Known for its eclectic font collections, House Industries has been around the design world for more than 25 years. Apart from the beautiful mid-century style fonts, they have also designed everything from books, home decor, toys, stationery, t-shirts and apparel for women and men. They are now releasing a new book titled The Process is the Inspiration on May 30.
In their words: “With topics ranging from fonts and fashion to ceramics and space technology, this beautifully-useful volume offers a personal perspective on the origin of ideas for creative people in any field. Presented in the honest, authentic, and often irreverent style that you’ve come to expect from House Industries, The Process is the Inspiration is a collection of helpful lessons, stories and case studies that demonstrate how you can transform obsessive curiosity into personally satisfying and successful work … Most importantly, this book shows that there’s no sense in waiting for inspiration because inspiration is already waiting for you.”
Dear Photograph, letting go of my mother’s hand on the first day of school was always the hardest.Liz
Dear Photograph, I thought Dad never took a picture of me, ever. Then I noticed his reflection in the glass.Gregg
Dear Photograph, remember when you had to come home when the streetlight came on? Where are the good old days when the neighborhood was full of kids outside playing tag, hide-and-seek, and Wiffle ball?Those were the kick-the-can fun times!Linda
Dear Photograph, at the time it was not common for a man to walk behind a pram. I’m so proud of my father.Eva
Dear Photograph, why did we watch TV so close’ – Simon
The idea is simple: hold a picture from the past in the place where it was photographed and take a picture of the picture. Add a caption to explain the meaning it has for you and you may be part of a collection of thousands of other moments traveling back in time. So many actually, that the creator decided to turn them also into a book. Digital nostalgia of the highest order!
One of my favorite websites is Daily Overview, a project that brings you new breathtaking satellite images of earth every day. They now announced the release of a book called Overview, with a collection of the best images (overviews), as well as new ones.
The above selection is the exquisite series for F. Scott Fitzgerald’s book covers for Penguin Classics, one of the many beautiful series she created, drawing inspiration from the Art Deco period, combined with metallic foil printing on matt paper.
For her senior thesis, graduate Rebecca Mah created Culture Caps, a drop-cap alphabet inspired from different cultures and countries. Each letter incorporates design aesthetics from different parts of the world with great detail and beautiful execution. An excellent breakthrough project for a young designer.
The project also includes a book, a poster, and a website, which unfortunately is under construction at the moment.
ABC 3D is created by French graphic designer Marion Bataille, also author of 10, Numero and Livre de Lettres. Actually, I just love all her books: the colors, the clever pop-ups that make one letter dissolve into another… Brilliant!
The site is a collection of objects compulsively organized: “From toy collections, to artworks and editorial photography, the site collects thousands of images of neatly arranged things that have a near Zen-like impact on your brain as you scroll through the site.”
Although verging on OCD, I happen to love this particular concept and this is another similar book I enjoyed last year.
Space Alphabet, is a lovely book with even lovelier illustrations, first published in 1966. Written by Irene Zacks and created for her children, who wished to be astronauts. It was sold out over at Present & Correct for the time being, but you can also see the whole book online here.
Maybe you have already heard of Humans of New York. Since last autumn, I personally started following the posts in Facebook, but all this time, without realizing the story behind it.
Humans of New York is a blog and bestselling book that started in 2010 by Brandon Stanton. Having lost his job as a bond trader and with little more than a camera, Stanton initially started off the project, as an anthropological experiment, planning to gather 10,000 portraits of New Yorkers and group them on a map of the city. However the project soon evolved, when Stanton started having conversations with his subjects and including small quotes and stories alongside his photographs. The photo blog soon became a massive cultural phenomenon with a huge following through social media (millions of followers on Facebook and Instagram). Stanton himself evolved into an inspiring visual storyteller and humanist, covering many stories from migrants and refugees and trying to raise awareness.
His excellent “Open Letter to Donald Trump” went immediately viral yesterday. Despite trying not to be political, Stanton decided to write a powerful letter criticizing Trump for inciting violence at his rallies and promoting hateful ideologies toward Muslims, refugees and immigrants. Definitely worth reading (you can also find it here).