I really don’t like to give much away with my short, succinct post titles, do I?! These are, in fact, 3 books I have earmarked for myself but would make great gifts for the designer/food lover in your life.
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First up is 1000 Fonts by Bob Gordon, a great resource book for young and (ahem) advanced designers – each typeface is displayed in its entirety with a brief introduction and suggestions for use, and there are hundreds of real-world examples of the fonts in action. Covering everything from serif and sans serif text fonts to ornamentals, dingbats and display fonts, this chunky, practical reference will prove itself invaluable to any graphic designer – or to anyone who wants to look beyond Times New Roman and Arial.

Available here.

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Next, for a bit of daily inspiration, is It’s Not How Good You Are, It’s How Good You Want To Be, by Paul Arden. Lovely book, nicely designed and a quirky way of making you think laterally – a handbook of how to succeed in the world – a pocket “bible” for the talented and timid to help make the unthinkable and the impossible possible. Advertising guru Paul Arden offers up his wisdom on issues as diverse as problem solving, responding to a brief, communicating, playing your cards right, making mistakes and creativity, all endeavours that can be applied to aspects of modern life.

Available here.

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Finally, it’s The Flavour Thesaurus, by Niki Segnit. I love this food resource book and so will your favourite foodista – The Flavour Thesaurus is the first book to examine what [food] goes with what, pair by pair. The book is divided into flavour themes including Meaty, Cheesy, Woodland and Floral Fruity. Within these sections it follows the form of Roget’s Thesaurus, listing 99 popular ingredients alphabetically, and for each one suggesting flavour matchings that range from the classic to the bizarre.

Available here.