I’m clearly on an Eric Gill tip at the moment, or possibly he’s in the air, because this week’s book takes the artist and designer as presiding genius – and even posthumous contributor, in terms of illustrations, and more.
It is The Perfect Capital, a novel by UK-based American writer Karen Healey Wallace – and it’s [...]
In lieu of a full post, a cautionary tale, for booksellers.
I heard about this book from Stuart Kelly, selecting judge earlier this year of the Granta Best of Young British Novelists. In a blog post he mentioned some of the more interesting and experimental writers he had come across during the selection process, and described [...]
I do like what Vintage do with their classics paperback range: neat red spines, big image, a certain room for manoeuvre with the title, and there, up in the top right, the author’s name, but just their second name, with the ‘Vintage’ slapped in front of it: this isn’t any old Iris Murdoch book; this [...]
Visual Editions’ first collection – a box of 16 individual maps created in collaboration with some super-exciting writers – is a triumph of design, even if some of them are difficult to fold up correctly afterwards.
Keith Houston takes on typographical oddities such as the octothorpe (hashtag to you) and Eric Gill, while Eric Gill takes on, well, pretty much everything, online retail and the Daily Mail included.
‘S’ is a dizzying puzzle-book, a monstrous meta-fictional conceit that, at best, will keep the internet forums detailing its secrets for years, at worst will have you bowing down before its undeniably wonderful design.
Is it a book? Is it a CD? Is a piece of fan-targeted memorabilia?
As a long-time, if rather lapsed, fan of lyrical yet refreshingly obtuse American indie band Throwing Muses, I was intrigued to see this particular item. It’s their first collection of new music in ten years, and it comes as a multimedia package: [...]
Friday Book Design Blog: The Book of Barely Imagined Beings, by Caspar Henderson (and side notes in general)
Caspar Henderson’s The Book of Barely Imagined Beings (out now in paperback from Granta) is a fascinating book, if perhaps slightly over-self-fascinated. It’s high concept, in a rather high-minded way, taking its cue from Borges’s Book of Imaginary Beings, and concluding that there are animals enough on planet earth that defy our imaginations quite as [...]
This lovely-looking new edition of Thérèse Raquin, from Vintage Classics, is a good window into how classics are being treated in this – let’s say – transitional phase of publishing. As Clare Skeats said, during her talk about redesigning Pushkin Press (see here for previous blog post), classics are the workhorses of publishing, while [...]
Last week I went along to Stories From The Fold, a mini book design conference held at the Bridewell Foundation, just off Fleet Street – a tiny London mecca for anyone interested in book design and typography.
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