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.
- Meji Alabi on discovering his roots through film and music
- Stoic black cats and burning worlds: Quentin Dufour on his chaotic illustrations
- Jiří Makovec’s photographs meander between the personal and the universal
- In photographing the American west, Andong Zheng uncovers hidden traces of Chinese history
- Meet Universal Thirst, the Bangalore and Reykjavik-based foundry offering a dual perspective on type
- Manchester Girls, the new series from Dean Davies, is a visual homage to the women of the north
- Facebook rebrands to distinguish the company from the app
- Jack Kenyon photographs the wondrous spectacle of the Supreme Cat Show
- &Walsh designs Zooba's identity inspired by the busy streets of Cairo
- A book chronicling tiny, bizarre treasures curated by Wes Anderson and Juman Malouf
- Find hidden squares and experimental inktraps in Fatih Hardal's FH Giselle
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