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Book Trailer – Unventional: Ideas Too Good To Patent

by Tom Giesler

Years ago when Vectorvault was just getting started, we discovered Tom’s work. As an accomplished patent illustrator, he had already achieved a great deal of respect. Technical drawing is a specialized form of illustration that draws upon several disciplines. And Tom is very good at it.
Trust me. I’ve tried my hand at it. It can be challenging.

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His new book looks amazing.

But it was Tom’s whimsical images that captured our attention. His artwork has shown that technical work can have personality and in the case of his new book: create smiles.

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This book makes a perfect addition to any virtual bookshelf and a great gift too.
It’s available on Amazon and through the Apple iBooks Store
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The past 10 years have been very eventful. Both personally and professionally. Vectorvault has punctuated many of the benchmarks in my adult life.
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Buy Gold & Silver Book – New Metallic Graphics

Gold & Silver
New Metallic Graphics
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Gold and silver always incite a peculiar curiosity in humans with mesmerising glares. Unlike colours perceivable under normal light, metallic colours add lustre to surfaces as they glare even in the dimmest light. ?istorical uses of precious metals such as gold, silver and bronze have endowed these shiny tones with ideas, such as deity, wealth and brilliance.

Gold & Silver book New Metallic Graphics

Advanced techniques and cheaper production costs today however require designers use metallic tones with greater sensitivity. Coming after Black & White and Multicolour, Gold & Silver is the third of viction:ary’s colour-themed series PALETTE which singly focuses on the dynamic play of metallic ink and materials in graphical designs. Featuring a vast collection of direct mails, stationery, catalogues, events, corporate identities, etc., the title surveys how designers capture the essence of commitment, visions, valued traditions or simply the glittery appeal in the different guises of gold, silver and copper tones. Techniques include gilding, pure gold plating, metallic coatings, anodising, etc. that are fascinating to touch and see.

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Buy Graphic Design Book – Logo Design Love

A Guide to Creating Iconic Brand Identities

by David Airey
Logo Design Love: A Guide to Creating Iconic Brand Identities by David Airey

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There are a lot of books out there that show collections of logos. But David Airey’s “Logo Design Love” is something different: it’s a guide for designers (and clients) who want to understand what this mysterious business is all about. Written in reader-friendly, concise language, with a minimum of designer jargon, Airey gives a surprisingly clear explanation of the process, using a wide assortment of real-life examples to support his points. Anyone involved in creating visual identities, or wanting to learn how to go about it, will find this book invaluable. – Tom Geismar, Chermayeff & Geismar
In Logo Design Love, Irish graphic designer David Airey brings the best parts of his wildly popular blog of the same name to the printed page. Just as in the blog, David fills each page of this simple, modern-looking book with gorgeous logos and real world anecdotes that illustrate best practices for designing brand identity systems that last.
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David not only shares his experiences working with clients, including sketches and final results of his successful designs, but uses the work of many well-known designers to explain why well-crafted brand identity systems are important, how to create iconic logos, and how to best work with clients to achieve success as a designer. Contributors include Gerard Huerta, who designed the logos for Time magazine and Waldenbooks; Lindon Leader, who created the current FedEx brand identity system as well as the CIGNA logo; and many more.

Readers will learn:

Why one logo is more effective than another
How to create their own iconic designs
What sets some designers above the rest
Best practices for working with clients
25 practical design tips for creating logos that last

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Threadless t-shirts

T-shirts are walking vector art galleries

Very few do it better than Threadless. They seem to be a magnetic source for some of the best vector illustrators around and their success is no doubt magnified by the customers who gobble up these cotton billboards.
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Take a closer look at Threadlesss

If you want to see what a decade of t-shirt design genius looks like, pick up the Threadless Book. It makes an excellent addition to your design library and a terrific gift for that person who has it all. Check it out:

Vector Book: Threadless: Ten Years of T-shirts

Vector Book: Threadless: Ten Years of T-shirts

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Extra Extra Read all about it

Part of being a great designer is constantly educating yourself with the latest trends. But also taking time to see where design has been. These 4 selections are highly recommended and hold their own place in the Vectorvault Studio Library.
Whenever someone here is stuck for an idea, these offer a boost of inspiration. We hope that they do the same for you. Enjoy:

Applied Arts 2012 Design Annual

Underneath a fist full of bills and flyers, I found something else today staring back at me from the bottom of my mailbox. My Applied Arts 2012 Design Annual is here. One more book for the Vectorvault design library. One more creative resource. Support Canadian Magazines.