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Tea Time! New Kickstarter campaign blends classic lit with quality tea August 25, 2015 – Posted in: books in design, Content, Illustration, product design

Under the moniker NovelTea Tins John Pujol and Matt Kraemer have launched a Kickstarter campaign to produce a line of organic teas emanating from classic literature. NovelTea Tins has partnered with world class tea aficionados to pair the classics with award winning, organic teas. They also have enlisted the services of Iuliia Glushchuk and Dietrich Kleffel to illustrate the tins. They have two tins ready for production, The Picture of Earl Grey and Don Quixotea, with Tolstoy’s War and…

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An interactive map of Ireland’s literary landscape August 14, 2015 – Posted in: infographics

The digital marketing folks at the Killarney Hotels Group in Ireland have put together this visual.  It’s an interactive StoryMap called  ‘A Literary Landscape of Ireland’ and features Ireland’s most prolific writers and poets and the places that featured prominently in their lives. I didn’t know that JRR Tolkien spent time in Ireland while writing Lord of the Rings and that the origin of the character Gollum might very well have come from the name…

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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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