Book design

24 May 2009

TypoBerlin Day Two

TypoBerlin Day Two

jan middendorp

Another Jan Middendorp Eye report – Ale, Angel, Adam, John and Chip
TypoBerlin Day Two As TypoBerlin 2009 is getting ready for its third and last day, your correspondent reviews day two and marvels at the sheer diversity of what was has been on offer so far. Friday was a day of extremes, writes Jan Middendorp.

15 May 2009

Kim Hiorthøy strikes again

Kim Hiorthøy strikes again

john l. walters

Cult Norwegian music label produces graphic design monograph (with CDs)
Is the new artefact from Norwegian record label Rune Grammofon a double CD with extended artwork, asks John L. Walters, or a graphic design monograph with a side order of music?

11 May 2009

‘You can almost smell them.’

‘You can almost smell them.’

the picture department

The sensual, sidelong world of Veronica Bailey’s photographs
A new exhibition in London’s swanky Bond Street shows some of the latest work of photographer-artist Veronica Bailey, whom longtime Eye readers may remember from Sue Steward’s article ‘Torn space’ (Eye no. 59 vol. 15).

2 April 2009

The Form of the Book 5

The Form of the Book 5

derek birdsall

Dracula, blood-red prints of darkness (with dedicated typefaces)
John Morgan’s meticulous reading of Dracula, Bram Stoker’s classic and complex ‘novel’ (originally published in 1897) results in a golden, golden-section edition, writes Derek Birdsall. As one of the characters repeatedly refers to the (then) modern invention of the typewriter, Morgan has set Mina Harker’s journal entries in a quirky version of typewriter type (Remington, of course!).

25 March 2009

The Form of the Book 4

The Form of the Book 4

sean murphy

If you don’t like the stock you can print yourself
I recall from my college years, writes Sean Murphy, in the mid-1990s the oft-discussed scenario where interactive platforms such as CD-Rom and the internet would soon spell the end of the print and therefore, by association, the book.

18 March 2009

The Form of the Book 3

The Form of the Book 3

william hall

When misunderstandings could be fatal – Mushrooms by Roger Phillips
‘Death cap Amanita phalloides: prolonged and violent vomiting and diarrhoea accompanied by severe abdominal pains, lasting for a day or more. Typically this is followed by an apparent recovery, when the victim may be released from hospital or think their ordeal over, but death results from kidney and liver failure within a few days.

10 February 2009

The Form of the Book 2

The Form of the Book 2

andy polaine

‘Nothing. Yet everything’ – Kenya Hara’s Designing Design
My desk resembles an over-developed resort on the Costa del Sol, writes Andy Polaine. Towers of design books vie for attention, some flashy, others already out of fashion, most of them desperately self-conscious.

5 February 2009

The scariest taboo?

The scariest taboo?

books received

Sagmeister’s credit list questions designers’ reluctance to discuss fees
Abrams is about to republish Stefan Sagmeister’s Made You Look, first published in 2001 by Booth-Clibborn Editions, and reviewed in ‘Another self-indulgent design monograph’ (Eye no. 41 vol. 11). The book is exactly as it was, with perhaps a little more silvery finesse for the fore-edge (see foot of blog), and an overly dark shade of red for the transparent slipcase.

30 January 2009

The Form of the Book 1

The Form of the Book 1

catherine dixon

Time to consider a more holistic approach to publishing design?
To celebrate today’s ‘The Form of the Book’ conference at St Bride Library (above), Catherine Dixon introduces a new thread to the Eye blog. In future weeks, we will be inviting designers and design writers to select their favourite book designs (not just the covers) of the past year, and to explain their selection.
 
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