as sad as this sounds, these amazing books that have inspired me for so many years through out college have been collecting dust on the shelf! they've almost become shelf art!?! but i was sitting in the room the other day, pacing my brain back and forth trying to figure out how to inspire myself...take a walk? which i did...and yea, felt much better but wasn't fueled artistically. then i thought, OKAY i have it! get online and see what my instagram friends are doing? i did. i am always inspired by the artistic amazing-ness of that community, but still something was missing? AH HA! i needed something to touch, to look at right in front of me = BOOKS! so i crawled over to my small art/photoag/design book collection and pulled a few of my go to books.
one of my simplest, sweetest books has to be false flat. seriously dutch design melts my heart. i was turned on after having a dutch professor whose portfolio always moved me. her work was simple, clean, but caught your attention, always had a uniqueness that moved you.
my allllll time favorite book i have come across to this day is area by phaidon press. it's a collaboration of design, artwork, photography of designers through out the world. every time i open this book i feel like i have traveled the world.
lastly the two books that i love for two different reasons; david carson for going AGAINST the rules of design and typography. do what ya love and the rest will follow. he did, and he broke molds. i had heard in university (which he also had graduated from, which got me even more giddy) he studied something totally different, like sociology or philosophy and ended up becoming a world famous typographer and graphic artist. the other book is the journal of dan eldon, if you haven't heard of him i recommend you google his name. the books his sister and mother published after his death are moving, his personal journals. it's raw, unedited, amazing art, photography, a journal. he never thought anyone would see it, so it's real, inspiring, and beautiful.
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
be free! life is sweeeeeet, sour, simple, and messy!