I am a huge fan of Bookforum magazine. It's a sister publication to Art Forum and has wonderful in-depth reviews of new books in every genre. There are always art books thrown in the mix, too.
Pulling from the advertisements and pages of the most recent edition, here are four amazing, new books that will inspire graphic designers.
"The Complete Postcard Art of Gilbert and George"
Author / Editor: Michael Bracewell
Specs: hardcover, 1,080 pages with 1,006 color illustrations.
Publisher website: prestel.txt9.de
This two volume tome contains the postcard artworks of Gilbert & George, two modern artists that have worked together for decades creating subversive images. If you need postcard inspiration, look no further than this amazing set that catalogs more then a thousand of the duo's designs.
Each volume also contains thoughtful essays by Michael Bracewell. Bracewell delves into the significance of the postcard format, and how the artists used the postcard to make cultural commentaries.
"Graphic USA: An Alternative Guide to 25 U.S. Cities"
Author/ Editor: Collaboration
Specs: Flexicover, 272 pages and 350 color illustrations
Publisher website: cicadabooks.co.uk.
Do you travel frequently? Are you sick of mundane travel guides that don't truly reflect the heart of each city? Get a copy of Graphic USA's alternative travel guide, which was written and illustration by designers living in cities across the U.S.
Find out what your peers think about where to dine, drink, see art and shop in each location. You also get to enjoy the amazing illustrations throughout the book. Cities included are: Anchorage, Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Boston, Charleston, Chicago, Denver, Detroit, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Memphis, Miami, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, New Orleans, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Portland, Providence, San Francisco, Seattle, St. Louis, and Washington D.C.
"Street Fonts: Graffiti Alphabets from Around the World"
Author/ Editor: Claudia Walde
Specs: 320 pages with more than 400 illustrations.
Publisher website: thamesandhudson.com.
If you need typography and even logo design inspiration, get yourself a copy of this new book. The author, Claudia Walde, spent more than two years collecting graffiti alphabets from 154 artists in 30 different countries.
Each artists designs all 26 letters of the alphabet, creating an invaluable resource for designers and anyone interested in typography. To get a little preview of what's inside the book, check out this picture gallery with images from the book on the Guardian's website.
"Postcards: Ephemeral Histories of Modernity"
Editors: David Prochaska and Jordana Mendelson
Specs: 256 pages with 89 color and 107 black and white illustrations.
Publisher website: psupress.org.
A collection of illustrated essays studying the history of postcards. This book is part art history, part visual studies. This books shows how postcards have been a part of our culture and influence communications and the visual arts.
This is a great place to turn for postcard design inspiration and also for understanding how modern artists such as Gilbert and George came to use postcards as a medium for fine arts expression.
Featured photo credit: bengal*foam