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.
- Jules Durant aims to “design cool new fonts” beyond the Latin alphabet
- For Alice Franchetti, graphic design is the sweet spot where maths and intuition meet
- Lucy Sherston finds that leaving out parts of a composition is just as important as the bits kept in
- This year’s Birmingham Design Festival explored truth in the design industry
- Designer John Christian Rose on how he turns mess, chaos and clutter into art
- “My creative process is hella eclectic”: illustrator Jack Fletcher
- How Pelle Cass creates his jarring “still time-lapse” images
- Mozilla gives Firefox a new look that goes beyond the logo
- Spotify wants you to listen to more podcasts, so it's redesigned its app
- Say a sustainable hello to the world’s first fully compostable trainer
- Illustrator Faye Moorhouse has made a trilogy of zines about her cat
- Applications are now open for The Graduates 2019!