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Illustrations by James Firnhaber February 28, 2020 – Posted in: Books and Art, Content, Illustration

James Firnhaber is a young and rising freelance illustrator living in Philadelphia. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post and Philly Magazine. Firnhaber influences include his love of mythology, magical realism and traditional animation. Here is a sampling of his book-themed work. Enjoy! Alice in Wonderland – created for a reading campaign     untitled – illustration based on the novel The Book Thief, 2018   untitled – completed for school…

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DIY: Build your own book arch February 26, 2020 – Posted in: Books and Art, bookshops, Interior Design, sculpture

Scott Hill, the proprietor of Sandman Books in South Florida,  has shared his secrets on how to make your very own book arch. It begins with a familiar bookseller quandary – what to do with all those books one acquires “that are simply at the end of their lives”. Hill decided to do something fun and went to work building a book arch. He built his first one in 2013 and when his shop moved…

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Cheeseheads Rejoice: American Cheese, 20 Slices, by Ben Denzer October 11, 2018 – Posted in: Books and Art

There is a fun piece over at Saveur by Jamie Lausch Vander Broek, the Art & Design Librarian at the University of Michigan, about one of her recent acquisitions, American Cheese, 20 Slices, by Ben Denzer.  Vander Broek curates the Artists Books Collection at UM and talks about how Artist Books are a perfect way to make strong connections between students, faculty and library “because they represent a sweet spot between the things the students and faculty…

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The latest from Google: An interactive art installation that turns your words into poetry August 26, 2015 – Posted in: Books and Art, Content, Installation

Talk about enhancing a construction project. Google has unveiled Poetrics, an interactive art installation at the future site of their new offices in the Kings Cross neighborhood of London. Poetrics is the result of  a competition run in partnership with University of the Arts London’s Central Saint Martins to create an “interactive experience for the Kings Cross community”. The installation utilizes Google’s voice search technology and the Google Speech platform and features 17 LED panels that display the words spoken into…

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Digital Treat: Thanks to Cambridge University we can now see inside the world’s first multicolored printed book August 10, 2015 – Posted in: book arts, Books and Technology, Illustration, Painting

The book is called Shi zhu zhai shu hua pu, ‘Manual of Calligraphy and Painting’ and was first published in 1633 in Nanjing. The book is comprised of eight categories – birds, plums, orchids, bamboos, fruit, stones, ink drawings (round fans) and miscellany – and is illustrated by 50 different artists and calligraphers. It is the earliest known example of multicolor printing in the world: printed by the technique of polychrome xylography known asdouban invented and perfected…

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