Reading Design | London Design Festival


Next week the London Design Festival is returning for its 16th year (from 15th – 23rd September), aiming once again to celebrate and promote London as the design capital of the world, with exhibitions, commissions, tradeshows and other projects across the city. To see the full programme of events and the key destinations, head to the official website now.

Because we can’t wait to immerse ourselves in all things design once more, we wanted to shout out a few must-have design books coming this Autumn…


  1. Brand by Hand: Blisters, Calluses and Clients: A Life in Design by Jon Contino

With its bold cover and black-stained-edges, BRAND BY HAND by Jon Contino is eye-catchingly punky and irresistible. It documents the work, career and inspiration of graphic designer extraordinaire – Jon Contino, founder of Jon Contino Studio. He’s produced award-winning work for the likes of Nike and 20th Century Fox, all the while taking his passion for pen, ink and hand-lettering and forging it into an unmistakable identity.

Publishing 23rd October. Preorder here.

  1. Graphic Style: From Victorian to Hipster by Steven Heller, Illustrator Seymour Chwast

From one of America’s leading critics and historians of graphic design, comes the new Graphic Style – an essential resource for designers, students and art lovers. It’s a completely visual and wide-ranging history and a treasure trove of images, with the new edition encompassing trends from the last decade.

Available now.

  1. Typeset in the Future: Typography and Design in Science Fiction Movies by Dave Addey, Foreword by Matt Zoller Seitz

This one isn’t publishing until November, but it will then be on the Christmas list of every design fan with an interest in typography, cinema and science-fiction. In it, Dave Addey invites fans on a journey through seven genre-defining classics and how they use typography and design. Think Blade Runner, WALL-E, Star Trek and more! There’ll be original interviews, type specimens and concept art galore in this obsessively geeky study of classic sci-fi and design in pop culture.

Publishing 6th November. Preorder here.


And there you have it, all bold, unique and innovative in their own way – which of these books are you most excited for? What others will be on your wishlist come Christmas?