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how to draw type and influence people | book review

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how to draw type and influence people | book review

how to draw type and influence people* – £12.99

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if you just quickly glanced at the cover of this book, you’d probably think this was a book on type and lettering basics. in fact, if you look a little closer (or, look inside) you’ll see it’s actually an activity book. jam packed at that!

as i mentioned in my post about book covers, type (and lettering) is an important aspect in book covers, but unless you’re interested you might not realise how much of it is in your daily life, from packaging, tv and film graphics, posters and much, much more.

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how to draw type and influence people

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how to draw type and influence people is a book that shows you different lettering forms and how to replicate them, as well as fun activities to help and encourage you to do so. it goes into serif and sans serif, as well as some other typographic terms to help you understand things a little better. different fonts/types are introduced (basics on the history behind them, etc) and then you’re encouraged to make your own, and further in the book, to make your own fonts based on a general scheme (geometric, pictured below).

i like that the book has a very limited colour scheme, which is largely black, and blue. it makes sure your focus is kept on the subject and, as much as the pictures are lovely, they’re not a huge distraction and really a part of the whole ‘activity’ of the book.

the book has a range of different font types from the more traditional to more experimental. it’s nice to see this as you can flick through the book and go for what you like, or what intrigues you, or you can make your way through from front to back.

how to draw type and influence people | wild west apothecary

design your own geometric font

if you’re looking to learn a little more about type and lettering, as well as how and why fonts and letters are created, the emotions, messages and thoughts they evoke, how to draw type and influence people is a fun book that really brings you into the process in a way a ‘traditional’ book wouldn’t. a useful book to have in your collection!

tattooage: wild & blossom | book review

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tattooage: wild & blossom | book review

tatouage: blossom* | tatouage: wild* – £12.99

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tatouage, both ‘blossom’ and ‘wild’ are books of mini prints, and temporary tattoos. within ‘blossom’ is floral and botanical imagery, and in ‘wild’, there are sea creatures, birds, butterflies and more. both contain over 100 beautifully drawn and coloured temporary tattoos.

i really like creative books that have this sort of interactive element to them. you can keep them as is, or you can cut out and use the tattoos, give them to friends, and put up the prints around your home. they’d also make lovely little presents.

back cover of tatouage: blossom book

page of illustrated floral tattoos

coloured floral tattoos

‘blossom’ has a good mix of coloured and black and white illustrations, all wonderfully drawn and coloured. i feel like the colour pallet in these is a bit limited, though that’s not necessarily a bad thing. there’s a good mix of bigger and smaller pieces, and they’ve been laid out on the page well. poppies being my favourite flower, i was especially pleased to see a couple of these.

black and white floral and botanical tatooos

poppy illustation in tatouage book

back cover of tattooage: wild

hummingbird and parrot temporary tattoos

though i actually thought i’d prefer the floral based book, i much prefer the animal based one. i prefer the colour choices and the colouring itself feels much more my style. the illustrations are stunning and i’d be happy to have pretty much any of these as tattoos, fake or real. i particularly enjoyed the birds, sea life, the moths/butterflies, and beetles. though these are things i’d be naturally drawn to in illustrated books anyway.

colourful sea life temporary tattoos

tattooage: wild & blossom | book reviews

detailed abalone illustration

if i had to recommend one out of the two, without a doubt it’d be ‘wild‘. i did enjoy ‘blossom‘ but it didn’t strike me in the same way as the other one. i of course adore flowers, and genuinely think the two books together would make a fantastic gift to nature lovers.

both books instruct you how to apply the tattoos in case you’d not tried them before, and the paper that the keepsake illustrations are on are lovely, thick and good quality. the branding (type, style, layout etc) throughout both books is consistent and fitting.

i’d really like to see more books in this range, whether the style is kept the same or not. very sweet little books that i think would appeal to quite a wide age range.

do these sort of books appeal to you? have you seen this sort of thing in book form before? would love to know what you think.

judging a book by its cover

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alexander girard book

erwin blumenfeld book

buy these: alexander girard | erwin blumenfeld: blumenfeld studio

artist, illustrator, photographer, designer, or just a person that appreciates visual stimulus ..we all do it. judging books by their covers. i mean this in a literal sense, not the metaphorical line about judging people and situations. it can be looked down upon, but i say embrace it!

have you ever taken time to study book covers? the art or photography on them. the lettering or choice of type. the colour combinations and the type of paper. are they bold and minimal or dark and overwhelming? does it have any imagery at all, or just custom type? who designed them? what sort of process goes into making a book cover? a lot of people might just look at a well designed cover and say ‘oh that’s nice!’ (nothing wrong with that by the way) but i really genuinely enjoy looking at book covers – both to get a sense of what’s inside, and on a level that just pleases me aesthetically.

great britain in colour book

botanicum book

buy these: great britain in colour | botanicum

most of my books are art or illustrated ones, hence why i took images of this kind of book for the post, but my point remains with written fiction and non fiction books too. infact, there are some excellent blogs/blog posts and instagram accounts featuring fantastic book covers, or trends in book cover design.

for example: the casual optimist, perfect bound, simon & schuster art works, book cover archive ..and many more.

do you have any particular favourite book covers (and do they also belong to your favourite book)? do you like any particular style of book cover design? or do you not care at all and just want to get stuck into reading/looking at the contents?

buy the below: vera: the art and life of an icon | olle eksell | sara midda’s south of france

vera: the art and life of an icon book

olle eksell book

sara midda's south of france book