My book shelf of inspiration

I’m often asked about my favourite design and art books so I thought today I’d share a peek at my studio bookshelf.

Sam-Osborne-Inspiring-Books

I reference these books a lot, for ideas, help and words of advice or just to look at awesome artwork. The subjects of the books range from personal stories, advice for designers to collections of design examples but each one has earned it’s place on the shelf.

Here is a look a few of my favourites in a bit more depth:

I Love Stationery by Charlotte Rivers

I Love Stationery

Because I do love stationery… This book is stuffed full of awesome examples from gift wrap to greetings cards, notebooks, journals, invitations and much more and covers a huge range of techniques.

I Just Like The Make Things by Lilla Rogers

I Just Like To Make Things

Having taken two of Lilla’s MATS courses this book was the perfect companion. Full of great advice and insider secrets, it’s the book I turn to when I’m having one of those days… you’ll always find a bit of wisdom to put you back on the right track.

Print and Pattern Geometric by Bowie Style

Print and Pattern Geometric

I love all of the Print and Pattern books but this one is a little bit special because I feature in it! Aside from that it is full of amazing work from loads of artists – there’s always something to spark a train of thought or a new way of looking at things.

It’s Not How Good You Are, It’s How Good You Want To Be by Paul Arden

It's not how good you are...

I’ve had this book ever since I left University and I still love it. The design is fab and it’s packed full of awesome advice and motivation like “Your vision of where or who you want to be is the greatest asset you have” & “Fail, fail again. Fail better”

Charley Harper An Illustrated Life by Todd Oldham

Charlie Harper

Last but by no means least is this compendium of Charley Harper’s life and work. I am a bit in love with this guy, his work is still fresh and modern with an irresistible retro feel – I learn something new from him every time I open this book!

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I hope they’ve provided some inspiration for you

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