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Haruki Murakami’s Strange Library December 5, 2014 – Posted in: book design, Libraries, Of Interest: Featured Books / Reviews

Haruki Murakami’s surreal library adventure coupled with Chip Kidd’s book design makes for a unforgettable 1-2 punch. The book itself is a knockout. The  front cover is comprised of two panels that emanate from the rear cover, fold over and are held together by a tab,  ‘107’. Each panel is illustrated on its verso. A large animal on one, a smile on the other. Animal eye illustration on verso of front panel. Note the flip side of…

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Small is Beautiful: The Work of L. Delaney November 5, 2014 – Posted in: book design, Content

A dollhouse without books is like a miniature room without windows! Books add life and character to a room! There isn’t a miniature scene that a book would not look fantastic in—libraries, studies, attics, bedrooms, living rooms… Her moniker is: Miniatures for the Well-Appointed Dollhouse! L. Delaney has had the doll bug since she was a child. She was always bothered by the combination of inconsistent quality and the high prices of dollhouse accessories then one Christmas…

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Folio Society focused on emerging from the darkness November 3, 2014 – Posted in: book design, Bookselling / Collecting, Content, Installation

They have been in business for 65 years and have almost 2,000 titles under their belt. They produce some of the most beautiful and well-made books on the planet. They work with the leading illustrators in the world. Yet the Folio Society remains far from a household name. Why? Their business model stinks. They operated exclusively as a membership book club and didn’t spend any energy actively promoting their titles until two years ago!  Focusing on…

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A sampling of David Drummond’s book covers October 2, 2014 – Posted in: book arts, book design, Content, Illustration

Designing Fictions by Michael L. Ross David Drummond is book designer and illustrator working out of Elgin, Québec, Canada. He is the founder of Salamander Hill Design, a creative shop that produces posters, book covers, promotional materials, magazine illustration, packaging and identity development for a variety of clients. Here’s a selection of his book work: Dog Ear by Jim Johnstone Dead Man’s Float by Nicholas Maes Interlinguicity, Internationality and Shakespeare by Michael Saenger Time in…

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Unbinding the Book: A New Era of Book Creation September 24, 2014 – Posted in: book arts, book design, Books and Technology, Conceptual Art, Content, Exhibits, Video

Kate Morrell Unbinding the Book is a collaboration between the independent publishing platform Blurb and the visual arts studio Jotta. The challenge: push the boundaries of how books can be experienced, by evoking the storytelling properties of print and the way in which images evoke a narrative, whilst bringing to life the materiality, form and physicality that make books so alluring and different from their digital counterparts. Nine artists and designers were commissioned to get to work…

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