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Books, Design and Culture

May 28, 2010
by Dan
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The Distant Hours

Andersen M Studio, the team behind the amazing stop-frame animation book trailer Going West, have produced another stunning short film using intricate paper cut-outs for Kate Morton‘s new novel The Distant Hours (to be published by Pan Macmillan): (via Creative … Continue reading

May 28, 2010
by Dan
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Agents of Change

There’s a great op-ed by Stephen Page, chief executive of Faber & Faber, in today’s Guardian about the iPad and publishing: It’s clear that publishers must move faster to establish our compelling and useful role in the modern life of … Continue reading

May 28, 2010
by Dan
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Something for the Weekend

The charming illustrated cover for John Waters’ new memoir Role-Models by Eric Hanson, who also happens to be the author of A Book of Ages. Art direction on Role-Models by Susan Mitchell at FSG I believe. And while we’re on … Continue reading

May 26, 2010
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Midweek Miscellany

Caustic Soda — James Morrison AKA Caustic Cover Critic talks about five great covers (and a few terrible ones) at Flavorwire. The great ones include Charlotte Strick‘s design for 2666 by Roberto Bolaño. Charlotte talked about this cover and boxed … Continue reading

May 25, 2010
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What Is All This?

Fantagraphics Art Director Jacob Covey‘s first foray into designing for prose fiction is this cover for a 600-page collection of short stories by Stephen Dixon, What Is All This? Incidently, Jacob also did a nice job colouring Gilbert Hernandez‘s cover … Continue reading

May 22, 2010
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Work with a Publisher!

I love Tom Gauld:

May 22, 2010
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Something for the Weekend

A fittingly Alvin Lustig-like cover for New Directions by Rodrigo Corral, seen at Book Covers Anonymous. An Open Book-Publishing Platform — Book Oven’s Hugh McGuire on WordPress as a book publishing platform. It’s an intriguing idea even if don’t accept … Continue reading

May 21, 2010
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Penguin RED

Penguin Press Art Director and designer Jim Stoddart talks about his design for the (Penguin Classics)RED edition of Thérèse Raquin by Émile Zola: Penguin designers Coralie Bickford-Smith and Stefanie Posavec also talk about their designs for series. There’s more information … Continue reading

May 21, 2010
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Proust

Open Book Toronto recently asked me to complete their version of the Proust Questionnaire. They have posted my answers — which include recommendations for Memories of the Future by Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky and Colony by Hugo Wilcken (more of which at … Continue reading

May 19, 2010
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Flickermood

An amazing typographic feast directed by Sebastian Lange: (via Nate)

May 19, 2010
by Dan
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Midweek Miscellany

90 Covers — David McCandless talks about the protracted cover design process for his new book Information is Beautiful (via This Isn’t Happiness): Engage — Online literary magazine and short fiction hub Joyland — founded by authors Brian Joseph Davis … Continue reading

May 14, 2010
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Something for the Weekend

David Drummond’s Parker Series for University of Chicago Press. “a little bit Warhol, a little bit Factory Records” —  Christian Schwartz explains why he started type foundry Commercial Type at I Love Typography: It’s much easier to be an “armchair … Continue reading

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