Posts Tagged: design

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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Sound & Vision: Spencer Drate & Judith Salavetz

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Spencer Drate and Judith Salavetz on their long collaborative career designing for artists like John Lennon, the Talking Heads, and more.

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The Rumpus Interview with Mark Danielewski

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Mark Danielewski talks about the “maddening energy of violence” and why he’s writing a 27–volume novel, starting with his first 850-page installment in the series, The Familiar, Volume 1: One Rainy Day in May.

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The Rumpus Interview with Peter Mendelsund

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Writer, designer, and thinker Peter Mendelsund talks about book design, the tangled process of reading and perception, and his two new books, Cover and What We See When We Read.

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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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Books by Their Covers

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London-based artist Jamie Kennan has designed covers for books by Franz Kafka, T.S. Eliot, and Vladimir Nabokov. In an interview with It’s Nice That, Kennan talks about why he loves designing book covers: Designing a book cover is great because you can treat it as a piece of packaging, a mini poster, corporate identity, something […]

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Social Network Library

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A new social networking site allows you to share snippets from longer pieces (so long as the source is electronic).  With the help of a bookmarklet installed in your browser, text-sharing can be completed at the click of a button. “By adding a Twitter-like interface layer to Highlights, Findings gives e-books an innovative edge on […]

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Letter Play

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“The challenge is simple: Create an image from a word, using only the letters contained in the word itself—and using only the shapes of the letters, without adding extra parts.” Facebook creative director Ji Lee has released a new collection, titled Word as Image. Here’s a sampling of his creations, along with some tips for […]

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Invention-Cartooning

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This Atlantic article explores the “alternate realities” imagined by one Steven M. Johnson. The “inventor-cartoonist” has had many transformations since his design-beginnings back in the 1970s. Over the years his focus has moved from the purely “funny, funky or silly,” to tackling social issues; from designs that could be “actual, useful products,” to Utopian ideas. […]

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Data Flow

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This one goes out to all those who like their data visually organized before them and those who like design, and also those who dabble in “how-to” books. If you like all three, then this book and corresponding video couldn’t be any more relevant and exciting.  Here it is: how to organize your data into […]

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Morning Coffee

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Dolphins are really tired of all this “trying to swim with them” crap. Looking for a job? Flavorwire wants to show you their favorite pieces of SoCal architecture. Exploring the world of Arabic design. (via JourneyRoundMySkull.) On the personhood of animals.

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Morning Coffee

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Behold the (wildly impractical) coffee-powered car. Still more vintage matchbook covers (these ones have animals on them!) The Maldives have commissioned the building of several floating star-shaped islands. In related news: the Maldives evidently are totally awesome. The Maskatorium. Take a look inside a chinese toy factory. In the name of starting your Monday off […]

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Morning Coffee

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Scientifically speaking, we are all really boring. I don’t really understand how this works at all, but the code organ is a mighty fine way to kill some time. Diary Type is here to supply you with your weekly dose of font porn. Slate brings you the story of 1930s government sponsored alcohol poisoning. Rad! […]

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Proofs of Concept for Legal Pot Packaging

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Print Magazine, anticipating the legalization of pot in the US within 15 years or so, asked four design firms to come up with commercial packaging for marijuana cigarettes. Strømme Throndsen designed an attractive box that holds 16, with an optional case to carry only the ones you’ll be wanting to consume. The Heads of State […]

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Morning Coffee

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The swedes have us beat on totally bad ass bank robberies. More Russian book jackets. The city of Sydney was engulfed in red dust yesterday. Here are some pictures. I’m sure you’ve already heard about this, but sometimes these things bare repeating: water found on the moon! Lack of sleep may help cause Alzheimer’s, which […]

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World’s most sinister dingbats

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While browsing the web during a slow pre-holiday weekend day at work, I stumbled across a font family called Vialog, which is intended to be used primarily in signage. One of the fonts in the family, Vialog Signs Conduct, contains some of the most sinister glyphs I’ve ever seen. You could practically storyboard a thriller, […]

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