Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Books I Love...

I am a sucker for books. I can go into a used bookstore and be there for hours sifting through dusty stacks of old books looking for a hidden gem. What kind of books you may ask? Well I do love a fiction novel, but in this case, I am talking about the large hard cover format with illustrations or photographs. They are often about design (advertising or interior design) or sometimes they just feature artists.

They can even be cookbooks. For my birthday last week, my sister gave me a super thick cookbook called Tuscany. It's a gorgeous book feature featuring brilliant food photography as well as antidotes about where the ingredients come from accompanied by more photos.

Over the years I have ordered online, discovered in store and been given numerous books which I often thumb through for inspiration before starting a new project. Here are a few of my favourites.

(Top to bottom)

1. The Fashion Book by Phaidon - is a collection of biographies with accompanying images for fashion designers, illustrators and photographers.

2. Creative, INC. by Meg Mateo Ilasco and Joy Deangdeelert Cho - is exactly as it's subtitle says 'The Ultimate Guide to Running a Successful Freelance Business.' It is a great resource that is easy to read and perfect for highlighting points to remember. Unlike other business books, this one is specific to the creative industry which is why it is so useful.

3. Design It Youself  by Ellen Lupton - is a great resource for any small business owner because it has step-by-step instructions on how to create many promotional materials such as blogs, newsletters, note cards and even books.

4. domino by domino editors Deborah Needleman, Sara Ruffin Costello and Dara Caponigro - From the  time I picked up the very first issue of domino Magazine until it's final issue when the mag went defunct, I waited impatiently for the next issue each month. I still have every magazine ever issued and refer to them constantly. domino was a shelter magazine that went far beyond home decor. The book subsequently is all that remains and therefore is the best reference to have from this invaluable resource that was the magazine.

5. The Photo Book by Phaidon - is one of those books you pick up and start flipping through and then realize that many hours have passed. Formatted in the same way as The Fashion Book, The Photo Book features more photographers then you can ever imagine existed. The images are stunning and accompanying bios and descriptions bring even more life to each page.

6. The Small Stakes Music Posters by Jason Munn - features a collection of silkscreened posters for indie bands (or at least they started that way). Many of the bands featured have become household names and still tap Munn for his brilliance in both the techniques of silkscreening and his ability to visually depict their music.

7. Etcetera by Sibella Court - I've talked about this book before so I won't go into too much detail. Sibella Court is a stylist from Australia who has become world renowned for using the things you have in your home (or find on your travels) to create a space you will love to in. This book goes far, far beyond what you would imagine for a book about your house and the photography combined with graphics and typography take you on a visual journey that is captivating.

Don't forget to visit Blue Heron Books to order any of the above titles!

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