2010 | Graphic: Inside the Sketchbooks of the World's Great Graphic Designers, by Steven Heller and Lita Talarico
In this new book from one of the great authorities on graphic design, some 100 of the worlds leading graphic designers open up their private sketchbooks, giving the reader an unparalleled insight into their creative development, design philosophies and visual influences. Samples range from typographical explorations to fully fledged illustration ideas, from scrappy scribbles and eccentric handwriting to photographic collages. Contributors include such world-recognized names as Stefan Sagmeister, Christoph Niemann, Sara Fanelli, Christoph Abbrederis, Shogo Ota, Art Spiegelman, Uwe Loesch, Milton Glaser, Michael Bierut, Bruce Mau, Francois Chastanet and Jordi Duro. "Graphic" is a treasure trove of design inspiration for professionals, students or anyone engaged in the visual industries.
Texas-based designer Marc English began his journals in 1968, when "we drove from Boston to Mexico and I recorded the exact minute I first crossed into Texas, hardly knowing I would live here as an adult." But he adds that it is only a sometime thing. "While we may do a sketch or two around the studio, much of the work springs from my head and is then art directed by myself. The rare times when I break out sketchbook, much of it involves words, not images.
The importance of the journals, says English, is that "I like to think my varied experiences allow for an experiential design, which lets m recollections focus in a certain way. For instance, packaging for Italian pasta for Whole Foods springs from observation, not theory; from being in small-town America as well as small-town Italy. I think it all adds up, and I suppose my photo archives complement mu mostly written journals."
Included in these excerpts is a project for an educational group called Alliance Abroad Group (AAG), for which English used an illustration from his journal (not intended for the project) as well as actual covers from his journals. Other pages from English's journals over the past few years "are more observations of myself and the situation or circumstances of where I am or going or have been, along with the ephemera I find along the way."