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Falling Back In Love With Books: My 9 Must-Read Suggestions

Nubby Twiglet | Falling Back In Love With Books: My 9 Must-Read Suggestions

Once a voracious reader, over the last few years I noticed that my time spent immersing myself in a good book had dwindled until it seemed like my daily reading was reduced to scanning blogs and social media. I collect very few things but when it comes to books and magazines, I’m obsessed. After all, being glued to a screen 24/7 just doesn’t provide the same experience.

After the aforementioned dry spell, I’ve been making up for lost time and buying all sorts of books. My taste tends to focus on design, fashion and autobiographies but I’m always up for a wild card.

These are my top nine picks right now and I’d love to hear your recommendations in the comments!

Nubby Twiglet | Falling Back In Love With Books: My 9 Must-Read Suggestions

1. I’ll Drink To That

By Betty Halbreich

Betty is now in her late 80s and a master at personal shopping. She’s so good at it that she spent close to 40 years at Bergdorf Goodman giving celebrities, socialites and stylists advice on what to wear. She has managed to master the art of transformation, helping people look and feel their best but the biggest transformation of all came from within.

Betty was married to a partner who turned out to be a terrible match and after they divorced, she reclaimed her independence in the form of going out and finding work at Bergdorf’s, which saw her potential and soon asked her to manage their first personal shopping service.

She is living proof that it’s never too late to make a big life and career change, even if you’re already many decades in.

2. Diana Vreeland Memos: The Vogue Years

By Alexander Vreeland

I have been digging into the life and times of legendary tastemaker and Vogue editor Diana Vreeland in preparation for The Art Of V course and this book is especially interesting because it’s a collection of her memos, typed and handwritten to the Vogue staff, often with the photographic outcome on the next page. It really gives you a look into her thought process and how discerning of an eye she had.

Diana wasn’t big on meetings, instead preferring to send these very direct memos and because of that, we have a paper trail of how she transformed Vogue into the biggest fashion publication in the 1960s.

3. Alphabet Logo

By Counter Print

I’m a visual learner and seeing a design really resonates with me. I love logo compilation books because they provide so many potential ideas to jump-start your thought process without having to do all the tedious research online.

Alphabet Logo is a small but mighty book and features 228 pages of letter-based logos. I’m excited to be included in the mix, too!

4. D.V.

By Diana Vreeland

Wanting to learn more about Diana Vreeland on a personal level, I picked up this autobiography that covers her whirlwind existence from living it up alongside the who’s who of 1930s Europe to landing in New York and working her way up through the ranks of Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue, later becoming the Editor-in-Chief.

5. Grace: A Memoir

By Grace Coddington

Creative Director at Vogue, notoriously press-shy Grace Coddington gives you a glimpse inside her world. She’s passionate about the work she produces and a loyal friend to some of the fashion industry’s biggest personalities. This book is also beautifully designed and a perfect addition to your coffee table.

Nubby Twiglet | Falling Back In Love With Books: My 9 Must-Read Suggestions

6. Graphic Design: The New Basics

By Ellen Lupton and Jennifer Cole Phillips

This is a must-have for any graphic designer, explaining all the fundamentals of two-dimensional design including hierarchy, scale and more. The best part is that the book is illustrated throughout with examples of each concept put into play.

7. How to Style Your Brand

By Fiona Humberstone

This is a book that I wish had existed years ago because it’s unlike anything else out there. How to Style Your Brand explores the process of creating the perfect brand identity for your business. What I find especially endearing about this book is the approach — the concepts and accompanying explanations are easy to grasp, even if you have no prior design experience.

8. The World According to Karl

By Sandrine Gulbenkian

I’m so obsessed with this book! It’s all black and white and packed with sharp, angular design to match Karl’s notorious wit. You never quite know what’s going to come out of his mouth — but either way, it’s never dull.

Karl Lagerfeld inspires and offends in equal measure but that’s a part of his charm. He’s never afraid to say exactly what he thinks and in this age of political correctness, that’s refreshing.

9. Eat: The Little Book of Fast Food

By Nigel Slater

I picked this book up on a whim, at first inspired by its simple cloth cover and was impressed with its ease since many cookbooks can be bloated and hard to follow. Inside, it’s packed with more than 600 ideas for simple meals, most of which take well under an hour to make. Food doesn’t have to be complicated to be delicious and the recipes in this book prove it.

Your turn! What books are you obsessed with at the moment?


Top photo: Shell De Mar.

Books I Love: Letterhead & Logo Design 11

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As much as I embrace technology, I still love the tactile nature of books and continue to expand my home library. A few readers have asked why they should invest in books when the internet has an endless stream of inspiration. I use the internet for the majority of my visual research for projects but it’s healthy to break up your routine. Flipping through books and magazines with a pen and paper close by for thumbnail sketches often shifts my mindset and helps me come up with fresh, unique ideas.


rockport letterhead logo design 11 book


I find the design titles by Rockport Books to be especially helpful. I own a few of their books but my personal favorite is Letterhead and Logo Design 11. Unlike the internet where search results can be questionable, when I’m working on a design projects I reach for this book more than any other I own because the featured work is all top-notch.


rockport letterhead logo design 11 book


Featuring more than 400 letterhead and logo designs, I feel like I discover something new each time I flip through it (trust me, it was hard to limit my scans to a handful of pages). The book was compiled by Design Army and they spent over two weeks evaluating over 5,000 entries from all over the globe. Of the results, Design Army says, “Along the way, we confirmed what we already knew: It’s the little thoughts that have the biggest impact. They inspire us to push farther. They work harder. They last longer.”


rockport letterhead logo design 11 book


There’s not so much work jammed into Letterhead and Logo Design 11 that you get overwhelmed; it’s just filtered down the the best of the best. And as designers, isn’t that what we want?


Avedon Fashion

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I first locked eyes on the Avedon Fashion 1944-2000 book earlier this year because it featured my favorite Avedon photo of all time, Jean Shrimpton from the cover of the April 1965 issue of Bazaar. But beyond that, I couldn’t put this book down. Avedon is considered one of the top fashion photographers of all time but I was curious to know more about the stories behind his most iconic images and how he got his start. I learned that Avedon was a merchant marine in World War II, where he was assigned with taking identity photographs of fellow sailors. This book does a meticulous job of showcasing some of his more rare, early work from the 1940s mixed in alongside his most famous photos and ad campaigns.


avedon book


Avedon was at Harper’s Bazaar (1944 – 1965), then Vogue (1966 – 1990) and finally, at The New Yorker (1992 – 2004) and this book covers all those stints as well as work he produced for other clients including some of his most memorable Versace campaigns, which he shot for two decades. At over 350 pages long, I had a hard time choosing just a handful of images to share. If you get the chance, check this book out, winking holographic eye cover and all.


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Pantone: The 20th Century in Color

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Today, I’m going to share my new favorite book with you, Pantone: The Twentieth Century in Color. What makes this book so amazing is that it covers the evolution of color in our society over the last 100 years, from 1900 onwards. Each decade receives its own chapter along with corresponding images of art, fashion and decor representative of particular palettes that were popular during that period.


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nubby twiglet pantone book

nubby twiglet pantone book

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nubby twiglet pantone book

Excerpts from Pantone: The 20th Century in Color.


From the swatches of 1930s The Wizard of Oz (Silver, Straw and Lion) to 1980s Miami Vice (Pink Mist, Lavendula and Radiant Orchid) to 1990s Grunge (Coffee Bean, Faded Denim and Earth Red), the cultural movements of America and the colors they helped influence are all painstakingly covered. Students of graphic and fashion design as well as lovers of color theory will adore this book.