Inspiration Lab


Job Wouters
November 14, 2012, 9:26 am
Filed under: Books, Typography

I’ve been a fan of Job Wouters for a long time and getting my hands on his book Letman was SUCH a treat. I HIGHLY recommend it (no, I don’t get a percentage!). The variety of the work is amazing, I really like how different styles are explored without any notable desire to be cool or hip but just to create something new and great. Success! The control of the tools used is so superior to anything I’ve seen for a long time. A bonus info: The book is set with my former student Julian Hansen’s font Zimmer.

See more: http://letman.com



Scripts
December 8, 2011, 8:45 am
Filed under: Books, Typography

Here’s one of those must have books, by Steven Heller and my idol Louise Fili. It is just PACKED with wonderful script specimens, a page turner of eye candy, YUM!

Buy here on Amazon.



Mark Ryden
December 2, 2011, 1:54 pm
Filed under: Books, Illustration/Art

Uhhhh! Yesterday there was a newsletter in my mail that I actually rejoiced getting. It was Taschen telling me that there’s a new Mark Ryden book out (LOVE him!) and I can get my hands on it for a mere 800€….huh? Yes you read correctly. Well, it is part of the collector’s edition so quite pricy and a little out of my range. But I can dream looking at these spreads from the book. If any of you guys have that kind of money go here. The rest of us can still enjoy his work at http://www.markryden.com



Boxed and Labelled
July 14, 2010, 7:06 am
Filed under: Books, Packaging

If you’re into packaging design then I don’t think you’ll be able to live without this book. Actually, I’m gonna go out on a limb and say it’s probably the best packaging book out there, how about that?! It has quickly become a fave in my HUGE collection of books even though I am not a packaging designer myself. It is just brimming with great work, great ideas and beautiful executions all around. Go get it!

See more about the book at Gestalten.

Just buy it at Amazon.



Calligraffiti
June 11, 2010, 10:47 am
Filed under: Books, Typography | Tags: ,

It’s been a super busy week of exams and I’m starting to look forward to summer break. It’s been so busy that I forgot to share on of my fave talks at TYPO with you. I was so lucky to catch Niels Shoe Meulman’s talk about his new book Calligraffiti which is definitely worth picking up. I love his merge between calligraphy and graffiti, it’s best of two worlds. Be sure to check him out in action in the video bellow.

Buy the book at Amazon.

Visit Niels’ website and Calligraffiti site.



Best Package and Wrapping Graphics
December 7, 2009, 8:36 am
Filed under: Books, Packaging | Tags: ,

If you love packaging as much as I do then here’s a great Christmas wish. I am definitely hoping that this book will be under my tree this year, it is just brimming with amazing work from all over the world.

Order on Amazon.



The Book Cover Archive
October 16, 2009, 8:31 am
Filed under: Books, Graphic Design

If you love books and book covers as much as I do then you should definitely pop round The Book Cover Archive and have a feast. There you will find a gigantic collection of some of the best work yet. VERY inspiring!

See more: http://bookcoverarchive.com

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Fragiles
October 15, 2009, 8:23 am
Filed under: Books, This and That

Well by now you know I have a bit of a weakness for crazy ceramics. I just love when someone uses an unexpected media to do something great. That is why I was over the moon when I stumbled upon the book “Fragiles” from Gestalten in New York. It is literally bursting with great examples and it is really inspiring to any creative. The book contains loads of talented people but just to mention a few, I am so in love with the work of Charles Kraft, Stephanie DeArmond and Yvonne Lee Schultz.

You can buy the book through Amazon. Also visit the website for Fragiles.

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Book covers at B & N
August 5, 2009, 3:27 pm
Filed under: Books, Graphic Design

Yesterday I spent a lovely evening at Barnes & Nobles (another of my designer vices). I do love to just walk around and look at bookcovers, and I thought, why not make a post out it if. So here’s a load of what I found.

First a bit of retro…

byron copy

dean copy

Next, a very bold crop…

carr copy

jackson

Then, some intricate illustration work…

chabon2 copy

ciment copy

There’s always cool type work…

engel copy

foer1 copy

hemon copy

karoo copy

rich

barry copy

milk copy

I found this interesting series of very graphic Albert Camus books too, they looked great lined up, their backs forming a great pattern…

camus1 copy

camus3 copy

camus4 copy

camus5 copy

Last but not least a few examples of great ambience in the visual communication.

hallman copy

mazza

shepard copy



Leute Blexbolex
May 17, 2009, 4:55 pm
Filed under: Books, Illustration/Art

Just got back from a great trip to Berlin with my best designer friend. Needless to say we spent numerous hours and euros in fantastic German design bookshops. They really do have the best bookstores in the world for design. Among other great buys is this fantastic book of illustrations. The style is kinda 50’ies and the colours are FAB! Photos doesn’t do it justice but is the best I could find, SO worth the buy!

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