design book review

Looking for blogs to follow

My original account is @widgetwriter but i’d like to get this account up and running too just in case the other account gets terminated from being hacked and also for a change of scenery as and when I need it. So, i’m looking for blogs to follow.

Reblog or like if you post or reblog anything from this crazy long list: 

Pictures of their books/shelves

SM stuff
Set/Lighting/Costume Designs
Cool effects made with the lights
Final set/lighting for a show
Anything techblr really (I miss being a part of everything)

A level thing (English Lit, Media, Photography would be good but anything really)
Motivation stuff
Planning things
Bullet Journaling
Daily Challenges etc

Harry Potter
Star Trek
Hunger Games
Stranger Things
Doctor Who
In A Heartbeat (shortfilm)
Shadow Hunters
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe
Carry On
Dan and Phil
Troye Sivan
Connor Franta
Tyler Oakley
Mikey Murphy


The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde

Alma Books is sponsoring our next giveaway, so I bought a few of their books from Amazon so I could check out the quality myself. The first one arrived today, and goodness… I underestimated how beautiful these books are. The cover and back colors are really vivid, and the whites (including the pages) are white. As you can see, the print is clean and beautiful. But what surprised me most is the little section of photos, a throwback to the way books were published years ago.

The Alma Books rep I’ve been speaking with told me Alma only hires book lovers so that the books they create can be put together as they would want to read them. It truly shows. I can’t wait to get the other two Alma Classics (Evergreens) I ordered. You’ll be the first to see them. :D


Persona 5 Official design book & Guide book Review 😘
These books are great and worth it!

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After the Water Recedes 

Victo Ngai

I had the great pleasure to work on the very challenging cover for yesterday’s New York Times Book Review. At this 10th year mark of Hurricane Katrina, the review dedicates itself to books and shorts about the lives in New Orleans after the disaster. 

At first, I wanted to depict the social and racial inequalities that has been exposed by the water line which is still haunting the recovery. But in the end we decided to show more defiance/perseverance/celebration after the waters receded. 

After I came up with new sketch V.2,  I realized I really miss the mix-match perspectives in my original V.1 sketch, hence the V.3 which was picked for the final. 

Big thanks to AD Shannon and Jolene!


Manage Your Day-To-Day Book

Do you work at a breakneck pace all day, only to find that you haven’t accomplished the most important things on your agenda when you leave the office?.

With wisdom from 20 leading creative minds: Stefan Sagmeister, Seth Godin, Gretchen Rubin, Dan Ariely, Steven Pressfield, James Victore, Scott Belsky, Leo Babauta, Tony Schwartz, Erin Doland, and many more.

Get it here


The Walt Disney Animation Studios Design Book

This is a gorgeous book full of the greatest Disney Artist’s illustrations. It has more than 250 pages of wonderful art from Silly Symphonies to Tangled. It’s completely incredible how varied the featured artwork is. From simple pen sketches to completed detailed backgrounds as well as some really lovely oil paintings, pastels and watercolors. You can see some Pinocchio’s breath taking pieces from Gustaf Tenggren, several Mary Blair’s concepts and a big amount of Andreas Deja and Glen Keane’s sketches. It’s a must have for not only any greatest Disney Fan but also for everyone who wants to get inspired by some of the greatest and most talented artists ever.