Lists and scribbles

In the design world, you rarely get to see the rough workings of creatives’ minds. Instead we’re presented with the finished and perfected product of months or sometimes years of work. So it’s exciting to get a chance to nose through the sketchbooks of some top international graphic designers in a new book from Thames & Hudson.

Sketches by Zina Saunders
Sketches by Zina Saunders

Hydra by Zina Saunders
Hydra by Zina Saunders

Graphic: Inside the Sketchbooks of the World’s Great Graphic Designers, shows the scrappy scribbles, doodles and thought processes made during or alongside creative projects.

by Oded Ezer
by Oded Ezer

Flick through Milton Glaser’s chalk drawings of vegetables and farm buildings or cartoonist Philip Burke’s fully recognisable, near-perfect caricatures. Art Spiegelman, the graphic novelist behind award-winning Holocaust survivor’s tale Maus, shares his notebooks, which are full of asmuch prose writings and shopping lists as they are of drawings.

by Craig Frazier
by Craig Frazier

Perhaps most interesting are the pages from Israeli illustrator Noma Bar. Although Bar’s witty illustrations have complex ideas, the execution is usually clean and minimal. But through this book, you can see the final work is a sharp contrast to Bar’s messy scrapbooks, which are crammed with ideas, layers of newspaper clippings, coloured paper and coloured pencil scribbles.

From illustrator Noma Bar's sketchbook
From illustrator Noma Bar’s sketchbook

It’s an inspiring book that you could pore through for hours. And it just shows, practice makes perfect.

by Kerry McElroy
by Kerry McElroy

by Bruno Bressolin
by Bruno Bressolin

Graphic: Inside the Sketchbooks of the World’s Great Graphic Designers by Stven Heller and Lita Talarico is available from Thames & Hudson from 13 September, priced £24.95.

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