Designer and illustrator Steph Davidson currently works at Bloomberg as a web designer and art director creating visuals for its digital channels. Steph’s portfolio is full of funny and clever illustrations, gifs and collaged pieces, that play upon internet trends, news stories and current affairs.
With such a distinct style, we were eager to see which books have made the cut. “I really dislike moving so unfortunately I have significantly pared down my book collection in the past decade and have mostly switched to Kindle and iPad,” explains Steph. “Here are some books that remain.” Enjoy!
Hugh Frost and Leon Sadler (editors): Mould Map
I love all the artists who participate in Mould Map. It’s so incredibly curated. Each issue is equally great. This is my favourite cover maybe, by Julien Ceccaldi. The inside page I photographed is by Leon Sadler, who is a fantastic artist and illustrator.
Frances Carey (editor): The Apocalypse and the Shape of Things to Come
I bought this as a depressed teen and I still like to leaf through it now and then. I love Albrecht Durer’s woodcuts in particular. It’s interesting to see how different artists interpret the apocalypse through time. One of my favourite painters, John Martin, was obsessed with depicting the apocalypse too.
Tracy Ma and Emily Keegin: Matter – Total Power Move
Tracy Ma and Emily Keegin did this, they are both incredible and they did such a good job. Very #rare #powerful zine. Fantastic graphics and photos.
C.F.: Powr Mastrs Volume 3
C.F. is such a talent. No one else can draw like C.F. Very experimental narratives.
Omar Kholief (editor): You Are Here After the Internet
This book is a collection of critical explorations of net art and “post-internet art”. I admire Brian Droitcour and Jon Rafman who are both included.
- M/M (Paris) and the ongoing conversations that define its practice
- Mari Kanstad Johnson's wonderful work picks apart complex narratives
- Bradley Pinkerton’s projects combine handmade gestures with scanned-in textures
- Roberts Rurans uses acrylic paint to add depth and warmth to his illustrations
- The prodigal return of “iconoclastic” artist Danny Fox
- Jump into the world of Ben Jones’ post-internet, psychedelic paintings
- Polaroid’s creative director Danny Pemberton introduces new brand Polaroid Originals
- Artist Dominique Pétrin on creating her very own domestic product
- Universal Everything animate emotive wallpapers for new iPhone devices
- Herburg Weiland’s meticulous editorial designs are typographically-driven
- The Visual History of Type author Paul McNeil selects and dissects his six favourite faces
- Breakdown Press’ Joe Kessler picks out his most-treasured books