Typography Sketchbooks

Friday Book Review - Typography Sketchbooks

Friday Book Review – Typography Sketchbooks

Friday Book Review
Typography Sketchbooks – By Steven Heller & Lita Talarico

It’s hard to imagine any other area of work for the Graphic Designer that’s subject to as much scrutiny as their skill with type. It’s basic fundamentals are understood the world over, and effective type can suggest a brand ethos, an advertising message or hint at a movie’s plot before you’re even conscious of reading it. Let’s not even get into what happens when type goes bad!
Designers Steven Heller and Lita Talarico present an engaging look at the sketchbooks from over 100 dedicated creatives who take up the type challenge. From the precise work of typographer Mathew Carter to the highly illustrative approach of Emek, we go ‘behind the scenes’ to see their successes and failures in presenting their most beautifully formed letters to the world. Coupled with a short bio plus thoughts on the design process and sketchbook keeping, this is an insightful look at the painstaking work involved in an area of creativity that most of us take for granted.

Typography Sketchbooks – By Steven Heller & Lita Talarico
Thames & Hudson
Hardcover, 368 pages
24.8 x 19.2 x 4.2 cm 

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Typography Sketchbooks - Margaret Cusack

Typography Sketchbooks – Margaret Cusack

Typography Sketchbooks - Emek

Typography Sketchbooks – Emek

Typography Sketchbooks - Erik T. Johnson

Typography Sketchbooks – Erik T. Johnson

The Art of Walt Disney – From Mickey Mouse to the Magic Kingdom and Beyond – By Christopher Finch

Revised and re-issued is this latest edition of the foremost work on the life of Walt Disney and his lasting legacy. Originally published in 1973, this book covers all aspects of the Disney studio’s output, including sketches and working drawings from their classic animated features, to live action movies and resorts. Christopher Finch brings this edition right up to date with the inclusion of Pixar studios latest projects including a study of John Lasseter’s influence on modern Disney. Combine this with the superb ‘The Illusion of Life, by Frank Thomas & Ollie Johnston and you have the two definitive books on the world of Disney.

The Art of Walt Disney, From Mickey Mouse to Magic Kingdom and Beyond.
Abrams,
Hardcover, 504 pages
31 x 24.1 x 5.1 cm 

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The Fairy Tales of Brothers Grimm – By Noel Daniel (editor) 

New from Taschen is a beautifully presented collection of Brothers Grimm stories coupled with an impressive array of illustration from around the world dating from mid 1800’s to 1960’s. The inclusion of work from artists such as Walter Crane, Franz Wacik and Kay Nielsen infinitely adds to the charm of these classic fairy tales and make this my edition of choice.

The Fairy Tales of Brothers Grimm
TASCHEN
Hardcover, 304 pages
26.4 x 21.2 x 3.6 cm 

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The Art of Walt Disney & Brothers Grimm

The Art of Walt Disney & Brothers Grimm

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