I just came across a great selection of work by a New York based designer, Susan Hochbaum. After spending 15 years working with Pentagram she opened her own design studio in 1995. I especially enjoy her fun and creative book designs for Chronicle.
I actually purchased the book, Black & White a year ago not knowing that she had designed it. Black & White, co-authored by Steven Guarnaccia, is definitely a fun and curious coffee table book to delve into when in need of inspiration.