i thought i'd take one last chance today to look at holiday cards because i loved these letterpress cards from chicago based orange beautiful . a lovely mix of repeat pattern and type, and bold choice of colour.
another couple of books today to help you spend your christmas vouchers or book tokens. starting with 'graphics alive' - this book shows surface and pattern design in use on bags, walls, cars, ipod skins, etc. very contemporary and suitable for just about anyone involved in design. see it here on amazon usa, but at the time of writing only in the marketplace on amazon uk.
the final book recommendation im going to make of 2007 is the 'character design collection', a large book that shows cute characters and the ways they can be applied to various products. good for designers, illustrators and fans of cute kawaii. see it here on amazon usa or amazon uk.
if you are lucky enough to recieve amazon vouchers or book tokens for christmas then you may be wondering what books would be good to get for inspiration next year. well how about 'hand job - a catalog of type' by michael perry ? . this is probably more one for card designers or illustrators than textile designers, although really this would be handy for any project that uses fonts. of course the subject here is hand-drawn type, and it features work by a variety of different designers, and many are highly decorative which really suits current trends. see it here on amazon usa or amazon uk.
next up for font fans its a lovely big book called 'new vintage type' by steven heller and gail anderson. it features some really ornate fonts and colourful graphics, and divides them into genres. i particularly liked seeing all the western style fonts that are so now - think cowboys and wanted posters. see it here on amazon usa or amazon uk.
designer aimee wilder has just added 12 stunning new designs to her website . brooklyn based aimee originally studied at the art institute in chicago, before working at several companies as an in-house designer. now though she works freelance and offers her designs to a wide range of clients. if you would like to contact aimee about freelance commissions click here to view her fabulous online portfolio.
these cute pattern pics were taken in baby store 'mamas and papas'. i was particularly impressed with these delightful knitted toys in beautiful packaging that had a coloured box lined with a sweet pattern print. after seeing these i thought i'd have a little look at their online store too (see next post).