Best of 2010!

At the end of the year, just in time for gift giving, I like to look back at all the posts from the entire year and see what stands out. This year was a very exciting year because along with my two ALSO partners we authored our first book, The Exquisite Book. We are so excited by all the positive feedback we’ve received and I consider it our biggest achievement to date. It has been an incredible experience working with 100 of our very favorite artists, Dave Eggers and especially Chronicle Books, who I am already working on a handful of new projects with. I was glad to be able to share so much of the process of creating the book and have added a section to the categories menu for all of those posts.

There have been some incredible books that have come out this year and below are my picks, readers picks and the best features of the year:
(these are books featured on the blog in 2010- their publication date may have been earlier)

MY TOP TEN BOOKS PICKS FOR 2010:

*Honorable Mention to The Exquisite Book- since it wouldn’t be fair to make it #1 ; )

1. Make Me A Woman- Vanessa Davis: this is by far my favorite book of the year! Vanessa’s work is hilarious, refreshingly honest and looks really pretty.

2. Camilla Engman (The Suitcase Series)- What could be better than the combination of Camilla’s work and the graphic design of Uppercase- nothing I tell you.

3. Popville- Anouck Boisrobert and Louis Rigaud: this book is fun and beautifully designed- great for kids and adults.

4. Type: A Visual History of Typefaces and Graphic Styles Vol 1- I can’t tell you how many times I’ve used this book this year- it’s an incredible resource for gorgeous oldstyle decorative type and ornaments.

5. I Wonder- Marian Bantjes- an elegant object throughout, loaded with tons of inspiration

6. And the Pursuit of Happiness- Maira Kalman- I love that I learned some history while oogling her charming paintings.

7. Birchfield Close- Jon McNaught: Nobrow continually produces incredible stuff, and this little one is a knock-out!

8. Vera: The Art and Life of an Icon- Susan Seid: She is my idol so it’s hard to not love a book full of her work and history.

9. Penguin 75-Paul Buckley: they’ve included so much about process in this book: sketches, commentary from art directors and designer. It’s very interesting.

10. I Lego NY- Christoph Niemann: I am a huge fan of his blog. He has an incredible imagination and he expresses it in so many ways. Being a New Yorker, I am probably a bit biased on this pick

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READER’S MOST POPULAR BOOKS FOR 2010:
(based on the number of comments on the post)

1. Camilla Engman-(The Suitcase Series)

2. I Know How to Cook-Ginette Mathiot

3. Brian Wildsmith’s Circus- Brian Wildsmith

4. Whitey on the Moon- Joey Parlett

5. Obsessive Consumption- Kate Bingaman-Burt

6. Noonie’s Masterpiece- Sarajo Frieden

7. Invierno- Roberta Gorni

8. Troppo Tardi- Giovanna Zoboli, Camilla Engman

9. I Lego N.Y.- Christoph Niemann

10. Paper Wonderland- Michelle Romo

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BEST FEATURES OF THE YEAR

POPULAR INTERVIEWS
1. Sarajo Frieden

2. Kate Bingman-Burt

3. Julia Sarcone-Roach

4. Laura Ljungvist

5. Vanessa Davis

POPULAR SKETCHBOOKS
1. Lars Henkel

2. Yelena Bryksenkova

3. Alex Eben Meyer

4. Seb Cazes

5. Jon MacNair

Thanks for another great year! xoJulia

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