Design Books

How do visionary designers like Chip Kidd, Rodrigo Corral, and Barbara deWilde create such consistently memorable book jackets? A great book cover design showcases a designer’s ability to refine an idea to its essential visual expression, and Imprint surveys the best of jacket design in the genres of fiction, non-fiction, and experimental work, revealing the strategies top designers use to tell a story with images and type.

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The Ages Of “21”

In 1936, the former speakeasy and NYC restaurant-club, Jack & Charlie's "21" (what we now know as The 21 Club) published, "The Iron Gate" as a self-promotional tool.

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This is the Winter of Our Discontent

Lou Dorfsman, who designed every aspect of the CBS’ advertising and corporate identity for more than 40 years, made the CBS logo, identity second to none.

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Irving Oaklander’s Legacy on the Block

Design history is partly built on design books and ephemera. Organizing, categorizing and analyzing these materials are essential to the documentation of our past. For those who have built design libraries with the rarities purchased from Irving Oaklander, who passed away last year, you won’t want to miss the forthcoming Swann Auction, “Art, Press...

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Paolo Soleri’s Visionary Book

Paolo Soleri, a visionary architect and designer of Arcosanti, the eccentric arts settlement in the Arizona desert that was a mecca for young creative-types during the hippie-era and a pioneer of the sustainable architecture movement, died at 93 this week. His desert property was a laboratory where he erected buildings that were harmonious with...

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Ghosts on a Grand Scale

Illustrator and graphic novelist Nora Krug has a new lavishly made silk-screen book done in a limited edition of 400 copies. Shadow Atlas: An Illustrated Encyclopedia of Ghosts and Spirits was printed in three colors (yellow, blue and red) and . . .

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Bag Art

The Sackner Archive of Visual and Concrete Poetry  was founded Ruth and Marvin Sackner in Miami Beach, Florida in 1979, later moving it to Miami, Florida in 2005. Dr. Sachner, a noted pulmonary surgeon, began by collecting Russian Constructivism with his wife, then switched focus to establish a collection of books, critical texts, periodicals,...

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Post-Modern Storybook Illustrations

I consider myself very lucky to have been exposed to children’s books as a kid that were published way before my time—it gave me a wonderful perspective on everything from design and illustration to historical content. A good example is “The Modern Storybook” from the 1930’s. I grew up reading my father’s copy of...

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France on the Right

The terms Right and Left were coined during the French Revolution (1789–99). They referred to where lawmakers sat inside the French parliament–on the right of the chair of the parliamentary president were supportive of the monarchist Ancien Régime. Today the right–or rather the ultra right–is not necessarily in parliament but on the streets fighting...

The History of Graphic Design

Laurence King Publishing recently released two “mini format” editions of books originally published ten years ago: “American Modernism” by R. Roger Remington and “No More Rules” by Rick Poynor. The two books pair well because they make clear how, and why, approaches to graphic design, particularly in America, developed between 1920 at the end...

Hand Drawn Design from Cover to Cover

In 1927, Samuel Welo published his first edition of “Studio Handbook: Letter And Design For Artists And Advertisers.” But this collection of fonts, ornaments, logos and other ad elements was not only meant to provide specific examples of design to the user. It also reminds the reader of the importance of composition—hand drawn composition....