For years, the New York City Subway directed millions of riders using a hodge-podge of fonts. Today's signs have a uniform font: Helvetica. Find out how and why Helvetica is the font of choice for the New York City Subway and enjoy many illustrations and photos along the way. [Photo via Image via Flickr user adactio]
2. "Graphis Design Annual 2011" Published by Graphis Inc. 256 pages Price: $65 book and digital, $35.00 digital only
This publisher puts out books that look as good as the featured work inside. "Graphis 2011 Design Annual" highlights the winners of its international call for entries. The annual features work in a variety of categories including branding, editorial, environmental, illustration and posters. There is also a Q&A with a U.K.-based design firm and credits for each of the winners, so you can jump to the designer's website and check out more of their work. Also from Graphis, check out the "2010 New Talent" publication. [Cover image via Graphis.com]
3. "Young Guns 8 Annual" Published by The Art Directors Club, October 2010. 336 pages Price: $40
The Art Director's Club hosts an annual competiton for designers under age 30 and with two years of work experience. This year's winners are honored in its "Young Guns 8" publication. The publication is a hardcover 3.5-inch by 5.5-inch Moleskine book with a ribbon bookmark, belly band and expandable inner pocket. "Young Guns" is a great way to keep up with what's new, fresh and exciting in the world of graphic design. [Cover image via the ADC online store]
4. "Green Patriot Posters: Images for A New Activism" Published by Metropolis Books, October 31, 2010. 128 pages, 50 tear-out posters Price: $30.00
This new book features contemporary graphic design promoting sustainability and the fight against climate change. Looking back at posters from previous anti-war and environmental movements helps to set the stage for today's designs. The book is sustainably printed and contains 50 tear-out posters. [Cover image via artbook.com]
*Blog introductory photo of books via Flickr user samie.shake.