Book design

18 January 2011

Brit Insurance Design Awards

Brit Insurance Design Awards

john ridpath, the awards department

Bantjes, Shandy, Flipboard and E.Chromi make the (long) shortlist
London’s Design Museum announced the shortlist for this year’s Brit Insurance Design awards this morning. Eye readers will spot some familiar work among the nominees – not least two beautiful books featured in Eye 77: Visual Edition’s Tristam Shandy (below) and Marian Bantjes’ decorative feast I Wonder (pictured top; see also ‘A sense of wonder’ on the Eye blog).

4 January 2011

Boudewijn Ietswaart, 1936-2010

Boudewijn Ietswaart, 1936-2010

feike de jong, jan middendorp

A Dutch designer rediscovered and now remembered for his letterforms
Just before Christmas, Dutch designer and illustrator Boudewijn Ietswaart passed away at his home in Amsterdam at the age of 74. Ietswaart lived to see his brilliant letterforms from the 1960s come to life again as digital fonts in the last year of his life, write Feike de Jong and Jan Middendorp.

31 December 2010

Double vision

Double vision

The Stone Twins come clean about their obsessions with a sticker book
They may be celebrating their 40th birthday, but the Stone Twins show no sign of growing up writes Alexander Ecob.

14 December 2010

Avant G

Avant G

books received

For ‘readers who delight and believe in the validity of artists’ visions’
A new book due to be published by Tate Publishing next year reproduces all six editions of G, the avant-garde journal published by Hans Richter in Berlin between 1923 and 1926.

8 December 2010

Take (imaginary) cover

Take (imaginary) cover

liz farrelly

Book design fans shelter from the snow at StolenSpace’s ‘Never judge …’ show
Despite the snowy weather, London’s art and design fans came out in force last Thursday for the launch of an unprecedented alliance, writes Liz Farrelly. Those guardians of literary taste, Penguin Books, have teamed up with StolenSpace, an artist-run gallery that’s fast becoming a 21st-century cultural landmark.

16 November 2010

The app of A Humument

The app of A Humument

john l. walters, the apps department

‘The iPad is one of the oldest things in the world ... a pad or a slate.’
Tom Phillips’ A Humument is an artists’ book made by defacing (and hence deconstructing) an obscure Victorian novel, W.H. Mallock’s A Human Document, writes John L. Walters. (See Archive, Eye no. 18 vol. 5.)

6 November 2010

A sense of wonder

A sense of wonder

the type department

Video clips from Marian Bantjes’ Eye talk at St Bride Library in London
On 5 October, Marian Bantjes spoke to a sold-out audience at the St Bride Library in London about her book, I Wonder. Here are four short video clips from the recent talk, organised by Eye and the Friends of St Bride.

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.
 
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