SIMON FOSTER

Recommended Reading PT.2

May 23 2011

recommended reading

This post basi­cally fol­lows on from a pre­vi­ous rec­om­mended read­ing post and includes some pub­li­ca­tions I have since dis­cov­ered or for­got to include last time.

Eight:48

Eight 48

Eight:48 is a realy well put together mag­a­zine focus­ing on graphic design. I’ve just bought issue no.5 which basi­cally fea­tures 79 pages of fan­tas­tic book cov­ers, which for me is heaven.

Eight 48

8 Faces

8 Faces

I’m sure most already know about 8 Faces, but in case you’ve been liv­ing in a cave for the last year here’s a brief descrip­tion taken from the website.

Printed on heavy stock, with a foil-blocked cover, and pressed at just 2500 lim­ited edi­tions, each issue is a true collector’s item. 8 Faces will be more at home on your book­shelf than in your mag­a­zine rack. Who said print is dead? The mag­a­zine has one core ques­tion at its heart — if you could only use eight type­faces for the rest of your life, which would you choose? — and poses this (and many oth­ers) to eight lead­ing design­ers from the fields of web design, print design, illus­tra­tion, and of course type design itself.

Pic­cadilly Notes

Piccadilly Notes

This is quite an obscure pub­li­ca­tion and may only be of use to those liv­ing in Lon­don, but I thought I’d include it any­way. Pic­cadilly Notes is one of sev­eral cat­a­logue style mag­a­zines put out by Henry Sotheran Lim­ited of Pic­cadilly, who are the longest estab­lished anti­quar­ian book­sellers in the world.

For some­one like myself who loves book cov­ers and typog­ra­phy this pub­li­ca­tion is really inspir­ing, being full of clas­sic & vin­tage book cov­ers and lim­ited edi­tion prints.

So if you find your­self in the Pic­cadilly area and have a few min­utes to spare I rec­om­mend pop­ping in to the shop, you won’t be dis­s­a­pointed. Just don’t tell them you’re only inter­ested in the cover art like I did, which is her­acy in the book world.

Piccadilly Notes

Infor­ma­tion is Beautiful

Information is Beautiful

Infor­ma­tion is Beau­ti­ful by David McCan­d­less is:

A visual guide to the way the world really works Every day, every hour, every minute we are bom­barded by infor­ma­tion — from tele­vi­sion, from news­pa­pers, from the inter­net, we’re steeped in it, maybe even lost in it. We need a new way to relate to it, to dis­cover the beauty and the fun of infor­ma­tion for information’s sake. No dry facts, the­o­ries or sta­tis­tics. Instead, Infor­ma­tion is Beau­ti­ful con­tains visu­ally stun­ning dis­plays of infor­ma­tion that blend the facts with their con­nec­tions, their con­text and their rela­tion­ships — mak­ing infor­ma­tion mean­ing­ful, enter­tain­ing and beau­ti­ful. This is infor­ma­tion like you have never seen it before — keep­ing text to a min­i­mum and using unique visu­als that offer a blue­print of mod­ern life — a map of beau­ti­ful colour illus­tra­tions that are tac­tile to hold and easy to flick through but intrigu­ing and engag­ing enough to study for hours.