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Books, Design and Culture

February 19, 2016
by Dan
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J.G. Ballard Series by Stanley Donwood

Some how I missed these when they were first published in 2014, but British publisher Fourth Estate has reissued 21 books by J.G. Ballard with covers designed Stanley Donwood. Donwood, who is perhaps best known for his artwork for Radiohead, talked about … Continue reading

September 29, 2015
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Tim O’Brien Series Design by Jo Walker

As I mentioned on Twitter yesterday, designer Jo Walker recently redesigned the covers of Tim O’Brien’s classic Vietnam war novels If I Die in a Combat Zone, Going After Cacciato, The Things they Carried, and Northern Lights for 4th Estate in the UK. The series uses a single, searing photograph of a … Continue reading

April 22, 2009
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Midweek Miscellany, April 22nd, 2009

Blue Prints for a World Revolution — seen at the Antiquarian Bookshop 108 Buddhas, which has an amazing collection of avant-garde journals and books from Japan and Eastern Europe  in their gallery section (via Michelle McCormick’s Inspiration Resource ). 12 … Continue reading

December 1, 2008
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This Is Where We Live

This Is Where We Live is a wonderfully rich stop-animation video celebrating the 25th anniversary of HarperCollins imprint 4th Estate. The entire video is made from books–or parts of books–published by 4th Estate: This Is Where We Live from 4th … Continue reading

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