book design


Image of the Day, July 4, 2013

Fans of the Harry Potter series will be excited to check out this gallery featuring the work of Miraphora Mina and Eduardo Lima, the team behind many of the designs (tabloids, book jackets) that are featured heavily throughout the series. Those who aren’t fans of the series might be surprised to discover the retro...


Judging a Book by Its Cover

Saul Bass designed numerous book covers including Henri's Walk to Paris, a Bass1children's book about a young French boy who wants to visit the city.


Image of the Day, June 4, 2013

University of San Francisco student Mia Johnson created this amazingly detailed Adventure Supply Kit as her thesis project, which includes designs for everything from books for the journey to a constellation chart. Via Design Work Life.

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Image of the Day, May 7, 2013

Designer and illustrator Emiliano Ponzi just received an ADC Gold Cube for his illustrations on the covers of an Italian series of Charles Bukowski books. The project was art directed by Cristiano Guerri. Via Emiliano Ponzi.


Image of the Day, May 6, 2013

All The Buildings in New York *That I’ve Drawn So Far by Australian artist James Gulliver Hancock contains entertaining and accurate drawings of many of NYC’s most iconic buildings (for example the Flatiron Building), along with some newer, less familiar spots. Via Designers & Books.


Image of the Day, April 24, 2013

Jeff Kulak’s illustration and design for the Owl Kids “Learn to Speak” series match the tone and subject matter perfectly. Read an interview with Kulak on the ADC blog.


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that were published way before my time—it gave me a wonderful perspective on everything from design and illustration to historical content.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...

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 to the animation creator/director Tom Warburton for his 1942 edition of Groucho Marx’s second...

Bucky Fuller's Book: "I Seem To Be a Topsy-Turvy Design"

Last week, Steven Heller covered Quentin Fiore, designer of books by the medieval-minded media theorist Marshall McLuhan and the yuppie-brained Yippie leader Jerry Rubin. Heller also mentioned a 1970 paperback that the architect/engineer/designer R. Buckminster “Bucky” Fuller put together with Fiore and writer Jerome Agel. Fuller has been called the grandfather of the green movement....

A View From Inside the 1960s Music Revolution

“When did music become so important?” That’s Don Draper from last week’s Mad Men, set in 1966. Later in the episode he turns off “Tomorrow Never Knows,” from the Beatles album Revolver, and walks out of the room. There’s something happening here, but you don’t know what it is—do you, Mr. Draper? One year later, Rolling...