Book design

8 February 2010

Town of type

Town of type

the events department

Revisiting the book designers of St Gallen, Switzerland
St Gallen in northeastern Switzerland is renowned for its Abbey Library, with its valuable medieval collection.

27 January 2010

Ditto – hard copy

Ditto – hard copy

‘I’d rather reach 100 people who care than 20,000 who don’t give a sh*t’
Some still prefer print, writes Chloë King, but is it sensible to start a small press and launch a printed journal during a recession, now so much is read online?

11 December 2009

Tony Meeuwissen in Stroud

Tony Meeuwissen in Stroud

steve hare

‘The eye of an illustrator with the mind of a designer’
I’ve been stopped in my tracks by particularly intricate, amusing or just stunningly brilliant Penguin book covers more times than I can remember, writes Steve Hare, and it seemed to me that every time I checked out the name of the designer, it was one of Tony Meeuwissen’s.

5 December 2009

The form of the book

The form of the book

jane cheng

Fifteenth-century book-making – white space by design and default
It is usually argued by incunabulists (specialists in works printed prior to 1501) that the first printed books were designed to look exactly like their manuscript predecessors, writes Jane Cheng. Looking at the two examples here, both fifteenth-century versions of the Imitatio Christi now in the Harvard Libraries, it is tempting to agree.

29 November 2009

Notes on Sacco’s Footnotes in Gaza

Notes on Sacco’s Footnotes in Gaza

roger sabin

Joe Sacco, interviewed by Roger Sabin, at London’s ICA
Roger Sabin interviewed Joe Sacco in September 2009, part of ComICA at London’s ICA. Here’s the full transcription, exclusively for the Eye blog.

11 November 2009

Just Add Stock winner, Book series

Just Add Stock winner, Book series

The Penguin Magnum series
The Just Add Stock judges had little difficulty deciding the winner of the book series category: The Penguin Magnum Collection.

5 November 2009

Wall to wall

Wall to wall

liz farrelly

Millennium Print Collection at Brighton’s Crane Kalman gallery
Founded in 1998 by photographer and lecturer Jason Shenai, Millennium Images offers more than 20,000 contemporary photographic images for use by the publishing industry, writes Liz Farrelly.

9 October 2009

A night at the Loeries

A night at the Loeries

sean o'toole, sean o’toole

South African creativity finds a voice at this year’s awards
‘Woop woop woop korr, korr, korr, korr…’ So goes the call of the crow-sized Knysna Loerie, at least according to my burgundy coloured Roberts’ Birds of Southern Africa, an enduring classic in South African book design and illustration, writes Sean O’Toole.

7 October 2009

Framing the evidence of war

Framing the evidence of war

rick poynor

An ambitious hybrid combines graphic novel with photojournalism.
If a book like The Photographer already exists (cover pictured above), I have certainly never seen it, writes Rick Poynor. This three-way collaboration between the late French photographer Didier Lefèvre, graphic novelist Emmanuel Guibert and graphic designer Frédéric Lemercier is a breathtakingly

6 October 2009

Just Add Stock winner, Books

Just Add Stock winner, Books

dan wilkinson, the awards department

Henry Sene Yee’s minimalist cover for Dave Cullen’s Columbine
The book category in Eye’s Just Add Stock awards attracted more entries than any other, but our judges were quick to dispense with the more formulaic and generic designs, and focused on a strong shortlist.
 
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