Inspiration

Interview with Peter Mendelsund

Interview with Peter Mendelsund

A lot of great stuff in this interview with Peter Mendelsund by Christopher Tobias at design:related: I definitely gravitate towards using illustration, in general, more than photography in book jackets; and the more abstract the better. I think this approach leaves more to the reader’s imagination. It’s easier to be evocative without being literal. Though, […]

A thin slice of history

I was looking for a particular image (which I did not find) on Google Books last week, and I stumbled across this fabulous tome: English Literature: An Illustrated Record in Four Volumes. Volume II: From the Age of Henry VIII to the Age of Milton. Part II, by Richard Garnett and Edmund Gosse (New York: […]

Pulchritudinous penmanship

Pulchritudinous penmanship

We posted a lovely gallery today at Nextbook.org: yeshiva students’ scribblings on their textbooks’ endpapers, photographed by Zeva Oelbaum: Biblical Marginalia. Click the “View Gallery” link under Eve M. Kahn’s byline to see the slideshow. I guess they didn’t have that rule that one of my schools did, which if I recall correctly was that […]

The Power of Books

The Power of Books

By Mladen Penev. Via Elisabethsblog.

Interview with James Victore

Interview with James Victore

I’d never heard of James Victore before, but I enjoyed reading this. I had one instructor in my second year, the graphic designer Paul Bacon. He gave me a D. But when I dropped out of school, I went to his office and said that I’d like to apprentice. I didn’t even know what it […]

Hautes couvertures

Hautes couvertures

Apparently Paris was a hotbed of elegant bookbinding, back in the 1920s:

Bindings! Ahoy!

Man, oh, man. Sheila (“my” Sheila?) just pointed Cooper Renner to a page of book bindings at A Caballo Artes del Libro, who got them from the Guild of Book Workers 100th Anniversary Exhibition site. The Billy Budd one. By Jerilyn Glenn Davis. I’m in love with it. Farmers by Sarah Creighton is also very […]

Redrawing the right side of the brain

In cleaning out my bookmarks-I-didn’t-get-to-follow-before-I-had-to-reboot- because-FontReserve-was-acting-funny folder, I came across a link to a speech by Milton Glaser. Sorry, I don’t remember where I got it—some design blog or other. The whole piece is charming, but I particularly liked this: HOW YOU LIVE CHANGES YOUR BRAIN. The brain is the most responsive organ of the […]