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Books, Design and Culture

March 14, 2016
by Dan
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Book Covers of Note March 2016

Much later than usual, here are this month’s book cover selections… Cambodia Noir by Nick Seeley; design by Alex Merto (Simon & Schuster / March 2016) Heads by Jesse Jarnow; design by Alex Camlin (Da Capo / March 2016) A House Full … Continue reading

May 1, 2014
by Dan
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Triangles Are My Favourite Shape Part Two

To paraphrase The Smiths circa 1987, I may have started something I can’t finish with this triangles on book covers thing. Typical me. This is my second post on the topic, and there is one more in the works, but then I … Continue reading

April 28, 2014
by Dan
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Triangles Are My Favourite Shape

Let’s tessellate… I’ve been thinking a lot about triangle patterns recently (that’s just how my mind works — don’t ask) and collecting together a few book covers (and related matter) that use them in their designs. I thought I’d share some of the things … Continue reading

May 7, 2010
by Dan
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Something for the Weekend

Filthy English — a new cover design by Dan Mogford for Portobello Books. Hip Flask — An interesting interview with the folks behind 48 Hour Magazine at Gizmodo. There’s some great stuff in the piece, and it’s worth reading from … Continue reading

December 9, 2009
by Dan
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Midweek Miscellany

Well, oh shit. Go fuck yourself — The pugnacious George Lois in BlackBook magazine: The design was the idea. I don’t design, if you know what I mean. If you want Andy Warhol being devoured by his own fame in … Continue reading

September 7, 2009
by Dan
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Q & A with Alex Camlin, Da Capo Press

Even though I first noticed the chunky Eisner-esque cover design for Douglas Wolk’s Reading Comics at The Book Design Review, it wasn’t until much, much later — when Ben Pieratt posted about the elegant redesign of The Harvard Review at  … Continue reading

August 7, 2009
by Dan
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Something For The Weekend, August 7th, 2009

Winnie and Wolf — cover design by Alex Camlin (the chap behind that rather wonderful Harvard Review overhaul). I’m hoping to speak to Alex for the designer Q & A series later this month. And just while were on the … Continue reading

June 12, 2009
by Dan
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Something for the Weekend, June 12th, 2009

Jamie Conkleton‘s book cover designs for Gollancz’s Space Opera series, as featured in the D&AD Student Annual 2008. Great stuff. (via designworklife). Are any other publishers pursuing similar initiatives with student designers to repackage their backlist? Wordnik — More curious … Continue reading

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