Even though I currently spent way to many hours tucked away behind books (it’s exam season) I dream of more books. Books of a completely different kind than the aforementioned ones of course. So I’ve put a little collage together and I’ll walk you trough my current wishlist.
- The Wes Anderson Collection, Matt Zoller Seitz – Although I haven’t seen al the Wes Anderson movies and I wouldn’t call myself a fan, I’ve seen en really liked some of his movies. When I recently was skimming through this book I was struck by how perfect the little worlds of his movies are. The feeling of other worldliness and the way he uses colour in his movies are something I like very much. The book is also interesting from a graphic point of view (which will be my excuse for most of the books in this list), so I’ll probably buy this in the foreseeable future.
- Show Your Work, Austin Kleon – Austin Kleon’s last booklet (Steal Like an Artist) is something I regularly reread when I’m in need of a pep talk or a bit of inspiration. It’s not the world’s best book ever, but it works for me. So when I discovered he published another one, it went on my wishlist, because, you know, inspirational.
- Thinking with Type, Ellen Lupton – I strugled with typograpy a lot during the school year and I know (because they keep telling us) that typography done right is hard. So I think reading up on it and then practising a bit is something that I should be doing this summer. And it’s exactly what this book is about.
- Harry Potter Film Wizardry, Warner Bros. – I’m rereading the Harry Potter books and I’m loving every minute of it. The first few books are pure nostalgia, the later books are a re-discovery. I can’t believe how many things I’ve forgotten! When I’m finished I’m also going to watch the movies again, hopefully geeking out with this book on my lap. It’s about the design of the movies and it also covers quite a bit of the graphic design in the movies.
- Making and Breaking the Grid, Timothy Samara – One of our teachers mentioned this book in our Webdesign class as a great guide to working with a grid in lay-outs. And I think I really should look into it, because although our teachers seem to value the grid concept, they explain very little about it. Also, it sounds interesting to me. The grid concept is something you can use in almost any lay-out job and knowing how to play with it sounds like a good plan.
- A Game of Thrones, George R.R. Martin – Well, I couldn’t make a list without at least one work of fiction, could I? I started watching the first season of the Game of Thrones once, but I then decided I would rather read the books first. I would love reading them this summer and as they count quite a number of pages, I’m pretty sure this’ll be all the fiction I can muster in one summer. Hopefully I’ll like them.
So, what’s on your book wishlist?