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 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.
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.
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.
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.