In the recent years, analogue graphic design has become very popular, so publishing houses have created very good compilations with the best of the best of this style. I am a big fan of these kinds of books: they inspire me very much and are a reference for many things, including photography. I invite you to peer into my bookshelf to look through some of them.
Let’s start with TACTILE, High Touch Visuals, published by Die Gestalten in 2007. As they say, this book “shows how graphic design is moving into three-dimensional objects and products”. It’s a very funny book and every single page is amazing. For all those who thinks that 2007 is already prehistoric, here is the second part, TANGIBLE, High Touch Visuals which was published in 2009.
Let’s continue with PAPERCRAFT, Design and Art with Paper, also from Gestalten, published in September 2009. An authentic jewel that also has a CD with nice templates and stunning motion-graphics. Please do not miss this video about the book, it’s awesome! And if you still think the 2009 is remote, don’t worry, in March of this year Papercraft 2 was recently published.
Another delightful book is Paper Engineering: 3D Techniques for a 2D Material by Natalie Avella, published in English by Roto Vison in 2004 – there is a new and better edition than mine! What I really like of this book are the spectacular examples of “pop-up” and the great ideas for invitations, cards and brochures.
And finally one of my favorites, THE SKETCHBOOKS, by Richard Brereton, published by Blume in 2009. This book brings together the sketchbooks from great designers, illustrators and creative, allowing us to see the most analogue sketches and the first ideas that we seldom have access.
Well, I hope you enjoyed them. Now, after this dose of inspiration, a lomographer must do what a lomographer do: shoot! shoot! shoot!