• Graphic Europe - An Alternative Guide to 31 European Cities
  • By: collaboration
  • ISBN: 978-0-9562053-0-8
  • Price: US $30.00 / CDN $33.00 / UK £19.95
  • Desc: Flexicover 21x16cm / 288 pgs / 500 colour ills
  • Category: Travel / Design
  • Release Date: October 2010

“We are designers. We are urban creatures, and the cities we live in inform who we are and what we do. We know the friendly restaurants, designed with love and care; the bars with alternative music, a good cocktail list, and a crowd that is cool but not intimidating. We know the little local gems that have remained reassuringly unchanged through the decades, the skylines and street-scenes that make our cities unique and the rivers and parks that give us space to think. We look for open-mindedness and experimentalism wherever we go, and we find inspiration in unexpected places.”

Graphic Europe is a guide to 31 of the hippest cities across Europe, written and illustrated by illustrators and designers living in those cites. Cutting right to the heart of their hometowns’ eclectic arts-scenes, the designers reveal their favourite restaurants, shops, galleries, and hotels. Each chapter is stunningly illustrated using photography, hand-drawing or collage, reflecting the designer’s individual experience of their urban environment. The result is an intimate, user-friendly guide to the hidden recesses of the European metropolis. A book that appeals not just to the design market, but to any traveler with an interest in visual or alternative culture.


Graphic USA follows on from Cicada’s previous publication, Graphic Europe, which was received to much critical acclaim:

“In many ways, the guides in Graphic Europe are souped-up versions of the “pre-trip e-mail,” that poorly-formatted letter from a close friend who has lived in the city you’re visiting for the first time… these homemade guides are anticomprehensive, which is exactly why they’re so useful…. The suggestions in Graphic Europe are refreshingly digestible and casual, and they’re all paired with spectacularly idiosyncratic visuals.”
– Stephen Heyman, New York Times blog

“This book feels like shared secrets from friends, as local designers take you round their favourite stomping grounds in various European cities.”
– Easy Living Magazine

“...the result is a smart compendium of useful information about hip hotels, cool bars and groovy bookshops in cities including Zagreb, Helsinki, Dublin, Warsaw, Ljubljana and London.”
– Blueprint Magazine

“I’m a Berliner... so I open the Berlin chapter and I can already see that it’s a hit. The author and I have much in common... and I can tell that this is the guide I’ll be taking with me if I’m ever in Barcelona, Athens, Warsaw, Helsinki, Porto, Vienna, Copenhagen, Brussels or Paris.”
– Die Welt

“....If you’re planning to go Interrailing and you’re a fan of graphic design, be sure to pack this along with your phrasebook.”
– Grafik Magazine