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Book Jacket Modernism

Book jackets are a wellspring of graphic styles and often mirror what is going on in the design culture. Here are two vintage examples.

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05/28/2014: Last Launch book covers/jackets

Print‘s Regional Design Annual judges are looking to discover top talent to be featured in this year’s RDA. Judges include Debbie Millman, Jessica Helfand, Caleb Bennett, Joseph Duffy, Alexander Isley and Michael Vanderbyl. Enter today. RDA winner University of Texas Press …

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When Typography Hit The Airwaves

Tony Wons was a popular personality during the depression receiving 2,000 fan letters a week. Tony Wons Scrapbook is a conversational show and he is like an old friend who stops by for a chat.

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Sporting Jackets

Book jackets were functional appendages to books created to keep covers free of dirt and dust (hence the now antiquated term dust jackets). They’re also mini-posters designed to attract readers — like bees to the flower. Twenty years ago, Seymour Chwast and I authored a book titled Jackets Required, a survey of these dust repellent graphic designs from the ’20s through the ’40s.

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The Jacket Racket: Vintage Book Cover Design

The first book or dust jacket protected bindings from the corrosive effects of the elements. Later it was used to advertise the contents of a book and was routinely discarded before it was entombed on the bookshelf. Interior book designers …

When Book Jackets Were Bad, Hawkins's Were Good

Arthur Hawkins, Jr. (1903-1985) was the longtime toastmaster of New York Art Directors Club galas (he was also the Club’s president from 1945 to 1946). I saw him in that role for the first time at an awards evening at …