s focus is exploring type’s role in a wider cultural context. The bold and beautiful redesign was led by Luke Tonge from Life Agency.
One of the more drool-worthy teasers I’ve seen is this collection of hand drawn and collaged typography by Stephen Smith. Love.
This 100+ page first issue is a limited print run. Get one before they’re gone!
I’m a sucker for a chunky serif so when I saw this lovely specimen used in the updated masthead for Makeshift magazine designed by studio Rifle, it was love at first site. Clearface was originally designed by Morris Fuller Benton in 1907 for American Type Founders and was enhanced in 1978 when ITC commissioned Victor Caruso to add additional weights and italics.