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Books, Design and Culture

March 3, 2017
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ABCD Award Winners 2017

The winners of the annual Academy of British Cover Design (ABCD) Awards were announced at a glittering ceremony London in last night. The dashing Danny Arter has a posted a full report on the proceedings at The Bookseller. You can see all … Continue reading

March 27, 2013
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Midweek Miscellany

The Creative Review interviews Richard Littler, the man behind the absolutely bloody terrifying Scarfolk: For me, the desired effect can only be achieved if the images are visually authentic. The seriousness of presentation and form is absolutely crucial. It lulls the … Continue reading

February 4, 2013
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Monday Miscellany

Three new James Joyce cover designs, and one extraordinary post by Peter Mendelsund.  Brilliant stuff… The Box — Author Michael Chabon on the films of Wes Anderson at the NYRB Blog: Anderson’s films have frequently been compared to the boxed assemblages of Joseph … Continue reading

January 16, 2013
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Oliver Jeffers: Picture Book Maker

A lovely new video about Oliver Jeffers and how he creates his picture books:

December 17, 2012
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Oliver Jeffers: A Quantum of Physics

Gestalten.tv talks to Oliver Jeffers, award-winning author of picture books such as Lost and Found, The Incredible Book Eating Boy, and This Moose Belongs to Me,  about his paintings, collages, installations, and collaborative works, collected in his first monograph Neither Here Nor … Continue reading

April 16, 2010
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Something for the Weekend

John Squire‘s 1980’s covers for the Penguin Decades Series at The Creative Review. The art direction was by Penguin’s Jim Stoddart, but yes, it is THAT John Squire (i.e. awesome). Fine Independent Publishing — An interesting interview with Barbara Epler, … Continue reading

March 23, 2010
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Midweek Miscellany

A new cover from John Gall, seen at Peter Mendelsund’s JACKET MECHANICAL. Am I the only one who wants to hear these two in conversation? Dear NPR, could you get on that please? Soft in the Middle — James Surowiecki … Continue reading

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