Wednesday, 19 January 2011

book report #1

hey! this is a new thing i'm going to do every now and then, a little insight into what art, artists and books give me inspiration everyday. i thought i'd open with Hand Job- A Catalog of Type by Brooklyn-based designer Michael Perry, as it focuses on hand-drawn fonts which is right up my street. the book showcases 55 graphic designers, led by Perry, doing their own unique and personal spin on typography. it's a brilliant scrapbook filled with alphabets, flyers, record sleeves, random bits of paper with words on, and even the odd studio picture, which i always want to see. i want to see the artist's working space and creative process almost as much as i want to see the final product, and Hand Job definately has enough of this to get my juices flowing.

ADRIAN JOHNSON's Slap Your Friends, 2005 and Olaf, 2005.

DAMIEN CORRELL's Hugs For You, 2005.

PAUL CLARK (no relation) alphabet

each chapter begins with a letter from the alphabet below and a little blurb about each artist featured in that chapter. as you see, there's a brilliant mix of artists and a wide range of techniques that are all very do-able. no matter how mind-blowing some art can be, it can also feel very out of reach (due to costs or location or time) and this can sometimes peel away at an artist's confidence. this book is an inspiration for me personally as most of it's pen/pencil on paper, and proves that successful art doesn't have to break the bank or involve chopping a giraffe up or anything on that scale. in fact, since buying this book four years ago, i don't think i've had a creative block.

A.J.PURDY and LUKE RANSEY's typeface

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