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Coralie Bickford-Smith is a senior cover designer at Penguin Books, where she has created several series designs. Recently these designs by Bickford-Smith for the F. Scott Fitzgerald series were released under the Penquin Classics label (The Great Gadsby, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button). They are beautiful. Definitely putting them on my Christmas list.


Kiko Mizuhara stars as the elusive Midori in the much-anticipated adaptation of Haruki Murakami’s Norwegian Wood, directed by Tran Anh Hung. Here she is posing for the Barneys’ “Have a Foodie Holiday” campaign, shot by Japanese artist & photographer Nobuyoshi Araki.

Already a national treasure in Japan… think we might be seeing a lot more of Kiko from now on.

License to Inspire is CIA’s (The Central Illustration Agency’s) book debut.

A collection of work from some of the world’s most inspiring illustrators and the story of the agency that represents them.

License To Inspire is described as an eclectic mix of stunning artwork and fascinating interviews from the world’s most talented illustrators and industry innovators. An invaluable resource for art buyers and other professionals within the creative industries. With inclusions from a diverse range of artists from Jonas Bergstrand to Sir Peter Blake, the book is packed with beautiful images and thought-provoking words.

“Illustration has been arguably the liveliest art form of this decade, and CIA have been right in the centre of it. This Book paints a brilliant and lively portrait of the world, the art and the business of contemporary illustration.” Marc Valli, Elephant magazine & Magma.

You can purchase a copy of it here.

Published by Pirum Press


The 2010 Edition of LONDON DESIGN GUIDE is the first publication dedicated to the multi-faceted designscape of London. Certainly worth a tenner. Have a look here.




The Greatest Movie Never Made.

Kubrick’s unfilmed masterpiece.

French design studio M/M Paris were in charge of designing this massive book on Kubrick’s unfilmed masterpiece Napoleon.

Tucked inside of a carved-out book, all the elements from Stanley Kubrick’s archives that readers need to imagine what his unmade film about the emperor might have been like, including a facsimile of the script. This collector’s edition is limited to 1,000 numbered copies.

For 40 years, Kubrick fans and film buffs have wondered about the director’s mysterious unmade film on Napoleon Bonaparte. Slated for production immediately following the release of 2001: A Space Odyssey, Kubrick’s “Napoleon” was to be at once a character study and a sweeping epic, replete with grandiose battle scenes featuring thousands of extras. To write his original screenplay, Kubrick embarked on two years of intensive research; with the help of dozens of assistants and an Oxford Napoleon specialist, he amassed an unparalleled trove of research and preproduction material, including approximately 15,000 location scouting photographs and 17,000 slides of Napoleonic imagery. No stone was left unturned in Kubrick’s nearly-obsessive quest to uncover every piece of information history had to offer about Napoleon. But alas, Kubrick’s movie was not destined to be: the film studios, first M.G.M. and then United Artists, decided such an undertaking was too risky at a time when historical epics were out of fashion.

TASCHEN’s sumptuous, limited-edition tribute to this unmade masterpiece makes Kubrick’s valiant work on “Napoleon” available to fans for the first time. Herein, readers can peruse a selection of Kubrick’s correspondence, various costume studies, location scouting photographs, research material, script drafts, and more, each category of material in its own book. Kubrick’s final draft is reproduced in facsimile while the other texts are tidily kenneled into one volume where they dare not interfere with the visual material. All of these books are tucked inside of—or shall we say hiding in?—a carved-out reproduction of a Napoleon history book.

The text book features the complete original treatment, essays examining the screenplay in historical and dramatic contexts, an essay by Jean Tulard on Napoleon in cinema, and a transcript of interviews Kubrick conducted with Oxford professor Felix Markham. The culmination of years of research and preparation, this unique publication offers readers a chance to experience the creative process of one of cinema’s greatest talents as well as a fascinating exploration of the enigmatic figure that was Napoleon Bonaparte.

*Includes exclusive access to searchable/downloadable online research database: Kubrick’s complete picture file of nearly 17,000 Napoleonic images*

Hardcover with 10 smaller books inserted, includes image database, 29.5 x 37.3 cm (11.6 x 14.7 in.), 2874 pages £450

Need to start saving!

Buy it here

Watch the making of trailer here.

via Swiss Legacy (great spot Xavier!)


I know this has been doing the rounds for a while, but we love this site selling rare and hard to find books, keep up the good work Counter-Print!


Pretty cool set of covers by Coralie Bickford-Smith for Penguin. More on the site.


The 39th edition of Pentagram’s privately published Pentagram Papers series was designed by DJ Stout. It features signs from the personal collection of the legendary musician and writer Joe Ely and photographed by Randal Ford. These images are combined with a series of large-format portraits of the homeless by Austin-based photographer Michael O’Brien.


Open until the end of August within the much coverted front room space of the St Martins Lane Hotel, IDEA Books is the creation by the doyenne of the vintage book Angela Hill.

The temporary shop contains an extensive selection of previously unseen books and magazines, sought out by the devoted Hill over the years.

Focusing on the fields of design, art, fashion and photography, the selection of titles available range from £10 to £5,000.

Works include photography from David Hamilton and Andreas Gursky, fashion from Avant Mode and Ritz and architecture by Archigram and Site.


This is the first of 3 volumes to be released by Taschen covering the career of the great Frank Lloyd Wright.

Written by Bruce Brooks Pfeiffer, Director of the Frank Lloyd Archives, this is 584 pages of work and ideas that defined the modern era of architecture and his influence still endures 50 years after his death.

£120 well spent and available from the Taschen online store


One of my favourite things is watching what the untrained eye can do with typography — give your average Joe a day-glo ‘sale’ sticker, or a fire door and a paintbrush, and wonderful things start to happen.
Lucky for me then, this book by Siaron Hughes is chock-a-block full with greasy bucketloads of typo commandment breakage, crass signage, awfully laid out menus and gorgeously grubby handwritten notices promoting the varied and honorable services of pretty much every late night stop-off that ever bulk-battered poultry. My only gripe with the book is that I didn’t think of doing it. Virtual high-fives all round.

Also, you can read a much better review than this one here


I’ve been looking for an excuse to purchase a copy of Fantastic Man then along comes the Spring Summer 09 issue with a great feature on one of my favourite authors, Bret Easton Ellis. Looks like he has a new book on the way, a follow up to Less than Zero. Working title ‘Imperial Bedrooms’. Watch this space.



Two crucial decades in rock & roll recorded as it happened by the people who were there. Illustrated with personal correspondence, photos, in-depth interviews and major features on The Grateful Dead, The Ramones, Brian Wilson, Blondie, Janis Joplin and many more.

“The idea for this book came in the early ’80s right after BOMP magazine first folded. It seemed a tragedy that the earliest works of so many great writers and artists would be lost to the ages, and we knew that somehow we needed to reproduce as much of the historic material as we could in book form” — Suzy Shaw

Saving the World One Record at a Time
by Suzy Shaw And Mick Farren
Available at American Apparel


Bruno Munari’s “Design as Art”, first published in English in 1971, has been out of print for much too long and so Penguin have made the decision to reissue it as a Modern Classic.

“The application of diagrams extends beyond its classical field of use today. Data Flow charts this development, introduces the expansive scope of innovatively designed digrams and presents an abundant range of possibilities in visualising data and information. These range from chart-like diagrams such as bar, plot, line diagrams and spider charts, graph-based diagrams including line, matrix, process flow, and molecular diagrams to extremely complex three-dimensional diagrams. Data Flow is an up-to-date survey providing cutting-edge aesthetics and inspirational solutions for designers, and at the same time unlocks a new field of visual codes.”

Subtitled ʻA concise yet rich discussion of all the small things that enhance the legibility of textsʼ, Jost Hochuliʼs guide to micro-typography considers everything that can happen within a column of text. The book was published first in German in the 1980s. This is the first English edition, completely revised and adapted for todayʼs conditions. Available to buy at Typotheque.

Starting Wednesday, May 21st at 10am Pacific/Los Angeles time, will feature four collectors books packed with incredible work by Baseman. Each book is vastly different from the next, featuring Baseman’s work from the past 15 years collectively.

Contents, by Michael Bierut, William Drenttel and Jessica Helfand. Designed for the Next: Aiga Design Conference last October by Winterhouse — got our copy this morning courtesy of Design Observer, ta very much.

Home Sweet Home is a celebration of Banksys street art in his home city of Bristol. This book places him in the context of 3D, John Nation from the Barton Hill Settlement, Inkie, Nick Walker and the other artists and musicians who were instrumental in linking Bristol to the original New York hip hop scene. It is the most revealing account of Banksys formative years and contains more than one hundred images of his Bristol art, as well as pictures of Banksy at work, many of which have never been published before.

Just been sent the link to this ever-so-clever pop-up alphabet book by Marion Bataille. Everywhere already, but too good not to post.