Reviewed by Andrea Armbruster


When I first started looking for a book for this assignment, the one I chose, I Heart Graphic Design, pulled me in right away because I flipped to a page that had The Rolling Stones “Sticky Fingers” album. And if you know the “Sticky Fingers” cover, it speaks out. With a close cut picture of a male crotch in jeans with an actual, physical, zipper, it screams rebel.

One thing I really enjoyed about this book was seeing other designers choosing pieces that inspired their own later art. And some of it is found in the most unsuspecting of places. One designer, Louise Fili, loves old signs in Italy. She takes pictures of them and organizes them by city, and looks back on them when she needs a little spark of inspiration. When I get to be fully trained as a designer, I would love to have a little book of motivation.

Design changes one idea into another, and that’s one of the main achievements of graphic design. It helps everyone broaden their understanding and appreciation for our world. Sometimes when little surprises are tucked away in a piece, that sprout of pleasure is what keeps these designers on their toes, and what gives them an all of these inspiring gems.