Read What Bob Gill Reads & You’ll Be a Better Designer

One of the sites you need to bookmark if you are serious about self-educating on both the latest design trends and classical schools of design, is Designers & Books, which, by the way, also holds an annual fair that features meeting series with authors of the books, special guests on various design topics and, of course, many publishing houses on site that bring a great, almost overwhelming, variety of the books you can buy right there and then, some of which you could have signed by the author in presence. Like I did with the book I got at the last year’s fair “100 Unforgettable Dresses”.

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It was a very educational and inspiring event. Here are some of the highlights from it. I also got to meet some of my graphic design icons, like Tom Geismar, whose book on the corporate design and branding “Identify: Basic Principles of Identity Design in the Iconic Trademarks of Charmayeff & Geismar” I’ve read cover to cover in just one week. (Thank you, mom, for giving it to me on my birthday!)

One of the D&B latest blogs caught my attention because it featured a reading list by Bob Gill, another of my favorites! I can never get enough of his illustrations and conceptual graphic designs for Esquire and his art direction at the Pentagram. So, if you are want to become a better designer, here’s Bob Gill’s Book List: Continue reading

Your April’s Reading List : Designers & Books Share What’s New On The Market

If you live in NYC and work in a creative field, most likely you know of the local graphic design/design organizations that offer classes, lectures, seminars and all kinds of other educational events for the people working in the creative fields.

However, even if you’ve lived here for some time, you might have not heard about the Designers & Books organization and their first ever event – The Designers & Books Fair – that they launched last year at the Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC. I happened to attend it last year. I learned about it from the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) school’s newsletter I’ve been subscribing to for some time now.

The Designers & Books Fair 2012 was a very interesting FREE event, where the visitors could not only learn about the latest books on design (all kinds of design – from fashion and technology design to advertising and fine arts), but also meet the authors of the books and attend various presentations and lectures of the participating designers and authors who were on hand to talk about their involvement in the creative industry.

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Awesome 8-Bit Art From Germany And Why German Designers Rock

The first time I visited Berlin, Germany, I was a young teenager and spent time with my parents visiting the historic places like The Berlin Wall – or what was left of it, The Brandenburg Gate and such, but last August I re-visited Berlin as an adult and was able to see the parts of the city that define today’s Berlin – the graffiti, the Bauhaus museum, etc. It was a real treat for someone like me, who is not only interested in the graphic design, but who is interested in the modern art and Bauhaus school of design. You can learn more about my trip here. Continue reading