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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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Cardboard bound February 10, 2014 – Posted in: book arts, bookbinding

 “The streets are no longer paved with gold. Pizza boxes and delivery boxes from a well river in South America, crunch underfoot like beige snow” – London-based book artist Mark Cockram. He calls them Rubbish Books, and they are bound from the pulp of abandoned cardboard boxes that litter the streets of his neighborhood. And why turn cardboard into paper?  Cockram says because it is “simple stuff.” he immerses the side of a packing box in a vat…

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One Word, 6 Million Times: “And Every Single One Was Someone.” January 27, 2014 – Posted in: book arts, books

Today is the the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau and UN General Assembly has designated this day as International Holocaust Remembrance Day.  It started innocently enough. As a math and Jewish studies teacher in a Jewish day school, Phil Chernofsky was looking for a different and meaningful way for his students to relate to the Holocaust. From that challenge comes  “And Every Single One Was Someone” The  cover depicts a Jewish prayer shawl and has…

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Julian Montague’s invented intellectual history of pest control December 11, 2013 – Posted in: Art, book design, graphic design, Illustration, Installation

As part of his 2010 site-specific installation, Secondary Occupants Collected & Observed at Black & White Gallery, Julian Montague invented a  intellectual history of pest control through covers of fictitious paperbacks. In addition to the covers the installation , which examined multiple aspects of animal/architecture engagement, included a rotten garden shed, 48 portrait banners and an assemblage of different specimens found and multiple photographs taken in the process of researching wildlife and architecture.       Montague’s appreciation…

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