OK, a few things: UPPERCASE is technically a magazine, not a book. However, I believe the quality of content and creativity in each issue qualifies it as a book. Second, I haven’t even read the whole issue yet. But I saw that the new issue is underway, so I wanted to make sure people could get their hands on this one!
UPPERCASE is an amazing magazine, full of design and art inspiration (not to mention created and published by a small staff). Having just taken a screenprinting on fabric class that developed my obsession for patterns, Issue 21 and its included Surface Pattern Design Guide made it a must-buy.
- Abecedary: always fun to read, this one features pattern terminology (of course)
- The Grammar of Ornament: an article about this famous Victorian book of patterns. (This Dover edition has been a staple on my shelf for decades)
- Surface Pattern Design Guide: mini swatches from tons of modern pattern designers—including an interview with the co-founder of Spoonflower
If you are a pattern lover, hurry and get this issue now!