The journals of commercial designers, graphic artists, and illustrators are the subjects in Graphic: Inside the Sketchbooks of the World’s Great Graphic Designers by Steve Heller and Lita Talarico. Whether it’s design and branding, stock illustration, print, interactive media, or typography, ideas are recorded in the artist’s sketchbook long before the finished products are in the public eye. This book illustrates a wide span of creative approaches and techniques with themes as unique as the artists who created them.
Taking the form of an antique type-specimen book, Retrofonts is a chronicle of the best type designs from last 150 years, with an accompanying CD containing 222 copyright-free fonts.
English author Clive Barker is a master of the horror-fiction genre, having written more than 20 books while also directing several hit films, including Hellraiser (1987) and Lord of Illusions (1995).
Artist Ed Ruscha, musician Nels Cline, and poet David Breskin combine creative disciplines in Dirty Baby, an art book that’s also a multimedia work of art.
A compilation of images, interviews, and essays, Christopher D. Salyers’ Vending Machines: Coined Consumerism provides an engaging survey of a modern-day mechanical phenomenon.
After the success of their first creation, Superman, writer Jerry Siegel and artist Joe Shuster tried to recreate the magic with Funnyman, the “first Jewish superhero.”
For anyone who has ever felt drawn to the Beat Generation, yet has never fully comprehended its history, Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg: The Letters provides a long-awaited context for the lives, loves, and poetry of its founders.
Based on a 2001 symposium at the Getty Research Institute, Harry Smith: The Avant-Garde in the American Vernacular surveys the artist’s influence on American film, music, and the visual arts.
From Frank Sinatra to Foo Fighters, Five Hundred 45s: A Graphic History of the Seven-Inch Record chronicles more than half a century of vinyl-single art, all reproduced at original size.
From his gut-wrenching addiction memoir Permanent Midnight to his latest novel, Pain Killers, Jerry Stahl’s biting, fast-paced prose has always resisted compromise.