I can read movies!

These are fun. Blogger and designer Spacesick  has turned cult films into paper backs with clever iconic graphics.

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The Man Booker Prize

” Two first time novelists and titles from four independent publishers make up this year’s Man Booker Prize shortlist and, encouragingly, in a sign that printed book design continues to up its game, the covers are in rude
health too…”

Design by Suzanne Dean
The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes
(published by Jonathan Cape/Random House). Despite the presence of new life in the floating seeds, the cover bleeds off towards a foreboding darkness with the ends of the book’s pages blackened, too.

Design by Suet Yee Chong at Ecco
Illustration by Dan Stiles
The Sisters Brothers by Patrick De Witt
(published by Granta and Ecco/Harper Collins).

Written by AD Miller
(published by Atlantic Books)
The placing of the title is what makes the hardback cover of Snowdrops that little bit more interesting. The title is Russian slang for a corpse that is buried in the snow (revealing itself as it thaws), so the blood red type seems to suggest a supine position, heightened by the image of the trees as seen from the point of view of a body lying on the ground.

Design by Peter Dyer‘s
Half Blood Blues by Esi Edugyan
(published by Serpent’s Tail)
Perhaps the most conservative cover on the shortlist, employs an elegant typeface for the book’s title.

Design by Holly Macdonald
Pigeon English by Stephen Kelman
(published by Bloomsbury)
has a cover by , who makes good use of negative space to evoke the outline of a young boy and, also, some pigeons.

Design by John Gray atGray318.
Jamrach’s Menagerie by Carol Birch
(published by Canongate).

Reblogged from Creative Review

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Posters by Paul Smith

‘Sir Paul Smith has designed a series of four silk-screen posters to celebrate new movie Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, released later this month. The posters (which come in editions of 50 and are signed by Smith) will be sold for £100 each, with all profits going to Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centres.

Smith collaborated with film’s director, Tomas Alfredson, in the early development stages of the movie, offering his insights on 1970s London. He advised on the mood, colour and photographic approach to take.’

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is released in the UK and Ireland on September 16. Smith’s prints will be on sale at Paul Smith shops from September 13.

Reblogged from Creative Review

Just My Type

In Just My Type: A Book About Fonts, author Simon Garfield takes readers on a tour through all things typographic. The book, which received a rave this week from The New York Times, traces the development of typography through historic figures like Johannes Gutenberg, John Baskerville, Eric Gill and Jan Tschichold, while considering topics like legibility versus readability, the importance of typeface choice in political campaigns, the advent of digital type and corresponding explosion of new fonts, and what your favorite font says about you. (In the book, Garfield takes Pentagram‘s
own “What Type Are You?” test. He is Archer Hairline.)

Just My Type from Pentagram on Vimeo.

The US version will have a forward by book designer Chip Kidd and is releasd on September 1. The trailer was created by Naresh Ramchandani of Pentagram London and Michael Bierut of the firm’s New York office

Reblogged from Creative Review
My Typeface is Architype Van Doesburg

Brian Dettmer – altered books

Dettmer is originally from Chicago, where he studied at Columbia College. He currently lives and works in Atlanta, GA.

Dettmer’s work has been exhibited and collected throughout the United States, Mexico and Europe. He has had solo shows in New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Miami, Atlanta and Barcelona and has had projects exhibited in Mexico City, Berlin and London.

Wagnalls Wheel, 2010, Altered Set of Encyclopedias

Fate Far Fast Fall Final, 2009, Altered Book

House of Tongues, 2010, Altered Book

Science in the 20th Century, 2009, Altered Book

Compiled Upon a New Plan, 2010, Altered Books

The Story of Man, 2010, Altered Book

The R.O.T.C. Manual, 2010, Altered Book

Reblogged from Design Milk
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Paper sculptures

One day in March, staff at the Scottsh Poetry Library came across a wonderful creation, left anonymously on a table in the library. Carved from paper, mounted on a book and with a tag addressed to @byleaveswelive – the library’s Twitter account – reading:

It started with your name @byleaveswelive and became a tree.…
… We know that a library is so much more than a building full of books… a book is so much more than pages full of words.…
This is for you in support of libraries, books, words, ideas….. a gesture (poetic maybe?)

Next to the ‘poetree’ sat a paper egg lined with gold and a scatter of words which, when put together, make “A Trace of Wings” by Edwin Morgan.

t looked like this was a one-off, a beautiful and delicate piece of art created by a fan of the Poetry Library. Until, in late June, the National Library of Scotland found themselves the recipient of a similar piece.

Once again carved from a Rankin novel, they don’t know how long it might have been sitting there unnoticed as it’s quite well hidden. Perhaps the loveliest tag so far:

For @scotstorycenter – A gift in support of libraries, books, works, ideas….. Once upon a time there was a book and in the book was a nest and in the nest was an egg and in the egg was a dragon and in the dragon was a story…..

Reblogged from Central Stn
(Thanks Stella Paskins for sharing!)

Baubau Haus

‘Baubauhaus is here to feed your daily need of design, illustration, photography, fashion and of all else art-related. Our goal is to visually inspire and entertain by promoting great content. It can be anything from your bookmark of images made by others (us), a trend, you – we call it Baubauhaus.’

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Oliver Sacks by Vintage

New Vintage series designed in-house by Cardon Webb.
From Vintage available in August 2011
Reblogged from John Gall 



Become Someone Else!


I know, done a hundred times – but a fun campaign non-the-less!

Advertising Agency: Love Agency, Vilnius, Lithuania
Creative Director: Tomas Ramanauskas
Art Director: Gediminas Saulis
Copywriter: Tomas Ramanauskas
Photographer: Cyclopes-Photo.com
Published: April 2011
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3D fly posters for Dry The River

Yes, these posters for new band Dry The River really do feature a three-dimensional paper horse galloping forth. Created by FOAM / Sony Music Creative with no small amount of input from current intern Xavier Barrade (whose Epic Exquisite Corpse site went live last week) the posters went up around London this week.

“The flat, poster component was screen printed by Bob Eight Pop in East London,” Clandillon continues, “and the paper horse structures were designed in 3D using Google Sketch Up, before being printed out in their component parts and hand-assembled. Each horse structure took around 35 hours to complete.”


Agency FOAM / Sony Music Creative
Creative directors Phil Clandillon & Steve Milbourne
Creative Xavier Barrade
Producer Simon Poon Tip
Director Ricky Stanton
Screenprinting Bob Eight Pop
Reblogged from Creative Review