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10 Apr 2011

09 Apr 2011
This is so dreamy. Here's a book installation on the Serpentine by Selina Swayne. Via: "Selina Swayne is a graphic designer excited by the idea of challenging creative methodology. Her focus on design details and how to manipulate and play with the boundaries inherent in graphic design forms a mainstay in her work."

08 Apr 2011
Not a Harry Potter fan, but I do love me some Penguin, and these re-imagined book covers are pretty brilliant. Designed by M.S. Corley. I like the colors and the vintage look.

06 Apr 2011
One of my favourite songs. Love this version by Peter Gabriel:

05 Apr 2011
This is awesome. Out of creativity is born a book that not only tells of a great story but shows good design as well, courtesy of artist Alberto Hernández. "A hybrid novel...can be seen as a hybrid image-text novel, not a children’s book, graphic novel/comic or gift book, but a book where written text and graphic devices such as illustration, photography, information graphics or typographic treatments may interject in order to hold a readers’ interest. This combination adds interactiveness to the book and also gives the printed page a multidimensional visual surface. A hybrid novel is a kind of book that requires the readers’ actions and also to be handled and experienced. This remediation of Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde tries, by adding playful graphic devices to the original novel, to engage readers in a more dynamic narrative experience and help them at the same time to understand the story more easily. The results leave no space for doubts." (via)

Just look at the stunning images below:

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04 Apr 2011
In 2008 Penguin released new editions of all 14 Ian Fleming 007 books. The covers, show above, were designed by Michael Gilette. Check out this interview with Gillette about the work. [Image of book covers via] (via)

03 Apr 2011
One that we keep forgetting.

02 Apr 2011
This is one of the books by one of my favorite designers. The construction is interesting, but it's not just the outside that counts although it is fascinating. It's a collection of insights from Stefan Sagmeister about design, art and life:

01 Apr 2011
Via Rag & Bone: "Aida on the floating ‘book’ stage on Lake Constance in Bregenz, Austria. This festival has become renowned for its unconventional staging of shows. Verdi’ s opera “A Masked Ball” in 1999 featured a giant book being read by a skeleton."

31 Mar 2011
Love these sweet covers for Italo Calvino titles. Vintage Classics is a paperback publisher of contemporary fiction and non-fiction. I love their collection so far, and love their approach to designing book covers.


30 Mar 2011
Although I have qualms with the campaign title and copy, I still think these are amazing:

Yeah, I really do love Penguin ads. Via.

28 Mar 2011
Not really a fan of corporate people using books to get ahead, but this cover for the mac is pretty sweet. Imagine carrying this all day. Pretty neat. Except that inside it's not a real book but a mac, which sucks. But let's save the commentary for later. That's another story, I suppose.

Via twelve south.

27 Mar 2011
You have been warned. Proceed at your own risk. Good luck!

26 Mar 2011
Happy weekend, everyone!

Here's a song I always listen to when I wander around in the library:

Wrapped Up In Books by Belle And Sebastian

It was pretty bright, up on the rainbow bridge tonight
I could see into your window although you’re far away
You were racing in a car
Beside a boy, you just don’t know
If he is up for what you have in mind
If he is up for what you have in mind

Change is on the cards, but this time it will be hard
But I never want to leave you
We’ve never had a fight
You should never split a pole
You should never split at all
I wish I had two paths I could follow
I’d write the ending without any sorrow

I will say a prayer, just while you are sitting there
I will wrap my arms around you
I know it will be fine
We've got a fantasy affair
We didn’t get wet. We didn’t dare.
Our aspirations are wrapped up in books
Our inclinations are hidden in looks

Summer’s hastening on
I’m trying to get a feeling from
The city, but I’ve been unfaithful
I’ve been traveling abroad

We’ve got a fantasy affair
We didn’t get wet, we didn’t dare
But the fantasy remains
You better come back to earth again

Our aspirations are wrapped up in books
Our inclinations are hidden in looks

25 Mar 2011
Currently in love with the artworks of Jeannette Woitzik. She has some really dreamy works that just transports you to places. I particularly like this one below, because when I was a kid it's how I feel whenever I read books. I still do feel this way, actually: