SIMON FOSTER

Recommended Reading

Apr 06 2011

Some Recommended Reading

Just thought I’d put together a quick post to rec­om­mend a vari­ety of pub­li­ca­tions that have been really inspir­ing and use­ful to me of late.

A Book Apart

The “brief books for peo­ple who make web­sites” series by A Book Apart (above) not only look great but are an essen­tial ref­er­ence for me in my every­day web builds. The HTML5 For Web Design­ers by Jeremy Keith is espe­cially use­ful and is always open on my desk as I work.

Grafik Mag­a­zine

Grafik Mag­a­zine is one of my favourite mags and I’m really pleased it’s back after a small hia­tus. I never fail to get inspired by their illus­tra­tions, lay­outs and content.

Grafik magazine

Fac­tory Records — The Com­plete Graphic Album

This book bril­liantly doc­u­ments Fac­tory Records entire visual legacy from 1978 to 1992. The musi­cal out­put of Fac­tory pro­vided a big chunk to the sound­track of my youth in the late 80’s & early 90’s and I absolutely love this book.

Factory Records

Jan Tschi­chold — Mas­ter Typographer

I spend hours look­ing envi­ously look­ing through this book.

Jan Tschichold - Master Typographer

Seven Hun­dred Penguins

Pen­guin book cov­ers are my absolutely favourite thing in the world ever and this book has 700 of them.

Seven Hundred Penguins

24 Ways Annual 2010

This book puts together all 24 arti­cles from the 24 Ways web­site from Decem­ber 2010. There are loads of great tips from many of today’s top design­ers and devel­op­ers. I think it may be sold out now but if you can find a copy I advise you to buy it.

24 Ways Annual 2010

Rea­sons To Be Cheer­ful — The Life And Work Of Bar­ney Bubbles

This book cel­e­brates the graphic design genius of Bar­ney Bub­bles who cre­ated mem­o­rable record cov­ers for many artists includ­ing Elvis Costello, Billy Bragg, Nick Lowe, The Damned and Ian Dury.

Reasons To Be Cheerful - The Life And Work Of Barney Bubbles

Van Does­burg & The New Inter­na­tional Avante Garde — Con­struct­ing A New World

This book exam­ines Dutch artist van Doesburg’s piv­otal role in the devel­op­ment of mod­ernism, Dadaism, con­struc­tivism and DE Stijl and his influ­ence upon the many artists who followed.

Van Doesburg & The New International Avante Garde - Constructing A New World

All pic­tures were taken on my iphone using the insta­gram app