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chromapoems: Text Visualized November 8, 2014 – Posted in: Books and Technology, Content, graphic design, infographics

The latest technology to touch the textual world is Chromapoems. Utilizing the software program, Processing, which “promotes software literacy within the visual arts and visual literacy within technology,” Lola Migas translates the text from some well known works into radial graphs. Each word is represented as a block within each ring. A group of blocks in a similar hue all belong in the same sentence. The more frequently an uncommon letter is used, the more saturated a block becomes,…

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alternative Movie Posters: Film Art From the underground April 6, 2014 – Posted in: Art, graphic design, posters

As much as a well-designed book can lead you to buy it a well-designed movie poster can make you want go to see the movie. Fortunately the era of bland studio-produced posters has been supplanted by a new crop of illustrators and artists. alternative Movie Posters: Film Art From The underground by Matthew Chojnacki brings us the first comprehensive look at this blossoming genre with 200 posters from over 100 artists.  The book also features commentary from…

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An A-Z of book covers February 14, 2014 – Posted in: Alphabets, book design, graphic design

  Last Friday on The Independent Book Design Blog Jonathan Gibbs gave a call out for help building an alphabet of book jackets.It started when he looked at a copy of the pre-Valentine’s Day release of The Poetry of Sex and was taken by the large “X” on the cover. Enjoy this taste and please, no Sue Grafton jokes.   Friday Book Design Blog: Help me build an A-Z of book covers | Jonathan Gibbs |…

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When books went bad: Charting the demise of the well made book February 13, 2014 – Posted in: book arts, graphic design

 Graph accompanying  Extracts from an investigation into the physical properties of books, as they are at present published, undertaken by the Society of Calligraphers    The pamphlet was printed and published by noted American type designer, calligrapher, and book designer W.A. Dwiggins and L.B. Siegfried in 1919 and decried the then current state of book production. For the Society it was unanimous; “All Books of the Present Day are Badly Made” The reason were plenty “to…

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