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 …

India, Designed

Dekho: Conversations on Design in India is a new anthology of “inspirational conversations with designers in India, probing their stories for cues to the development of design in India and highlighting approaches unique for designing in India.” I wrote a …

Dwiggins on the Earth

In 1943, the Typophiles published 1,500 copies of The Crew of the Ship ‘Earth’, a parable about the good ship Earth by W. A. Dwiggins. Dwig printed it at his press in Hingham, Massachusetts—and scribed it too. Here is the eight-page volume.

Pep's Sketchbooks

Pep Carrió from Palma de Mallorca is an adventurous and inveterate sketchbooker. He’s represented in my own sketchbook compendium, GRAPHIC. Now he has his own collection of recent sketchbook pages, The Days Turned Over, and it is beautiful. His pages …