Book design

28 October 2010

Penguins with attitude

Penguins with attitude

john l. walters

Illustrative wrecks and rescues at the publisher’s New York office.
Despite its celebratory title and retro cover design, Penguin 75 is actually a book about contemporary book design, writes John L. Walters. Its editor, Paul Buckley – otherwise known as ‘VP Executive Creative Director’ at Penguin’s New York office – has chosen 75 wildly different book cover projects from the past decade (listed alphabetically by title), and presented them together with alternate covers and sketches, alongside short commentaries by the authors, art directors, editors, illustrators and photographers.

25 October 2010

Maps and legends

Maps and legends

jan middendorp

Charting the working processes of early 21st-century designers
As a lasting souvenir of the first AGI Open conference, which took place in Porto last week, organizers Lizá Ramalho and Artur Rebelo edited and designed a book titled — like the conference itself — ‘Process Is the Project’, writes Jan Middendorp.

21 October 2010

Taking comics seriously

Taking comics seriously

john chalmers, sandra marrs

Visual storytelling is about literature as well as literacy
The graphic novel’s rise in popularity shouldn’t really come as a surprise, write Metaphrog’s Sandra Marrs and John Chalmers.

19 October 2010

Got to have a map

Got to have a map

sally jeffery

For designers, the cartographic viewpoint can be a literal need
There is a vivid phrase in the Nobel prize citation for Mario Vargas Llosa: ‘the cartography of structures of power’, writes Sally Jeffery. I don’t know if it originates with Vargas Llosa or the Nobel committee. However, for the kind of people who become designers the cartographic viewpoint can be a literal need.

11 October 2010

Dig for history

Dig for history

Twentieth century Britain, chronicled in the work of Abram Games
Abram Games (1914-96) was one of the twentieth century's most celebrated graphic designers. An exhibition, opening at Sheffield Institute of Arts Gallery tomorrow, brings together

6 October 2010

Marian Bantjes at St Bride. ‘Curiosity … is the key to the fantastic’ – a night of stars and (I) Won

Marian Bantjes at St Bride. ‘Curiosity … is the key to the fantastic’ – a night of stars and (I) Won

the form of the book

‘Curiosity … is the key to the fantastic’ – a night of stars and (I) Wonder
Last night Marian Bantjes captivated a sold-out audience for her talk at St Bride Library. It was the first time she has spoken in detail about her new book I Wonder (Thames & Hudson, £19.95),  just published.

27 September 2010

League of gentlemen

League of gentlemen

rosie walters

The Ivy Look is a cool, coffee-table book for the hip pocket
It’s pretty much official. The 1960s are seriously cool, writes Rosie Walters. They’ve been cool before, but this time round, it’s different.

23 September 2010

Handmade tales

Handmade tales

john ridpath

The waste cardboard of Buenos Aires is being turned into storybooks
The Cardboard Book Project was launched in London last night – a series of ‘grown-up story books’ written by Jemma Foster and printed in South America, writes John Ridpath.

13 September 2010

Designing MyFry

Designing MyFry

stefanie posavec

Stefanie Posavec explains the thinking behind Stephen Fry’s new iPhone app
MyFry, an iPhone app to accompany Stephen Fry’s new autobiography The Fry Chronicles, is launched today, writes Stefanie Posavec.

9 September 2010

Survivor

Survivor

rick poynor, the form of the book

Romek Marber bears witness to one of the great crimes of the past century
‘Survivor’, Rick Poynor’s latest Critique on the Eye website, is about Romek Marber’s recently published holocaust memoir No Return. This is not a book about graphic design, but its significance for designers and design historians is clear from the name.
 
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