06.05.15 by Jeff

Bookshelf: “XENOGRAPH” by James Jean


Artist James Jean opened up the pre-sale on his new book XENOGRAPH yesterday and the art edition and box edition both immediately sold out. The first edition of the book is still available but will likely sell out as well. His previous book REBUS is one of my favourite books to look at so I had to order myself a copy of this one as well. If you wanna grab a copy jump over to James Jean’s store.

06.05.15 by Jeff

Satisfying Video of the Day: The Japanese Book Restorer

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Here’s a video from a Japanese show about people repairing old things. This episode features Nobuo Okano, a man who has been restoring old books for more than 30 years, breathing new life into a customer’s old English-Japanese dictionary for his daughter.

This is so Japanese, I love it. Thanks to photographer Valerie Chiang for passing this along to me. Watch the clip below!

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05.05.15 by Jeff

Best of Kickstarter: “Overgrowth” by Parker Fitzgerald and Riley Messina


For the past two years photographer Parker Fitzgerald and floral designer Riley Messina have been creating beautiful flower-filled images together for their project, Overgrowth.

The two are now in the process of compiling it all into one beautiful self-published book, and have launched an Overgrowth Kickstarter to get the project over the finish line. Take a look at some of their gorgeous photos and a video clip below.

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05.03.15 by Jeff

Bookshelf: Strange Plants II


Independent publishing house Zioxla has just announced the publication of Strange Plants II, the second book in a series that celebrates plants in contemporary art. The book features the work of 30 artists, including: Friedrich Kunath, Rosson Crow, Troels Carlsen, Eric Yahnker, Nina Chanel Abney, Erin M. Riley, Brian Scott Campbell, HuskMitNavn, Casey Gray and Matt Leines all drew an unusual plant in their own style.

Also featured are artists who incorporate plants into their work in unique ways: Allison Schulnik, Misha Hollenbach, Francesca DiMattio, Zin Taylor, Katarina Janeckova, Stills & Strokes and Ren Hang. Take a look at more spreads from the  book below.

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05.12.14 by Jeff

Bookshelf: 2014 It’s Nice That Annual


The folks over at It’s Nice That have just released their annual round up of the best art and design from the past year. The book features over 300 pages of artwork, interviews, graduates, and exhibitions. Oh, and it even comes with a postcard signed by one of the featured artists. Have a look inside the 2014 It’s Nice That Annual, below.

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11.11.14 by Jeff

7 Years of Daily Drawings in a 2500 Page Book by Artist Ruben Steeman


For seven years artist Ruben Steeman posted one drawing each day to his website. After reaching the incredible milestone of 2,500 drawings he decided to put all of the drawings in one book. Various publishers told him it would be impossible to produce his book but he remained determined, crowdfunded it and eventually found a book binder to make it happen.

The result is 2500 Days of Rust an enormous 2,508 page book, weighing in at a healthy 3.5 kilograms. He points out that if you were to look at each page for 10 seconds it would take 7 hours to go through the entire book.

Take a look at more images of the book below as well as a video clip of the accompanying installation showcasing all 2,500 drawings on a 19m wide wall.

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31.10.14 by Jeff

Giveaway: Earthling by Illustrator Aisha Franz


My friends at Drawn & Quarterly just sent me over a copy of illustrator Aisha Franz’s fantastic debut graphic novel, Earthling, and I get to give away another copy to one of you.

If you’d like to snag the book tell me what the title of your debut graphic novel would be, in the comments below. We’ll pick a winner on November 14th. This is open to everyone in North America and the UK.




25.09.14 by Jeff

“Inkflow” A Solo Exhibition by Japanese Artist Usugrow


Renowned Japanese artist Usugrow is releasing a book with Upper Playground, and will be signing copies at their San Francisco location this Sunday. The artist is also busy finishing work for his solo show “Inkflow” opening at Fifty24SF Gallery on October 4th. He might be my favourite letterer of all time. Have a look at some more process images below.

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