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Really Good Logos Explained: Top Design Professionals Critique 500 Logos and Explain What Makes Them Work
This book is one of my favourites, as it's not just a reference for inspiring logos but it really explains what makes a good logo (as the title sugges ...more
Jan 29, 2009
Jan 28, 2009
Visualising Steampunk
I'm glad Falla recently tweeted about this thesis, which she incidentally wrote for my alma mater, Monash University, because I've been a fan of steam ...more
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Sep 28, 2010
The Brand Gap
A pretty nifty, quick read into the big Kahuna that is branding. I particularly like the overview at the end of the book that highlights the key point ...more
Oct 02, 2009
Oct 01, 2009
The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream
I don't claim to know that much about American politics (Australian politics is really quite boring compared to this), but the 2008 campaign spurred a ...more
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Oct 08, 2008
Growing Up Asian in Australia
I am a second generation Australian Chinese, born into a typical working class suburb in Melbourne, raised within a strict yet somewhat liberal (in co ...more
Sep 08, 2008
Aug 31, 2008
The Best of Business Card Design 5
Got this for $2 from Borders because it was all weather-beaten like someone had chucked it down the dunny and left it to soak. Still, most of it is in ...more
Sep 2008
Dec 03, 2008
Structural Packaging: Workbook [With CDROM]
Fabulous array of packaging solutions with the basic layout of their templates shown alongside their photographs. Also useful is the outlining of the ...more
Apr 19, 2009
Apr 19, 2009
Salvador Dali: Liquid Desire
I probably wouldn't have bought this, except I was writing an essay review on NGV's Liquid Desire exhibition so it seemed logical (if a little expensi ...more
Aug 2009
Feb 02, 2010
Handmade Nation: The Rise of DIY, Art, Craft, and Design
This is a great, inspiring read into how the handmade phenomenon grew and evolved into a massive movement for independent artists and designers to enc ...more
Mar 09, 2009
Jan 29, 2009
Business and Legal Forms for Graphic Designers
This is a very good helper for freelance designers (like myself) who aren't too sure what to include in a contract for a client, or indeed other relat ...more
Jan 23, 2009
Jan 23, 2009
LogoLounge 2: 2,000 International Identities by Leading Designers
I like how the book is organised according to certain keywords like 'typography', 'symbols', 'nature', and 'people'... I just didn't think too much of ...more
Jan 24, 2009
Jan 29, 2009
The Graphic Design Business Book
A great source of assurance and information on the graphic design business for young plebeians like me. It's entertaining (in a wry way) and useful to ...more
Jan 23, 2009
Jan 23, 2009
Things I Have Learned In My Life So Far
Ironically I'm not particularly interested in what Sagmeister has to say, because he says it all in his ambitious typographic installations, but I do ...more
Sep 06, 2009
Oct 16, 2008
Victorian London: The Life Of A City 1840 1870
$10 (at 50% off) at a bargain bookstore! You cannot imagine my delight at getting such a gem.
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Mar 09, 2010
Design Matters: Logos 01: An Essential Primer for Today's Competitive Market
I think I learnt more from this book than I've ever learnt at university. That's pretty sad, actually.

Fantastic book, well presented, and with insight
Feb 04, 2009
Jan 28, 2009
The Star as Icon: Celebrity in the Age of Mass Consumption
Agree with reviewer before me. This is only coherent in small bursts. I'm not quite sure what I was meant to be learning from reading this book. (To b ...more
May 14, 2009
May 01, 2009
Beautiful Things in Popular Culture
Mainly read this for the essay on the awesomeness—I mean, the huge influence—that is Frank Miller's The Dark Knight Returns. Also the segment on Emma ...more
Jun 17, 2009
May 04, 2009
My Family and Other Animals
A delightful, light read about Gerald’s eccentric adventures with exotic creatures and people in Corfu, but more interesting and amusing to see are th ...more
Sep 30, 2009
Nov 11, 2008
Handmade in Melbourne
Awesome book highlighting only some of many talented Melburnian artisans, designers and artists, with some great photography and endless lists of insp ...more
Mar 09, 2009
Mar 07, 2009
Sometimes I Think, Sometimes I Am
I've only skimmed through this book but the wondrous, whimsical illustrations and restrained hand-drawn typography speak for themselves.

I was lucky en
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Oct 28, 2008
100 Years of Fashion Illustration
Amazing collection of fashion illustrations through the turn of the 20th century towards the 2000s. Love perusing the different visual styles and tech ...more
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Oct 16, 2008
What is Packaging Design?
Only skimmed through the visuals, but there's some interesting and diverse works on display here, and brief case study descriptions behind them. Howev ...more
Apr 19, 2009
Apr 19, 2009
All American Ads of the 20's (Midi Series)
Brilliant addition to any designer or artist's collection. Contains high quality scans of advertisements from the Roaring 20s/Jazz Age era, ranging fr ...more
Mar 2008
Apr 20, 2008
Over and Over: A Catalog of Hand-Drawn Patterns
Saw this at the NGV Shop and I knew I had to have it! It's a follow-up of Perry's "Hand Job: A Catalogue of Type". Gorgeous, innovative patterns from ...more
Mar 2008
Aug 13, 2008
Hand Job: A Catalog of Type
It was love at first sight. This book is an encyclopaedia filled with typographic delight and hand drawn galore.

This is a must-have book for typograph
Jan 2007
Apr 20, 2008
The Cocktail: 200 Fabulous Drinks
Bought this for a friend's 21st (omg I'm advocating heavy drinking in youths!) but the illustrations for this little gem of a book by Kat MaCleod are ...more
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Feb 02, 2010
Penguin by Design: A Cover Story 1935-2005
Shows the development and evolution of the ubiquitous, timeless covers of Penguin books. A worthy addition to a designer's library.
Mar 2008
Apr 20, 2008
Paul Rand: Conversations with Students
An overall satisfying glimpse into the remarkable creative genius that is Paul Rand, albeit it was all too fleeting.
Nov 13, 2008
Nov 06, 2008
Battle Hymn Of The Tiger Mother
Mar 09, 2011
Feb 21, 2011
The Book Binding Handbook
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Jun 17, 2009
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