Playful illustrations, neon paper and hidden infographics; who said grown-up books were no fun? The hefty reference tomes of days gone by are being replaced by bright, immersive and totally unique publications. Bitchin’ Bugs by Amy Lesko is one such book. A slick printed paperback with a tactile finish, Amy’s crack at authorship is a mighty success.
Focused on the secret life of insects and all there is to know about them, from anatomy to behaviours, scale and diets, Bitchin’ Bugs is an admirable attempt to fuse adult learning with the booming culture of DIY and graphic arts. A risograph-printed book made up of mixed papers and surprise inserts, each copy is hand finished and bound with colourful thread, making it a superb visual treat.
The sheer volume of information included in the book is impressive and presented in a range of styles, from recipes to cut-out and keep projects and flyers to copy and share. Produced in-house at Dizzy Ink in Nottingham by Craig Proud and Amy Lesko, Bitchin’ Bugs is our kind of publication. Showcasing the scope of print design with perforated sections, throw-outs and contrasting paper weights and styles, the vivid manual is packed with hand-drawn illustrations and comedic asides.
Parents of little ones, be warned. Bitchin’ Bugs may grab the attention of your sprogs but is definitely written with a grown-up audience in mind. Think of this one as a colourful education in insect life just for you, dirty jokes included. Amy Lesko suggests that her illustration and design work is centred around one chief objective: putting a smile on the viewer’s face. With that in mind, this book succeeds.
In light of our recent campaign here at YOUNG GOLD TEETH to save and protect the UK’s bees, what better time to turn a bad day into a good one by learning more about them. Bitchin’ Bugs covers the whole spectrum, from Queen Bees to stag beetles and spiders.
Find your copy in Amy’s shop and nab one for a friend whilst you’re there. Fans of independent publishing, creepy crawlies and exceptional design will go crazy for this compendium of wiggly legs and pincers, we certainly have.
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Words: Emily Beeson | @younggoldteeth