Ten years ago this month I started Design Crush as a place to gather inspiration for my day job as a graphic designer, and five years ago it became my full-time job. To thank you all, as well as highlight some of my favorite sponsors from over the years, we’ll be hosting ten days of giveaways in celebration of ten years of this little site that could.
While we’re busy celebrating 10 years of Design Crush this month, independent book publisher Chronicle Books is over in San Francisco celebrating 50 years! Every cover they touch is perfectly designed and every book completely on target, leaving no question that Chronicle had a hand in its creation. They’ve been one of my favorite partners throughout the years simply because they do what we here at Design Crush strive to accomplish as well – foster the growth and passion that creativity sparks.
They’ve published some of my favorite books on my bookshelves, and to help us celebrate Chronicle Books is gifting one reader with a selection of eight amazing titles. Pop down below for 18 chances to win! But act fast – you’ve only got 48 hours.
Explorers’ Sketchbooks – This remarkable book showcases 70 sketchbooks, kept by intrepid men and women as they journeyed perilous and unknown environments – frozen wastelands, high mountains, barren deserts, and dense rainforests – with their senses wide open. Here are profiles, expedition details, and the artwork of pioneering explorers and mapmakers, botanists and artists, ecologists and anthropologists, eccentrics and visionaries.
Letter of Note: Volume 2 – Each turn of the page brings delight and discovery in a collection of 125 correspondences that spans centuries and place, written by the famous, the not-so-famous, and the downright infamous. Entries are accompanied by a transcript of the letter, a short contextual introduction, and a spirited illustration – in most cases, a facsimile of the letter itself.
Ducksoup: The Wisdom of Simple Cooking – The debut cookbook from Clare Lattin and Tom Hill, chefs of London’s popular restaurant Ducksoup, featuring more than 130 seasonal, simple, clean recipes. Organized into seven chapters, Ducksoup takes the reader through the restaurants “clean” cooking philosophy and shares the inspiration for the restaurant.
Card Catalog: 30 Notecards from the Library of Congress – Enclosed in a keepsake replica card catalog box with tabbed dividers, each card features a different beloved work of literature straight from the storied collection of the Library of Congress.
Broad Strokes: 15 Women Who Made Art and Made History (in That Order) – Art historian Bridget Quinn delves into the lives and careers of 15 brilliant female artists in text that’s smart, feisty, educational, and an enjoyable read. Replete with beautiful reproductions of the artists’ works and contemporary portraits of each artist by renowned illustrator Lisa Congdon, this is art history from 1600 to the present day for the modern art lover, reader, and feminist.
Small Victories: Recipes, Advice + Hundreds of Ideas for Home Cooking Triumphs – The process of truly great home cooking is demystified via more than a hundred lessons called out as “small victories” through a lifetime of cooking thousands of meals. This beautifully curated, deeply personal collection emphasizes bold-flavored, honest food for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert.
Floret Farm’s Cut Flower Garden: Grow, Harvest, and Arrange Stunning Seasonal Blooms – Equal parts instruction and inspiration – a book overflowing with lush photography of magnificent flowers and breathtaking arrangements organized by season. This beautiful guide to growing, harvesting, and arranging gorgeous blooms year-round gives readers vital tools to nurture a stunning flower garden and use their blossoms to create showstopping arrangements.
Bad Girls Throughout History: 100 Remarkable Women Who Changed the World – The 100 revolutionary women highlighted in this gorgeously illustrated book were bad in the best sense of the word: they challenged the status quo and changed the rules for all who followed. From pirates to artists, warriors, daredevils, scientists, activists, and spies, the accomplishments of these incredible women vary as much as the eras and places in which they effected change.
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