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Style Book by Elizabeth Walker

12 Jun

Fashionable Inspirations

Have you ever heard the expression “one picture is worth ten thousand words”? This is the sentiment that Elizabeth Walker uses to open her Style Book. When unveiling the truth behind her fashion inspirations, she takes photographs from all eras, locations and social situations to compile a “remarkable insight into the progression of fashion”.

Consisting of over 400 pages of photographs, Walker uses kitsch categories to divide her images into miniature style journeys. With chapters such as ‘Divine in Denim’, ‘Attention to Detail’ and ‘Button Up’, single fashion concepts are expanded upon and visited from film sets to sidewalks. A small caption is provided underneath each photo to provide an opinion, a story and details of the year it was taken.

Although famous faces such as Audrey Hepburn, Joanna Lumley and Twiggy crop up among the photographs, Walker uses lots of faceless fashionistas to “juxtapose” fashion moments from over the years. She is true to her claim that “from flowers to furs, from pearls to pools, there are all things here for all folk”. Despite being a beautiful book to flick through,  my criticism would be that I couldn’t help but yearn for more insight as to why exactly Walker had found these images to be inspirational.

A la Mode Appraisal: 7/10 – a wonderful collection of photographs, but perhaps a lower price tag would have been more suited.

Style Book is published by Endeavour publishers and will inspire your wardrobe for £20.00.

If you liked this, you may also like New Club Kids by Oggy Yordanov.

(Please note: the images used in this review have not been taken directly from the book.)

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Hyperactivitypography from A to Z by Gestalten

13 Mar

Have you ever wondered about the craftsmanship of typography? Do you pay attention to fonts of the many pieces of writing you may encounter in a day, from a newspaper to a magazine or a graphically delightful website? If not, it is time to go back to school and the best way to learn is to mix hyperactivity with typography in Hyperactivitypography.

In this retro-style playful workbook, Gestalten take us back to childhood with simple and easy to learn facts and exercises so that we can improve our knowledge of typography. Hyperactivity comes into play in a mesmerising array of colours, tasks and graphics along the way. The workbook is divided into chapters from A to Z, with each letter representing something – e.g. ‘G is for Grotesque’. Every time you enter a new chapter, you are encouraged to suggest both a typographical term and a typeface beginning with that letter.

Although presented in a tongue-in-cheek youthful manner, Hyperactivitypography is actually a brilliant tool for anyone wishing to brush up on their knowledge of PostScripts and jumplines. It is presented so whimsically that you can’t help but want to participate in the presented activities – from a mini maze to a true or faux exercise – and results in a knowledge of an intricate writing world that you can’t help but relate to every written word you look upon thereafter. An absolute must for any graphic designers and a lovely treat for those wishing to revel in the nostalgia of their youth.

A la Mode Appraisal: 9/10 (1 mark deducted for the slightly higher price).

Hyperactivitypography is published by Gestalten and can inspire you to type tantalisingly for £17.99.

If you liked this, you may like 1001 Ideas for Graffiti and Street Art by Christian Campos.