Inspiration Lab

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!

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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.

cover kraft1 schultz





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


Then, some intricate illustration work…

chabon2 copy

ciment copy

There’s always cool type work…

engel copy

foer1 copy

hemon copy

karoo copy


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


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!




“Fully Booked” by Matthias Hübner & R. Klanten
March 4, 2009, 2:43 pm
Filed under: Books

This book is the latest in my collection and it is AMAZING! If you love creative bookdesign, this is a musthave. It’s brimming with exciting solutions and a huge inspiration production wise as well.

Buy it at Amazon.





Marion Bataille
January 22, 2009, 8:59 am
Filed under: Books, Graphic Design

Fresh back from Japan and Hong Kong and I would like to share a few things I brought back with you. First up is the most amazing book by French graphic artist Marion Bataille. It’s called ABC 3d and is the most amazing folding book. It’s like a chicldrens book for adults, and a visual orgasm for a graphic designer!

I bought this book in the most wonderful children’s bookstore in Tokyo called Crayonhouse (sorry no website, but it’s in the area of Omotesando).

Enjoy the little movie of the book below.

January 2, 2009, 10:59 am
Filed under: Books, Typography

It’s a new year and I hope you all said goodbye to 2008 in style. I’m back with a book recommendation. The new Type Directors Club Annual is out and I got my hands on it a few weeks ago. It’s fantastic as always! You really should purchase it ASAP.

Buy at Amazon.

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