daily heller 2-21-14

Before Jackets: Naked Covers

With books migrating to pads and pods this maybe a moot point. But before designed book jackets, book covers were the primary illustrative and typographical surface on a book. The photographs of the covers taken from “Arts and Crafts Book Covers” (in the book over 90 in all), makes this an essential document of a fertile creative period.

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19 Striking Book Covers of 2014

We know, we know. You should never judge a book by its cover. But looking at this set, it’s damn hard not to. Here are 19 of our 2014 favorites that are in stores or on the way.

RDA Selects: Yes, It's a Real Pencil

We’re running selected projects from the 2012 Regional Design Annual along with quotes from their designers. To submit work for the 2013 RDA, click here—the early-bird deadline is February 1. American Odysseys book cover by YesYesYes Design (New York City): …

Many Happy (Tax) Returns: A Marxist Doctrine

With all of us looking at the Fiscal Cliff on the horizon, who better to explain things than Marx . . . . . . GROUCHO Marx. About 15 years ago, I traded my signed copy of The Groucho Letters …

Jessica Hische Does Drop Caps for the Classics

Is it too early to start shopping for Christmas? Probably, yes. Nevertheless, we couldn’t resist sharing these images of the forthcoming Penguin Drop Cap series, which will offer some excellent holiday gift options for the bookish typography-and-illustration buffs in your …

One Strange Book Cover Competition

Will Schofield, whose 50 Watts blog is, as David Pearson writes, “quite possibly the richest source of book-related design and illustration in the universe,” wrote to tell me about a book cover competition he launched. My first inclination was to …