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.
- Nicolas Garner explores the clash of digital and organic in his hyperreal imagery
- Dennis Church’s 12-year project sees him capture the visual noise of America’s streets
- Hudson Christie’s illustration trickery uses depth to create textured, flat pieces
- A rare interview with enigmatic and cherished photographer, Nguan
- Karen Asher photographs the people and happenings of Winnipeg, Canada
- Nieves founder Benjamin Sommerhalder shares his passion for books and zines
- Parker Day's lurid colours and grotesque characters elevate identity and fantasy (NSFW)
- Paper reveals Break the Internet take two, with Nicki Minaj shot by Ellen von Unwerth
- Bea de Giacomo photographs the wonders of pregnancy
- Matthieu Lavanchy recreates food emojis "irl" for The Gourmand's tenth issue
- Introducing Broccoli, the publication “normalising cannabis use, especially for women”
- One Step Ahead: we meet Paula Scher, the trailblazing Pentagram Partner