平泉 康児, 2018
Illustration 2018 features 150 illustrators from all over Japan, showing off what they’re doing right now. Just tune out and let the images overwhelm you with all of the talent, color, lines, contrast, and imagination.
Sandu Publishing, 2017
A fascinating look at how designers in Asia stylize their pictographic languages for various markets. It’s a outside look at type design without interference of actual (Latin-based) words, experiencing something between letters and iconography. For me, it’s fun to flip through the images, decipher the shapes and meanings, and imagine how they might influence our world of font and icon design.
Marie Kondo, 2017
If you’re a fan of Marie Kondo’s The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up, there’s now a manga version available. Just as charming as the nonfiction, the book stars Marie Kondo as Konmari, a young woman hired by Chiaki to help tidy her small apartment. With it Chiaki gets a life lesson in letting go, reorganizing, and finding joy.
The Manga is quite clever and benefits from being shorter and visual. I’ve used the book to help clear out clutter for me and it will be a special, life-long reference manual.
Anna Lena Schiller, 2017
Graphic recording is the rapidly growing practice of visualizing the content of a presentation or meeting by drawing it live with markers and a large sheet of paper. Hand-drawn cartoons and diagrams entertainingly represent key messages, ideas, goals, and results, ensuring high engagement and retention. This book is the first how-to guide for creating graphic recordings and using them to make meetings and workshops more effective.
Masaaki Hiromura, 2016
Based on an exhibition of Masaaki Hiromuras personal repertoire as a designer and architect, he addresses questions of whether new designs are of added value, or if such a design is necessary. It features numerous works and projects on every scale by Hiromura in its analysis, from wayfinding, signage, and labels, to domestic objects and entire interior design schemes.
Aaron James Draplin, 2016
Draplin has reinvigorated American design with a modern aesthetic rooted in classic industrial and cultural themes. It's a very open tour of his design history, including clothing and board design, iconography, logos, and merchandising.