Book design

3 March 2010

‘Unimaginably powerful, infinitely fragile.’

‘Unimaginably powerful, infinitely fragile.’

the form of the book, the technology department

Jason Epstein’s article about digitisation & the future of publishing
This article has been much quoted and Tweeted over the past couple of weeks, but if you haven’t seen it yet, we recommend you get hold of a copy (print or online) and read it in full.

16 February 2010

Indian ‘ostalgia’?

Indian ‘ostalgia’?

Soviet-style covers for Seagull Books’ histories of Communism
‘What Was Communism?’ is a series of short, snappy monographs, published by Seagull Books and edited by Tariq Ali (who also wrote one of them), writes Fíacha O Dúbhda. They are hardbacks, printed on high quality paper with tasteful lettering, with vivid and distinctive covers designed by Sunandini Banerjee, one of Seagull’s editors.

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.
 
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