September 10, 2018No Comments

Pencil Me In: The Business Drawing Book for People Who Can’t Draw

Christina Wodtke, 2017

I used to be able to sketch really well in high school and college, but what I really dreamed of was cartooning. Years later I discovered Illustrator. My cartooning dreams came true and I never picked up a pencil to draw again.

Until now.

I'm planning to work as part of a design team whereby communicating ideas requires quick sketches, mock-ups, and white boarding. Fortunately I came across this gem of a book. It walks you though steps, from simple lines and geometric shapes to text & lettering, drawing basics, and building a library of design ideas. Very nice.

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January 21, 2018No Comments

Illustration 2018

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.

 

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December 4, 2017No Comments

Asian Typography

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.

 

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October 15, 2017No Comments

The life changing manga of tidying up

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.

 

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February 27, 2017No Comments

Graphic Recording – Live Illustrations for Meetings, Conferences and Workshops

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.

 

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June 24, 2016No Comments

From Design To Design: Masaaki Hiromura

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.

 

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