Art

  • In the Sweet Bye & Bye

    Margaret Kilgallen

    I first came across Kilgallen’s work in the 2002 Whitney Biennial, though I didn’t note her name at the time. It was a somewhat unexciting show, and the Village Voice referred to her piece as “a rare high point.”more

  • Hatch Show Print

    Jim Sherraden, Elek Horvath, & Paul Kingsbury

    Today part of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville, Hatch Show Print is also the oldest operating letterpress shop in the US. This books takes a look at the history of the shop with lots of samples of posters from the early circus days through the rise of country music to their contemporary work. It...more

  • How to be a graphic designer without losing your soul

    Adrian Shaughnessy

    Another working title for this book was How to be a graphic designer without losing your shirt, and that one actually reads a bit more accurate than this one. This is more about good business practices for finding a job, being freelance, and setting up & running a studio than the more philosophical...more

  • Fatal Distraction

    Sonja Ahlers

    I loved Sonja’s first book Temper, Temper, though I never tried reading it straight through. I did so with this one, and it was most rewarding. While...more

  • Book One

    Chip Kidd

    One of the great advantages to designing book covers is that you don’t ever have to have an idea, much less a thought, ever, in your head. That is the author’s job. Through a manuscript, he or she will give you all the ideas and thoughts that you could possibly need to design a jacket.

    If you...more

  • By Its Cover

    Ned Drew & Paul Sternberger

    Looking back through all the covers reproduced in this book, subtitled Modern American Book Cover Design, I love Alvin Lustig and Paul Rand’s covers from the 1950s, a few things here and there from the 1960s, and then nothing much else until the last chapter, looking at the late 1990s with a section focusing on various Knopf designers.more

  • Penguin by Design

    Phil Baines

    This is an image-rich overview of Penguin cover designs from 1935–2005. I’ve been thinking a lot about book design lately, and there is something oddly fresh about some of the older cover designs. Or perhaps it is just refreshing to see a limited palette when compared...more

  • The Elements of Typographic Style

    Robert Bringhurst

    Parts of this book are so poetic and idealistic about typography and other parts are technical to intense mathematical degrees that it’s sure to be a good reference for both inspiration and precise guidance. If you have a nerd-level interest in typography, that is. There’s a whole section about page proportions derived from the...more

  • A Short History of the Printed Word

    Warren Chappell

    This book is likely to retain its place as a design classic, as Chappell recorded a uniquely specific point in history, balancing at the point before computers completely infiltrated design, leaving printing presses and typesetting machines to archaism. This is a history of printing starting with the earliest alphabets evolving...more

  • Everyday Matters

    Danny Gregory

    Having fell into the habit of stopping by Danny Gregory’s site over the past year after first hearing about this book, it seemed time to check out the book. Part sketchbook and part memoir, the book explores the aftermath of his wife’s subway accident that left her paralyzed...more

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