Posts Tagged: book design

The Rumpus Book Club Chat with Jesse Ball

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Jesse Ball discusses his new novel, Census, the inherent sinister nature of institutions, and creating imaginary authors.

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The Rumpus Book Club Chat with Isaac Fitzgerald and Wendy MacNaughton

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Isaac Fitzgerald and Wendy MacNaughton on their new book Knives & Ink, cooking with pigs’ heads, and long-distance collaboration.

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Book Covers: A Symptom of Sexism

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For Lit Hub, book designer Jennifer Heuer reflects on sexism in publishing and analyzes “chick-lit” book covers that rely on gender stereotypes to target female readers: The bigger discussion is the genre itself: light-weight novels aimed at a female audience is a symptom of sexism in publishing. Whether high or lowbrow, the marketing of many […]

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The Rumpus Interview With Brenda Miller

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Author Brenda Miller discusses the lyric essay, her “poet self” who always bleeds through, and what she’s writing about next.

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Books as Beautiful Objects

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Perhaps some buyers do judge books by their covers. A designer has been turning classic literature into beautiful objects. Coralie Bickford-Smith, a London-based book jacket designer for Penguin, convinced the publisher to begin a line of books with traditional cloth covers and stunning jacket designs, turning the book into a object of aesthetic desire as […]

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Seeing is Reading

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For those of us who haven’t glanced at e.e. cummings since high school, it’s easy to forget that literature is a visual medium. When we think about reading, our minds often go straight to content. But rockstar cover designer Peter Mendelsund’s masterful work of phenomenology, What We See When We Read (Random House), minces popular […]

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Great Book, Amateur Cover

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Some of the best self-published books end up with amateur covers. While professional publishers consider every detail of book’s cover, like whether a font should be sans-serif or not base on genre, independent authors lack the experience to do the same. The Airship explains the process: All of this, every aspect, from font selection to colors to […]

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70 Years of Penguin Design

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We all have a few Penguin books on our shelves, with their characteristic splash of orange and that cute little black-and-white Antarctic avian. But how well do you really know Penguin’s cover design? On her graphic-design blog Design Context, Lizzy Gosney sifts through seventy years of the publisher’s history to find all sorts of surprisingly […]

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Morning Coffee

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It is hard to imagine any better way to start a day than with pictures of sleeping bugs covered in rain. I am linking to this because it is called Fun With Burgers. Flat San Francisco. There is some dang crazy architecture in the U.A.E. Here is a pretty cool new example. The Homosexual Ghost […]

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Morning Coffee

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Big Picture has a rad look at the buildings of the shanghai expo. US vs UK book covers, no-holds-barred cage match. I heart Japanese train station design. There is no good reason not to look at pictures of the Great Western Alpaca Show. The phrase of the day is “deadly insect ejaculate.”

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