Long Live Illustrated Books!

Last week on The New Yorker’s Page-Turner blog, Sam Sacks demanded: “Bring Back the Illustrated Book!” As far as I’m concerned the illustrated book never disappeared. If nothing else, today it is more alive than ever. Providing a brief history …

Mind Your Manners

Gentlemen, where are your manners? You may not have any at all, so take this ten question test and find out.  Do you: 1. Stand up when a lady enters a room? 2. Stand up when a lady stands? 3. …

An Interview with Talking Covers Founder Sean Manning

As the author of a memoir and editor of a few anthologies that feature some of today’s most prominent writers, Sean Manning knows something about the book business. In May 2012, he started Talking Covers, a fascinating site dedicated to …

The Heart of Heartfield's Art Direction

The Malik-Verlag was the left wing publishing house in Berlin founded by John Heartfield and his brother Wieland Herzfeld. Heartfield and George Grosz plied their craft as art directors / designers. This series of covers (below) was created for Kleine …

A Garland for Garland (Ken)

Sometimes you can know a person but not really KNOW that person. I have known or known of the veteran British designer Ken Garland for ages. But not until now, with the publication of his stunning monograph, Ken Garland: Structure …

Get Your Modernism Here! Get Your Modernism!

Randall Ross and Molly McCombs of Modernism 101 have a new graphic design catalog and its full of the key documents of 20th-century modernism. They state: These publications bookend the development of the Graphic Design Industry from a typographic treatise …

When China Rules the World

The Art of War, a graphic novel currently published in the U.S. and Brazil by Kelly Roman and Michael DeWeese, adapts the text of Sun Tzu’s original Chinese classic The Art of War to a dystopian sci-fi universe immersed in a …