Last year I published a post highlighting some of the design books that I think of like treasure. Since then I came across some more gems that I would like to share this time.
In general I love digging and discovering design books. Once a month I would bike to book stores here in New York and spend nearly a day going through magazines and books. I usually scan barcodes of what I would like to own and then try ordering those publications on Amazon time to time.
Tadanori Yokoo: Complete Book Designs, 1957-2012
Tadanori Yokoo is one of Japan's most successful and internationally recognized graphic designer. I was a huge fan of his posters and used to collect all of them on my Pinterest. Until I came across this book in Kunokuniya in New York, which claims to be a complete collection of his work from 1957 to 2015. It is 500+ pages of complete awesomeness, crazy color combinations that should never work together but somehow do and extremely nice print quality. This book was my reference for many things I did in the past six month and now in my personal top 5 favorite art books ever.
A5/05: Lufthansa and Graphic Design: Visual History of an Airplane
This book doesn't need much of an introduction to designers. A must have manual on your desk. If you think you just used Helvetica in a cool way in your designs, calm down yourself, everything was already done before you. Deutsche Lufthansa is one of the most important airlines in the world, with a long and diverse history that goes back to 1926. The visual identity of Lufthansa is just as long and diverse and this book tries to cover the most interesting milestones in Lufthansa's design history. Fantastic layout, good design selection and interesting design "moves" to look up. This book was a big inspiration for me when I was working on "Air Crafts" design demo.
Galina Balashova: Architect of the Soviet Space Programme
Ok, here it goes. The best find on this planet, no ... in this universe! The first time I saw work of Galina Balashova I was a teenager studying architecture. I was doing some freelance design work for a friend of mine who owned a book store. He payed me with books and magazines, basically whatever I could find at his shop. I came across Project Russia magazine one time, and her work was on the cover. That particular issue was dedicated to Soviet space design and inspired me a lot over the years. Couple of month ago I pulled the magazine as it inspired me to design one of the skateboards. I started googling Galina Balashova hoping to find some of the high resolution blue prints as I really wanted to have it on my wall (I have never had anything on my walls yet, not a single paining, poster or a photo). Luckily I came across Philipp Meuser who was releasing a book with all of her works and sketches.
Galina Balashova was a classified architect of the Soviet Space Programme. This book (I think for the first time) presents a unique collection of designs for Soviet cosmonautics. It includes plans and design drawings for both Soyuz capsules and space stations such as Salyut and Mir. It is literally eye candy in some many ways.
The Making of Fantastic Mr. Fox
This book, designed by Pentagram, is a fascinating case study on Fantastic Mr Fox animation movie production by Wes Anderson. Even if you don't like the movie, this is one of the best editorial book layouts I have ever seen. Fantastic materials include original sketches, timelines, parts of the script, well written story of Mr Anderson visiting Roald Dahl’s house and getting a "blessing" from his wife for his movie. It is incredible to see the amount of work that went into every single frame of the animation. Definitely must have for nerds (like me) who love organizing content in layouts.
I came across this magazine by accident in one of the book stores. Interesting concept where each monthly issue is dedicated to a single brand and tells the whole story behind it. Specifically I got the issue about German camera manufacturer Leica. In a very well-designed form this issue covers Leica's history, interviews with people who use Leica and much more. My favorite interview was with Park Chan-wook, a director of "Old Boy". I saw other issues out there on Google, Audi, Lego, Havaianas etc. The magazine is very cheap in comparison to others, so if you see one of them, definitely worth grabbing an issue.
Michael Benson tells the thrilling story of the discovery and description of the universe in a new way. A book full of amazing illustrations, graphics, schemes, maps and drawings on how people imagined our universe from 1000 years ago up until now.
I came across this beautiful design magazine while I was in Japan. I still don't understand the exact story behind it as it is something to do with Tama Art University and it's publications. I also could not find any place on the web where I can buy more issues. Here's some more information available on the Tanabi magazine and it is definetly worth checking out other covers made by Kenjiro Sano. Anyway, if you ever come across one of the issues, worth owning one.
Seventy-nine Short Essays on Design
Sorry, but this book has no images. Michal Beirut is one of the very few designers that can tell stories in writing and who can actually write not dumb shit. Originally stories posted in his blog/journal, made their way up into collection of 79 short essays published in a book. An interesting thing here is use of different typefaces for each story. He writes about his time working with Massimo and Leila Vignelli, his views on design and design in culture in general, and sometimes completely irrelevant things that are just interesting. Definitely worth reading.