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creative pep talk: inspiration from 50 artists | book review

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creative pep talk by andy j miller

creative pep talk* – £12.99

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firstly if you haven’t heard of the creative pep talk podcast, from which this book originated, i highly recommend you check it out. also, a few years back i did an interview with andy which you could have a read of too.

onto the book! creative pep talk is basically a visual representation of the podcast, one which you can pick up any time to look and be inspired, motivated or distracted by. like pretty much everything andy does its full of colour and love and wants to help you be the best you can be.
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encyclopedia of rainbows | book review

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encyclopedia of rainbows book review

encyclopedia of rainbows* – £11.99

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as might be obvious, encyclopedia of rainbows is pretty much my dream kind of book. so, i knew i would love it from a visual point of view, but little extras just make it that bit better than expected.

if you follow @hey_jules_studio on instagram you might recognise some of these photos. that’s because this is her book! taking from its title, this is a bit more than just a book of wonderful rainbow things arranged neatly. opposite each page of items, at the top, is a small but handy numbered chart, and each number corresponds to the items. they detail what’s in the photos, for example, names of butterflies and insects and plants; flavours of sweets and other foods to toys, books and much more. in some cases, such as the natural things, even the latin name is included. genuinely useful as well as just looking good!
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ophelia pang’s interactive art book | book review

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Ophelia Pang's interactive art book | book review

ophelia pang’s interactive art book* – £14.99

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i was already a fan of Ophelia Pang’s bright, minimal, colour block style work before i received this book, so i knew on some level i would enjoy it, but the joy of holding something in your hands rather than seeing it on a computer screen can’t be beaten!

Ophelia Pang’s Interactive Art Book is, well, quite self-explanatory. it fits in nicely with the current trend for colouring and interactive books but stands out due to its bold and straightforward style, and i feel it encourages you to think and (perhaps unintentionally) learn a bit more than other books of this style.
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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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