[Alexander Girard by Kiera Coffee and Todd Oldham]
I have long been a fan of American designer Alexander Girard's typography, his iconic sun graphics and his whimsical wooden people. But it wasn't until I came across this beautiful book did I understand the entire breadth of his design work.
This 672 page tome published by Ammo Books covers all aspects of his design career from brand identity work to fabric design and furniture design to interiors. Co-author and Girard fan Todd Oldham went through the entire Girard archive to uncover designs that had never before been published.
This book now lives on my coffee table in the living room and is a source of delight and inspiration every time I go through it and discover something amazing and new to me about this prolific and versatile mid-20th century designer.
The book is a bit of an investment, but is well worth the cost because it is such an exhaustive collection of his work. The news gets better: Ammo is publishing a popular edition of the book in a smaller size this fall and it can be pre-ordered here for a fraction of the price.