Still on the hunt for that perfect gift for the Art Director or Photo Editor in your life?  Well, look no further!  We've gathered some favorites that will be a great addition to your bookshelf.  Plus, you can buy them all now at our online SPD Book Store.   For a limited time, readers can also get a special discount on SPD Annuals HERE.  Just use promo code: holiday at checkout.

Did we forget something?  Add your suggestions below in the comments.    
And for other non-book gift ideas, check out SPD-U's Gift Guide over on the student blog.
 

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Negative Space 
by Noma Bar

Noma Bar's "Negative Space" is my constant desktop companion...Noma's work, aside from being maddeningly smart (in that "how the hell does this guys brain work/I could never have come up with that!!" type of way) is a constant inspiration to me as a designer. It reminds me that with just a few simple marks and a deceptively simple composition a great idea can resonate, entertain, inform and challenge. This collection of Noma's editorial work has been around for a couple of years now but is still a must have for illustrators, designers, typographers and anyone looking to be inspired.
- Neil Jamieson,
Money Magazine


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Mario Testino. in Your Face 
by Mario Testino



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Graphic Design: Now in Production
by Ian Albinson, Rob Giampietro, Andrew Blauvelt and Ellen Lupton

Graphic Design: Now in Production is the catalog from a show that was co-produced by the Walker Art Center and Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum. It's a compendium of what's going on in graphic design now, from magazines, to books, to digital type faces, to film, to branding and beyond. It features essays by Jeremy Leslie, Rob Gianpetro, Ellen Lupton, Andrew Blauvelt, Michael Rock and many more. Definitely a must have. 
- Gail Bichler, 
New York Times Magazine


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New Modernist Type
By Steven Heller, Gail Anderson


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Kate Moss
by Noma Bar

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Visionaire No. 37: Vreeland Memos

This collection is out of print, so it would take some sleuthing to find, but I would love for someone to get me Visionaire No. 37--Vreeland Memos. And since the memos represent Diane Vreeland's vivid and humorous personal account of her creative reign at Vogue, I would like the person who buys this for me to read passages from it aloud in a deep, lovely French or British accent. The collection contains Vreeland's unguarded thoughts on essential subjects ranging from top fashion photographers to the proper way to order lunch. It is an incredible time capsule of the inner workings of Vogue in the 1960s. If a copy can't be found, I would happily settle for a gift certificate to Dashwood Books. Spending an afternoon with David Strettle in his intelligently curated bookstore would be a welcome holiday present.
-Dora Somosi, GQ
 


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BALLET 
by Henry Lutweyler
Vogue: The Editor's Eye   
by Conde Nast


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Elegantissima: The Design and Typography of Louise Fili
 
In Elegantissima, a beautifully produced book that is a treat to hold and peruse, all of Louise's magnificent work (to date!) is collected in one sumptuous volume, book jackets, restaurant logos, packaging, etc. That alone is enough to make this book worthy of inclusion on every designer's bookshelf. But the deeper lure of Elegantissima is the fascinating narrative written by the designer. Her insightful, knowing, sometimes wry commentary on each project conveys a lifetime of experience that is not to be missed. I especially enjoyed the process sketches and reference photos included as background for some projects. Louise's extensive documentation of shop and restaurant signage is referred to here, and it is my sincere hope that her photographic cache will one day become the subject of another volume; it would be a fantastic typographic resource. 
-Ina Saltz, Ina Saltz Design



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Grace 
by Grace Coddington 



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Herb Lubalin: American Graphic Designer, 1918-1981
by Gertrude Snyder 

Another must have is Adrian Shaunessy's massive and comprehensive monograph: Herb Lubalin: American Graphic Designer, 1918-1981. It weighs about 8 lbs and comes in its own numbered case, it is the ultimate authority on Lubalin's life and work. Every item in Cooper Union's Lubalin Archive was painstakingly photographed; this book was two and a half years in the making. A treasure!
-Ina Saltz, Ina Saltz Design



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Identical: Portraits of Twins
by Marti Schoeller
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Tim Walker: Story Teller 
by Robin Muir 




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W: The First 40 Years
by Stefano Tonchi



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30 Years at VANITY FAIR
by Jonathan Becker
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Fraktur Mon Amour 
by Judith Schalansky
 
This beautifully bound hot-pink and black prayer-style book presents 300 variations of Blackletter fonts and their many different applications. Interesting factoid: Blackletter type became taboo in Germany after World War II because it was incorrectly associated with the Nazis, who actually banned its use in 1941 because it was falsely believed to be a Jewish invention.
-Todd Weinberger, Inked Magazine



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La Dolce Vita 
by Slim Aarons
Exposed 
by Bryan Adams
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Designers Guide to Color Combinations
by Leslie Cabarga 

I hate using any colors aside from CMYK, and my favorite color is Black, so when I get stuck trying to come up with interesting color combinations (it offers design examples from the past century: Victorian, Art Deco, Sixties, Raves, etc.,) this guide is the perfect solution!
-Todd Weinberger, Inked Magazine


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