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Mirko Borsche on the books and legendary designers that inspire him

Bureau Mirko Borsche is a graphic design studio based in Munich. It has lent its skills to various publications and brands, including Nike Basketball and Phaidon, working in all manner of genres and mediums. Founded by Mirko Borsche, the studio’s signature style is brash, punchy and instantly communicative and its approach to design is underlined with a sense of joy. 

As well as his studio, earlier this year Mirko formed a “Süpergrüp” with fellow designers Johannes Erler, Lars Harmsen, Sarah Illenberger, Eike König, Mario Lombardo and Erik Spiekermann. The idea behind the collective, is to allow the group to take on projects and commissions they wouldn’t be able to do alone, creating a super force of design.  

Here, Mirko shares some of his favourite tomes that have inspired him over the years. The designer’s insights into his selections are kept short and sweet, allowing the books to speak for themselves as they sparkle as much as their glittery backdrop. Highlights include a collection of record sleeves, the writings of artist Lawrence Weiner and an exploration of graphic language. Enjoy!

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Jon Wozencroft: The Graphic Language of Neville Brody Volume 2

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Jon Wozencroft: The Graphic Language of Neville Brody Volume 2

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Jon Wozencroft: The Graphic Language of Neville Brody Volume 2

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Jon Wozencroft: The Graphic Language of Neville Brody Volume 2

Jon Wozencroft: The Graphic Language of Neville Brody Volume 2

I still really enjoy looking at Neville Brody’s work and this book is a tribute to the designer. When computer graphics entered into the field of communications, Neville transformed his typography to create a new “visual language” and in each volume five years of experimentation is presented.

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Neville Brody and Lewis Blackwell: New Dimensions in Graphic Design

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Neville Brody and Lewis Blackwell: New Dimensions in Graphic Design

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Neville Brody and Lewis Blackwell: New Dimensions in Graphic Design

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Neville Brody and Lewis Blackwell: New Dimensions in Graphic Design

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Neville Brody and Lewis Blackwell: New Dimensions in Graphic Design

Neville Brody and Lewis Blackwell: New Dimensions in Graphic Design

This book by Neville Brody and Lewis Blackwell is a beautifully compiled collection of all kinds of objects. The variation from page to page makes it exciting to read. 

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David Carson: Signs of the Times

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David Carson: Signs of the Times

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David Carson: Signs of the Times

David Carson: Signs of the Times

Like Neville Brody, David Carson was one of my biggest influences while studying. I don’t have to say much about this David Carson book. It speaks for itself.

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Lawrence Weiner: Having Been Said: Writings & Interviews of Lawrence Weiner 1968-2003

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Lawrence Weiner: Having Been Said: Writings & Interviews of Lawrence Weiner 1968-2003

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Lawrence Weiner: Having Been Said: Writings & Interviews of Lawrence Weiner 1968-2003

Lawrence Weiner: Having Been Said: Writings & Interviews of Lawrence Weiner 1968-2003

I Love Lawrence Weiner! This book is very well designed and the interviews with Lawrence are inspiring. 

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Edition of Contemporary Music: Sleeves of Desire

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Edition of Contemporary Music: Sleeves of Desire

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Edition of Contemporary Music: Sleeves of Desire

Edition of Contemporary Music: Sleeves of Desire

This book contains a few of the best record covers ever. I really like the artworks from Barbara Wojirsch  – she created remarkably playful layouts. The combinations of handwritten titles and fonts amaze me every time I return to them.