City as Canvas chronicles street art and graffiti in New York City, featuring works by Martin Wong, a prominent artist in East Village who died in 1999. If you’re looking for something to inspire, this preservation of an often ephemeral art form can do the trick.
For the typography lover in your life, this memory card game based on fonts could be right up their alley. Niche, sure, but they’ll love getting to show off their expert knowledge.
Logo Design Love informs you how to create an iconic brand, from start to finish, using plentiful examples and case studies from the industry. Written in an intentionally accessible style, low on jargon, it’s suitable for both a graphic designer and a non-professional enthusiast. Plus, It’s written by David Airey, an Irish graphic designer, and we all love buying Irish products, don’t we?
For the creatives who carry a notebook to keep track of their ideas, Not on the High Street does a lovely range of personalised notebooks that can be adorned with the owner’s name. Some are more kitschy than others, ranging from self serious block fonts to more childlike scripts, so knowing your audience is key.
Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative is a New York Times bestseller by Austin Kleon on creativity and the old adage “good artists copy, great artists steal”. His take: it’s impossible to be completely original all the time and, if you try, you will ultimately smother your creativity. Acknowledging your influences and having fun with them will make you a happier person and a better artist. As an aside, Austin Kleon also has a great weekly newsletter that you should definitely check out.
A collection of the works of Lance Wyman, a legendary American graphic designer most famous for the Mexico ‘68 Olympics logo, the book contains 464 pages of Wyman’s prolific design. A particularly adept study of the designer’s understanding of local culture (especially Mexico) this is a great reference point for any graphic designer.
With definitely the longest title on the list “How to: Use graphic design to sell things, explain things, make things look better, and (every once in a while) change the world” (phew, what a mouthful) by Michael Bierut was a standout publication last year. Chronicling more than 35 of the graphic designers projects, Bierut seeks to educate others on his experience, with the book working both as a memoir and a manual.
This one’s for someone who appreciates print art and music: House of Yve takes a favourite song and creates a distinctive metallic print of the soundwaves of the song. They’re also available framed in silver and copper designs with varying background colours, so if you share a meaningful song with someone this could be a lovely personalised gift.
Appearing in the “100 Ideas that Changed... “ series, this book by Steven Heller chronicles the various stylistic, technical methods that influenced graphic design and how they were adopted into the field going forward. Great for anyone wanting to expand their knowledge on the history of graphic design.
Scriba is a stylus for iOS and Android devices that’s ergonomically built for the natural contours of an artist’s hand and allows more control over line width using Squeeze-Motion technology. Scriba is still in production, but you can pre-order now or sign up to be notified when it becomes available.
Happy Christmas Everyone!