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Books, Design and Culture

March 9, 2011
by Dan
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Midweek Miscellany

Two stunningly minimal designs by Rodrigo Corral for New Directions. Faceout Books is back after a hiatus. First up, an interview with Jennifer Heuer about her design for Down and Delirious in Mexico City by Daniel Hernandez. Haystacks of Needles … Continue reading

November 19, 2010
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Something for the Weekend

New Directions celebrates its 75th anniversary in 2011 and to mark the occasion, creative director at large Rodrigo Corral commissioned illustrator Felix Sockwell to redesign their iconic colophon by Heinz Henghes.  Sockwell writes about the redesign process (and vomiting!) here … Continue reading

October 8, 2010
by Dan
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Something for the Weekend

More Than Words — Yves Peters takes a typographical look at the winners of British Book Design and Production Awards 2010 for FontFeed. The winners all look wonderful, but, as Peters notes, it is a shame that only the publishers … Continue reading

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 5, 2010
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Midweek Miscellany

Michael Cho‘s cover for the Best American Comics annual 2010 published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Fantastic. Undefined — The Caustic Cover Critic interviews illustrator and designer Alice Smith: After sketching ideas, I make compositions using inks and pens to bring … Continue reading

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