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fir tree

With the holidays just around the corner we’ve been busy gathering the latest books from the designers and publishers we love. Here’s a few of our favorites with more too come soon!


fir tree

fir tree

fir tree

The Fir Tree by Sanna Annukka
Published by Hutchinson
9″ x 5″

Hans Christian Andersen’s tragic tale of naive greed and dissatisfaction is retold through the beautiful and intricate illustrations of Finnish illustrator Sanna Annukka

Pick up a copy at AmazonRandom House or your local book store.

megaskull

megaskull

Megaskull by Kyle Platts
Published by Nobrow
50 pages
/ 9.4″ x 6.2″

Combining the artist’s often-caustic over the top character studies with his concise but occasionally grotesque cartooning skills, Megaskull is one truly demented package of comics goodness; filled with low-brow influences, Non sequiturs, truly hilarious dialogue and a cast of the most hilariously unfortunate, but well intentioned, train wrecks you’ll ever meet!

Pick up a copy at AmazonNobrow or your local book store.

andy warhol drawings

andy warhol drawings

andy warhol drawings

Andy Warhol Drawings
Published by Chronicle Books
80 pages
/ 7.9″ x 6.6″

This whimsical collection of Andy Warhol’s early drawings reveals the visual musings of the man before he became the legend. The relatively unknown experiments in commercial illustration collected here were created between 1950 and 1960, pre-dating his more famous paintings and prints. Fanciful, vibrant and bold, these early drawings of fashion, animals, food, and cherubs display the signature bright colors, distinctiveness of line, and repetition of unexpected images that would spark a Pop Art revolution.

Pick up a copy at AmazonChronicle Books or your local book store.

little big books

little big books

little big books

little big books

Little Big Books: Illustrations for Children’s Picture Books
By Robert Klanten & H. Hellige
Published by Gestalten
240 pages / 9.7″ x 12″

Little Big Books showcases the best examples of illustration for children’s books and documents current trends in their design. Reflecting a broad range of styles, methods, and materials, the images and concepts featured here provide an insightful overview of the most important aesthetic developments over the last several years. An introductory text puts the current work into the historical context of classic illustrated books for children.

Pick up a copy at AmazonGestalten or your local book store.

little book of lettering

little book of lettering

little book of lettering

Little Book of Lettering by Emily Gregory
Published by Chronicle Books
192 pages / 7.3″ x 7″

Typography is always one of the designer’s first considerations when it comes to making a statement, and in recent years the world of lettering and type has exploded in an unprecedented wave of creative discovery. Contemporary artists, typesetters, and designers of all kinds are exploring new horizons in illustrated and hand-drawn lettering, digitally rendered lettering, and 3D lettering. This collection—large in scope but petite in size—surveys the recent lettering renaissance, showcasing a diverse range of talent in gorgeous, eye-catching examples and profiling today’s innovators.

Pick up a copy at AmazonChronicle Books or your local book store.

pantone stationery

Pantone Stationery Set
Published by Chronicle Books
16 sheets / 6″ x 7.8″

Worldwide color authority Pantone brightens up communications with this vibrant stationery set. Paper, envelopes, and stickers richly patterned with iconic Pantone color chips lend bold style to correspondence.

Pick up a copy at AmazonChronicle Books or your local book store.

sign painters

sign painters

sign painters

Sign Painters by Faythe Levine and Sam Macon
Published by Princeton Architectural Press
184 pages / 7.5″ x 9.5″

In 2010 filmmakers Faythe Levine, coauthor of Handmade Nation, and Sam Macon began documenting these dedicated practitioners, their time-honored methods, and their appreciation for quality and craftsmanship. Sign Painters, the first anecdotal history of the craft, features stories and photographs of more than two dozen sign painters working in cities throughout the United States.

Pick up a copy at AmazonPA Press or your local book store.

julia rothman

julia rothman

The Where, the Why, and the How: 75 Artists Illustrate Wondrous Mysteries of Science
By Jenny Volvovski, Julia Rothman, and Matt Lamothe.  Foreword by David Macaulay
Published by Chronicle Books
168 pages / 8″ x 10″

A science book like no other, The Where, the Why, and the How turns loose 75 of today’s hottest artists onto life’s vast questions, from how we got here to where we are going. Inside these pages some of the biggest (and smallest) mysteries of the natural world are explained in essays by real working scientists, which are then illustrated by artists given free rein to be as literal or as imaginative as they like.

Pick up a copy at AmazonChronicle Books or your local book store.

space race

space race

Space Race (Leporello) by Tom Clohosy Cole
Published by Nobrow
20 pages / 9.1″ x 5.5″

Space Race covers the USSR’s early triumphs of space exploration on one side the USA’s race to the moon on the other, all in beautifully illustrated style.  Space Race is not just a stunning work of art though, as it includes an illustrated fact sheet detailing important breakthroughs in space travel on both sides of the Iron Curtain between 1957 and 1975, making it a fantastic tool for educators as well as a fun way for young historians to explore a defining period of the 20th Century.

Pick up a copy at Amazon, Nobrow or your local book store.

José Domingo

José Domingo

Adventures of A Japanese Business Man by José Domingo
Published by Nobrow
120 pages / 13″ x 9.7″

After a typical day at work, an unsuspecting Japanese businessman steps out of his office and into a world of bizarre adventure.  Dragged from escapade to escapade, each more crazy than the last, our unlikely hero finds himself travelling from the mountains of Nepal to the bowels of the earth, from the belly of a monster to the headquarters of an evil cult, and even to hell and back.

Pick up a copy at AmazonNobrow or your local book store.

Jon McNaught

Jon McNaught

Dockwood Man by Jon McNaught
Published by Nobrow
64 pages / 10.7″ x 7.8″

In this new work, Jon McNaught weaves together the everyday lives of three locals against an evocative backdrop of autumnal transitions. Bittersweet and contemplative, Dockwood is for anyone who believes the stories that take place within life’s small moments can often be the most meaningful of all.

Pick up a copy at AmazonNobrow or your local book store.

foursight magazine

foursight magazine

Foursight Vs Issue
Published by Foursight
8″ x 10″

Each illustrator was given opposing word themes and pitched, foaming at the mouth, against each other in pen to pen combat.

The resulting publication features ten double sided posters, screen printed covers and limited to a run of 100 copies, all in a handy 8×10″ size, perfect for framing.

Guy McKinley VS Jordan O’Brien, Stanley Chow VS Chris Madden, Tom J Newell VS OWT creative, Kris Sale VS Rob Flowers, Lord Whitney VS Jessica Fortner, Alan Dalby VS Laura Gilbert, Dominique Byron VS Sam Caldwell, Barney Ibbotson VS Cat Sneeze, Ben Jones VS Matt Bray, Ian Murray VS Emma Reynolds

Pick up a copy at the Foursight store.

soy cuba

soy cuba

soy cuba

Soy Cuba: Cuban Cinema Posters From After the Revolution
By Carole Goodman, Claudio Sotolongo. Forward by Steven Heller
Published by Trilce Ediciones
320 pages / 9.5″ x 13.5″

Soy Cuba presents a selection of the finest film posters produced in Cuba from the 1950s until the early 1970s. Famous around the world for their brash originality and bright, clear graphic sensibility, Cuban cinema posters of the Revolutionary era are held in as high esteem as the moodier and more abstract Polish film posters of the same era. Collected by designer Carole Goodman in collaboration with the ICAC and other Cuban specialists, this substantial compendium is a visual and intellectual treat.

Pick up a copy at AmazonArtbook/DAP or your local book store.

*Note – This is not a new book, but it is a recent addition to our library.

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great finds dave!

Cool books, but instead of always pointing folks to Amazon, why not try Goodbooks International http://usegoodbooks.com/ as it is a non-profit in which all proceeds go to Oxfam. Give it a try folks.

Great post, thanks for sharing! Love the Little Big Book, I’m off to grab a copy! :-)

P.S – With Christmas around the corner I’d like to share my products also, http://onesidezero.bigcartel.com. Thanks!

Thanks! FYI though — the text under SOY CUBA is repeated from SIGN PAINTERS! SOY CUBA is one of the best books I’ve added to my collection in recent years. Just amazing.

This art is amazing. It’s a great tip for Christmas gifts. Congrats for the post.

I want everything in this post. I especially love the book about hand-painted signs. Hand-painting signage elevates the look so much!

Thanks Sam for catching that. All fixed.

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