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Books, Design and Culture

December 13, 2016
by Dan
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The Rest of the Best

When it comes to choosing the year’s best book covers, it seems that everyone is at it these days… “These covers are challenging without being impenetrable and playful without being precious — none of which is an easy task for … Continue reading

March 14, 2016
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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 5, 2015
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Book Covers of Note May 2015

This month’s post is very heavy on illustrated and hand-lettered covers for some reason, but it’s all the prettier for it… All This Has Nothing To Do With Me by Monica Sabolo; design by Justine Anweiler; illustration by Daphne van … Continue reading

July 9, 2014
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Book Covers of Note July 2014

As well posting great cover designs for books released in July, I’ve taken this month’s round-up as an opportunity to catch up on a few I missed earlier this year. Enjoy! Adam by Ariel Schrag; design by Christopher Moisan (Mariner June 2014) American Blonde … Continue reading

November 12, 2010
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Something for the Weekend

Traditional/Digital — An interview with book designer Sara Wood at nonslick (via Henry): I’ve always used a variety of media, but my stand-by tools are my pencil (lately I’ve been using grease pencils as well), trace paper, my scanner, and … Continue reading

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